I’ve NEVER been a big meal planner. I’ve always had lots of things in the fridge and freezer and enjoy being creative in the kitchen – opening the fridge and grabbing a few things for dinner depending on what we feel like eating. The upside to this is how much I enjoy the process but the downside is that at times, when I don’t feel like cooking anything we’ll cave and eat something not so healthy.
There are so many benefits to meal planning! Recently, I’ve been trying to do more to cut out chemicals from our diet and I definitely feel like you have to be organized and calculated with your goals when you’re trying to eat healthier. Last week, I wanted to try a couple recipes and one included “make your own pizza dough” and the other included “make your own bisquick”. I decided it was a good place to start and what I love about starting to do more of my own things from scratch is that it allows you to make it in larger batches and have enough to last you a while. It saves you money and time!
I ended up making two batches of pizza dough for the freezer and a larger container of the “bisquick” mix. It didn’t take very long at all – maybe an hour? Here are the recipes I tried:
- Home Made Bisquick Mix
- Perfect Pizza Crust (She also has great tips and tricks if you’ve never made your own pizza dough or if you’ve had problems with making pizza dough in the past – Click HERE.)
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells
- Easy Taco Bake (using the bisquick above)
- Chicken Ranch Pizza (using the perfect pizza crust)
I never embark on “taking over the world” and I feel like it’s really important to only choose one or two things to do at a time so you don’t feel too intimidated and overwhelmed! My next thing would be to make my own Ranch dressing for the pizza now that I feel comfortable making the pizza dough. Thankfully, that’s one of the things I’ve ordered from Wildtree so I’m excited to try it out!
Here are a couple pictures of the finished meals – all of which I would make again and both Julian and Luke loved them. I store the bisquick mix in the freezer and still have enough of the Buffalo Chicken Shells left in the freezer to last another 2 meals! When I made the pizza dough I didn’t know when we would be eating it so I put both portions in the freezer and took it out the morning we would going to use it and let it come to room temperature/rise about 30-40 minutes before I cooked it (I still have one left for dinner this week!). The pizza dough was great and I was really impressed – it wasn’t soggy at all, which is how a lot of make your doughs can be.
What are YOUR favorite places online to look for new recipes?! Let me know what your favorite recipes are and I’ll try them out and spotlight them here on the blog!