Why Meal Planning for the holidays is so important ?
Why is Meal planning for the Holidays and Christmas so important? Well, I can give you a real-life example that happened to me today. I was in my local Aldi and saw a frozen goose for a good price. My family wanted goose this year so naturally, I should have got it. So why didn’t I get the goose ? Because my freezer is packed to the gills, that is why ! Which is a great complaint, I know but still a problem.
In the Holidays though you need space for thinks like turkeys, extra desserts and the like and space in your fridge and freezer is at a premium.
Here is Where Meal Planning Helps
This is where meal planning for the Holidays helps – want to learn how to start menu planning click my How to Start menu planning post.
For the next two weeks Meal planning from your freezer is the solution and to do this you will need my handy Freezer inventory .
Download it and go through everything in your freezer.
- Anything that you have kept too long – bin it
- Anything with freezer burn – bin it
- Any UFO’s ( Unidentified Frozen Objects ) – Bin !
- Arrange you freezer into Meats or Meat Substitutes , Vegetables,and Sundries
- From the Meats section pick 5 meals you family will eat that week using them
- Incorporate the frozen veg you have into those meals you have planned
- If you have frozen pastry make my Best Ever Mince Pies and bring them to your next get together.
So what have I got in my Freezer ?
- Chicken Chasseur
- Chicken Skewers
- Beef Steak
- Stewing Beef
- Beef Mince x 2
- Chicken and Mushroom Pies x 2
- Quarterpounders x 4
- 1/2 onion – chopped
- Chilli x3
- Root Ginger
- Hash Browns
- Potato Croquettes
- Oven Chips
- Chicken Stock
- Puff Pastry
- Shortcrust Pastry
- Smoothie mixes various x 5
- Strawberries – chopped
- Pineapple Slices
- Banana Chopped
So what is my Meal Plan this week then ?
Using the Pork from the freezer which I took out the night before to defrost. I will be making Spicy Pork Casserole, this tasty casserole has a little kick which you can turn up a notch if you like things very spicy
I will throw the Chicken Chasseur in the slow-cooker. This is where slow -cooker liners are invaluable, it saves so much time cleaning,
Pizza Night as I usually go shopping but this week I am going to make sure I don’t buy too much for the freezer. Meal Planning helps me buy only what I need and with the space I freed up in the freezer I can buy that Goose.
This Beef and Stout Stew is great for using Stewing Beef up as it is another slow cooked dish. Slow cooking gives the meat time to soften and take on flavour, this is a great winter stew. This will use up the Stewing Beef , Carrots and Onion.
To use up one fo the Mince I am making this Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Crust . It is healthy and you can make it Vegetarian by using Quorn mince and Vegetable Stock.
Southern friend Chichen and Chips from the freezer. To make it a bit healthier I will serve with Homemade Coleslaw and Corn on the Cob
We also will have smoothies for Breakfast to use up the mixes and hopefully free up so real estate in the Freezer
I hope you pop back in Tomorrow when I plan to share some amazing cookies for Christmas that even Vegan’s can enjoy ! They are really good.
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