As a major part of reducing our budgetary costs for necessary items, I am trying to make meals where we can use up our freezer items. We are so blessed to have venison given to us each year for the cost of processing, so we have lots of venison in the freezer. We also buy a side of beef when we can, so we have been in the freezer and still have three frozen turkeys from last year when they were super cheap from the Thanksgiving specials. This week, I also bought 40 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and packaged them 3 large breasts per package to use in future recipes, then froze them. So, we have plenty of meat on hand for any recipe we want. I also want to use up our pantry items. Since we own Wheat-n-things, we almost always have rice and beans and wheat and honey and salt on hand, as well as several other staples.
So, here is this week’s menu plan:
Four cheese baked Ziti (making some without Sauce for Anne) (Don’t Panic, Quick, Easy and Delicious Meals)
Lentil and Rice Pilaf (this is to take to a pitch-in dinner where several vegetarians will be present). (Fix it and forget it lightly 113)
Cheeseburger casserole- leaving out the tomatoes due to Anne’s tomato allergy. (Express Lane Cookbook 57)
Busy Day Chicken (Momys cookbook 180)
Chicken Pot Pie (we made these ahead so it just needs to be baked)
Thursday-Saturday some of the kids and Duncan will be gone on a church camping weekend so no meal planning for those days. We will probably have leftovers or very simple meals like sandwiches.
Also, I am having a baby shower for Christina so I need to get onto planning that menu as well!