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Last week's goal of eating lots of veggies was successful, and this week I've set a new short-term goal: to use my dinner prep time to make food for the freezer. With all the families we know sick with the flu or whathaveyou, it's inevitable that we'll end up with something. I like to have some soup and other simple meals ready to go in case I'm incapacitated. If it doesn't happen, great! We'll just have dinners ready for busy nights.
I have a few meals I regularly freeze (like ground beef with onions/peppers that I use for tacos, sloppy joes, pasta dishes, etc.), but I need some new ones for the rotation. I picked up a few freezer cookbooks from the library and have some recipes to try out. I got a few my family with like from Once a Month Cooking Family Favorites and will read Don't Panic–Dinner's in the Freezer tonight.
With my freezer goal in mind, each meal we're having this week is being made as a double-batch so I can freeze the second portion:
Sunday–We had lasagna and salad with neighbors while the Redskins lost 🙁
Meatless Monday–Mini Broccoli Quiches and salad. Will double the recipe and freeze half.
Tuesday–Slow cooker Chicken, spinach and tomatoes served over angel hair pasta. Will make a zipper bag with same ingredients.
Wednesday–Cashew Chicken (from OAMC Family Favorites) and brown rice. Will make two, bake one and freeze one in a zipper bag.
Thursday–Meatball Sub-Bake and salad. Will make two, bake one and freeze one.
Friday–Super Easy Chicken Soup with cornbread. Will double the recipe and freeze half.
Saturday–Stuffed Shells (I mix ricotta with pesto), then freeze them on cookie sheets individually. Once frozen, you can store them in a zipper bag, then place in a pan with spaghetti sauce to bake.
Another goal I mentioned last week was only shopping once a week. That was a huge fail–I went four times! I'm aiming to do it this week and the rest of the month. Wish me luck!
Linked up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.