Meal Planning: Eat down the freezer! (Week 2)

Hello everyone!

 

Welcome back to another week of meal plans! This week the theme is to eat down the freezer a bit to make some room in my fairly small freezer.

As usual my spending goal is under 30 dollars a week. Last week I went 4.50 dollars over so I'm going to try to make up for that this week. I also got some great deals this week which I'm super stoked about.

 

Now, onto the grocery haul!

 

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My totals for this week are:

Grocery: 16.46 

Personal items: 0

Total for the month so far: 50.96 (9.04 under budget)

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Grocery Items:

  • 2 bags of chips (they were buy one get one free)
  • Tortillas
  • Ground Turkey (not on the original list but it was on sale for 2.69 which is an amazing price in my area so I picked one up to use later)
  • 1.41 pounds seedless grapes
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 onion

 

 

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Meal Plan!

  • Sunday (7/ Breakfast for dinner
  • Monday (7/9) Pot stickers with rice and veggies
  • Tuesday (7/10) Fajitas with Guacamole
  • Wednesday (7/11) Leftovers
  • Thursday (7/12) Roast chicken with tater tots and frozen veg of choice (likely peas)
  • Friday (7/13) Leftovers
  • Saturday (7/14) Simple veg/pot sticker soup 

 

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Recipes

Make ahead Frozen Pot Stickers

Ingredients

  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 bag of baby spinach (2.5oz)
  • 1 bag of shredded carrots (or shred your own)
  • Leftover Rotissery Chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp finely diced garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 2 turns of the pan of soy sauce (~1 Tbsp)
  • Small amount of oil (for cooking)

Directions:

  1. Finely dice 1 onion and put in a pan with a small amount of oil, cook over medium heat until the onion starts to become soft and translucent.
  2. Finely dice the shredded carrot into small pieces
  3. Add in 1 to 1 1/4 cups of shredded carrot along with the garlic and the ginger
  4. Cook until the carrots are soft
  5. While the carrots are cooking cut up the leftover chicken into small pieces
  6. When the carrots are soft add in the spinach and the chicken
  7. Stir and cook until the spinach has wilted
  8. Add the soy sauce
  9. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
  10. In each wonton wrapper place 1 heaping tsp of the filling mixture in the center
  11. Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run it along the outside border of the wrapper
  12. Bring all four corners together and seal the edges by lightly pinching (feel free to experiment with other shapes as well)
  13. Repeat steps 9-11 until you run out of filling
  14. Place the pot stickers onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer (close together but not touching)
  15. When your baking sheet is full place in your freezer for ~5 hours to make sure they are solidly frozen
  16. Once the pot stickers are frozen remove them from the sheet and store in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Heating Instructions

  1. Add some oil to a pan along with your desired number of potsticker from the freezer
  2. Cook on medium for ~3 minutes
  3. Add 1/3 cup of water and cover
  4. Cook for 6-8 minutes
  5. Remove lid and cook until the water evaporates (and until the pot stickers are warmed entirely through)
  6. Serve and enjoy

Alternate heating instructions

  1. Add frozen pot stickers directly to boiling broth for a fast soup, cook until warmed through and add veggies as desired.
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