Today I crossed a fun one off my list! I made 5 meals ahead for the week and froze four of them. My future sister-in-law and I did this together! We picked five dinners, looked through our pantries for ingredients we already had on hand, went to the grocery store for the rest and spent the afternoon cooking!
We have been talking about doing this for a few weeks. We both feel like more often than not, we will make dinners that serve 4-6 (when we are both only feeding 2 adults) and then we try to eat the left overs, but sometimes part of all of them end up getting wasted. We decided that if we got together every couple of weeks we could make some yummy meals and split them.
So, today's menu consisted of: Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Pot Pie, Pasta Sauce (with ground beef), Broccoli & Cheese Soup and Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto. Yum! We also both had some bananas that were really ripe, so we made 2 loaves of banana bread. Now, of course I'm not eating any baked goods this month, so it just about killed me to put that loaf of banana bread in the freezer, but I sure am looking forward to breaking it out next week!
I know that Matt and I are going to get 2 meals out of our portions of the enchiladas, pot pie and pasta sauce. We had the risotto tonight and I have enough left over for lunch tomorrow. The best part about all of this... Jaime and I each only spent $26!
It will be fun in the future to get more adventurous with our recipes and try some new things, but it's certainly encouraging that we could make such yummy meals that will feed us for over a week on such a little budget. Plus, it didn't feel like a chore spending the afternoon cooking, it was just a fun afternoon with my best friend.