Menu Plan Monday – Batch Cooking this Week

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I still can’t believe how wonderful the weather has been this early in April.  We’re planning on being outside grilling again this week…as the forecast is almost too good to be true. (Which probably means that it will rain every afternoon, right?!?)

I’m also planning on doing some Batch Cooking this week…squeezing it in here and there.  I’d like to get the freezer re-stocked with some…

Having a stash of these family favorites makes for quick and easy meals on the weekends!

And here’s what we’ll be having for dinner this week…

Monday - Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta

Wednesday – Grilled Inside Out Burgers

Thursday – Burritos

Friday – Chana Masala (Reader Recipe)

Saturday – Spaghetti

Sunday - Leftovers or Tuna Sandwiches

I will post the recipes each night after I make the meal. If you see a meal you are interested in, please check back for the recipe later in the week!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie April 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm

those pumpkin pancakes sound amazing. i’ve bookmarked the recipe so i can give them a try


Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! April 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Yum! I love having special treats in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks.


carol at A Second Cup April 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

I have never made pumpkin pancakes. They sound yummy.


SavvySuzie April 12, 2010 at 7:22 am

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 12, 2010 at 9:44 am


Thanks! Thrilled to be partnering with them!!!


Kristen April 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

The weather has been unbelievable, hasn’t it!
I like your idea of throwing in batch dinners to your regular menu planning for the week. Good idea!


Elisabeth April 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

Those breakfast burritos sound like something my husband would enjoy. Do you have a recipe? I tried searching your site, but wasn’t able to find how to make and freeze them.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 12, 2010 at 10:22 am


I don’t have a recipe posted…I usually just do some eggs with bacon or sausage and cheese…whatever I’ve got. Wrap and freeze! He pulls them out the night before he wants to have them for breakfast and reheats in microwave!


Elisabeth April 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, Thanks–I don’t think I knew I could freeze eggs. Do you freeze them in plastic wrap or baggies?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm


Yes…once scrambled they can be frozen. I wrap the 2 breakfast burritos in foil and then into plastic baggies. Steve can then put them in the fridge to thaw, then onto a plate (without the foil!) to reheat.



Shannon April 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I made the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins over the weekend. Kids love them. Bonus points for being able to get some pumpkin out of the freezer.


Jean April 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Do you still have a stash of pumpkin or do you have a secret supplier? I made some pumpkin cc muffins about 2 months ago but it was the last bag of pumpkin from the freezer… :-(


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm


I’m using my last can! :(


Lisa April 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

Never heard it called “batch cooking” before. But it is always a nice idea for workings mom’s who cant pull off the once a month thing.


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