Meal Plan Week of 4/6-4/12

Definitely a little late with the meal plan this week... If you follow me on facebook, instagram, or twitter you may have seen my post on the Fresh Mama Freezer Challenge and the first couple meals for the Freezer Challenge. I have to say, I love instagram! So much fun looking through all the hashtags and photos --basically endless inspiration:)

So, in case you missed it, the Freezer Challenge involves cleaning out your freezer and planning meals to use up anything that is nearing its expiration date. Fortunately I did not need to throw out very many items. There were a few unlabeled bags (how did those get in there?!) and a couple things with freezer burn, but I was pleasantly surprised it was not a total disaster. If you are on instagram and want to share your freezer before and after pics OR photos of meals you made through the freezer challenge use the hashtag #freshmamafreezerchallenge and tag me!

Last year I found a Pinterest post on using reusable grocery bags to organize the freezer, but I wasn't loving it. The bags don't hold their shape and you cannot see what is inside the bags. So this time I decided to try a couple milk crates and freezer bins from The Container Store. I bought (THESE) in varying sizes and (THESE) in white. I only bought 2 of the milk crates and will definitely buy 2 more. I separated items into 1.) make-ahead meals, baked goods 2.)frozen veggies 3.)pork 4.) beef  5.) grains (I purchase 25 pounds at a time of whole wheat berries from a local farm and store the wheat in the freezer). From now on, it will be a whole lot easier to find what I need, especially when I have time to add 2 more milk crates to further organize, probably adding one for chicken and separating the baked goods from the make-ahead meals.

After all the organizing, I took a look at what I could use in meals with minimal grocery shopping and formed my meal plan. It was pretty exciting to only pick up fruit, milk, and orange juice at the grocery store for the week! Of course, I also have my CSA veggies to use, as well.

Sunday: Pizza

Monday: Six Sister's Hawaiian Meatballs, fried rice, oranges and pineapple
*I love this recipe and actually made it in a large skillet instead of the crockpot. I cut the sugar in half, serve the pineapple on the side (my kids don't like cooked pineapple). The meatballs and rice had been in my freezer for a while and it was time to use it up. The pepper, bok choy, eggs, and oranges all came from my CSA delivery. This meal was ready in under 30 minutes!

Tuesday: Applegate Farms hot dogs, baked beans, homemade coleslaw
*cabbage and carrots from the CSA, hot dogs from the freezer, baked beans from the pantry

Wednesday: Quiche, The Best Oven "Fries"

Thursday: Grilled Chicken, jasmine rice, veggies
*Chicken breasts were placed in freezer bags with a lime-cilantro marinade. They will defrost in the fridge overnight and I will grill them up.

Friday: Homemade Hamburger Helper, salad

Saturday: Dinner out!

How about you? Any big Spring Cleaning chores in your future? I still need to tackle my pantry, which is usually very organized, but recently has gotten out of control. Let me know if you come up with any creative meals on your freezer adventures! Sometimes the best meals come from odds and ends...

Enjoy the rest of the week and the nice Spring weather that has arrived in most parts (finally)!

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