- Sue Gregg's Meals in Minutes cookbook has menus of five entrees designed to be cooked and frozen in a single session. The casseroles are higher carb than what I would normally cook, but still healthier than what my husband, alone, would order at a restaurant. I bought two boxes of quick-cook brown rice for convenience. Our small family can split each entree into two loaf-size pans, making 10 meals for the five recipes.
- Perishable wish list--using my Aldi receipt, I jotted down several fresh foods which would be nice for my mom to bring during the weeks after birth (she drives past Aldi every day). These include yogurt, milk, apples, bananas, bagged spinach, broccoli, etc. Hopefully this will divert her from a daily stop by the gas station!
- The giant pot 'o soup for myself. I don't want to recover on a diet of crackers and Campbell's like I did last time. For the next several weeks, I plan to make a giant crock of vegetable beef soup each week. I can scoop a cup from the refrigerator for meals and snacks if needed. In fact, I'm eating a bowl right now! I won't bother freezing ahead because I like the crunch of fresh vegetables. Can you guess what I'm using for the tomato base? My stockpile of organic Ragu!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Meal planning without time, energy, or take-out is always a dilemma for the frugal mom. I'm trying to plan several meals for after the baby. I even went on a Walmart mission with surplus grocery money in hand, determined to buy some of those convenience foods I avoid like the plague. Call it a preemptive strike against the junk food my mom will surely pack into my cupboards. (Laffy Taffy, chocolate milk and spaghettios, anyone?) If my son has to eat something out of a flip-top can, it can be a healthier alternative chosen by me (diced fruit in its own juice versus heavy syrup, for instance). I was shocked at the cost and limited selection, though! I came home with a renewed motivation.