I am venturing on a few new projects this year. As many of you know, I am writing out detailed goals this year. Sunday, I listed my spiritual goals. Since today is when I normally post a recipe on Tasty Tuesdays, I thought I would share a few food-related goals I have. Thursday will be my all-encompassing goals post.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a blog called Living Well Spending Less because Money Saving Mom had recommended Ruth’s book How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul). It was a great price; so I bought it (and loved it!) Through it, I found out about her blog and then subsequently found out about a facebook group that she had started. In this group, there are a whole bunch of people in this group who are trying to do a “no-spend” month for January. I guess there was one done in October, and it sounds like you can do whatever you want to do with it; however, the gist of it is that you try to really limit your spending. You budget money still for your perishable foods, gasoline, and what you need to buy, but you buy no extras that month. So I went ahead and actually wrote out a menu for the month of January so that I can attempt to limit my food spending this month. I have a lot of the food needed already; but I will have to buy some of the food still. I just think it is fun to save money, and I want to use up some of the food I already have. This also makes me try new recipes and make sure I am not having the same thing over and over.
Another food-related goal I have for this year is to find some more freezer recipes that I like. I had bought Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook when a friend and another group said that she loved this book and that it was for a great price. (I got it for around $6–and it’s a real book, not an ebook; although the e-book version is available). So I picked out some recipes that I would like to try this year. I might not get to them all, but this at least narrows them down for me. I have #’s 2 and 21 down for January 23. I’ll let you know how I like them! The author of the cookbook, Jessica Fisher, also has a wealth of information and recipes on her blogs, Life as Mom and Good (Cheap) Eats.
Here is my list of recipes that I would like to try first from the book!
- Herb Butter Chicken Tenders, p. 118
- Best-Ever Chicken Pot Pie, p. 121
- Chicken Divan with Cheddar Crust, p. 124-125
- Chicken-Bacon Subs, p. 135
- Grilled Tilapia Tacos, p. 147
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches, p. 160
- Ham and Swiss Potato Gratin, p. 170
- Herbed Pork Sausage Patties, p. 173
- Seasoned Versatile Pinto Beans, p. 180
- Bean and Cheese Nacho Bake, p. 182
- Six-Layer Nachos, p. 185
- Pesto Penne and Cheese, p. 199
- Not Your Mother’s Chicken Noodle Soup, p. 210
- Fish Chowder with Red Potatoes and Corn, p. 220
- Our Favorite Irish Stew, p. 225
- Pepperoni Calzones/Spinach and Cheese Calzones, p. 248-249
- For Dave–Better Instant Oatmeal Packets, p. 257
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes, p. 260
- Cinnamon French Toast Dippers, p. 265
- Breakfast Cookies, p. 268
- Crumb-Topped Zucchini muffins, p. 297
Do you make a menu every month? Do you like to freezer cook? Please share with me your ideas!
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