Meal Plan & Make Ahead:
I love to cook. However, due to crazy work, school and extracurricular schedules I have been forced to modify my cooking patterns. I will also add that I am very frugal when it comes to grocery shopping and meal planning. Here is my weekly plan:
- Coupon shopping and sales ads–Search the paper for the deals of the week and plan the menu around the healthy bargains. If you are a lazy coupon shopper like me use a source like www.thegrocerygame.com.
- Clean the veggies and fruit that will keep well and put them into airtight food containers. Line the bottom of the container with a paper towel. The typical contents of these containers are celery, cucumbers and carrots for the vegetables and grapes & strawberries in the fruit containers. These containers are always ready when someone needs a snack or I am packing a lunch. I also keep a salad mixed. Do not include the wet ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, and dressing until it is time to eat.
- If the deal of the week is pork then guess what we are eating all week. Most of the time I cook on Sunday or Monday and then just enhance it throughout the week. I re-make most items into something else but it cuts my prep time down to nothing.
- Make a soup, chili, pasta or casserole as your backup. This is another go-to meal if there is no time to “cook” –just heat and eat. NOTE-freeze leftovers that will not get eaten this week. Heat and serve on another day.
- For breakfast, try making a frittata or quiche it is yummy, easy to make and re-heats well. Use egg whites to make it a bit healthier. Broccoli, potato, ham and cheese is popular combination around our table.
Planning your week of meals saves money, time and waistline. Having quick meals at-the-ready reduces the impulse to visit the local fast food restaurant or dining establishment thus saving a few dollars. Also, if you look at the time it takes to drive to the location, order, wait, eat and then drive home– a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches or some scrambled eggs could have been put together to enjoy!
Like the concept but not quite sure how to put it together?
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This week at The Moose House:
- Chicken & Dumplings (made from chicken we had over the weekend, stock from scratch)
- Chicken Alphabet & Vegetable Soup
Last week at The Moose House:
- Meatloaf (transformed into meatloaf sandwiches, spaghetti and meat-sauce, with mushrooms and gravy)
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Grilled Fish
Pork week at the Moose House:
- Pork Chops (transformed into pork tacos)
- Pork Tenderloin (transformed into pork sandwiches with bbq sauce)