I'm trying to get back into my routine of menu planning and crockpot cooking this week. Yesterday I was perusing several blogs for inspiration and motivation, and came across The Busy Cook's pyramid, a fantastic menu planning resource from Menus4Moms. It includes freezer cooking, multi-meal cooking, quick and simple recipes, and more. 

Based on that pyramid, here's the plan I've come up with for the next week:

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner, tripled; extra 2 meals will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Weekend Dinner, for 2 additional meals of Remade Leftovers
  • 1 Large Batch of Sauce, Fermented Food or Prepared Ingredient (i.e. tomato sauce, shredded potatoes, dried fruit) to supplement Quick and Easy Meals
  • 1 Breakfast-for-Dinner
  • 1 Dessert, doubled; extra dessert will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Batch of Snack Food for sack lunches or traveling
Then I took a quick look through my pantry and fridge to see what I really need to use up this week:
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
  • Cantaloupe and honeydew
  • Butternut squash
  • Potatoes
  • Green chilies, large
  • Ears of corn
  • Tomatoes, regular and grape
  • Avocados
  • Mangos
  • Plums
  • Lettuce
  • Green bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Peaches and nectarines

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Freezer Cooking
  • Thursday: Italian Three-Bean and Sausage Casserole

Remade Leftovers
Main recipe: 

Meals from leftovers:
  • Tuesday: Beefy Chilis Rellenos
  • Friday: Tunisian-Style Chili

Quick and Easy Meals
I'm cooking three different kinds of beans (black, small white, and garbanzo), prepared according to this basic recipe. They'll be flavorful and delicious on their own, or ready to add into any recipe. I'll use some for the Freezer Cooking casserole and the Remade Leftovers Chili, and lastly for a quick meal using the recipe below. The rest of the beans will go into the freezer.
  • Monday: Pasta Fazool

I like to do this when possible to try out a new breakfast recipe so I know what needs to be tweaked before I cook it early in the morning, when I can't keep a constant eye on it.
  • Wednesday: Torrijas (Spanish-Style French Toast)

  • Tuesday: Balsamic Fruit and Yogurt
  • Friday: Fruit Crisp

Snack Food

What's your favorite thing planned in your menu this week?


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