Meal Planning- Jenny

I plan meals for 3 weeks at a time and do a huge shopping trip for everything. This saves time and money!

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Rice – Jin

I like to cook a lot of rice at once and store it in the freezer. I put one serving of cooked hot rice in a zip top bag and freeze it. When I need the rice quick i just take it out and microwave it for a minute, then it’s hot and ready!

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Place frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot with your favorite jar of salsa (or 2 depending on the amount of chicken). Then at dinner time warm tortillas, prepare any toppings you want, shred your chicken and serve!

Happy Valley Learn to Cook

LaCreta Holland has a blog that is a great resource for local cooking info. She posts information on the local farmers markets as well as seasonal tips for cooking and saving money.

happyvalleylearntocook.wordpress.com

Meats – Jenny

Buy meat in bulk. Separate into sizes for meals and freeze in separate bags.

Budget and Planning – Shannon

Two websites that have really fantastic tips are:

budget101.com

grocerybudget101.com

The layout of these websites are a little overwhelming, but it is a gold mine!

Freezer Meals- Trina

If you know that you are going to have a crazy week, plan to make a few things that freeze well (like spaghetti sauce or enchilada casserole) and make them ahead of time.