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Preparation Meets Opportunity

22 Aug

In this case – preparation meets the opportunity to spend less being grumpy in the kitchen 😉

So I did it! After all those lists, coupons, and shopping – I prepped the heck out of this weeks meals. I sat down a decided out of the two week list that needed to be prepped – which ones I was going to do for this week. Here’s the list in case you forgot:

  1. Taco Soup
  2. Enchiladas
  3. Vegetable Soup
  4. Tortilla Roll Ups
  5. Muffins
  6. Banana Bread
  7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  8. Meat Sauce: (3 meals)
  9. Red Sauce: (2 meals)
  10. Crockpot chicken in broth for meals: 8 meals worth
  11. Hard Boiled Eggs: 6-8

So for this two weeks I did:

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs (8)
  2. Crockpot Chicken (3 Meals Worth)
  3. Meat Sauce (3 Meals Worth)
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Banana Bread

I’ll be doing the rest later as I go (you may notice a few things came off the list – those are the ones I’m going to make when I want them and save the rest for leftovers).

I started off with the meat sauce and the hard boiled eggs. Since meat sauce takes attention and a lot of standing in front of the stove I decided to pair it with eggs since those are easy peasy and I could easily check on them.

One of the tricks I use to my sauce is to let it cook for a while on medium low. Get all those seasonings in there and cooked really well so it’s even (this takes a little stirring too). Once it was done I put it in a container and put in the freezer. When it’s time to cook I’ll just defrost in the fridge the morning of, throw it in the pan on medium to warm up and TADA we are done. Easy peasy.

When the eggs were done boiling I cooled them off under the sink with cool water and put them in a container (shells still on) in the fridge. Later I can decide if I want to make egg salad sandwiches, put an egg in a fresh made salad, or have a hard boiled egg for breakfast! I made enough to have all three options. Leaving the shells on is something I chose to do so the eggs wouldn’t absorb all the other smells in the fridge as well as making them last longer. But now I won’t have to wait 15-20 minutes for these suckers to be ready to eat.

After that I put chicken broth in a crockpot with three meals worth of chicken. We buy chicken tenders at Sam’s Club because it’s cheaper to buy it in bulk and chicken tenders cook faster that big chicken breasts. Since there’s three of us in our family I use three chicken tenders. These cook on high for 2-3 hours. I kept checking them to see how they were doing.

While those where cooking I moved on to the banana bread! The first time I did this recipe it took FOREVER so I always make sure I am going to have plenty of time and not try to do anything else while I’m making this. Which meant while I was waiting 2-3 hours for the crockpot I had plenty of time!

Now that I’ve done this recipe a couple of times it’s getting easier and faster to do and my confidence in making this has spiked since I haven’t messed it up yet 😉 After it was all ready I popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Yummmm. It came out looking fantastic! I let it cool for 10 minutes and then came back ready to cut it up and give it a taste test.

Brian helped with the taste test and decided it needed chocolate chips in it. I told him this was supposed to be a somewhat healthy breakfast or snack alternative and if he wanted chocolate chips he’d have to ask his mom to make him some 😉 haha. Good thing she lives five minutes away – so I can get away with that!

After all that the chicken was ready. I pulled them out of the crockpot and put three tenders in each container and stuck them in the freezer. When it’s time to make a meal I’ll defrost them in the microwave throw some sauce on them and heat them up in a pan 🙂 (I just saved myself 30 minutes of cooking in the kitchen!)

Since I had just bought some fresh hamburger meat I went ahead and made mini hamburger patties to freeze. I thought sliders would be the perfect lunch for the girls and I one day since they have little fingers and big buns are hard to hold. Emma and I actually had a taste test of these Monday and they were DELICIOUS! ❤ It took about 15 minutes to make.. maybe less than that and one pan to clean 🙂 I can handle that!

Taco soup was the other thing on my list but we previously made that so I was off the hook there 😉 If you haven’t heard of taco soup click this link and you can see the recipe for it. It’s so easy and so yummy I make a batch every time we run out so there’s always some on hand at my house.

This entire process took about 3 and a half hours including stopping for 30 minutes to eat dinner. Doing this every Sunday night might just be worth it to make each meal during the day cut in half with easier clean ups.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes 🙂

Love Always,

J

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Making Food Easy

20 Aug

One thing that this family does not have – is a good grasp on food and making our grocery trips the best. Part of my budgeting is couponing. Part of my couponing is not buying things we don’t need. Part of my problem is I don’t know what we really do need..

