Homemade Oatmeal Bags

So thinking more and more everyday of new ways to help save time and money, I read over at Money Saving Mom how she makes homemade Oatmeal bags and thought that this would be a great addition to my bulk meal plan.

My plan for this was very simple; Oatmeal, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon- that is it! My girls are a little picky on certain meals and I wanted to make something that I know they would eat. They can always add fresh fruit in the morning when they make it, but this way I have pre-made breakfast in a bag, ready to go!

Here are the ingredients that I used to make 9 Ziploc bags of Homemade Oatmeal:

  • 1 Container of Oatmeal (3/4 of a cup in each bag)
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar (about a spoonful in each bag)
  • A Sprinkle of Cinnamon in each bag

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Batch Cooking Plans and Recipes!

MuffinsMy plan was to have one batch cooking day under my belt before school started. But with all the crazy things are family had planned all summer, it did not get accomplished. But once my coupon class, back to school supply drive and first day of school is over, I will have a little more FREE time.

My plan is to start off with a batch cooking day of items for my hubby and 2 oldest kids for lunches. Then I want to have a huge batch cooking day for our dinners. So for the last few weeks I have been searching the internet to find recipes that are easy for their lunches and some new dinner recipes. I do have a plan for the next 13 weeks of dinners, which I will share later. I thought I would share for now some of the places that I have been finding some really great recipes and some of the ones that I will use and share at a later date!!

Parents.com- Beef Nacho Casserole, Mango Magic Pops, Sweet Potato Chips
19 Chicken Salad Recipes -Buffalo Chicken Salad, Apple Juice Chicken Salad
Healthy Snack Recipes – Cinnamon Raisin Trail Mix, Bruschetta
All Recipes- BBQ Pulled Chicken or Pork Mini Sliders, Orange Chicken Stir Fry
Grilling Recipes -Grilled Pizza, Onion Chili Burgers
Copy Cat Recipes- Chili’s Southwest Chicken Chili, Red Lobster’s Cheddar Biscuits

Once I get my plan together, I will share more!! Do you batch cook? What types of things do you make?

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This Weeks Menu

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  • Vegetable Soup
  • Spaghetti, Bread and Salad
  • Beef Stew (crock pot)
  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Taco Salad
  • Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Bread and Salad
  • Appetizer Night

So after looking into Bulk cooking for about 2 weeks now, I set a date. February 21 I am planning to cook 30 meals. I am working on getting a menu for March and a list of all the ingredients that I will need. Once I get it all planned I will share. I will also post pictures while I am cooking that day. If you have not heard of Bulk Cooking, here is how it works.

  • Plan a menu for 30 days (My plan is to double or triple some of the meals that I know my family likes and just spread them out throughout the month)
  • List all the ingredients that you will need for those 30 meals, also purchase enough Ziploc bags to store all of these dinners
  • Pick a day to cook. Most likely this will take at least 10-12 hours so make sure to clear your schedule since you will be in the kitchen most of the day
  • Pick a variety of meals so that you and your family do not get burned out. Find meals that you can cook a large amount of a certain meat and use it for several meals. Ground beef is great for tacos, meatloaf, meatballs and so much more.
  • Get your shopping done
  • Start Cooking!!!

I will post soon my plan of attack!!!

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