I have to say; I am pretty proud of myself for sticking to my meal plan/grocery shopping/meal prepping here lately. While I currently do not have a freezer full of meals, I do have a few things I can pull out and put together on short notice. I don't cook every single night, though, we don't eat a ton of meat, and I try to make our snacks. If your family will eat a meal once or week or so without meat in it, that is huge for your grocery budget! Meat can be expensive!!!
Don't we all get tired of coming up with what to cook for dinner? As I said, I don't cook every night and have just recently come to the realization (although my husband has been telling me this for a while) that I don't have to cook every night. Two or three nights of the week, are leftover nights. I'm slowly learning to cook larger portions of things, now that we have another human to feed who would like to eat as well. Last week, I cooked a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. We didn't finish eating it before it was time to toss or freeze, so in a freezer bag it went, and there's dinner another night! I have read that by having a theme for your weeknight meals; it helps to take the guesswork out of meal planning which makes life easier, win win!! Tuesday nights at our house is Mexican night. Now, I don't want tacos every Tuesday night because that is boring to me. So I have to get creative; it may be enchiladas, fajitas, enchilada bake, taco soup, chicken nachos or enchilada rice skillet. When it comes to chicken, I have gotten lazy, or maybe smart depending on how you look at it. I don't want to stand at the stove or the grill and wait for chicken. I would rather cook a lot of it in the crockpot and then shred and use it for meals that way. Another thing we love to eat is turkey sausage or kielbasa. It's great cooked in the skillet with cabbage and onion. Our two favorite ways to eat it are in Spicy Sausage Pasta or Sausage Potato Bake. Both of these are one dish and let them cook type of meals, my favorite!!!
I hope you all don't think that a freshly cooked meal is expected to be prepared every night of the week. Give yourselves a break, trying to cook every night is not only expensive but it will exhaust you!! Here are a few of the recipes I mentioned that we like to eat in our house. Enjoy!!!
PlainChicken.com has a great recipe for Chicken Enchiladas .
We LOVE Damndelicious.net Cheesy Enchilada Rice.
Averiecooks.com has a super easy and delicious Chicken Noodle Soup.
This is one of our favorites from handletheheat.com Sausage Potato Bake.
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