So I have decided to give myself a challenge! I want to make some freezer meals before the baby comes so I decided it would be kind of fun to see how cheap I can make the meals!
I’ve couponed off and on over the last year or two, so I decided if I plan all the meals I want to make now, then I can try to coupon/watch for sales on the ingredients that I need. This will keep me motivated to watch the sales each week and watch my favorite coupon blogs for the deals!
In addition to making freezer meals I decided I wanted to try a couple new recipes this time around. I do enjoy the ones I normally make but I’m hoping for some variety this time around.
So here are the meals I’m going to shop for:
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Easy Crock-pot Chili
- Taco Soup
- Taco Meat
- Lasagna – I may tweak this one a little this time…I’ll let you know how it turns out!
- Hamburger Patties
- Meat Loaf/Meat Balls
- Pulled Pork
- Thai Peanut Pork
- Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
- Chicken/Broccoli Casserole
- Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
- Stove-top BBQ Chicken
- Black Bean Chicken
- Marinated Chicken
- Banana Bread
- Zucchini Bread
All the bold items are new recipes. My baby is due at the end of May so I decided that it would be good to make some hamburger patties and freeze them ahead and also to marinate some chicken and freeze it. Both of these are super easy but I know Tom will be excited to start grilling again so It will be nice to have them on hand and ready to go!
I’m going to make two or three loafs each of the banana bread and zucchini bread – I’ve gotta make sure this mama eats breakfast every day!
Now onto the planning/tracking spreadsheet…I put together a spreadsheet of all the ingredients I need for the meals. Then I went through my pantry/fridge to figure out what I already have.
Here is what I’m working on….it’s a lot! But I think I can make it happen!!