What’s in My Freezer (+ Massive Multi-Month Meal Plan)

I’ve set myself a challenge to use up all the meat in the freezer and then go veg for a month to see how it feels. I usually do a menu plan a month at a time, but in order to use up all the meat in there, I’ve had to do a 7-week meal plan! That will cover April 1 to May 19.

I just have a fridge-top freezer that is about 6 cubic feet. I took stock and here is what I found:

Frozen vegetables: string bean/carrot mix, peas, green beans, lima beans x 4 (we looove lima beans, no kidding, and they are hard to find so we stock up), mixed cubed veg, spinach, brussels sprouts/cauliflower mix, sweet potato fries

Frozen fruit: wild blueberries, raspberries (both used in yogurt and muffins), mango, leftover bananas for banana bread, leftover cranberry sauce, orange juice concentrate for recipes

Misc: 3 store-bought pizza crusts, packaged perogies, ice cream, freezies, spaghetti sauce (in bags), tortellini, leftover green curry paste, frozen evaporated milk (no idea if this freezes well), 1 serving fish chowder (surprised to find this does freeze well)

On door (not shown): hot dog buns, hamburger buns, bread

Meat (in white bin):

  • 18 dinner sausages bought at Costco (9 meals for 2)
  • local kielbasa (1 serving)
  • local pepperoni (enough for 1 pizza)
  • bacon (1 meal for 2)
  • leftover meatballs (1 serving)
  • 1 whole cleaned trout (my dad raises trout in a fish pond)
  • 1 pkg sole (1 meal for 2)
  • 1 pkg salmon (3 servings)
  • 1 pc haddock (1 serving)
  • 2 large pork chops (1 meal for 2)
  • leftover ham (1 meal for 2)
  • 1/2 a ham steak (1 serving)
  • 2 hamburgers (1 meal for 2)
  • 8.5 oz ground beef (will use for chilli)
  • 4 chicken breasts (2 meals for 2)
  • 6 oz leftover roast beef (will use in a recipe for 2)
  • 3 oz leftover pork roast (1 hearty sandwich)
  • 2 chicken strips

We usually only have sausages once a month so I have no idea if we can tolerate having sausages 9 times in 7 weeks, LOL!  If not, we’ll have to give them away or extend the meat meals to the end of May!

Meal Plan for April 2012 - never to be repeated!

Meal Plan for May 2012 - BV (before vegetarian)

Here’s the background on the attached meal plans:

  • On Sundays Rom and I always have eggs for lunch, and we go to my parents’ place for dinner.
  • The rest of the week, we pack our own lunches for work, and have dinner together at home.
  • Any outside commitments are marked on the calendar – I work or have meetings occasional evenings – and we arrange our own dinners those days.

There are lots of things going on in April: my mom traditionally makes fish cakes (from salt cod and potatoes) on Good Friday, and she does a big Easter meal for the extended family. We are going to a concert April 13 (Sarah Slean performing with the symphony, yes!) so will have dinner out after work. On the 14th, we won an auction to participate in a homemade Indian dinner for 8, yes!  I have had a craving for samosas as well, so I scheduled them in later. And we are going to a potluck dinner at the end of the month, and only have to contribute a vegetable dish – easy!

In May I will have everyone over for a Mothers Day dinner (North American Mothers Day on the 13th) – no, I won’t feed them sausages 🙂 For my nephew’s birthday, we usually go out for Chinese buffet. And I will take Rom out for his birthday wherever he wants to go.

Keeping all that in mind, I made up the meal plan by:

  • scheduling sausage meals/recipes once a week – again, no idea if we can really do this 🙂
  • scheduling all the rest of the meat and fish to be used up
  • filling in any gap days with veggie meals

and you can bet I will be eating vegetarian lunches every single day!

If you’ve ever been in this situation (using something up in a short period of time), I would welcome advice! Of course, I could always save some of the sausages for a month or two hence when we are tired of being vegetarian – but who knows, maybe we won’t be?

Blank menu plan template found here:

http://www.personal-nutrition-guide.com/support-files/monthly_meal_planner_2.pdf

5 comments

  1. Oh how I love menu planning. I also love getting the freezer cleaned out. Sometimes you just HAVE to do it. I only have an above the fridge freezer, so every inch of space has to be used. Have fun with your Sausage Extravaganza!

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