Meal Planning: Real Life

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Shrimp Pasta with Cream Sauce

Real life is busy. Real life is too many things on my to-do list and not enough time. Real life is rich and too important to pass up. So I have to find short cuts in order to save time for more important things.

Many nights this past week, we’ve enjoyed meals or parts of meals that I had prepared beforehand and froze. This has not only been a great timesaver, but also a great way to cut back on my grocery spending. We’ve healthified our eating habits, too, by having more homecooked items versus storebought convenience items. It’s amazing to me how quickly my kids go through homemade instant oatmeal mixes!

Here’s our meal plan for the week. Real people, real food.

9. Pasta with Meatballs and Red Sauce, Garlic Bread, Steamed Vegetable – The meatballs, sauce, and garlic bread are already in the freezer. Boil a pot of noodles and steam some veggies.

10. Caesar Salad with Shredded Chicken, Butterhorns – The chicken is cooked, shredded, and frozen as are the butterhorns.

11. Beef Tacos, Fruit Salad – The taco meat is already to go, stored in the freezer with a bag of shredded cheese. Add shells and other toppings, stir up a fruit salad. I like mine layered.

12. Pasta with Shrimp, Cheddar Biscuits, Veggies – The biscuit mix is a freezer component. The pasta dish is an easy one.

13. Grilled SW Chicken, Mexican Rice, Green Salad – The chicken and marinade are in the freezer. The sides are quick to prepare.

14. Anniversary Dinner

15. Chimichangas and Fruit Salad – I made the burritos during this month’s freezer cooking and will bake those and serve with some toppings and a fruit salad.

For more real life meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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. Looks great! Cheddar biscuits and shrimp pasta are on our menu this week too. Yum!

  2. Looks like a great week of meals! Nice to have all that stuff in the freezer! I like to do that too, I just made a meatballs for dinner and froze half for another easy meal.

  3. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Thanks for sharing the notes about how your OAMC comes into play. I am thinking this might be a good route to take for our family. I already do lots of batch cooking, but I’m wanting to do more outings in the summer and need to be able to pull dinner together quickly!

    Happy Anniversary!

  5. What a great menu plan and happy anniversary to you! How many years?

  6. It looks like another delicious week:-)

  7. We love freezing left overs as well – especially yummy things like soup or curried sausages that freeze well. They’re also great to take to work for lunch when you are running late and don’t have enough time to prepare something.
    Happy Anniversary

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