Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Week # 2 - Money Saving Menu Cook Ahead Plan

Here is your next cook ahead plan.  This plan is for Week # 2 Money Saving Menus

This is a one week plan which you should double so you have one set of meals to eat the following week, and another in your freezer for next month.  The amounts are for four, so if you are a family of two, you're all set.  If you are a family of four, then double the amounts given to have extra freezer meals.  This plan can also be made in multiplies of three, four etc. for larger families.  

Before you start, make sure you've read Introduction to Freezer Cooking or Batch Cooking Paleo Style.  Here you will find videos that show you how to fit all your meals into a small freezer section, and lots of ideas for containers that you can use for freezing your foods.

Week # 2 - Money Saving Menu Cook Ahead Plan

Here are all the forms you will need.  I suggest you follow the link and print them so you can check off the steps as you go. Also, if you are changing ingredients or amounts then you want to mark this on your forms as well.

Week # 2 - Money Saving Menu Cook Ahead Forms

I have used Orange Vineigrette as the dressing, but you can easily substitute the dressing of your choice.  

As you work through the plan, use the back of the page to make any notes you want to remember for the next time you use it.  File it away in a folder and when you have collected 3 or 4 plans that work for your family you will have a good variety to rotate throughout the year.

If you find any problems please let me know in the comments.  Sometimes things get screwed up when they are transferred from one medium to another, and even though I have tried to check everything quite carefully, mistakes can easily happen. 

Again, here is the link to check the Introduction to Freezer Cooking or Batch Cooking Paleo Style. if you need more ideas on how to pack for your freezer.

If you work all week I would suggest that you do this plan in three parts the way it's set up.  One day check and buy your groceries, one day do your prep work, and then (probably on the weekend when you have more time) do your cooking session.

On the other hand, if you are at home all day you can opt to do the prep and the cooking all in one day. I would never suggest you shop, prep and try to cook all in the same day unless you're looking to have a nervous breakdown.

Remember,  my plan is all about doing the least amount of work for the most reward. If you follow it then yes, you will have to do some work, but very likely not nearly as much as you're doing now. You can divide up the work that needs doing and choose the time that works best for you. 

Hopefully you will be spending a lot less time in the kitchen, and when you are in there it will be a much more pleasant experience.

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  1. It would be so much easier to do if there were links to the recipes. Also, you have to pay to print them? I don't mind if I'm paying you, but it doesn't look like I am. Also--the beef burgundy recipe calls for arrowroot--not on the list--and 3 cups of burgundy instead of 2.

    1. If you check the first line of this post, there is a link to the menu plan. Within the menu plan there are links to all the recipes. On the Scribd website it does say these lists are a free download in PDF format, or you can read them online. Even though these plans have been checked by several people, they are produced by humans not machines, so I'm afraid I can't guarantee that there won't be some mistakes.


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