This week’s menu is a little different. Since we’re leaving on vacation soon. I plan to use up as much food as possible in the next few days since I prefer to come home to an empty fridge than a fridge filled with food that’s gone bad.
Additionally, there’s not much to recap from last week since meals did not go as planned. With my youngest coming down with the stomach flu, and then both girls catching it as well it cooking meals took a backseat to nursing care. To be honest it was partly due to my own fear of catching it-so I kept eating foods like apples and rice just in case I came down with it too. (Thankfully I didn’t!)
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Pre-Vacation Meal Plan
Cook all meats or freeze them.
Cook anything that you can eat now. Freeze any leftovers. Freeze anything that needs you can’t cook.
Cook or eat all fresh fruits and vegetables.
We like to cut up all our fresh fruits and veggies. The kids devour them. Anything that needs to be cooked I cook a few days before we leave (like steaming broccoli) and use it up over a few days.
Freeze or use dairy products.
You can freeze milk and milk products as well. We prefer to use the milk and yogurt up with smoothies, milkshakes, and just drinking it up. I also shred cheese and freeze it.
Toss expired or near expiration date condiments.
This is a great time to toss things that are expired, and use up the bottoms of those condiments that have a tiny squeeze or two.
Eat from the pantry.
If you have a stocked pantry like most folks then you can eat from your pantry for a few days with no problem. It’s a great way to use up things you don’t prefer and get rid of things that are expired as well.
Any advice for meal planning when you’re prepping for vacation?