Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 16

During the month of January, I’ve been sharing ideas to Resolutionize your kitchen and cooking.  Tomorrow I’ll tackle organizing my pantry and try to give tips about how to organize yours.

If you could see the way my pantry looks right now, you would be convinced I have nothing to offer in the way of organizing tips!  I’m going to dive in today and try to bring some order to it.  Wish me luck!

Organizing ideas will wrap up the Resolutionize series and then we start….

Freezer Cooking February!

During February, I’ll share  “stock your freezer” menus, new freezer-friendly recipes, and tips.  We’re even going to have a chance to do a virtual freezer cooking day together via Facebook.  Dates and details will be announced later.

You can get a jump start on stocking your freezer with the menu this week.  Hamburger Vegetable Soup makes enough for you to stash away at least 1 meal, and maybe more depending on your family size.  You could also make extra Stromboli to freeze.

The weekly menu gives you 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included on the recipes in bold and on the grocery list in curly brackets {}. [Read more...]

Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

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These have been the handiest things to have stashed away in the freezer.  We’ve eaten them for a quick lunch or when someone needs to have dinner at an odd time.  The heat up in the microwave and taste great.

I read about the idea on the SC Johnson website in a post written by Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer.  She shared her method for freezer burritos, but didn’t share a recipe.  I took her idea and decided to create a black bean and rice filling.  In just a little time I had 20 delicious burritos in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Stocking Your Freezer with Grilled Chicken and Using it for BBQ Chicken Fajitas

When we went to Gatlinburg with family a few weeks ago, we took turns preparing a meal for everyone.  I decided to bring BBQ Chicken Fajitas, but I wanted to do most of the cooking at home.  I ran across this post on $5 Dinners, where Erin talks about batch cooking on the grill.  This method made it possible for me to take dinner for 16 people and have it prepared quickly and with very little effort.

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Jello Popsicles

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These are a blast from the past.  What could say “childhood summer” better than Dixie cups, craft sticks and jello?  I suppose you could say that bikes with banana seats or running through the sprinkler might describe “childhood summer” better, but I think these popsicles have an advantage.  These are the taste of summer, with all its cool, sticky goodness.  And if you eat it just right you can have the sweet, syrup dripping down your arm and off your elbow making orange polka dots on the sidewalk.

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Freezer/Pantry Challenge Part 4 – I saved $100

I had to go to the grocery yesterday to get some dairy and produce.  I’ve been doing this challenge to eat out of the pantry and freezer since Tuesday.  I hope to carry it through next week.

The good news is that I saved about $100 over what my usual grocery cost is.  I bought the normal amounts of dairy and produce that I usually buy each week, but nothing else.  The shopping took a fraction of the time it usually takes – another plus!

How have you done with saving money during this challenge?  Share in the comment section.

It’s not too late to join us in the challenge.  You can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 at these links.

Do you have a super cheap meal that you like to make?

I’m working on a post that will list the cheapest meals on my site, as well as link to other blogs that have cheap meals.  If you have a meal posted on your blog, send me an email ([email protected]) with a link.  If you don’t have the recipe posted on your blog, or don’t have a blog you can still send me the recipe.  I love to hear from readers and highlight your ideas.

Freezer/Pantry Challenge Part 3 – Get Creative

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Have you joined the challenge to save money by eating from the freezer and pantry?  You can catch up with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Yesterday, I posted the contents of my freezer and pantry and also the menu I came up with.  But I have a few ingredients that have me stumped.  You can see in the photo above I’ve got chicken, rice, hoisin sauce and water chestnuts.  These seem to be a natural combination, but I’m not sure what to do with them.

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How to Find Money in Your Freezer/Pantry part 2 – Make a Menu

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Have you joined the challenge yet?  If you missed Part 1, you can read it here

The other day I took an inventory of the contents in my freezer and pantry.  Here’s what I found.

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How to Find Money in Your Freezer/Pantry – Join the Challenge

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Do you need extra money because of an unexpected bill or unplanned purchase?  For many of us, it’s possible to find that money hiding in the freezer and pantry.

I don’t do any kind of bulk shopping, but I still end up with extra food in my freezer and pantry.  I tend to pick up the same items from the store each week, whether we need them or not.  This is because of poor planning on my part.  I know I use frozen chicken, flour, sugar etc., but I can’t remember if I need it or not.  Better to buy than run out.  Or I buy an item with the intention of using it that week, only to neglect it and lose it in the back of the freezer.

Take the One Week Challenge with Me:

Commit to trying to cook only foods from your pantry or freezer for a week.  You will need to buy some fresh dairy and produce, of course, but try to spend as little money as possible on groceries.

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