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January 20, 2013

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Before I jumped in to this month, I’d like to give a follow up for how last month went.  You can read all about last month’s big day of cooking here.

Last month was our first month to do once a month cooking crock pot style.  It was easier to do the big day of cooking and easier to prepare every day also. Not to mention the awesomeness of just rinsing out the crock pot and being done with clean up.  We set it up so that basically every Monday of the month we eat the same thing breakfast, lunch and dinner, same thing for all the other days too. I think this helped my kids because they were seeing the same dinners repeatedly which helped them be willing to try new things.  Evie even ate some fajita chicken last night! Of course now the month is over but whatever, I’m still proud of her.

We are replacing yogurt and granola with french toast sticks this month because Rett was just REALLY not into the yogurt. He loves it for ‘dessert’ after lunch or dinner but just not into it for breakfast. I have a feeling smoothies are going to replaced also.  We used extra ice to make them thicker, should have went with frozen strawberries. I don’t think they are sweet enough for them. Although I think they are delicious.

As far as the dinners go, the BBQ chicken sandwiches and the chicken fajitas were GREAT! I looked forward to dinner every time we had those. The saucy chops were a tad on the salty side for me. I did like them leftover in sandwiches though, yum!  The roast was good but the veggies did not turn out well ever.  The sweet potatoes also cooked up weird in the pork tenderloin recipe, although the pork was good.

This month our breakfasts look like this:

Oatmeal banana waffles

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Breakfast-

Monday  blueberry pancakes and sausage

Tuesday- Toaster Scramblers

Wednesday french toast sticks

Thursday oatmeal banana waffles and sausage

Friday scrambled eggs

Saturday bagel and cream cheese

Sunday breakfast smoothie

Blueberry pancakes!

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Kroger had their blueberries on sale so I made blueberry pancakes instead of plain. I just googled some random recipe.  Same for the waffles and french toast sticks.  For the french toast sticks, I just used a regular french toast recipe. I put the bread in the toaster and lightly toasted it before cooking, then sliced them into thirds.  Make sure you flash freeze everything before putting into bags. Just put the breakfast items single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours. Then put them in bags and they won’t stick together. I typically double a recipe to make enough for the kids for a month. Not exactly scientific but it usually works out.

Lunches are staying the same. They were all a success and I love lunch.  Kids eat easily, no fighting and very stress free.

#numnum

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This month for dinner we are doing:

Sweet teriyaki pork http://www.lifewith4boys.com/2012/10/sweet-teriyaki-pork-crockpot-recipe.html

BBQ Ribs  http://www.lifewith4boys.com/2012/10/slow-cooker-melt-in-your-mouth-bbq-ribs.html

Getting there! #onceamonthcooking

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sausage with peppers and onions http://www.lifewith4boys.com/2012/10/slow-cooker-sausage-with-onions-and.html

http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2011/11/18/slow-cooker-cilantro-lime-chicken.html

Coke Chicken  http://www.southernplate.com/2008/08/slow-cooker-coke-chicken-1-on-my-list.html

We left one night for leftovers/eating out or pizza and one night for pasta.

Our bill was $250 this month.  That doesn’t include snacks, milk, bread or eggs I need for the week.  Our weekly bill is usually around $30.

It took us 3 1/2 hours working together to get it done. Crock pot once a month cooking is SO much easier. All you’re doing is chopping veggies/meat, dumping things into baggies and you’re done!  Not a lot of clean up either.

If you have leftover veggies, chop them up, freeze and label.  We save time almost every time pulling out extra onion or whatever from the freezer, dumping it in a bag and that’s that much less chopping to do.

With our meal plan in place we eat out a lot less, the kids are eating better during meals and the stress of meal planning every week, writing out a grocery list, couponing for what we need, etc is gone.

Tonight I will look for our recipes for next month, write down what we need and then work to coupon as much as I can this month in preparation as well as watching meat sales.

So there you go, I think we FINALLY have ironed this out to how it works best for our family.

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  1. January 30, 2013 2:55 am

    Wow, this sounds great! This is the first cooking for a whole month plan that actually makes it sound do-able to me. I would totally try this. And thank you for the feedback from last month, too. My family stops eating things if we have them too often. I wonder if once a week for a month would be too much or if they would still like it by the end. I may just have to try it and see.

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