Hello friends. Let’s jump right into our third month of freezer meal schedules, grocery list and tools for planning (if you haven’t read Freezer Meal Schedule & Planning: Month #2, check it out first). Our schedule for month #3 worked out to be even better than the month before. This is getting easier and easier each month because we always have a few meals leftover so I don’t have to add as many new recipes to the mix and yet we still have much variety to work with.
Here is the link to our shopping list for this month. Our total store amount added up to $93.10. We decided we would allow an extra trip for milk each month since our freezer isn’t big enough to buy 2 gallons and freeze one. So our extra expenses for this month added up to $18 with one extra carton of eggs, milk and produce.
See our month #3 meal schedule.
Chili over rice–leftover from last month (2 meals for 2)
Curried Carrot Soup–leftover from last month (new batch-8 meals for 2)
Tomato soup & Grilled Cheese sandwiches
Burgers–leftover (2 meals for 2)
Sloppy Joe Chicken Sandwiches (6 meals, new twist)
Taquitos (24 individual-6 meals for 2)
Potato Corn Chowder (2 meals for 2)
Hawaiian Chicken and Carrot slaw (8 meals for 2)
Spaghetti (5 meals for 2)
Baked Potatoes (5 lb bag, about 8 meals for 2)
Oriental Chicken Salad
Small Baked Potatoes
Toast & Jam
Sweet Sloppy Joe Chicken:
I used the same sweet & sloppy joe chicken recipe as last month but we decided to use a rotisserie chicken at Ingles since they were on sale for $4.89 instead of chicken breasts. The rotisserie chicken proved to be a bit less expensive and yielded the same amount of chicken as the chicken breasts. Click link above to see recipe at “Freezer Meal Schedule & Planning: Month #2″ post.
I cooked up a double portion of our curried carrot soup this month because, well, it’s delicious! Click the link above to see our recipe.
Since I used the last of the shredded beef in last month’s taquitos, I decided to go for simple rice and bean taquitos this month. We used brown rice, kidney beans, green onions, cilantro and a bit of cheddar cheese to fill the tortillas along with a sprinkling of adobe powder and pepper.
We bought a 40-pack of small flour tortillas, which were $.05 cheaper/unit than smaller amount packages.
Hawaiian Chicken & Carrot Slaw:
We bought our usual large package of chicken breasts and a bottle of Hawaiian marinade. When we get home from the store, we always cut the chicken into 8 oz portions (4 oz = 1 single serving). This makes it easy to quickly thaw a bag for dinner. You can choose to marinade the chicken before freezing or after it thaws.
Warm up your pan and get your chicken cooking. Now peel one large carrot with a potato peeler. Then chop your shavings into smaller pieces and combine in a bowl with chopped sweet onion, a dash of pepper and garlic, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and a dash of red wine vinegar. Combine, chicken, carrot slaw, and rice in your tortillas and enjoy!
I love this recipe, it tastes very light, flavorful and fresh. We used the leftover tortillas from our 40-pack that was bought for taquitos. Ours lasted all month long but they freeze well too if you are worried about them staying fresh.
Kielbasa was on sale this month so we changed up our usual spaghetti recipe (which uses ground sausage) and substituted kielbasa. Yummy! I purchased some pasta noodles, diced tomatoes and tomato paste last month when it was on sale so I thought I should use up those items this month. Of course, I recommend sticking with what you know best and use your favorite spaghetti recipe. Divide the sauce into meal-sized baggies to freeze and when you’re ready for spaghetti, just thaw your sauce and cook up the noodles. My recipe yielded 12 cups of sauce.
Simple and quick golden sweet cornbread recipe from all recipes. We poured our batter into muffin pans, which left us with 12 large cornbread muffins.
For our snacks this month, we tried to eat the bananas first, as they expire more quickly, the apples last us pretty much all month long. Yogurt Jack can space out with his lunches for about 3 weeks. The grapes, we separated into individual baggies and froze to be eaten later. They taste just as wonderful when you pull them back out.
I hope you found some helpful recipe ideas in this post. If you have any questions about recipes or amounts please leave a comment or shoot me an email. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in this series:
Lowering Your Grocery Bill (Part 1): Many tips for lowering your grocery bill with once-a-month grocery shopping and freezer meal preparation and schedules.
Lowering Your Grocery Bill + Monthly Shopping (Part 2): A few more tips to help you make the most of your food purchases along with our first month of freezer meal planning and recipes.
Freezer Meal Schedule & Planning: Month #2: Our second month of recipes, grocery lists and planning.