This week’s meal plan in our (that would be NinjaMeg’s) family is one where many (if not all) of recipes can be doubled and frozen. We’re deep into prepping meals for after our little Ladybug arrives (I have around 11 weeks left until she’s born – we’re still waiting on a c-section date), so I’m trying to pull as much double duty as I can (doubling the recipe so I only have to prep or cook once). NinjaMichelle is the resident freezer cooking Ninja, so luckily I have someone whom I can ask when I have questions along the way!
Meal Plan for the Week of October 6th
Monday – Cincinnati Spaghetti, Green Salad (doubling the chili recipe, then freezing the leftovers- it’s great as Cincinnati Spaghetti, but also over baked potatoes, in chili cheese dogs/fries, etc. Note: This recipe does make a lot, even without doubling!)
Tuesday – Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken (doubling the recipe & freezing 1/2 of the the stuffed chicken breasts raw), Greek Salad, Roasted Lemon Potatoes
Wednesday – Crockpot Beef Stew (doubling it, cooking then freezing 1/2 of the batch – after I take out 1/2 of the batch to freeze, I’m going to add in some diced cooked potato) & Homemade Bread (in the bread maker)
Thursday – Thai Chicken (this one I’m just freezing some raw chicken to have on hand since I’ve read if you freeze chicken in a marinade with soy sauce & citrus, it can change the texture of the meat), Rice & Bok Choy Salad (it’s just as good without the fried shallots)
Friday – Bistro-Style Short Ribs (freezing 1/2 of the batch after cooking), Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels sprouts
Saturday – Appetizers for dinner: Buffalo Wings, Veggies & Ranch Dip, Spinach Dip with baguette slices, Hot Onion Soufflé Dip (making full regular recipe, which makes a lot, & freezing 3/4 of it) with baguette slices, Jalapeño Popper Dip (doubling the recipe & freezing 1/2 of it) with tortilla chips
Sunday – Thanksgiving Dinner (Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, but I like making our dinner on the Sunday): Classic Roast Turkey and Gravy, My Great-Grandmother’s Stuffing Recipe, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots, Green Salad, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce. (I’m doubling the stuffing recipe, which makes a lot of stuffing, so that I can make two dishes of my own take on Rachael Ray’s Pilgrim Casserole to freeze – one will be for after Ladybug arrives, one will be for American Thanksgiving).
For lunches, there will be lots of leftovers this week, so that will take care of those. For breakfasts, Monkey’s still on his kick of turkey sausages, whole-grain toast and eggs and I’m still not able to eat too much (Greg takes care of his own breakfasts). So there you go, this week’s meal plan!