For the first time I am actually trying to plan for some meals to be prepped for the time after the birth of this baby! In the past I’ve just shopped when the food ran out after the birth, but I can tell I’m going to need extra time to recuperate after this birth, and I hope to have some meals prepped and frozen. I think this is going to be quite an ambitious feat for me, since at 31 weeks it is already becoming quite difficult to grocery shop. So, my plan is to buy a few extra ingredients each time I go shopping, and to have them prepped and put in the freezer so that at dinner times I can defrost and cook. Most of the dinners only have salad and bread or frozen veggies as sides. My menu plan will yield roughly 24 dinners! Here’s my list:
Stouffer’s Lasagna, Salad, Bread (2x)
Nachos, (Beans and Meat), Cheese, Olives, Tomatoes, Salad (2x)
Roast Crock-Pot Chicken, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, Green Beans (2x)
“Cold-Killer Soup”, Salad, Bread (2x)
Meatballs and Ziti, Salad, Bread (2x)
Beef Roast, Onions, Carrots, Potatoes, Green Beans (2x)
Homemade Pizza, Salad (2x)
Chili Taco Soup with Corn, Corn Chips, Salad (2x)
Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, Bread (2x)
Ultimate Fish Sticks (Costco), French Fries, Mixed Vegetables (2x)
Beans and Rice Burritos, Cheese, Salad (4x)
So far I’ve cooked all the beans, meat and rice for the nachos and beans and rice burritos. I put the mixtures in freezer bags and labeled them before putting them in the freezer. I did buy the Stouffer’s lasagnas as well, and I bought the large packages of shredded cheese from Costco and put them in individual freezer bags, too. I’m trying to buy and prep just a few meals at a time since food is so costly and I don’t want to go over my grocery budget. I may not be able to get all the dinners on my menu taken care of, but I figure any little bit will help, since I won’t feel like cooking much after this little one is born!
Once again, I’m linking up with Sarah at My Joy-Filled Life!