I enjoy grocery shopping when my list is complete and my menu plan is in place. That was the case this weekend. With two weeks worth of dinner meals planned and a complete list, I headed to the store. The batch cooking I did yesterday is going to come in handy considering school starts next week which means my calendar is going to fill up quick.
Spaghetti w/meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread
Chicken Caeser Salad, Breadsticks
Tuna Patties, (homemade) Creamed Corn, Smashed Potatoes or Salad
Black Beans & Rice
Slow Cooker Fajitas
Chicken & Broccoli Lo Mein
Pork & Asparagus Rice Bowl
Taco Squares, Corn Salad
Chicken & Bacon Sub Sandwiches, Pea Salad
Fritatta, Sausage, Fruit
The items in blue are items that I prepared to some degree as part of my batch cooking this weekend (see Item 9 here). There are only 3 meals in the next 2 weeks that will require starting from scratch. I'd love it if I could make batch cooking a habit. I've done it before in spurts but no level of consistency.
And yes, I'm aware that there are only 11 meals listed and I said I have 14 days accounted for -- we are having dinner at a friend's home one evening later this week and I know we'll have enough leftovers that we can do 2 smorgasboard nights.
With school right around the corner, how do you plan ahead to save yourself time in the kitchen and guarantee you won't be a regular at the drive thru?