#momhack Monday: Meal stacking

Just a quick one for you that’s been a money and time saver for me: I call it stacking your meals.

This is my meal plan this week. I’m doing chicken soup and chili next to each other, because I always have leftover corn bread and it tends to get moldy if I don’t plan to eat it.

The leftover rice on Tuesday will go into the soup on Wednesday. I can’t eat pizza, so I’ll plan enough chili to have leftovers for me on Friday so I won’t feel deprived.

Does that make sense? Do you plan your meals? Is this a strategy you could use?

If you need a form to help you, I’ve got one for you here. (No, I didn’t use the form. Someone stole my wet erase pens. 🤨 And when I find out who…)

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#Momhack: Cooking While Traveling

We’re at our organization’s HQ for two weeks, doing some training and meetings, and the food situation? OY. Because my babies want ALL. THE. SUGARY. THINGS. and Mama doesn’t want crazy behavior due to too many treats. So I’m fighting back on costs and sugar with whole chickens…the leftovers of which I’m putting with stir fries, over pasta and into soups.

But my #momhack today has to do with flavor…because I don’t want to buy a whole bottle of sesame seeds for my stir fry, but without it? Kinda bland.

As you can see, even this tiny jar is $2.21, which is really more than I need for two weeks.

Instead, I went over to the bulk section at Winco Foods, and got just two tablespoons for $0.39. BAM.

In case you’re still not convinced, I also needed thyme and sage for my chicken soup, neither of which was cheap for a whole bottle…

A little trip over to the bulk section…(and look at all the options!!)…I scoop out what I need into a small plastic bag, write the four-digit code on the twist-tie, and close it up.

And I ended up walking out with just what I needed for two batches of soup. I paid $0.09 for thyme and the sage? Well, there was so little in the bag, it wouldn’t register on their scale, so they gave it to me for free. That would make me feel bad, except they’re the ones who designed the system, not me. So hey, I’ll take advantage of it! You don’t have to rely on junk food just because you’re traveling, and the smell of soup simmering can make even a temporary place feel like home.

Don’t let the big jars intimidate you! If you’ve got a kitchen available to you, don’t let it go to waste. Your wallet will thank you.

You’ve got this, mamas.

Make It Monday: Sweetened Condensed Milk and Cream of Anything Soup

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http://www.frugalfarmwife.com/article/homemade-sweetened-condensed-milk/

Here’s a how-to for sweetened condensed milk, since I know many of you can’t just open up a can for this…and mama needs her coconut balls this Christmas.

http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2015/04/how-to-make-homemade-cream-of-anything-soup/

And here’s the how-to for cream of…anything! Essential for that green bean casserole. And she’s right, a roux is really easy. You can do it, mamas. Don’t let the French fool you.

You’ve got this, mamas!