Meal Planning: Reaping the Fruit of My OAMC Labor

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‘Member last week how I cooked up a whole mess of stuff to freeze? Well, this week, it’s time to put my feet up. It’s not that dinnertime will be completely devoid of work. I’ll still need to heat up main dishes and prepare sides, but the bulk of the cooking is already done for me. Yeah!

Here’s how it’s going to come together, Lord willing.

Taco Soup w/ chips – This is a crockpot meal using precooked and frozen beans and taco meat as well as a few canned goods and spices. My 7 year old could (and probably will) make it.
Grilled Chicken Breast – previously marinated and frozen – with cheesy potato bake and a green salad

Pasta, topped with red sauce from the freezer, steamed broccoli, foccaccia bread

Queso Fundido and Beans – pulled from the freezer and heated – with Mexican Rice and tortillas that come together very quickly. Fresh fruit for a side.

Hot dogs and brats with grilled peppers and onions, veggies and dip

Chicken Pot Pie – from the freezer – green salad

Pizza Night – sauce, cheese, and pepperoni in the freezer – ChiChi’s Salad

BBQ Pork Sandwiches – pork from the freezer – Oven Baked Fries, Veg and Dip
If you can, I highly recommend your doing some cooking ahead. As you can see, I’ll still be doing some dinner prep, but the hard stuff is already done. I have my own convenience foods at the ready. At last count, I had the makings of 39 meals in my freezer! Even if you just doubled two dinners each week this month, you would buy yourself a free week of cooking. I bet you could do it.

What do you think?

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. TheRoosterChick says

    Sounds like it's gonna be a yummy week for y'all.

  2. I think it looks delicious…all week! You sure know how to live:-)

  3. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says

    Good for you – that will be awesome! I always have mixed feelings about cooking ahead. Weeks like the one I'll be having this week I think it would be nice, but I LOVE being in the kitchen and sometimes I decide what I have in the freezer isn't what I feel like eating.

  4. My friend actually cooked an entire month's worth of dinners ahead of time – in one day. I thought it was genius, but her husband missed the smell/atmosphere (not quite sure) of dinner cooking each night. So much for planning ahead!

  5. Hoosier Homemade says

    Sounds tasty! Do you make the foccaccia bread? Do you have a recipe?
    Chicken Pot Pie must be the thing for Thursday, I'm planning it too. And pizza for Fri. Ha!

  6. FishMama says

    That's funny about the odors the husband missed. We still get cooking smells, because a lot of things I freeze before their final cooking stage. It's just all the messy work is done for me.

    Yes, Liz, I make my own. Got a photo in process, but they scarfed it down too quickly for me to take a finished photo.

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