Cook Along With me….

After settling in, in our hotel and then our corporate housing I am just itching to get in the kitchen!  We have been eating out nearly all meals everyday, since my husband’s company is paying for our food and we have no kitchen we have had little choice in how we eat.  Though we have been frequenting the local health food store and I plan to get to an Amish market to get some local produce, beyond that, I really miss cooking! 

In effort to save money, eat more healthy, and get organized I devised a cooking system that I hope will be really streamlined and easy for our busy family. 

It works like this:

Make a menu for all meals (breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks) for 15 days.  Each meal that get’s made is made double so you total 30 meals each eaten twice.

Then make the menu, list the ALL ingredients for each meal, print and shop.  Then when you arrive home, plan an entire month of menus.  To avoid leftover boredom, you cook one meal and double it. You then box up the leftovers and freeze them.  When your menu calendar repeats itself you simply pull out the meal from the freezer and cook.  It simply, is that simple. 

I had this idea floating around in my head for awhile, so I’m exited to try it out!

(what are you cooking up for the month? How do you meal plan?)

My list is below:

Supper’s x2

Lasagna and Garlic Bread

Mixed vegetable curry with dhal and pita bread

Burritos with refried beans and cheese

Black bean and corn burritos

Quesadillas with refried beans and cheese

Greek style burritos with navy beans, feta and peaches

Vegetarian chili with green chili cornbread and cinnamon

Tofu stir fry over basmati rice

Adzuki bean cakes over basmati rice

Red beans and Rice

Ish Dish

Home made veggie pizza

Home made pasta mushroom stroganoff and bread

Veggie Egg bake

Smokey mac and cheese

Lunches:

PB&J with fruit and cheese slices

Burritos

Pasta with sauce

Pita & Hummus with fruit

Breakfasts:

Steel cut oats with cinnamon, brown sugar and fruit

Oatmeal with fruit, nuts and maple syrup

Grits with butter and honey or syrup

7-grain hot cereal

Homemade bread (toast) with butter and jam

Homemade yogurt or Kefir with fruit

Banana bread/zucchini chocolate bread

Drinks:

Milk

Water

Kefir

Kombucha

Kefir water

Snacks:

Fruit

Bread and butter

yogurt/kefir

homemade crackers

 

Grocery List:

Produce:

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Yam
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomato
  • Green Peppers
  • Celery
  • Snap peas
  • Scallions
  • Mushrooms
  • Tofu (extra firm)
  • Peaches
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini/bananas

Bulk:

  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Adzuki beans
  • Navy beans
  • Red Beans
  • Lentils
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Pasta noodles (macaroni 2lbs)
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Curry powder
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Mexican seasoning
  • Brown rice
  • Basmati rice
  • Yeast
  • Corn meal
  • Grits/oatmeal/steel cut oats/7-grain cereal
  • Coffee beans (ground)
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • PB
  • Yeast
  • Sugar

Grocery:

  • Green chili
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned tomatoes (4)
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Tortillas (several packages)
  • Pita bread
  • Hummus
  • Olive oil/safflower oil
  • Jam

Dairy/Meat:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • Bacon
  • Beef/Buffalo
  • Ricotta
  • Cottage cheese
  • Mozzarella (1lb)
  • Cheddar (1lb)
  • Smoked moz./ched.
  • Eggs

 

Misc:

  • Water Kefir grains
  • Yogurt starter
  • Green Tea
  • Red Raspberry leaf
  • Nettle
  • Red clover
  • GT’s Kombucha