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edited 14 June 2019 at 1:04PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • joedenisejoedenise Forumite
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    Great thread! I love meal prepping.


    I managed to make 4 lamb hotpots earlier in the month from a large joint we had for a roast, we're having one for Dinner tonight. Last week I made 25 dump bags (5 x 5 recipes) to be used in the slow cooker. I had a £8 off a £40 shop voucher and managed to get most of what I needed for £32.


    Going to do a freezer inventory later this week and plan for the next few months :)

    The dump bags sound good. What did you prep?

    Denise
  • Tink_04Tink_04 Forumite
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    Sounds like a great idea! I love to meal prep but always get a bit sidetracked!

    Loving the dump bags idea too!

    Tink
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  • jbkmumjbkmum Forumite
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    Subscribing, as per Dan's fantastic recommendation in my thread, going to start to plan tonight for next month. I'm moving house soon and need to make sure I organise our fridge and freezer when we move into the house! I think I'll be asking you lot for some advice....on how to use multiple plaice fillets lol
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  • dan958dan958 Forumite
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    Good to have you here. Ask any questions you need!

    I like to try and break out my slow cooker every week. I plan on making a taco bowl this weekend; https://www.budgetbytes.com/taco-chicken-bowls/ extremely easy, and looks lovely!
  • Oh I've just discovered this thread! I do batch cook and now with a bit of time off I will prepare and freeze new meals... great discovery and thanks everyone for your suggestions!
  • jbkmumjbkmum Forumite
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    I'm just trying to work out how many meals to plan for 7 days for the two of us? I actually had a gastric sleeve so I have half a childs portion. If I cook a meal that serves 4, I'll assume that is 3 days worth of food. 3 Portions for DS and then I can split mine out over 3 days.

    So thinking about it, If I cook 3 meals a week - then we have enough for the week plus leftovers to freeze.

    I'm going to have to get used to not buying lots of food!
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    dan958dan958 Forumite
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    edited 3 July 2019 at 1:46PM
    I always found portioning difficult if I was not putting the food right into a container rather than onto a plate.

    Instead, I got a bunch of meal-prep containers that have 3 compartments each (one larger for the protein, and 2 smaller ones for like rice and vegetables)- makes it very easy to portion out.

    It is also quite common to have 3 days worth of food in the fridge, and freeze the rest.
  • dan958dan958 Forumite
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    I was going to make this a while back, but only got around to making it last night; https://www.budgetbytes.com/taco-chicken-bowls/

    I'm going to mix it with a bunch of rice and put it into some wraps to make some burritos and store a bunch in the freezer.
  • jbkmumjbkmum Forumite
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    Okay so....in 4 weeks time I move into my new house with my son. I'm going to have an under counter fridge and same for freezer. I won't be taking my full size fridge, don't see the point for two of us. I can either take a tall freezer with me or a small chest freezer. What do you think I should do? I have room in a tiny utility room for one of those. I'll be able to freeze stuff basically. I also need to make a list of 5 meals to prep. I have failed before because I try to make TOO many things. I've got a fussy child but he loves risotto so I'm going down the rice route
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  • pavlovs_dogpavlovs_dog Forumite
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    that taco chicken recipe looks lovely!
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