Fill Your Freezer – Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 8

If you like printing these menus and grocery lists, check out the new Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan service.  Subscribers get both the Traditional and All Slow Cooker versions emailed each week.  It’s the easiest way to eat at home!

Cook once, eat twice (or three times).  Sound good? 

This does not require a gigantic, all-day cooking event that will leave you exhausted.  Rather, you’re going to maximize your cooking time all week.  At the end of the week your freezer will be full of all kinds of goodies.  You’ll be able to feed your family on busy nights, with minimum effort.

Here’s what you’ll be making:

Taco Soup – Depending on your family size, you’ll eat one night and freeze enough for 1 or 2 more meals.

Chicken and Dressing Casserole – You’ll cook enough chicken to put some in the freezer for another meal.

Beef Stew - Enough for dinner, plus another meal in the freezer

Virus Killing Soup – A great tasting soup that will help you fight off colds and flu.  You’ll be prepared for the season with this stocked in the freezer.

Chicken Enchiladas – You’ll cook enough chicken to put some in the freezer for another meal.

Stuffed Shells – Eat tonight and freeze the extra.

Monster Cookies – Freeze them in ziplock bags for an easy treat.

Helpful cooking tips:

  1. Virus Killing Soup is the most time consuming recipe on the menu, but it is worth the effort. Plan it for a day when you’ll be home and have time to cook. 
  2. Extra Stuffed Shells can be frozen in ziplock bags before you put sauce on them.  Assemble the frozen shells just as you would fresh and give them a longer baking time.
  3. For both the Chicken Enchiladas and the Chicken and Dressing Casserole, you will cook extra chicken.  The grocery list includes 2 bags of frozen chicken breasts.  Put the chicken in a casserole dish, add a little water and cover tightly with foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.  Pull the cooked chicken apart with two forks.  Freeze in ziplock bags in 2 or 3 cup quantities.  You can do both bags of chicken on the same night or do one bag at a time.  Having the frozen chicken in the freezer cuts down on cooking time for later recipes.  You can assemble a casserole or soup in a flash, once the chicken is cooked. 

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P.S.  I’ve been trying not to repeat the recipes in the menus each week, but daggone it, I just realized that Chicken Enchiladas is also included in the week 5 menu.  I knew Stuffed Shells was in a previous menu, but it’s such a great recipe to freeze I wanted to include it.  Sorry for not paying better attention.  Chicken Enchiladas just snuck itself in.  At least it tastes good!

This post is part of Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com

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Comments

  1. These recipes sound delicious!

  2. This is great, I love having meals in the freezer.

  3. Awesome! Thank you! I am downloading it and following it this week. Hey, and I gave this week’s menu a plug at Moving Forward. You’re site is great and I love sharing it with others.

  4. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    Please don’t apologize for duplicates. You are proving a terrific service and I thank you.

  5. This is great. I know how much work it is to put the grocery list, etc., together, thank you so much for sharing! I have posted some “plans” (even this week!), but usually my freezer cooking involves doubling up on a dinner and saving one for later. I can’t wait to explore your site.

    Don’t ever worry about duplicates – that just shows how tasty it is. Ya just got have it again! ;o)

  6. Awesome! Thanks for sharing – I’m making taco soup today and you’ve inspired me to make extra and freeze it. I’m a new homeschooling mom and I need all the suggestions I can get! Take care! :)

  7. I just found your blog and I am EXCITED!!! Can’t wait to dive in:)! Thanks for doing this!

  8. We had taco soup last night and LOVED it. I am a total soup junkie but my husband is not. This he loved. I also have a 5 & 2 year old that turns their nose up at everything and even they loved it. Of course the fritos, cheese, and a little sour cream on top didn’t hurt anything. I have never been able to get them to eat bean like this before so it was a definate hit! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love love love your weekly menus. Being on a tight budget we must plan our meals ahead of time (with a little flexibility). This helps us shop and cook and they are always delicious!

  10. I love this week & the recipe for ‘Monster Cookies’ makes alot of cookies so I froze half of them to be brought out later, when I don’t feel like baking!
    I am recommending this website all over the place in the groups I belong to on CafeMom!
    Thank you & keep up the great work!

  11. As new parents (both of us work full time) to a baby…we had gotten used to fast food, take out and frozen dinners. We realized it was time to grow up and star making home made dinners so we could get into the routine of dinner at home so our son and future kids are used to dinners together. I can’t thank you enough for this amazing life changing site. We are on week 2 and have no desire to stop now. The shopping list are invaluable on our Sunday shopping trips and the recipes are yummy and still fast enough to get food on the table quickly. Thank you thank you thank you!

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