Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 17 – Fill Your Freezer

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February is freezer cooking month on Eat at Home!

I know February doesn’t officially start until tomorrow (since February usually starts the first day of February).  But it doesn’t hurt to get a head start on the freezer cooking.

So, I have a special edition of the weekly menu for you designed to fill your freezer while feeding you for the week.

There is more meat to buy on this menu, so the cost might be a bit higher than most of my menus.  But remember, this menu is going to feed you for more than just this week. You also might want to buy some foil pans and be sure to have zip top freezer bags on hand.

Here’s what’s on the menu, with a few notes about each meal:

1.  Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos – This makes about 20-25 burritos that are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.

2.  Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells – This makes enough for 2 9×13 pans.  If your family is smaller, you could do 4 9″ pans instead.

3.  Chicken Gyros – The original recipe calls for 2-2 1/2 lbs. of chicken.  That made almost enough for my family of 6 to have enough for 2 meals.  On the menu, I changed it to 3 lbs. of chicken to ensure enough for the freezer.

4.  Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread – This is a Mexican style version of barbecue.  You could use the filling in enchiladas or just on regular sandwich buns.  Buy the largest roast that will fit in your slow cooker.

5.  Whole Chicken – You can do this in the oven or the slow cooker.   Buy a big chicken or even two if you’re going to cook them in the oven.  Take the chicken off the bone and shred or chop it to freeze for casseroles and soups.  I freeze mine in 2-3 cup quantities.

6.  Scrambled Eggs, Ham and Muenster Skillet – nothing to freeze here, but it’s a super simple meal, which you’ll need with all the other cooking.

7.  Chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake – This makes a huge cake, definitely enough to freeze some for later.

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  1. I plan my meals on Friday night, so I always feel like I’m going to miss something when you post the next week’s meals on Monday. But looking at my list of meals for this week, they are almost all yours and a few are doubled to go in the freezer for baby (due in 2 weeks!) Here’s what I’m making of yours this week: tonight: Chicken pot pie, doubled but mixture overflowed so I now have 2 more mixture batches in the freezer, plus I’m using whole wheat pie crusts that I had in the freezer. tomorrow is your baked spaghetti (doubling), Wed: garlic chicken garlic in crockpot, Thurs: beef barley soup (doubling, my 9 yo loves this!) and Fri: cauliflower soup. They are all new recipes, except for the beef soup. 🙂 Swollen feet and all and I still want to try new recipes. But yours are typically easy! And I buy the cream soups in 32oz boxes so I have some left over for lunch. 🙂 I’ve been posting the links to the recipes I make on my FB page. 🙂

  2. Freezer month…I love it. I’m doing the OAMC (via Onceamonthmom) thing next month. I might have to “borrow” your freezer burritos recipe in the meantime. Yum!

    I’d be delighted if you’d stop by and share a meatless recipe today for Meatless Mondays.

    We’ll be sharing Meatless Meals every week. You can see today’s link-up HERE.

    Hope to see you there soon!

    Kristi @
    Veggie Converter

  3. I am SO trying your chicken gyros!!!!!! I almost choked on my huge gasp when I saw your recipe =)

  4. I love your weekly menu template that you have at the top of your page! Is it available for download to use with my family? Thanks for sharing your yummy meal plans!

  5. Great menu, I love finding out new recipes ideas from all the wonderful bloggers that link in MPM.


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