Meal Planning: Our Week Without Chick-Fil-A

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So, last week I shared my meal plan with you. But, as it turned out. I followed it very little. You see, San Diego area Chick-Fil-A restaurants held Customer Appreciation Week. They offered free dinner every night. Every. night. And except for one night of opting out of the Spicy Chicken which is too spicy for our little people, we took them up on their offer.

Every. night.

When I questioned the family’s plan, someone piped up, “What part of FREE do you not understand?” Clearly, Mrs. Frugal Friday has created a monster.

But, I can’t complain since I loooove the Chicken Strips Salad with Caesar Dressing.

Needless to say by our fourth fried chicken meal of the week, FishBoy13 could only lie on a booth bench and groan. And while we would really, really, really like to win Chick-Fil-A for a year, everyone in the family is ready to get back to our regularly programmed schedule this week.

Our Meal Plan without CFA

Here’s our meal plan for the week, including a brief explanation of how freezer cooking works into it.

12. Pasta with Meat Sauce, Steamed Veggies, Garlic Bread The pasta sauce is a great recipe for freezer cooking as is the garlic bread. Boil water, heat sauce, steam veggies, and throw the bread in the oven.

13. Tacos, Beans, and Rice – The taco meat and the beans are precooked and waiting in the freezer. Rice comes together quickly on the stove. Since we have tortilla chips, we may turn this meal into a Taco Bowl meal.

14. Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit – The chicken breast is marinated in a freezer bag in the freezer. I’ll just pull it and thaw 1-2 days ahead of serving. Hubs will grill that while I can make the pasta salad ahead of time. If I play my cards right, I could even cook double the pasta on Monday to make pasta salad for Wednesday.

15. Queso Fundido, Corn Tortillas, Green Salad – Queso Fundido is a fantastic freezer meal. Hubs will make corn tortillas while the meat and cheese warm. A big salad can be made ahead.

16. Pizza Night – Pizza Night is getting easier since I started freezing the dough. I make freezer kits with the dough, a bag of cheese, and a container of sauce. You can add other freezable toppings as well like cooked meats, flash frozen veggies, etc.

17. Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad – The meatloaf and the potatoes both freeze very easily. Green salad takes just a few minutes.

18. Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Fruit – I preformed and seasoned the burgers, so those will be easy to throw on the grill. Potato salad is quick as is a fruit side dish.

What will YOU do to make this week’s meals easier?

PS. Don’t forget to vote for me and my herd so we can win Chick-Fil-A for a year! We’re the ones from COW-lifornia. 😉

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  1. unfortunately my meal plan this week isn’t as concise as yours. i knew if i didn’t get groceries yesterday it meant i’d be at the store tonight after work and i didn’t want to go there. so i did the shopping w/out a meal plan but i did have a list. i know i can wing it this week as i have plenty of basics in the fridge/freezer/pantry.

    i did put your garlic bread in my freezer last night. i’m planning to do freezer cooking in a few weeks in preparation for the start of school (our girls start on aug 15 if you can believe that). with the start of school comes football games — our youngest is on the dance team. first year. that means half-time performances at football so you know where we’ll be.

  2. Delicious!!

  3. I hope you win! 🙂
    I’m going to try that Queso Fundido soon…

  4. OH how funny! Our Chik-fil-a only offered a free meal/entree on Friday as long as you showed up with some type of cow attire. We had breakfast/lunch/dinner at Chik-fil-a and by the end of the day realized that one should not live on Chik-fil-a alone!

  5. Voted for your family! To cute!

  6. I made marinara sauce and focaccia dough for tonight’s meal. That’s as far ahead as I’m prepped. I need to learn from you.

  7. Here’s our current mealplan : )

  8. So jealous that you had a Chick-fil-A week! I live in Portland and we don’t have them up here any more. 🙁 Growing up in CA, my
    Dad owned a Chick-fil-A for about 10 years of my childhood and I still drool when I think about it! My bro, sis and I are totally addicted to the food to this day! I am glad to see you and your fam enjoyed it, but so jealous!!

  9. I love your site so much. You are a great inspiration to other mom’s out there. All of your freezer cooking has saved me more than I can say. I linked your photo to my Facebook page, so hopefully you win!

  10. So funny! I voted for you.

  11. Love your blog!!! I am visiting from Menu Plan Monday. I so wish that we had Chick-fil-A in MN!!!! I don’t blame you at all for eating there every day last week! FREE, is FREE!!! LOL!

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