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Hello! I'm Deirdre and I'm a stay at home mom to two boys. Cooking for a 6 and 4 year old- day in and day out can be the best job in the world, also the most frustrating. Trying to create not only kid friendly but husband and mom friendly meals is a challenge that I've readily accepted! My Foodie Mom blog is a record of the different recipes that I've tried in the kitchen, pictures of my ventures, and cool tricks I've picked up along the way. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How I Buy Meat and Divide For Meals

I just wanted to write a quick post of how I buy meat for the week, and divide it into enough for meals and freeze it.  I don't buy a ton of meat, really I just want enough to have a little in each meal- then supplement the rest with veggies and (mostly starch… ugh I know.)  

Now that my youngest is almost 2, I try and make every dinner something that the 4 of us can enjoy. If it's going to be something really weird and that I know the kids won't like, I'll supplement their protein portion for something a little more kids friendly. But regardless, for the most part the meat I buy I portion into semi small bags that will be enough for the 4 of us for dinner.

This particular shopping trip I bought a big pack of chicken thighs (split into two packs of 3 each) , a smaller package with 2 thin steaks (split into 1 steak each ), a pound and a half of hamburger (2 baggies of hamburger), a pack of pork sirloin strips (split into 2 bags), and a 4 pack of small pork chops (split into bags of 2 each).

So all together it pretty much got me 10 meals out of all of that meat. The smaller cuts of meat like the steak and the pork chops, I can cut up and pound out into cutlets. (my cutlet recipe: cutlets.  And sometimes the kids just want chicken nuggets or hot dogs so I don't really have to worry about a fancy dinner for them and can just make something for me and Mike. 

Separating my meat like this does make my shopping trips a little more cost effective. And Makes sure that I try to incorporate more veggies into my meals. Cheers!

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