With a newborn in the house, I gotta have a plan. If not, no one eats. Well, no one eats anything except snack food and cereal.
In my nesting phase, I cooked, baked and froze a ton of food. A chest-freezer full amount of food. Thanks to this frenzy of food-making, I am able to feed my family for close to a month with meals from the freezer. Whatever food I do make fresh will be extremely simple. And that’s (partially) how I keep my postpartum sanity.
As a fun project, this month, I made the menu plan pretty and hung it on the fridge.
I got tired of having to print the plans out from my computer. This method works better. An added bonus – as I was making my pretty menu project, I realized that there are two fast days, the Three Weeks AND the Nine Days this month. Good thing I noticed that, since I had originally scheduled to serve two meat meals during the Nine Days and regular meals on the fast days. Oops.
Here’s the skinny on the menu (anything in italics means the meal comes from my beautiful, beautiful deep freeze):
- Sunday, the 1st: meatballs and rice.
- Monday, the 2nd: squash soup, bean salad, orzo
- Tuesday, the 3rd: salmon, potatoes
- Wednesday, the 4th: sautéed chicken, rice, green salad
- Thursday, the 5th: cheesy noodle casserole, tomato salad
- Friday, the 6th: tuna patties, salads, corn kugel, beer beef stew, ice cream
- Shabbos, the 7th: all of that, minus the stew, plus cholent (most likely vegetarian cholent, since my husband doesn’t like to eat meat too many days in a row).
- Sunday, the 8th: fast of The 17th of Tammuz (observed). We’ll break the fast with leftovers.
- Monday, the 9th: French roast, carrot kugel
- Tuesday, the 10th: tilapia, california salad, rice
- Wednesday, the 11th: borscht, potatoes, coleslaw
- Thursday, the 12th: cheese blintzes, green salad
- Friday, the 13th: salads, broccoli kugel, sautéed chicken, ice cream
- Shabbos, the 14th: everything but the chicken, plus cholent
- Sunday, the 15th: leftovers, glorious leftovers
- Monday, the 16th: roasted tomato soup, faux potato kugel, green salad
- Tuesday, the 17th: the same
- Wednesday, the 18th: Italian pot roast, green salad
- Thursday, the 19th: burritos with spinach, cheese, tomato and bean filling, corn salad
- Friday, the 20th (Rosh Chodesh Av): salads, fish, corn kugel, sautéed chicken, ice cream
- Shabbos, the 21st: the same, minus the chicken, plus cholent, a small, small cholent.
Week Four (the Nine Days)
- Sunday, the 22nd: tuna patties, corn salad, potatoes
- Monday, the 23rd: bean and cheese burritos, salad
- Tuesday, the 24th: fish, rice
- Wednesday, the 25th: caramelized shallots, chickpeas and orzo
- Thursday, the 26th: cheesy noodle casserole, salad
- Friday, the 27th: salads, broccoli kugel, beer beef stew, ice cream
- Shabbos, the 28th: the same, minus the stew, plus a teensy, potentially vegetarian cholent
- Sunday, the 29th: Tisha B’Av observed. For the break fast, roasted tomato soup and leftovers (not meat, though)
- Monday, the 30th: salmon, rice
- Tuesday, the 31st: french roast, caramelized shallots, potatoes
And there you have it. Yummy dinners, minimal preparation. Ahhhhh (that was a sigh of relief, not a shriek of anguish, ftr). If you’re interested, the cookbooks I mainly used for these meals were: Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking, Kosher by Design Lightens Up, Spice and Spirit, Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook, Kosher by Design Short on Time, and Quick and Kosher.
What are you making for the Nine Days? What are some of your favorite freezer meals?
And, just because, here’s a picture of the girl in pink: