Thursday, May 3, 2012

Meal Planning

Last night, Caleb and I decided to shop at Sam's for our groceries. I had decided to try the whole planning ahead/freezer meal thing. I have been super skeptical about doing it because I worried that something wouldn't freeze well or I would waste the food. I'm not a huge fan of leftovers, so something precooked and then frozen didn't really sound that great. I began looking for meals I could assemble, seal and freeze that could be transferred to the crockpot the day I wanted to eat them for dinner. I picked out some meals I knew froze well and then I picked a couple of new ones. When I started planning our meals out, I decided to prep for three weeks. We have been super busy and I want to make sure we are all eating healthy. During the boating season, Ryan and I work quite a bit and coming home to cook most nights is just exhausting.

At Sam's I was able to get about twenty pounds of meat way cheaper than the grocery stores! I wanted to use pineapple in a lot of my recipes and could buy that in bulk as well. I was able to get everything I needed for three whole weeks worth of food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie for $170.00. When you subtract the movie, we've literally got seven breakfast meals, seven lunch meals, and seven dinners for $50.00 per week for our family of three. Way better! And much healthier! That breaks down to a little over $7.00 a day to feed my family. When it comes to feeding Ryan and Caleb, I cannot skimp with tiny portions either. I fix my boys a TON of food and they eat like crazy! I also have other meals that are big enough for leftovers the next day or if company shows up at the last minute. 

When I got home, Ryan fixed dinner while I started to assemble my food. I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer and it made the whole process much easier. I made a bag for each meal and filled it with all of the ingredients. It took about an hour and a half to assemble everything, but it was well worth the effort. I'll set the meal in the fridge before I go to bed each night and then transfer it to the crockpot the next morning. We are fortunate enough to have a separate freezer to store all of the meals, so this works well for us. 

I only used a recipe twice so that we weren't having the same meals over and over. I didn't want to burn my guys out! For the next three weeks, I will be using the crockpot or the grill for our meals. I am pairing the meals with easy steamed veggies that require little preparation. The only thing I should have to pick up at the store is Caleb's milk in the next three weeks. 

1 comment:

  1. That is amazing! I would love it if you would share some of your recipes too.



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