Christmas Week Menu

Christmas Breakfast Casserole (frozen, ready to bake)

Nearly every meal I prepare consists of foods I have cooked or baked in bulk and frozen. I thaw items in a plastic shoe box to prevent condensation dripping onto my shelves (I’ve learned from experience). Then I shop my freezer from my freezer inventory,  to see what goodies I can thaw and serve to my family and others. I write these items down on a seven-day menu plan and post it on my refrigerator as a reminder to thaw my food 24 hours ahead of time. Typically right after the dishes are done, I check my menu plan and put new items into my thawing box and slash them off my freezer inventory. Here’s what I’m thawing this week…

It’s finally here, Christmas week and the excitement is in the air. We’ve been cooking and baking in batches like crazy. We stash cookies and treats in the freezer until we’re ready to give away. I’ve been sharing some frugal food gifts and ideas for wrapping last week. Continue to look for our last minute gift ideas this week…

Since my three kids and husband are home from school beginning Wednesday, I’ve planned a lot of extra food in this week’s menu. I know if I don’t have a plan we’re more inclined to eat out.

Here’s our usual breakfast fare:

Lunch:
Dinner:
  • Freezer waffles, homemade syrup, eggs, turkey bacon
  • Italian Roast, carrots, onions, potatoes, rolls
  • Salmon patties, baked potatoes (baking extra for soup), salad
  • Potato Soup (making extra for the freezer), Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Freezer Chicken Noodle Soup (new recipe this week), cheese quesadillas
Christmas Day:
Notice how many frozen items I’m taking advantage of during this busy, fun week. We’re planning more cookies, treats, crafts and volunteer work. Freezer cooking ahead allows us freedom to do more, plus eat healthy foods at home. Don’t worry, we’ll still indulge in not so healthy treats elsewhere, maybe even at our own house;)

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