www.lifeasmom.com has recently been blogging about freezer cooking. She posted her February menu and I liked many of the items she posted. I am in New York, but am from Texas, and I LOVE and MISS Mexican food. When I read that her meal plan had mexican food (especially Carnita soft tacos) I was thrilled. So, I decided to tweak her menu to my likings and give it a try. We go grocery shopping one a week an hour and a half a way since I usually have doctors visits (today it was for my glaucoma). However, today, we had an actual baby sitter for all but one child and I decided that we would just go ahead and shop for an entire month (with the exception of milk). I use coupons, shop sales, stock up, and use item I already have in my large freezer. For a family of 7, I only spent $240 today!!! That is a big change for us (as we usually spend between $600-$800 a month for food and misc. item). Before we left for the store, I made a thorough list of 28 meals, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. One of the things that helps us is that we eat left-overs for lunch and hot cereal from the crock pot (purchased in bulk) for breakfast. I also added extras (items that were an excellent price I stocked up on) to my shopping cart today. This will be a big help for next month when I plan my menu.
I normally do not have a menu plan, so I am very excited to have one this month. Through out this week, I plan on making my baking mixes, chopping my vegetables, marinating my meats, and cooking my meats. It is not my plan to precook my meals, just pre-prepare them so that my time in the kitchen is greatly reduced. As I prepare for my month of meals, I will post some of my recipes.