November/December Once a Month Freezer Cooking Plans
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared our monthly food budget and our meal plans. I’ve just had trouble coming up with the best way to share them so they are the most benefit for you and not just “Hey, look what I did!”. But here is our meals plans for November/December (because of how our co-op works I always make plans mid-month to mid-month), you can use them too!
Where I Shopped
Since we just got moved into our new little farmstead I’ve wanted to plan our meals better since I don’t have the opportunity to get to the grocery store like I did before. Now we only have one grocery store (there might be 2, I haven’t explored much yet!) and a Walmart. Both which mostly carry items that we don’t normally purchase. I’m still able to order with our co-op, Azure Standard and we’ve decided it would be beneficial to buy a membership to Costco, which is a few hours drive away. I ordered what I could from the co-op and picked up the rest at Costco.
I started out by writing out recipes, gathering them all in one place, and writing out a grocery shopping list. Then I moved into making my baking day plans for what foods could be made ahead and stuck in the freezer.
The Meals for the Month
Here are the meals I planned for us for this month. Not all recipes are included here since some come from cookbooks I used but those books are linked next to the recipe name. I suggest you check them out!
Strawberry Banana Smoothies
Peach Banana Smoothies
Strawberry Filled Crepes
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffin Toppers (recipe coming)
Breakfast Apples (From Fix It and Forget It 5 Ingredient Favorites)
Waffles – Dairy Free (From Cooking for Isaiah)
Extra Fresh Fruits
*Note: These are hubby’s lunches for work. We will eat leftovers at home.
Bagel & Egg Sandwiches (Similar to these Breakfast Sandwiches but with a bagel)
Pizza Crescents (Pizza ingredients in a crescent!)
Ham & Swiss Sandwiches
Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches
Breakfast Burritos (Made like these Beef N Bean Burritos but with eggs and sausage)
*Note: Some of these use cream of chicken soup, I simply sub 1 cup cream + 1 cup chicken broth)
Swedish Meatballs (I also make Chicken Broth Gravy for these and put over rice pasta)
Creamy Rice and Chicken Casserole
Garlic Chicken Soup
Apple Cheddar Soup (recipe coming)
Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes (Simply fresh tomatoes stuffed with cottage cheese & mozzarella, then baked)
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Slow Cooker Beef & Onions
Bean & Sausage Soup (From Fix It and Forget It 5 Ingredient Favorites, subbing beef sausage for ham)
Ground Beef & Bean Soup (From Fix It and Forget It 5 Ingredient Favorites)
Simple Chicken (From Fix It and Forget It 5 Ingredient Favorites)
Steak (I just cook this in the oven and we top with butter/onions!)
Loaded Baked Potatoes (We top these with Canned Beans, cheese, Caramelized Onions, sour cream, and butter)
Easy Creamy Chicken (From Fix It and Forget It 5 Ingredient Favorites)
Printable Grocery List (Printable)
*This list is just the grocery list for the suppers (and we plan leftover days so it’s not 30 days of meals, you will have to add a bit extra for breakfasts and lunches. Also note that this list does not include items I consider staples such as oats, flour, garlic powder, ect. When I’m making my grocery list though and I come to these items I make sure to check and see if we have them first before I leave them off the list.
Baking Day To Do List (Printable)
So there you have it. That’s our complete meals list for a month!
I kept all our grocery receipts and our total to make all these meals came right to $300 (We do not have an added cost for the meat on a monthly basis since we buy that in bulk a few times a year.) That price included a very large amount of produce I stocked up on this month (potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash, apples, pears, ect) purchased in 20lb boxes or more, those will last us many months. Also included was extra milk for drinking, snacks, ect that is not necessarily included on our meal plan list. That means it cost us about $4 per meal for the three of us. (That is all organics, and it was really not quite that much since we stocked up so much but if you figure in the price of meat…)
And since most of the meals are ready to go and in the freezer, all I need to do is place them in the crockpot (These are almost all crockpot meals, I have a Programmable Crockpot which I love!), there is hardly any work involved besides the baking day.
I also went ahead and wrote everything out for the days we planned to eat it. This made things very easy since our baby cannot always eat everything we are eating since he is allergic to dairy. I even wrote down which snacks we could have each day so I won’t be scrambling to find something after nap time.
Here’s a little bonus as well. We created this meal planning chart that is the one that I use to write all our meals on. It has plenty of space for each day to list all the meals and the snacks for the day. You might also want to print a blank calendar so you can have all the months meals done and see them at a glance. If this printable doesn’t work for you we have several different setups and styles in the Meal Planning Made Simple ebook.
How do you plan your monthly meals? Do you do it weekly? By month? Or play it by ear?
*Please let me know if you find this post useful and if you would like to see it in future months!