Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan ~ 11/5

One of MY favorite bloggers is Jessica from Good, Cheap Eats and Life as Mom. I love the recipes she shares – they’re both easy to make and fabulously delicious. When her new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, was released earlier this fall, I pre-ordered it. It’s the first cookbook I’ve bought in a long time and the first book ever that I have pre-ordered. I’ve finally had a chance to look through it these last few days and my weekly menu this week is inspired by her cookbook.

The last two months I made a monthly meal plan. The first month I stuck to it really well, but last month failed miserably. So I’m back to a weekly plan for now…

Breakfasts ~

  • Breakfast Casserole that’s not Mushy
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes (extra pancake mix for the fridge)
  • Nutella French Toast w Berries
  • Toast with Egg & Sausage
  • Fruit & Cinnamon Rolls
  • Yogurt Parfaits

You can find links to many of my breakfast recipes on my Favorite Breakfasts Pinterest Board

Lunches ~

  • Bean Burritos {extra beans for the freezer}
  • Nachos
  • PB & J Sandwiches
  • Left overs
  • Zesty Italian Melts {extra for the freezer}

Dinners ~

  • Canadian Bacon & Mushroom Calzones {Pizza dough from my freezer}
  • Baked Manicotti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Thyme {From Jessica’s cookbook. I picked a bunch of green tomatoes that turned red! So I get to make one last batch of my fabulous Roasted Tomato Sauce.}
  • Split Pea Soup with Bacon & Thyme {from Jessica’s cookbook}
  • Ham Casserole from my Freezer Meal Exchange Group
  • Greek Chicken – my own recipe creation…
  • Chicken Fajitas on homemade tortillas {dough from my freezer}
  • Broccoli Gratin with Tarragon and Buttered Bread Crumbs {from Jessica’s cookbook}

While I haven’t actually made any of the recipes from this cookbook yet, I have made dozens of the recipes she shares on her blog. I’ll share one of these recipes with you after I make the dish. Do you see one that you’d like me to share? And do you have a favorite cookbook you’d like to share with me??

Linking up: MPM; Mostly Homemade Mondays;

Weekly Menu / Freezer Cooking Plan ~ 10/1

How did it get to be October all ready? ARGH! Time is flying by. Before you know, it’s going to be Christmas!! Last month I tried my hand at planning out my menu for the entire month at once. It worked out all right. I guess I made about 75% of my meal ideas – which is about all I make any given week anyway. I really liked the way planning the entire month at a time allowed me to shop in a more organized manner at the beginning of the month. I enjoyed staying out of grocery stores, for the most part, and think it may have saved me a bit of money in the long run. That’s always nice!

I decided that I would plan October all at once, too. But, I’m organizing it a bit differently – on Pinterest! We’re pretty busy this month with a weekend trip to Missouri for my 20th high school reunion and also a 4 day business trip for my husband and I. I’ve been busy pinning meals to my October Meals Board and I plan to use it each week to come up with my weekly game plan.