March Meal Plan & 7, 30 Minute Tasks for Filling the Freezer

It’s March! It’s March! That means spring is coming. Here’s another month’s worth of recipe ideas plus seven more 30-minute tasks for filling the freezer! I hope you are enjoying these posts. I know they are really helping me stay on track.

March Meal Plan with recipe ideas for the entire month and 7, 30-minute tasks for filling the freezer #mealplan #menu #recipes #freezercooking

Monthly Meal Plan & 7, 30 Minute Tasks for Filling the Freezer

Recap from February’s Plan:

While I’ve always tried to cook some meals in huge batches to end up with extra for the freezer, planning my menu in this manner is relatively new for me. I explained the hows and whys in January’s Meal Plan if you need a recap. February’s plan worked pretty well for me. However, I did not end up with eggrolls for the freezer, nor did I make a double batch of the Spinach Enchiladas {though I did make them and I thought they were very good – the rest of the family wasn’t convinced!}. I did end up frozen, pre-cooked bacon, bacon wrapped egg muffins, more cooked beans, chili, beef barley soup, and a couple extra meals of Parmesan Garlic Chicken in my freezer!! This month, I am changing my Friday  category to be crockpot meals instead of pizza as Fridays are pretty crazy days for me and the homemade pizza just isn’t happening on that day. I’m also changing out one other day that wasn’t working so well, either – Souper Saturday. While I knew my family wasn’t huge on soup, I had hoped to convert them. Didn’t happen, so we’ll try something else this month.

Monthly Menu Ideas

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Shamrock Shake Smoothie – Shamrock Shake Healthified.

It’s that time of year again when the Shamrock Shake is being downed all over the country. I have to confess, I’ve never tried one. Just the bright, unnatural green color of the shake turns me off big time. And if the color isn’t enough to make you say hmmmm – the ingredient list might convince you to try something healthier – like our version of Shamrock Shake Smoothies made only with fresh, chemical-free ingredients.

Shamrock Shake Smoothie - healthy alternative to the chemically laden Shamrock Shake from the unmentionable restaurant

Shamrock Shake from the unmentionable fast food place -

Are you curious what’s actually in that bright green “drink” they sell by the bucket full this time of year?
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Bacon Wrapped Egg, Spinach & Cheese “Muffins”

Bacon wrapped egg, spinach, & cheese muffins2

I have a confession to make. I do not get up early to make my husband breakfast. And since I don’t buy cereal and often don’t have easy things to eat in the morning, that often leaves my husband without breakfast. I’m a terrible wife, yes?

In an effort to do better by him, I am really trying hard to have easy, wholesome meals in the freezer ready for him to eat (as long as he can heat them up on his own.) :D

A couple years ago I shared a recipe for Eggy Breakfast Muffins – and it is a popular recipe on SimplifyLiveLove. However, I am trying to reduce the amount of flour we eat, and so I came up with another “muffin” – one without flour. I’ve seen these bacon wrapped muffins on several blogs (I think I first got this idea from Sarah at Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity years ago), and I’m sure other bloggers have also made similar recipes. So, I can’t take full credit for the idea, but this is my own take.

Bacon Wrapped Egg, Spinach & Cheese “Muffins”

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Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

I’m always looking for ways I can sneak in a bit of salmon to get my pickier eaters a serving of heart healthy omega three fatty acids. And since I buy the expensive salmon {wild caught from Alaska}, I like to find creative ways for everyone in my family of 6 to get some, without having to dish out $50 for dinner for us all. This Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms is a wonderfully delicious and frugal way to eat more salmon.

Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach

Not only is this pasta delicious, it also cooks up in a jiffy. Really, thirty minutes or less is all you need to make the two pot meal. So read on and be inspired to try something new tonight!
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