Freezer Meal Challenge

Freezer Meal Challenge

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My Freezer after 5 insane hours with help from my amazing fiance!

For months now I’ve been trying to cut down on how much money we spend on groceries every month. Finding so many interesting articles and posts on how to freeze meals for the whole month had definitely caught my eye, so that was my next search.

Now, there are so many good and bad articles out there in reference to freezer meals, I will say that finding these two articles were very helpful and had very delicious recipes.

(1.) $200 Freezer Meals for a month

This article was fantastic and full of knowledge to pick apart. Also, not to worry they have 8 interesting and very delicious recipes. I will say, like most people, I  changed up a few of the recipes to the way my family enjoys to eat. For example, Lasagna we tend to eat differently, I make my own lasagna rolls. Lasagna rolls are made the same way lasagna is made but in each roll. Rolls make it easier to freeze and take out one by one it also serves good one per person (I made 20 rolls).

So I didn’t use the “Meat Marinara Recipe”, so you will have to decide if you like that without my review due to not trying it myself. Other then that I followed all the other recipes the way it’s written. I will say be careful making the rice, I made TOO much. The recipes call for 8 cups of rice in one recipe and 5 cups for another. I started with a total of 13 cups of rice and ended up with about 20 cups of rice, which is okay if you have a BIG pot or two…..or three pots (if you want to freeze the rice as a side that works too). Just take into account that the rice will suck up the water and become 20 cups of rice if you put in 13 cups. I would suggest making 8 cups of rice and go from there.

This article even helps you save time writing out all the ingredients you will need by conveniently providing a shopping list you can print out and bring with you to the grocery store.

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(2.)Breakfast Sandwiches

This article is very good for breakfast foods, considering the first article was mainly for Lunches/Dinners. I had made 6 Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches, and they are very good to have stocked up for when you are running late/rushing out of the house. It takes 1 minute on each side in the microwave to finish (basically the time it takes for your coffee to be done) and then you’re off to all your adventures of insanity for the day.

Last bit of advice,

-Make sure your kitchen is cleaned ahead of time.

-Prepare your freezer before you go shopping.

-Have designated spots in your kitchen for certain tasks and keep them that way the whole time so there is no confusion.

-Half way done, do not give up, it’s exhausting, your feet and back will hurt. But just remember when it’s all over you will have saved so much more time and energy for the rest of your month!

The total meals I was able to cook and freeze is as follows…

Cheeseburger Casserole  17 Slices (1 Slice per person (3 people)                   5 Meals

Tex Mex                               One Container for 3 people                                         9 Meals

Chicken Casserole            One Container for 3 people                                         7 Meals

Lasagna Rolls                      17 pieces (1 per person(3 People)                            5 Meals

Chicken & Dressing         One Container for 3 people                                         3 Meals

Broccoli Chicken Pasta    One Container for 3 people                                         8 Meals

Chili                                     One Container for 3 people                                         6 Meals

Broccoli & Cheese             One Container for 3 People                                         1 Meal

Total Meals (Lunch/Dinner)                                                                                                         44 Meals

Breakfast Sandwich          One per person for 3 people                                       6 Meals

Tostones (fried platains)      One Bag for 3 people                                                 9 Meals

Total bfest/sides                                                                                                                              15 Meals

So the question left would be how much did all of this cost?

The answer is after the $200 freezer meals, chips, drinks, snacks, breakfast sandwiches.

$280 was my total! With $20 left for my Grocery budget. Score 🙂

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Welcome to Parenting… Check your SANITY at the door!

Welcome to Parenting… Check your SANITY at the door!

If you are looking for DIY, Awesome challenges, or advice for your family through all the insanity you are in the right spot! Navigate your way through the categories at the top of this page and click on what interests you. Comment, Like, and Share. Also Comment about any challenges you would like to see in action before you try it and I will accept your challenge and record it!

If you are looking for DIY, Awesome challenges, or advice for your family through all the insanity you are in the right spot! Navigate your way through the categories at the top of this page and click on what interests you. Comment, Like, and Share. Also Comment about any challenges you would like to see in action before you try it and I will accept your challenge and record it!

 

 

Also I must have this disclaimer,

I am not a licensed counselor or doctor, anything that I do post about is strictly from experience or research. If your child has any physical or mental issues, those problems should be addressed by your child’s pediatrician. What I post that may work for my child may not work for yours. So speak to your child’s pediatrician before trying anything I post. That is all, Enjoy 🙂

Stress with tantrums

Stress with tantrums

Family is the best part of life, they know you inside and out. No matter all the insanity there is to being a parent, being a parent is the best gift of all. There will be days you wish you had a backup babysitter at your beckon call and believe me that would be AMAZING for those moments, however, that is why you have family and your partner to help in those moments. Make sure your family has discussed these topics, on who is willing to babysit every so often to give you a break. Asking for your parent’s schedules is also a great idea to make a tradition for your child[ren] going to the grandparent’s house every Friday (or whenever) for an hour or more so you can get some MUST need sleep or other projects done.

When the insanity is just too much some times and you don’t have someone to babysit, remember to just put your child in a safe room, walk away for 5 minutes in another room, and breathe. After you are able to calm yourself down return brand new and take care of the situation calmly. Never let the insanity of tantrums get to you where you are taking your stress out on your children. Walking away to cool down for 5 minutes is the BEST option. Crying and tantrums can be ignored as long as your child is safe and not in any harm.

 

Until next time Remember, inSANITY can always become sane. 🙂