Freezer Meals- cooking

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today was cooking day. It took a lot longer than I anticipated because my little man is sick. Luckily he still fits in the ergo so he hung into mommy's back for a while while I chopped.

So first thing I did was get all my recipes in one place. I keep all my freezer meals in a binder for easy reference.

Step 1- cook ground meat
             Brown stew meat- totally optional, but this will add so much flavor

Step 2- cook dried beans- you want the beans to be cooked but not mushy. 
Remember they have to cook in the crockpot later in the month.

Step 3- lable freezer bags 

Step 4- chop veggies- I prefer to chop all the onions, garlic, and other veggies at one time. However if you prefer to chop one bag at a time feel free

Step 5- assembly!! 
This is the fun part. Roll down the top of the bag and fill her up! After each bag is filled get all the air out and lay it flat. 

My plan was to have 20 meals, however I went a little overboard cooking beans so there were a few extra.

Final List:
Tater tot Casserole
Chicken Parmesan
Pork w/broccoli Stirfry
Ranchero Chicken Bowl
Pinto beans w/cornbread
Chicken Nachos
Chili x2
Cuban Black Beans
Pork Stew
Spaghetti Sauce with Meat x2
Enchilada filling
4 Bean Soup
Lentil Soup
Irish Stew
Mongolian Pork
Italian Chicken w/potatoes
Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta
Potato Soup x2
Beans with corn and rice

Freezer Meals- shopping

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shopping with a 2 year old is hard... Shopping for a months of food it's a 2 year old is ridiculous Lol

Recap: this meal plan started off based on $5 Dinner Mom's Sams meal plan 
Then I remade the second batch of recipes because we do not like eating the same thing twice in a month. 
The recipes are tweaked for allergens.

So what did I buy?

$12.95 5lbs ground turkey- cheaper than 
$13.68 6lbs pork stew meat - again      
              cheaper than beef
$11.98 6lbs frozen chicken breast
$7.96   6lbs raw baby carrots
$4.18  Flour tortillias- easily made from 
               scratch if you want
$4.68  10lbs rice
$5.98   4lbs broccoli
$5.98   4lbs corn
$6.98   8lbs tater tots
$8.98   15lbs baking potatoes
$5.98   10lbs red potatoes
$2.98  5lbs sweet onions
$5.48  3 jars pasta sauce
$6.28  8ct cans diced tomatoes
$4.26  6lbs spaghetti noodles
$5.68  6lbs rotini noodles
$6.98  25lbs flour
$2.00  1 bag tortilla chips
$1.98  1 can enchilada sauce 
$0.86  1 large can tomato paste
$2.16  2lbs lentils
$4.12  4lbs dried pinto beans
$3.07  2lbs dried black beans
$1.32  1lb dried kidney beans
$1.50  1lb small red beans
$11.98 2L olive oil
$ 2.76 freezer bags

Grand Total: $152.73 
Add in tax and you get $164.06

Not bad for 20 meals ;)

Freezer Meals

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I've been having a hard time cooking every night. It's mostly laziness on my part, but I've got a plan.
Last year I did freezer meals and those months were amazing. No stress over putting together menus or cooking with a fussy toddler at your feet.

So this afternoon I'm working on putting together freezer meals for September.
I'm thinking about using $5 Dinner Mom's Sams Club plan as a base and then making adjustments to accommodate our allergies.

Here is her plan:

I'm putting together the shopping list during nap.
Then tomorrow will be the shopping day. I may wait til Saturday for assembly, it may be too much to do in one day with a toddler. 

Here is my List of Meals:
Chicken Pasta
Italian Chicken with Potatoes
Chicken Parmesan
Spaghetti with Meat (x2)
Beef and Bean tacos
Beef and Bean Enchiladas
Ranchero Chicken
Mexican Chicken Bowls
Beef Stew
Irish Stew
Tater Tot Casserole
Beef and Broccoli Stirfry
Mongolian Beef
Cuban Black Beans and Rice
Pinto Beans and Cornbread
Lentil Soup
Potato Soup
Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes

There will be a lot of ingredients left over so I will make another batch of meals when this one is all eaten.

I'll update with pictures :)