Tag: Freezer Cooking

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

  I love Granola Bars! They are one of my favorite snacks in between meals. It’s really important to have a  healthy snack choice for your family-especially when that mid afternoon slump…

Learning Freezer Cooking…Is It Right For You?

Learning Freezer Cooking…Is It Right For You?

I’ve been a full-time working mom since my oldest (turning 21 in August) was born. I worked up until two weeks before he was born then went back to work when he was just 6 weeks old. Not because I…

A Monthly Grocery Budget and Weekly Menu February 10-16, 2013

A Monthly Grocery Budget and Weekly Menu February 10-16, 2013

Our family is living more frugal these days and we’re starting off with a monthly grocery budget and sticking to it.

A Monthly Grocery Budget

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to do a little bit of grocery shopping. I ended up going to three different stores to get the best deals I was looking for and now looking at my freezer, fridge and pantry, I believe we’re set for the rest of the month. This month, I’m experimenting with our grocery budget. I’m putting myself to the challenge to see how well I can feed my family on a frugal budget. My monthly grocery budget…$400. My spending total so far:$$221.28.  That leaves $178.72.

After putting groceries away, I was motivated to get a head start on some of the meals I had planned for the freezer. My last stop yesterday was to BelAir and I was able to use my rewards coupon to purchase items in the meat department. I picked up 3 whole chickens, 10 pounds of hamburger meat and 2 top sirloin roasts. All of these items were on sale. Even better!

So far, with 5 pounds of hamburger, I was able to make for the freezer:

  • 3 Tater Tot Casseroles
  • 2 Green Chili Taco Bakes

I’ll finish the rest of my meal prepping for the week and the freezer today.

Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”

Here’s our plan for the week.

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:



Breakfast options:

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Potatoes
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers

 Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~ Crock Pot Roast with vegetables, bread

Monday: Enchiladas and Mexican Rice

Tuesday:  Beef  Fried Rice (using leftovers from Sunday night’s dinner)

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce and Garlic Bread

Thursday: Chili Dogs with toppings  Happy Valentine’s Day!~Sirloin Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli

Friday: Family Favorites Night, Cupcake Pizzas, Garden Salad

Saturday: Tater Tot Casserole, Garden Salad

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.

What’s cooking at your house this week? How does your family live frugal?


Baked Ricotta and Spinach Rigatoni

Baked Ricotta and Spinach Rigatoni

Stock up your freezer by making several casseroles at once to save time. You’ll be glad you did. This is a new stock the freezer recipe for my family this month. I had some frozen spinach in the…

Weekly Meal Plan December 9-15, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan December 9-15, 2012

Happy Monday Tuesday Friends!  This week I didn’t quite get the meal plan up like I intended to for Monday. I ended up finishing some last minute decorating and shopping with my little girl. My…