Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Week 23 Meal Plan

How are you feeling about cooking in the summertime?

I'll admit I'm losing a little steam. I don't want to cook a new dinner every night; I want to be outside playing with my son in the park!

So instead of planning 6 meals a week, I've been planning 5 and eating leftovers an extra time. The good thing about having a stocked pantry is that I can always cook up something easy from my freezer or food storage if leftovers just aren't sounding good enough one night. If you really wanted to cut down on your cooking time, you could choose 3 or 4 meals a week, cook double portions of each, and eat leftovers half the time. Do you have any other great tips for cutting down on cooking time? Please share!

Chicken Fiesta Salad, Tortilla Chips

Orange Chicken, Rice, Broccoli, Cauliflower

Roast Chicken, Stuffing, Corn on the Cob, Baby Carrots

Go Out

Neapolitan Baked Ziti, Green Salad, Peas

Something to use up the rest of the roast chicken. I'm considering:
Ramen Veggie Stirfry
White Chicken Chili
Honey Lime Enchiladas
Sweet Pork Burritos (substituting chicken for the pork, obviously)
I've got all the basic ingredients for these dishes on hand, so I don't need to pick up anything extra at the store except some vegetables to serve on the side.




3 Little Chicks said...

I like to use my crock pot at least twice a week. I dump everything in the crock the night before and keep it in the fridge. I do this after my kids are asleep for the night. In the morning, I just pull the crock out of the fridge, plug it in and turn it on. I look for crock pot recipes that don't make you cook ingredients first before putting them in the crock pot. Hope this helps!

Rachelle said...

Ooh, yes! I used to do the crock pot in the fridge the night before when I was working. Now that I'm home all day I forget that I can still do these handy things! Plus I love using the crock pot in the summer because it doesn't heat up the house. Great reminder. Thanks!

Creative Stirrings said...

You do an amazing job! I think I should pay you to cook for me right now :). Have fun!

Rachelle said...

Ha ha :) You're feeling it, too? Good to know I'm not alone!