Weekly Menu Plan #63 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #63 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

I tried to stay under budget this week in case we need to run out for something later. Our fridge is a little packed right now because we still have quite a bit of lettuce and eggs leftover from last week along with a few other large containers. I didn't want to pile it too full! My mom and sister are coming to visit for the weekend and they are bringing a lot of the food for Saturday night's dinner. 

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Food Prep Week 3 - Taco Meat, Shredded Chicken, & Pizza Crusts {Recipe}

Food Prep Week 3 - Taco Meat, Shredded Chicken, & Pizza Crusts {Recipe}

Here we are at week 3 of prepping food to get ready for that crazy back to school season! I'm trying to fill our freezer and pantry with easy meal components to take some of the time out of meal making. I'm not making full blown meals during these food prep sessions, just cooking or prepping things ahead of time to make the actual cooking times shorter and my meal planning a little easier when we have extra things on our schedule. 

During week 1 we made pantry staples like enchilada sauce and "refried" beans and for week 2 we focused on breakfast foods prepping English muffins and freezer biscuits. Ready to hop in to week 3?

I kept things a little simpler this week because I have other tasks on my agenda but I still wanted to get some items we use consistently into the stash. These aren't difficult tasks and could easily be knocked out in an hour or so. I chose to spread it out between other parts of my day to make things a little simpler but it's definitely possible to make these all faster!

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Food Prep Week 1 - Refried Beans, Black Beans, Enchilada Sauce {Recipes}

Food Prep Week 1 - Refried Beans, Black Beans, Enchilada Sauce {Recipes}

I mentioned in my Monthly Goals for August that I want to spend time each week prepping food for the freezer and pantry that will make life easier once school starts. I don't really like making full meals for the freezer. I've done it and it's handy but there are only a few meals I've found that I enjoy as freezer meals as much as their freshly made counterparts. 

Instead of making freezer meals I make meal components. These are often items the get bought as canned or boxed foods that I make homemade and stick in the freezer or pantry until it's time to use them. This week I'm making refried beans, black beans, and enchilada sauce. All of these get used very frequently in our house. I like having refried beans for burritos, as a dip for tortilla chips, and I've even used them as the "sauce" on taco pizza! Black beans are the easiest on the plan this week since all I have to do is soak the beans, cook them until soft, and then divide into freezer containers. Enchilada sauce is our go-to sauce for breakfast pizza and we also use it for enchilada pasta as well as regular enchiladas. 

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