So to solve this problem I made lists upon lists upon lists: Are you ready for this?

First off – I grocery shop every two weeks or less if possible. So I needed to make 14 different meals for each three meals a day.

Breakfast:

  1. Waffles
  2. Cereal
  3. Pancakes
  4. French Toast
  5. Sausage Biscuits
  6. Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwhiches
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Muffins
  9. Banana Bread
  10. Yogurt & Granola
  11. Cream Cheese Bagel
  12. Oatmeal Smoothie
  13. Breakfast Bar
  14. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Then I separated lunches in two sections. One for the girls and one for me because we obviously eat different lunches!! Brian’s left out of the lunches since he buys lunch each day at work and he has his staples on the weekends that are always in the house.

Girls Lunches:

  1. Pizza
  2. Fish Sticks
  3. Ham & Cheese
  4. Quesidilla
  5. Hot Dog
  6. Raviolis (Mac N Cheese)
  7. Chicken Nuggets
  8. PB & J/Banana
  9. Cheeseburgers
  10. Chicken Noodle Soup
  11. Egg Salad Sandwiches
  12. Meatball Mini Bites
  13. Tortilla Roll Up
  14. Pasta Salad

Lunches for Me! (Note: There are a few main course meals in here because Brian refuses to eat them – so I make them for lunch and just portion myself appropriately)

  1. Chicken Potatoes & Carrots
  2. Chicken Rice & Veggies
  3. Enchiladas
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Beanie Weenies
  6. Rotel Chicken Wraps
  7. PB&J
  8. Ham & Cheese
  9. Pizza
  10. Vegetable Soup
  11. Quesadilla
  12. Egg Salad
  13. Tortilla Roll Up
  14. Leftovers

And finally the easiest to think of meals – but the hardest to get myself to cook them.. Dinners!

  1. Spaghetti
  2. BBQ Chicken & Pasta
  3. Steak Bites & Potatoes
  4. Tacos
  5. Baked Ziti
  6. Teriakyi Chicken Rice & Corn
  7. Lasagna
  8. Breaded Chicken & Pasta
  9. Sloppy Joes
  10. Chicken Cacciatore
  11. Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwhiches
  12. Quesadillas
  13. Chicken Cordon Bleu & Pasta
  14. Easy Chicken

You’ll notice some of these meals are repeats of lunches but since I have two weeks I can do one meal for lunch and the next week for dinner. That way we don’t get sick of it but honestly they could be eaten for lunch or dinner!

Okay!! So now that I have the list of food and my grocery list all set I needed to come up with a prepping plan to make it easier for the rest of the two weeks easier.

Prepping Plan: I hope to do a majority of my cooking on Sunday. The meals that probably won’t get prepped on Sunday will just be made the day I want to eat them and the leftovers saved for another meal 🙂

Fully Prepped Meals:

Chicken Potatoes & Carrots (throw everything in the oven and cook for 30 min)

Chicken Rice & Veggies (will probably be made the day I want to eat it and saved for another day of eating)

Taco Soup (This batch makes enough to last a loong time and is frozen. Will only have to make this every 3-6 months.

Enchiladas

Vegetable Soup (again frozen)

Tortilla Roll Ups (refrigerated and easy peasy)

Muffins

Banana Bread

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – which might be knocked off my list depending on how irritating they are.

Partial meals to prep:

Meat Sauce: (3 meals)

Red Sauce: (2 meals)

Crockpot chicken in broth for meals: 8 meals worth (lunches & dinners) this makes it easy to pull out a cooked piece of chicken, shred it, and cook it in a quesadilla with some cheese and veggies. Same with other meals – just heat up with whatever sauce you use and it’s ready to go. I think I’ll be splitting this up into a weekly event where I crockpot four meals worth and divvy it up for certain meals then repeat on the next Sunday.

Hard Boiled Eggs: 6-8

Along with the meals are of course, fruits, veggies, pretzels, crackers, and a few other snacks/sides! But now that I have a serious list of what we are going to eat for the next two weeks and enough choices to not get sick of things, I am thinking our grocery list will dwindle down without all those unnecessary foods that never get made into meals or go bad before I actually use them.

Let’s see how this goes 😉

On Wednesday I’ll be posting about my prepping that I did all day Sunday 🙂 and I’ll let you know if it was worth all the trouble.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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