Luckily, since I’ve already finished the planning, I’m going to pass all of my knowledge on to you!
Here you can download a .zip file including a break-down of the meals, serving suggestions, important notes, shopping lists, and recipe instructions.
After I found my recipes and created lists to keep myself organized, I finished all of my shopping. We got everything we needed at Sam’s Club and our local super-center, Meijer – that includes Ziplocs and disposable casserole dishes with lids. In-total we spent around $160 for the month (though we did have some ingredients on-hand before the shopping trip).
We have a lot going on during the week with church and social activities, so I planned for 4 meals each week and 1 night of left-overs. Though, we ended up with WAY more food left over than 1-nights worth, so it took us more than a month to actually eat all of this food.
Before we went shopping, I cleared out the pantry and refrigerator. I also cleaned the kitchen and cleared the counters/dishwasher/sink. As soon as we got home with our van-load of groceries, I got started with the meal prep. All of the produce was immediately thrown into a sink full of water and veggie wash. The other ingredients were divided up into their individual recipes. Next, I checked through the instructions and cooked up the meats that needed cooking and the noodles that needed boiling.
It’s pretty simple from that point on. Assemble the recipes according to their instructions, label the bags and casserole dishes, and freeze. Really…it’s that simple. In order to keep everything extra “fresh” I double-bagged all of the Ziploc recipes, and I used Glad Press-n-Seal over all of the casserole dishes before placing the foil topper on them.
All of this prep took approximately 4 hours of time after shopping one morning. Broken down between the meals, that equals something like 15 minutes each (not including shopping and planning). It’s really hard to beat that if you ask me!
You can see a quick break-down of the meals I made, below.
Chicken Tetrazzini *family favorite
Ingredients: chicken breasts, butter, onion, garlic, cream of chicken soup, shredded Parmesan cheese, sour cream, frozen peas, linguini, and Ritz crackers.
Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce, zucchini, green bell pepper, and onion.
Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken *family favorite
Ingredients: chicken breasts, coke, BBQ sauce, onion flakes, and garlic powder.
Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
Ingredients: no-boil lasagna noodles, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, pasta sauce, dried basil, part-skim ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, eggs, and Parmesan cheese.
Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili *husband approved
Ingredients: red onions, green bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, and sweet potatoes.
Layered Tex-Mex Casserole
Ingredients: ground chuck, onion, black beans, enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, shredded Mexican cheese, and corn tortillas.
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
Ingredients: elbow noodles, cooked chicken, sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese, green enchilada sauce, chopped green chilies, and chopped tomatoes.
Crock-Pot Sweet & Tangy Meatballs *toddler approved
Ingredients: chili sauce, grape jelly, and frozen meatballs.
Crock-Pot Black Bean Taco Soup
Ingredients: lean ground beef, onion, taco seasoning, frozen corn, black beans, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and diced green chilies.
Tater Tot & Creamed Corn Casserole
Ingredients: ground beef, frozen tater tots, creamed corn, shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese, and garlic powder.
Chicken & Green Bean Casserole
Ingredients: chicken breasts, frozen green beans, red potatoes, and pepper.
Crock-Pot Chicken & Vegetable Soup
Ingredients: tomato soup, tomato sauce, chicken broth, zucchini, frozen mixed vegetables, garlic, chicken breasts, onion powder, and dried basil.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me if you have any questions about the recipes or my process.
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