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). 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…
Six of us are eating at home nearly everyday, which means lots of cooking and dishes. Okay, I did it last summer and I can do it again. I’m trying to keep up with the freezer cooking while having my husband and two oldest at home ALL summer (hubby teaches middle school). In an effort to continue eating whole foods and fewer processed snacks, I’m making a comprehensive menu this summer, meaning breakfast, lunch and dinner. I just want to be sure I have plenty of healthy food in the pantry, fridge and freezer. Are you with with me?
Breakfast: Cereal (usually cheerios) with bananas, crockpot yogurt (recipe coming soon) with fruit, toast, freezer waffles, backyard eggs from the Chicken Project, freezer breakfast wraps (recipe coming soon). We rotate these breakfast items.
- tuna sandwiches, tortilla chips, carrots
- Hebrew National hotdogs (they are BOGOF at Harris Teeter until Tuesday), sweet potato fries, carrots
- 8 minute Nachos Grande, carrots
- Turkey sandwiches, tortilla chips, carrots
- Egg sandwiches, fruit
- Tuscan soup, salad, naan
- Black bean and corn quesadillas, avacado, carrots
- Southwest fish tacos, black beans
- Grilled Pizza using freezer naan, salad
- Southwest Steak quesadillas, mexican rice
- Brown Fried Rice, lettuce wraps, edamame
- Meatball subs made with frozen meatballs, salad
REAL popcorn (stove-top), freezer banana bread, yogurt with fruit, homemade whole wheat pretzels
I have over planned on purpose making sure I have quick plans for lunch (15 minutes or less) and lots of dinner ideas. We’re planning a 2 day camping trip this week so the highlighted items will go with us on the road. Look for a comprehensive post in the Tasty Travels series. I highlight our camping menus during the summer and show you how I plan.
I know we’ll eat lunch out once a week, but I still like to have a plan in place.
So I’m curious, does your menu change when your children are home from school for summer vacation?
Other ideas at Menu Plan Monday