I have been working all week to prepare all of our meals from the pantry, cleaning out my freezer and making sure nothing goes to waste. We’ve been doing really well on the daily pantry challenge all week long. We’ll be continuing this challenge through the end of next week. At that point, I’ll be moving into some major freezer cooking as we prepare for back to school in the middle of this month.
Moms, we’ll also plan on some healthy lunches as well as some freezer lunches to take to work as I know sometimes we can get caught up in the chaos of school mornings and forget to grab something before we head out the door. I have been jotting down meal plans and freezer cooking ideas, and just itching to go grocery shopping! But, I will wait until next week.
Today, I’m actually throwing some chicken in the crock pot as we speak. I’ll divide it up and have it in the freezer for upcoming recipes.
I am also hoping to finish making my Homemade Cheese-Its and Wheat Thins. I’m testing out these two recipes for the kids school snacks. It’s also cheaper to make your own with just a few ingredients from the pantry and fridge. I am also hoping to make a large batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and freeze half. And when I make granola bars this weekend, I will double it and freeze half of those, too. I have lots of honey, in the pantry, so I will most like start out with cinnamon raisin granola bars. I’ll add some peanut butter chips and chocolate chips to the grocery list for making other types of bars next week.
Here’s my list so far:
- Freezer Falafel
- Breakfast Mixes
- Pizza Sauce
- Bread Mixes
- Homemade Cheese-Its (not for the freezer)
- Homemade Wheat Thins (not for the freezer)
- Icebox Cookies
- Mexican Potato-Topped Casserole
- Broccoli, Ham and Rice Casserole
- Shredded Beef
- Shredded Chicken
- Pie Crust
- Pot Stickers
- Turkey Sloppy Joes
Are any of you preparing a freezer cooking list in preparation for back to school? What kinds of things to you make-ahead and freeze? Please share! I love new ideas!!