I'm not sure about where everyone else lives, but it has been hot here this week! I love batch cooking: it saves me time and money in the long run. I had laid out my September batch cooking plan on Monday and got to work.
After shopping, getting elbow deep in food stuffs, and recognizing that it was hot, the plan got tweaked a little (soufflé can wait until Monday when it's cooler!) and some things made it to the freezer that were bonus items (more cheap green and red peppers). Here is what has made it to my freezer and the pantry for the coming month(s):
2 Ranch Bean Kits (modified Cowboy Beans)
1 Bean kit for 3 Bean Chili
1-9x13 and 2-8x8 pans of Grilled Chicken Enchiladas (Recipe to come)
6 Grilled Chicken Breast Packets (thaw, heat & chop for salads, fajitas, pasta etc)
8 containers (2 & 4 cup) of Beans - Black, Pinto and Northern
2# Ground Beef to be used for Taco meat later
6 Pepper Bombs each of Red and Green peppers
I still have plans (and 10 pounds of potatoes) to make mashed potatos as well - just didn't get to it yet.
Instant Oatmeal packets
3 Biscuit kits
3 Cornbread kits
After all that work, I even remembered to mark off my freezer list so I know what's actually in there!
Special thanks to my local grocery stores who had lean ground beef $1.99/lb and boneless/skinless chicken breasts at $1.69/lb this week! Also due to some great sales, I've got my pantry stocked on cereal and pasta as well. The hope is that all I will have to buy for the rest of the month is milk, eggs and fresh produce. I'm also hoping to spend a little less time on meal prep and squeeze in some more regular exercise.