Weekly menu plan: Emptying the freezer

This week's menu plan has been focused on finishing up the last few freezer meals in preparation for a large (50 pounds!) order of frozen fish. Joshua works for a seafood company, and every now and then they have an employee sale where we have been able to get high-quality frozen fish for a dollar or two per pound! Amazing! And such a blessing! :)

To hold all the fish, my freezer needs to be close to empty. Here is what it looked like at the start of the week:

The frozen veggies and fruits (there are also blueberries and peas in the freezer door) will easily be gone by next week, when the fish arrives. I'm still keeping room for lots of pre-cooked ground beef and chicken, which is very convenient and doesn't take up much space (especially when vacuum-sealed!).

Chili!

This chili was from the freezer, and tasted SO good! :)

We've also eaten Saucy Broccoli Chicken Bake this week, and in the next few days, I'll be making Three-Cheese Baked Spaghetti and meatloaf.

Spinach Rice Casserole

Yesterday for dinner, we had Spinach Rice Casserole from the freezer. It was REALLY good!

I must say, I am enjoying having the week basically "off" from any major cooking! :)

After our fish arrives, we'll be eating more fresh veggies (rather than frozen), grilled fish or chicken, and either homemade bread, rice, beans, or potatoes.

We've been trying to focus on fresh fruits and veggies and grilled lean meats, with a smaller emphasis on whole-grain carb sources. I think a lot of my freezer meals are less "diet-friendly" and for that reason, I probably won't be making frozen lasagna, spaghetti, etc. in the future. The rare occasions when we indulge in lasagna or spaghetti, it should be made fresh in my opinion! ;)

Comments

We have been trying to use up everything in the freezer too. A couple of months ago I made your macaroni & cheese and I froze an 8x8 dish of it. Yesterday I took it out and thawed it in the fridge, added a half cup of heavy cream and sprinkled cheese on top of it. It turned out amazing! I know that doesn't fit into your healthy way of eating right now, but you could always keep it in mind for company. :)

So glad you liked the creamy mac'n'cheese recipe! :) And we do splurge when we're having guests. It's the perfect time to enjoy *part* of, say, a decadent cheesecake and get to enjoy sharing it, too! :)

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