Our Christmas break was wonderful! Long days of sleeping in, lounging with coffee and fun with friends and family.
It was a little difficult to get up Monday morning and return to work…not only for me, but for the little ones that I teach too.
We made it to Friday even though it was a lot of indoor recess. Thankfully, my sweet students had lots of funny moments to keep me going through the week.
On Friday, when everyone’s patience was coming to an end, I had to take some time to talk about friendships, treating others kindly and respectfully and sharing feelings in a clear way.
After my discussion everyone was quiet for a moment. A little girl in my second row put her hand up.
“Yes?” I said.
“Mrs. Skinner” she said thoughtfully, “You are kind of like a kid therapist.”
Thanks for noticing all the hard work I do. Now let’s go to the gym…I’ll teach you badminton.
I still meal plan every week, but a Christmas gift that Andrew and I got has changed my meal planning ways.
I have to admit, I only bought the meat that we needed each week for our meals. I know that is not the most economical way of doing things, but I HATE repacking meat when I buy it in club packs. And then after I fought with the repacking, I would take it out of the freezer to use, only to find it freezer burned.
Well this little food saver is supposed to make it far easier to repackage, and cut out the freezer burn entirely.
So I sat down and decided I would make a MONTHLY meal plan. I didn’t want to go load up on things I could vacuum seal and then not know what to do with it all.
So here is what I came up with:
From this I figured out I needed
- 8 servings salmon
- 1 club pack of ground beef
- 1 club pack of ground pork
- 1 club pack of chicken thighs
Now to get repacking!
The chicken thighs were easy. I just split it up into amounts that we would use and vacuum sealed away. It took minutes. Next I split the ground beef into 3 parts. 2 packages of just ground beef, and then I made a double recipe of mozzarella stuffed meatballs and sealed those.
Lastly, I made an entire club pack of ground pork into Asian flavored meatballs. I use these in stir fry bowls and to make my wontons for soup. Before I sealed my meatballs, I did freeze them on a cookie sheet so they would retain their shape…and it was a good idea because that machine sucks all the air out! It would have just been a pile of mush.
The salmon was already frozen so no need to deal with it at all.
I couldn’t believe the difference in price for our club pack meat! I knew I would save SOME money, but I literally saved HALF!
And, my meal planning/grocery shopping lists are ready for a whole month…what will I do with all my free time?
Here are the recipes that I will be making over the next month. I hope you find a few new (or old) favorites to add to your meal plans.