I read these blogs and am so inspired by these women that do it all. I love reading about meal planning and freezer meals. I have always wanted to try this and make my meals for a month, but have never been gutsy enough. It’s a little intimidating to me. That’s a large shopping list and a lot of prepping and pre cooking.
I decided to muster up some courage and try it. So I have started small and only planned for the week. Most of these recipes came from Pinterest or other blogs.
Crock Pot Lasagna- (Doubled recipe to freeze for a meal later in the month)
1 lb. lean ground beef (could be substituted for Italian sausage)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 c. water
1 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese
1 pkg. Mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked
Brown meat in large skillet and drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.
Mix ricotta, 1- 1/2 c. mozzarella, 2 tbsp. parmesan, egg and parsley.
Brown meat in large skillet then drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. Mix ricotta, 1- 1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 tbsp. parmesan, egg, and parsley.
Spoon 1 cup meat sauce in slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (3 noodles broken up per layer), broken to fit; and cheese mixture.
Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce.
Cover with lid. Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand, covered for 10 minutes or until melted
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo-(Doubled recipe to freeze for a meal later in the month)
1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
2 jars low fat Alfredo sauce
1 large green pepper- chopped
1 16 oz. bag of broccoli florets
So simple! Throw all of the ingredients in a bag, squish around and freeze.
When ready to cook, thaw for 24 hours in fridge and put in crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.
Day 3– Sunday Dinner
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups Minute Rice
1 pkg. Onion Soup Mix
1 Can of cream of chicken soup
1 Can of cream of celery soup
1 can of water
Mix together “cream of” soups, 1 can of water, and 2 cups of minute rice (uncooked.) Pour into a buttered casserole dish.
Lay chicken breasts on top of rice mixture and sprinkle onion soup mix on top. Cover with tin foil.
Bake at 275 for 3 hours or 350 for 1 1/2 hours. Rice on outside will be slightly browned and crispy while rice on inside will be moist.
Taco Meat- (Tripled recipe to freeze for meals later in the month)
Did not have a lot of time left, so I just browned meat and added a taco packet. Made it exactly like directions stated.
Now I have meat for taco night or taco salad!
BBQ Pineapple Pulled Pork (I wasn’t sure if the family would like this so I only made one)
1 4-6 pound pork shoulder or boston butt
all purpose seasoning
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1 15 oz can of diced pineapples, undrained
This meal I made on my first day of cooking. I simply threw all of my ingredients into a gallon sized Ziploc. I let it thaw for 24 hours in the fridge.
When ready to cook simply cut bag open and dump into crock pot. Cook on low for 10 hours.
Shred in the crock pot and mix with juice.
Strain and serve.
Beef Taco Soup- make the day of then freeze leftovers
2 cans of kidney beans