Saturday, July 3, 2010
Guest Post: Don't Really Menu Plan.....I Plan Quick Ways to Make a Meal Courtesy of Sarah's Deals
Spaghetti (meat dumped in sauce to warm up)
Goulash Sloppy Joes
Added to the few casseroles I do make
I purchase 5# of precooked and pressed ham at Walmart for $7.88. I have the deli thick slice it for me (they do this as a free service), and I take it home and package it for individual meals. I get 8-9 meals worth of meat out of each package. These can thaw in the fridge, or since they are precooked, I can dip them in warm water and have them just thawed enough to pull part for cooking after 2 minutes!
I detailed the meat above because that is the largest amount of my prep/planning time most weeks. To go along with the meat, we keep on hand:
For smaller meals and snacks I keep on hand:
Chicken nuggets/fish sticks
Hot dogs/balogna/smoked sausage/lunchmeat
Mac and Cheese
and much more!
I take a visual inventory of my pantry every week. When I'm beginning to get low on something, I start watching for it to go on sale again. I often have enough alternatives that we can eat well even if we go without one particular item for a couple weeks. We are often just as happy with plain buttered noodles instead of Pasta Roni.
So, what's for dinner? Whatever we want....and it can usually be prepared in under 20 minutes and many times about 10.
Want more information? Please ask. Have a tip you think will help me add to my plan? Please share! Please feel free to share if you try any of this and it helps.
My thoughts: Sometimes I am in a good routine and I will pull out my diabetic crockpot book or surf sparkpeople and have lots of new recipes ready to go. Most of the time I'm a lot like this. We don't keep soem of those things on hand like hot dogs fish sticks and chicken nuggets but a lot of the other things we do. And when I do crockpot I like to overcook and freeze some. Recently my husband was going to be home late and I had leftover spaghetti from a couple weeks prior in the freezer thawed it out made the noodles and was done! So these are great tips! Thanks Sarah's Deals!