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My Five Week Menu

baked salmon
As promised I am finally getting around to sharing the 5 week menu I created for after baby girl was born. Since she came at 41 weeks we actually starting using the meals before she was born. People from my church were so generous though and brought us meals after she was born so we just finished up the last meal yesterday!

Our my breakfasts (the boys usually just had toast or cereal) consisted of a rotation of soaked oatmeal and eggs and toast or an occasional banana chocolate chip muffin, smoothie or pancake/waffle. I made the muffins before hand and froze them.

Our lunches were mostly leftovers or sandwiches. Other lunches included: English muffin egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches, hotdogs and pancakes or waffles.

Here is the list of suppers we had, most of which I made ahead and froze:

Meatballs, potatoes, veggie
Beef tacos (with tortillas and toppings)
Cornflake Chicken Tenders
Pizza Pockets
Whole Chicken in the crock pot, rice, veggie
Chicken & Rice Soup (SO good!)
Brats, Veggie, Fruit
Beef Roast/Pork Roast – I cooked them together, Potatoes, Veggie
Spaghetti, bread sticks, veggie
Hamburgers, fries, veggie
Baked Salmon, rice, veggie (My favorite meal of them all!)
Shrimp Scampi (the boys’ favorite meal)
Mini Meatloaves, potatoes, veggie – I created my own recipe from this one.
Breaded Pork Chops, sweet potato, veggie
Breakfast Burritos
Beef Stir Fry with rice or noodles
Chicken Stir Fry with rice or noodles
Crescent Roll Pizza Pasta
Pork Chops with Apple Pie Filling
Beef Stew, Biscuits
Shredded Savory Pork Tacos with guacamole (second favorite meal)
Nachos with leftover pork and guacamole (third favorite meal)

We ate some of the meals more than once so that is how it was 5 weeks worth. My sister-in-law and I made most of the freezer meals all in one day. I think it took us like 4 hours. (I was SO thankful to have her help!) I can’t tell you how thankful I was to have these meals already prepared. I honestly think it is one of the reasons the past six weeks haven’t felt super stressful as I am adjusting to being mom of three!

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I am very excited to share with you my favorite way(s) to use a whole chicken. The best part? The meals are all really easy. I promise! And they are very good for you. First, I make a homemade rotisserie chicken in my crock pot and after removing all the chicken (and leaving the bones and everything else in the crock pot), I add a few ingredients to make chicken stock overnight. In the morning I strain the chicken stock and use it to make soup later that day. I use part of the leftover chicken in the soup and the other part for making chicken salad sandwiches. There you go, three meals in one!

Here are the links to the recipes I use:

Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

Overnight Chicken Stock

Chicken Noodle Soup or Chicken Rice Soup (the chicken rice soup is AMAZING!)

Happy cooking!

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