Monday, February 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: February, 22nd (Freezer Clean Out)

Over the weekend, I attempted to reorganize our freezers.  I have both my kitchen freezer and my basement chest freezer stuffed and it was very difficult to locate anything. 

Part of my problem is that I stored a lot of leftovers in plastic containers instead of freezer bags.  Those plastic storage containers just take up so much space in the freezer.  Freezer bags can stack much nicer and take up less space. 

In the next few weeks, I am going to try to use up some of my pre-made dinners in order to make room in the freezer.  And anything I add to the freezer will be stored correctly from now on! 

Here's my plan for this week: 
  • Monday:  Chicken Soup, BBQ wings
  • Tuesday:  Chicken Croquettes, mashed potatoes, corn
  • Wednesday:  Ravioli and Chicken Parm 
  • Thursday:  Cowboy Stew, corn bread
  • Friday:  Minestrone Soup, grilled cheese or tuna sandwiches
  • Saturday:  leftover buffet
  • Sunday:  Pork chops, macaroni and cheese, vegetable
The barbecue wings and ravioli are leftovers from the SuperBowl.  I froze everything right away, so that we wouldn't waste the leftovers.  I hate throwing food away after a party because I don't deal with the leftovers right away.  This time I forced myself to pack them into the freezer! 

The chicken parm is a store bought frozen dinner.  Figured it would be a good match for the ravioli. 

The cowboy stew and minestrone soup are leftovers from previous dinners that I saved the leftovers for easy dinners.  Unfortunately, they weren't stored in freezer bags and are causing a lot of wasted space.  I won't make that mistake again. 

By cleaning out some of the freezer stuff, I'll be saving on groceries this week.  I should be able to get by with only buying milk and bread and a few baby items. 

I'll also be able to focus on other parts of the house or just spend more time playing with Gracie, since a few of my meals this week are just reheat and serve type meals! 

For other menu planning ideas, be sure to check out Menu Plan Monday, hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie


Bella @ Lil Daisies said...

I cleaned out the freezer/ pantry in January. It felt good to get rid of some of those things...and it saved me some money too!

Enjoy your time with Gracie!


Alison said...

Thanks, Bella!
Yes, it does save some money and time too! I think I prefer the time it saves me, when all I have to do is thaw/reheat something for dinner!

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