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OAMC stands for Once a Month Cooking, which is basically making up a bunch of meals all at once, stashing them in the freezer, and pulling them out instead of cooking from scratch every day. This week, I’m going to prepare 6 packages of chicken in marinade/sauce. It’s not exactly OAMC since I’m not making up a month’s worth of meals at a time, but having them ready in the freezer will make meal prep fast and easy over the next month.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale for a crazy $1.88 this week, so I bought several packages with the intention of making freezer bags full of marinated chicken, ready to defrost and simmer, saute, grill, bake, or broil.  A general guide is 1 cup of marinade per pound of meat when marinated in a heavy-duty plastic bag. I’m planning variations on the following marinades:

  1. Barbecue (store bought BBQ sauce)
  2. Tomato basil (without pasta)
  3. Teriyaki
  4. Peanut ginger
  5. Citrus Mojo
  6. Coconut Curry
  7. “Pretty Chicken”

This week’s menu includes:

Monday –  Citrus Mojo chicken, brown rice, broccoli

Tuesday – Mujaddarah (lentils with caramelized onion), bulgur wheat, spinach

Wednesday – Tomato basil chicken with pasta

Thursday – Meatloaf, baked potatoes, sauteed mustard greens with caramelized onions (extra onions cooked on Tuesday)

Friday – Salmon souffle sandwiches, peas and carrots
(This is a take-off from a recipe in More-With-Less, the classic real food on a budget cookbook by Doris Jansen Longacre. The original has tuna instead of salmon, and it’s like a savory baked French toast with salmon salad and Swiss cheese between the bread layers. Surprisingly delicious, simple, cheap!)

Saturday – Crockpot bean soup w/lots of veggies, cornbread

This menu is shared on Menu Plan Monday over at Orgjunkie.com

and Freezer Cooking Day at MoneySavingMom.com.

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