Clear The Fridge Meal Plan For The Week

this weeks meal plan

I’m going to have a baby around the end of January 2016. I plan to have at least 1 month of meals, in the freezer, for the month-plus after the baby comes. I figure I’ll have folks here to help out and cook fresh for/with me, but once all that slows down, I want to have some meals in the freezer that are easy to throw into a crock pot or into the oven. Once I come up with that plan and the meals I want to use, I’ll totally share them with you guys!

To prepare for that, I want to do a few things. One, clear out the freezer. Two, do a practice run or two with a few meals that I think will be great out of the freezer. And three, save up a little money out of the next two months’ grocery budgets, to fund the month-plus of meals. 

So this week, we’re going to aim for a very tiny grocery bill that utilizes some of the stuff we’ve already got. This practice of clearing out the fridge/freezer/pantry is totally habit for a lot of families. It’s not something we do because we usually have a plan for the things we buy and don’t buy extra. That said, we do have a handful of items that need to be eaten to clear space. And alas, this meal plan was born.

It’s not necessarily a low-cost meal plan. It will be low-cost for us since we already have most of the items on hand!

Here are most of the foods we have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry that I want to use this week:

  • 1 pre-cooked meal of chicken sausage and fennel soup!
  • 1 whole chicken, frozen
  • 3 pounds ground beef, frozen (we will use just 2 of them this week)
  • 4 pieces flounder, frozen
  • 1 piece cod, frozen 
  • 2 chicken breasts, frozen
  • 3 chicken thighs, frozen
  • lots of link sausage
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 bag of Brussels sprouts
  • lots of rice and pasta (we’ll use some of that)
  • 4 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 5 onions
  • about 10 carrots
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can corn

That’s more meat than we need for a week, so I can plan to use some of the chicken, fish, and beef next week too. Win!

Here are the meals we’ll have for dinner, plus a few lunch ideas that I have in mind:

  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Fennel Soup. The recipe itself is available through the emeals app. We really like this service! You can find out more and sign up for a free trial HERE
  2. Roasted Chicken with Maple-Glazed Carrots and Buttery, Garlicy Mashed Potatoes. The roasted chicken will be kept fairly simple. I’ll use the cold water quick-thaw method for the whole chicken. And this recipe for the carrots. 
  3. Beef, Tomato, and Cabbage. We’ll use my recipeWe need to buy tomato sauce.
  4. Roasted Flounder with Brussels Sprouts + Bacon and Buttery Rice. This is another emeals recipe, except for the rice. We need to buy bacon.
  5. Shepherd’s Pie. This is a meal that is actually a carry-over from last week that we didn’t eat. So we have all the ingredients for it! Here’s the recipe we like. 
  6. Chicken Quesadillas with Roasted Corn Salsa. This is also from emeals! We’ve got nearly everything for it. Here is that recipeWe need to buy flour tortillas, salsa, and shredded cheese.

There are always leftovers for 1-2 days, at least, so those 6 meals will last at least one week and likely longer.

In addition, for lunch, I will make a few quick meals:

  • Chicken Alfredo with Angel Hair PastaWe need butter.
  • Hamburgers with Apple Fries and Green Beans. We need apples.
  • Three-Ingredient Pizza. Here is the recipe I use! We need pizza sauce.
  • Homemade Fish Sticks with Roasted Asparagus. Here’s my fish stick recipe. We need asparagus.

The other days, we’ll eat leftovers or a sandwich.

Finally, breakfast! We eat the same things for breakfast regularly. We need eggs, fruit, milk, and avocados. 

I won’t bore you with our grocery list, but I hope you can see that there are only about 10 things we need to buy for a whole week of breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

I could get used to this cleaning-out-the-fridge style of eating.


  • Victoria P

    Sounds great!!! On a regular basis I wish I had a proper freezer to take advantages of sales etc. On one hand my small freezer means nothing really gets left lurking in the back….on the other hand make-ahead freezer meals is never an option 🙁

    • blwideas

      We’re getting a small one for when the baby comes! But hopefully it will just store excess meats and stuff when we find them on sale. I am like you though. I don’t want to overstock a freezer so stuff gets lost for a year!