With school starting up this month, life is about to get a LOT crazier...so I decided to challenge myself by stocking the freezer with some healthy, quick and easy weeknight meals.
Since we do not live near a Whole Foods, I stock up on their meats whenever I can...so recently I purchased large quantities of a few of our favorites...boneless pork chops, boneless chicken breast cutlets and ground beef.
I decided to make some simple marinades for the pork and chicken...first up was Mojo for the pork...
Mojo is a Latin marinade that combines fresh citrus juices and herbs and garlic and olive oil...YUMMY!
I used mojo for all the pork chops, but it's great on chicken or skirt steak too!
Next up, was a Mediterrean-inspired marinade...
This marinade features one of my FAVORITE herbs...fresh rosemary! I simply combined lemon juice, chopped rosemary, garlic and olive oil...sooo good!
this is such a classic combination...and for good reason...it's delicious!
Next, I marinated some of the chicken in one of my all-time favorite salad dressings- The Olive Garden Italian Dressing, that's right, not only is it good on salads, but it makes delicious Italian-style grilled chicken.
After prepping all the chicken and pork, I tackled the ground beef next...and since we love our "Taco Tuesdays" around here, I cooked up three pounds of the beef for taco meat...
then I separated it in one pound freezer bags for quick week-night meals!
So...with a little planning, by shopping in bulk, prepping ahead of time, and storing everything in the freezer, I now have 12 healthy weeknight meals ready to go- simply defrost, cook, and add an easy side dish.
Now "mom" is ready for back to school!