I go back to work in less than three weeks. I have been wanting to fill up my freezer with meals so that I don't hear that most wonderful question, "What's for dinner?" after I get home from working all day! I have been doing OAMC(Once a Month Cooking) for about four years. I even cook with my family where we cook 120 meals in a day for 5 families.
After spending a few hours planning the meals, another few hours shopping, I was ready to go. I have been doing this for about four years. This time I wanted as many "freezer to slow cooker" meals as I could. I also wanted to focus on healthy meals. This is what I came up with. If I can link it to a website, I will. I also use four cookbooks that are specific to OAMC, though this time I didn't.
Chicken and Broccoli Bake x 2 from Once a Month Mom. I love her website. She has many types of OAMC menus to meet all sorts of dietary needs.
Teriyaki Chicken from Ring Around the Rosies
Salsa Chicken x 2 from Six Cents
Cumin-Cinnamon Beef Stew x 2 from Mama and Baby Love. She just put out a cookbook, which I ordered. This recipe is exclusively in her cookbook. There are many others though on her website for free.
Taco Soup from me! I brown ground turkey, and dump it in a Ziploc with a cup of black beans, a cup of corn, a can of rotel, a can of diced chiles, and cumin. I also put in a can of chicken broth. The day I cook it, I will put another can of broth. We like to put cheese, chives, and sour cream on the finshed project. You can search google and get tons of variations of this. I just throw in what I know we like.
Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast x 2 from Mama and Baby Love. Excited to try this!
Summer Veggie Soup from Mama and Baby Love. This is another one in her cookbook.
Southwest Rice and Beans x 2 from Once a Month Mom. We have had this many times before. We like it alone, in a tortilla, or with chips.
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa from Once a Month Mom. This smelled wonderful! Can't wait to try it.
Mexican Baked Penne from At Home woith Kim. This time I left out the ground beef. I am trying to feed my family less meat. We have had this many times before with the meat and we love it. I am curious to see of we still enjoy it as much, but I am not sure why we wouldn't!
Stuffed Peppers from me! You can search to find a recipe you like. I made mine with brown rice, black beans, tomato sauce, cumin, and corn.
Now, shopping details. I shopped sales, did ad match at Wal-Mart, and I also bought reduced meat. I am on a tight bnudget for the summer. I spent a total of $120.00 to make all of these, plus breakfast burritos, which I need to make tomorrow. That averages to $7.00 a meal, and $1.40 per person for my family of five. You can't beat that. On top of that, I feel that for the majority of these, they are healthy.
If you do this a big suggestion I have is to buy Ziploc brand freezer bags. They cost more, but are well worth it!
Give it a try, you won't be sorry, and let me know how it goes!
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