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Meal Planning: December Meals in 5 Minutes

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 5, 2010 @ 1:30 pm In Freezer Cooking,Meal Planning | 2 Comments

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I love having a full freezer. Have I told you that recently? It makes planning so much easier!

I planned out this month’s meals in about five minutes. I had a freezer inventory sheet [5] by my side as I sat at the computer with my planner open. I clicked to page 96 in Organizing Life as MOM [6] and filled in all the blanks of my monthly meal planning sheet.

The Method to My Madness

I knew I wanted to eat out once a week. This is to have a treat, but also to buy me some time for writing that cookbook I told you about [7]. Take-out was an easy blank to fill in.

Next, Pizza Night? Once a week. Check.

Bargain meal night? That would be beans and rice or pasta with red sauce at least once a week. Check.

Special holiday events? Check.

Next I just filled in the different meals I have in the freezer. Easy peasy.

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Our December Meals

1. Turkey Pot Pie [9], Spinach Salad

2. Take-out

3. Pizza Night [10]

4. Chicken Parmesan [11], Pasta, Green Salad, Garlic Bread

5. Garlic Brie Bread [12], Big Green Salad, Fruit

6. Beef Enchiladas, Beans, Rice [13], Salad

7. Pasta with Red Sauce [14], Salad, Biscuits

8. Roast Chicken [15], Mashed Potatoes [16], Cranberry Sauce, Vegetables

9. Take-out

10. Pizza Night [10]

11. Beans and Rice [13]

12. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Vegetables

13. Beef Enchiladas, Beans and Rice [13], Salad

14. Grilled Tri-Tip [17], Twice Baked Potatoes [16], Salad

15. Garlic Butter Chicken, Rice Pilaf, [18] Steamed Veggies

16. Take-out

17. Pizza Night [10]

18. Shredded Beef Tacos, Rice, Beans [13], Salad

19. Turkey Sandwiches, Veggies, Chips

20. Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Green Salad

21. Pasta with Red Sauce [14], Biscuits, Vegetables

22. Take-out

23. Pizza Night [10]

24. Tamales [19], Enchiladas, Beans, Rice [13], Salad

25. Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetables

26. Leftovers

27. Grilled Chicken, Quinoa Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables

28. Take-out

29. Pasta with Red Sauce [14], Garlic Bread, Vegetables

30. Pizza Night [10]

31. New Year’s Snacky Dinner [20]

What do YOU got cooking this month?

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [21].


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[9] Turkey Pot Pie: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/09/ultimate-recipe-swap-favorite-fall.html

[10] Pizza Night: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html

[11] Chicken Parmesan: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/chicken-parmesan-our-first-date-dinner.html

[12] Garlic Brie Bread: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/12/garlic-brie-bread.html

[13] Beans, Rice: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice/

[14] Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

[15] Roast Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken/

[16] Mashed Potatoes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/12/preparing-potatoes-for-the-freezer.html

[17] Grilled Tri-Tip: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/bbq-recipes-and-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[18] Rice Pilaf,: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/11/simple-rice-pilaf/

[19] Tamales: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/12/chicken-tamales.html

[20] New Year’s Snacky Dinner: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/urs-new-years-meals-and-munchies.html

[21] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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