Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Planner Layout for this Week

I am using Petit Cheri printable for this weeks planner layout.  Check her shop out on Etsy.  She has so many cute planner spreads.

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Pantry Staples

When I talk about pantry stables these are items that I must have in my pantry at all times. These items below are what I have on hand always. On those nights I just don’t feel like cooking, but took meat out I can easily throw something together with these items below. Keeping stables on hand does make like a little easier.
Now, some would say you have to have the best quality ingredients which I agree with if you can afford to do that. Sure I have bought some good quality olive oils in the past, but I soon learned that I can get cheaper oil and save some money. Not all brands are good, but there are lots out there that are good and inexpensive. I do a lot of shopping at Aldi which some people may think that this store had bad quality food, or even beneath them to go. Well about 90% of my list below I can get from Aldi and there is nothing wrong with the product. Sure there are some products at Aldi that are just okay or not good depending on your taste buds, but that is not the whole store. You have to try it to find out what you like verse what you don’t there.
When I buy wine it is normally just for cooking. I don’t get the most expensive but I do look for a good name. I don’t use wine often in recipes, so I just buy a couple of those signal size wines to keep on hand. They are about a cup or a little more which is perfect for recipes. You also don’t have to go out and buy all the staple items at once. Just slowly pick up a few each time you do shop and before you know it, your panty has all the staples to make a complete dinner.
Chicken and Beef stocks
Minced garlic
Seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, etc.)
Pasta sauce
Pasta
Tomato sauce
Gravy (chicken, beef, pork, turkey)
Mushrooms
Diced tomatoes
Rice
Beans (dried or can)
Onions
Potatoes
Olive oil
Tomato paste
Flour
Sugar
Vegetables (frozen or can)
Peanut butter and jelly (fav)
Bread
Crackers
Sesame oil
Eggs
Butter
Soy sauce
Oil (corn, vegetable etc.)
Worcestershire sauce
A1 sauce
Honey
Non- stick spray
Red wine (signal serving bottle is good)

Some Freezer Meal Ideas

I thought I would share some of the freezer meals that I do for my family to try to stay on track with dinners.

Meat loaf

Pepper steak ( this I prep all the ingredients and then put in a zip lock bag to freezer)

Spaghetti meat sauce

Meat balls

Beef stew

Sloppy Joe’s

Soups

Chili

Hamburgers

Baked Ravioli

Let me know what your freezer meals are.

Bulk freezer cooking

Freezer cooking can be a big task, but if you plan out your menu and what you need to do for each meal it is really not that bad. The key to bulk freezer cooking is being organized. Now you don’t have to cook for a month if you feel that is too much to take on at first. You can start with a week and then work your way up to where you feel is what works for you and your family.   I did do a month of freezer cooking and prepping and it was a task for me. My mistake was that I did the bulk cooking the same day I did the grocery shopping. This is a big do not do. You should do your groceries one day, and also get your kitchen ready for the big cooking day. This alleviates a lot of anxiety for bulk cooking.   The next day would be the day for cooking. This way does make is so much easier. I did both and the second way makes bulk cooking a breeze. Now, what I did was the night before the big cooking day, I made sure I had all my pots, pans, and anything else I would need for freezer cooking ready to go. I got my recipes all put together and organized them to which recipe would be first. Like I said this is all about being organized.

The day of you take out all the ingredients you are going to need for the meals you have planned and then again organize these items for each recipe.   If you have a lot to chop, dice, then try using your food processor for those if you have one. If not that is fine, just get to chopping. I had done this both ways with a processor and without. Either way was fine. I like the chopping of vegetables for some reason it is relaxing to me. I just cut up everything that needed to be chopped and set those ingredients aside. I believe this is the hardest part of bulk cooking is the chopping of the produce. Once this part is done you should now be able to assemble the meals and put them in a gallon size zip lock baggie. This is it to freezer cooking. If you are well organized this should only take a few hours. There is clean up afterwards, but what I did was try to clean as I went.

This is so helpful when all you have to do is just take out a meal and either put it in the slow cooker, or whatever way you are cooking it. I work full time and long hours, so this is my way of doing meals. I only do 2 weeks at a time which is what works for me, but I would recommend this to anyone who wants to put a quick meal on the table after you worked a long day.  I hope this was helpful for you and hope you try bulk freezer cooking.

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