Ma! MEATLOAF! Get the Meatloaf!

It is an age old question…. “What’s for Dinner?’  With life moving so fast and only gaining momentum I often find this question to be one of the hardest ones I have to answer each day. So with work consuming so much of my time each day and the daunting task of finding time to squeeze in my school work as I continue to work towards my second degree I found that the question of what to have for dinner became filled with stress and anxiety. So I started to hatch a plan….. I would try to make freezer meals and have a list of pre planned dinners at the ready. No more “What’s for Dinner?”  i would just check the list hanging on the fridge for what my options were. So far so good. It has been a lot of experimentation on what works and what doesn’t work, as well as some recipes that were just flat out fails. It happens. So I prepared approximately 20 different dishes over the course of a weekend, including the shopping and prep work. I made doubles of each dish so I had 40 meals shoved in my freezer. I think my estimated spending was around $250. Now, there are only two of us mind you. I am no longer feeding an entire army, what with us having 4 kids and various friends around. I would say we are half way through the list and rounding the corner to start the duplicates. I have only had one really BAD recipe that I am not sure what to do about its double. It was just not what I expected. Needless to say we had drive thru that night. On the weekends we are rarely home and so this has extended the time that these initial meals have lasted.  I am thinking it is almost time to plan my round two.  Hmmmmmm what can I make this time……

Here are the 20 meals…..

  1. Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice
  2. Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Corn, Roll
  3. Cheesey Chicken Rice, Broccoli, Corn, Roll
  4. Tacos, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice
  5. Lasagne, Salad, garlic bread
  6. Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes Cream gravy, corn, Green Beans Biscuits.
  7. Shish~Ka~Bobs with rice
  8. Tamale Pie, Salad  This was my one BIG FAIL. My fault. I used a sweet cornbread and it did NOT freeze well!!
  9. Beefy Noodle Bake, Corn, Broccoli, Salad, roll  (Rob said this one upset his stomach. although it was tasty.)
  10. Chimichangas, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice
  11. Ashley Springs Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes
  12. Beans and Rice
  13. Pan Seared Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
  14. Teriyaki Chicken, Pineapple, Stirfry veggies, White Rice
  15. Tex Mex Chicken Bake, Corn Muffins, Salad
  16. BBQ Beef, Mac and Cheese, Cowboy Beans
  17. Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Twice Baked Potatoes, Corn, roll
  18. Mongolian Beef, Stir fried Green Beans, White Rice
  19. Bean and Cheese Burritos, Taco Salad
  20. Creamy Italian Chicken, Parmesan Risotto, Corn, Garlic Bread

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