Ok…so…time for some honesty…
I had to significantly modify my freezer prep since the last post. (Freezer Prep Part I).
My modification had 100% to do with the fact that it simply did not fit our budget for me to purchase as much meat as I needed for all that prep work, on top of what we already purchase to eat in present time. After doing the calculations, it was going to be, roughly, an extra $400 at Costco for the additional ground beef, chicken, and bison alone. Along with setting aside some extra money to cover bills while I take maternity leave, that kind of “meat money” was not going to happen!
SO, what this does mean is that I am still prepping our freezer in modified quantities.
(The bagged, brown stuff in the upper righthand corner of the picture is our stash of coffee beans. Mark buys his beloved Bold Bean coffee in bulk, separates the beans into the exact amount he makes every day and freezes it all. It has actually ended up saving us a ton of money this way!)
Here’s the new plan and my accomplishments thus far:
Make for the freezer:
- Grilled Chicken Breasts/Thighs (8 breasts/thighs) (1/2 way done!)
- Dice/chop half of the breasts for easy toppings on salads or simple dishes
- Browned Ground Beef (seasoned with salt and pepper only) (2 lbs.) (1/2 way done!)
- Form some of the beef into patties for easy burgers
- Paleo Banana Chocolate Streusel Muffins (2 dozen) (Done!)
- Paleo Blueberry Lemon Muffins: Practical Paleo (2 dozen) (Done!)
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (doubling the recipe) (Making next week!)
- Baked French Toast (Pioneer Woman recipe- use Ezekial Bread) (1 loaf) (Making next week!)
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (1 gallons) (1/2 way to this amount!)
- Pre-made spaghetti squash “noodles” (6 servings) (1/2 way to this amount!)
- Almost 5 Ingredient Spaghetti Pie (3) (making all of these this week and next!)
- Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole (2) (making all of these this week and next– and I leave out the water chestnuts- yuck!)
Snacks For A Nursing Mom: (making all of these in 2 weeks!)
I’m actually glad I scaled back a bit because after about 2 hours in the kitchen Tuesdays, Thursday, and/or Sundays (the days I work on this stuff!), I’m done. Plus, I also think that if I had completed the quantities that I originally intended, I would have run out of freezer storage space a long time ago!
The next 2 or so weeks are my final push (no pun intended!). I hope to be completely done with all freezer prep by the time I’m 38 weeks along (I’ve got about 2 and 1/2 weeks to go until I get to that point!).