One of the goals I have set for myself in 2014 to get back in the habit of meal-planning. Meal-planning keeps me from making tacos and chicken nuggets every night of the week. Not that my kids would complain if I did that.
I shopped with a friend this morning and have two solid weeks of meals planned out. So today, Saturday, I spent a good amount of time in my kitchen prepping as many of those meals as I can, just to make life that much simpler.
This was a hard-core undertaking, one that I hadn't tried before. I don't know how often I can commit to this, but I predict that Future Keely will thank me for the work I did today.
Here's what's on the menu and what I took care of ahead of time:
Lasagna with Meatballs, Garlic Knots --I'll share this recipe soon!
Completely assembled lasagna. Waiting to be baked.
Chicken Nuggets with Rice and Green Beans
Cooked and seasoned beef. Grated cheese. Washed lettuce.
Macaroni and Cheese
Boiled pasta after I cooked the lasagna noodles; used the same water. Grated cheese.
Mac and Cheese is easy to make in advance and freeze for later, but I was worn out by the time I got here. :)
Beans and Cornbread
Buttermilk Waffles with Eggs and Bacon
Mixed waffle dry ingredients together; stored in the fridge in a jar. Cooked 1 pound bacon in the oven.
Parmesan Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
Pounded chicken flat before I stuck it in the freezer to fix another day. Made homemade breadcrumbs.
Chicken Pot Pie
Made crust. Roasted chicken breasts at 375 until cooked through.
Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles
Roasted chicken breasts. The noodles are time-consuming, so I might just make this next weekend.
Thinly sliced steak before freezing.
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions