I picked the following recipes to try out...
Coffee Cake Muffins (makes 12 muffins)
These are sooo good and easy to make. I'm definitely going to make another batch or 2 to constantly keep in the freezer. I love having something homemade I can grab and heat up for 30 seconds in the microwave on my way out the door!
(sorry I forgot to take my own pics)
Chicken Parmesan Bake (makes 2 8x8 dishes for 3 people)
This was the easiest recipe to prepare because you don't cook the chicken before you freeze it. I was able to get it together while Peyton ate her dinner.
Chicken Broccoli Bake (makes 2 8x8 dishes for 3 people)
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup (makes 2 - 1 gallon bags)
The soup was really good. I made it Wednesday night and took one of the bags out Thursday morning, dumped it in the crock pot, added the vegetable juice, and put it on Low while I was at work. The bag made WAY more than the 3 of us could eat and we still have a huge container of soup left in addition to the 2nd gallon bag in the freezer.
So at the moment my freezer has 4 8x8 casserole dishes (use the aluminum ones), 1 gallon bag of soup, and 2 gallon bags of muffins stocked and ready to go! This is really something I want to keep up, it's so nice to know there's food prepared that just needs to be tossed in the oven for 30 mins.
The Once a Month Mom site has been really helpful. I love that all the recipes can be downloaded to Excel (yes I'm a dork like that) and the quantities change based on the serving size you enter. There's no guessing at exactly how much of each ingredient you need. She does a menu for the ENTIRE month...3 meals a day. I'm no where near anything like that, nor will I probably ever be. But for now I like to pick and choose from her options.
I plan on working on a few more lunch and breakfast items in the next few weeks! Happy cooking!