Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Writers' Menu Recipes Day 12 and Day 18

It's time for the next two recipes for my November Writers' Menu. Follow the recipes, freeze the results, and you'll have the next two meals prepped and ready for November. You'll find the grocery lists here if you missed them. Remember, you can cook a double batch: one to eat now, and one to freeze for next month. We're halfway there!

The next two recipes are Day 12 Italian Unstuffed Shells and Day 18 Slow Cooker Pot Roast. I've shared printable docs here

Italian Unstuffed Shells
  • 2 cups medium pasta shells (uncooked)
  • 1/2 pound Italian bulk sausage or ground beef
  • 20 ounces pasta sauce
  • 3 ounces cream cheese spread
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)*
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* According to Martha Stewart, substitute 1/3 the amount of dried herbs for fresh. In this case, that would be 4 tsp dried Basil. I used only 2 tsp and was happy with the result.

Instructions (via OnceAMonthMeals)
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, in salted boiling water. 
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef or sausage until no longer pink. Drain. 
  3. Add to pasta sauce. Set aside. 
  4. Whisk cream cheese spread, milk and Parmesan in large bowl until well blended. 
  5. Drain pasta. Add pasta and basil; stir gently until pasta is evenly coated. 
  6. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom a greased 8×8 baking dishes. Cover with pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella. 
  7. Cover with foil. 
  8. Label  "Day 12" and write the following directions. Freeze.

    Thaw in fridge. Bake at 375 degrees F covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ounce package of dry onion soup mix

On cooking day, throw in some chopped carrots, potatoes, and onion to make a complete meal.

Instructions (via Living Well Spending Less)
  1. In bowl, whisk together soups, soup mix, water, wine and broth.
  2. Using a Sharpie, label the bag "Day 18" and write cooking directions:

  3. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. 
    Cook in crock pot on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
    Add chopped carrots, red potatoes, and onion to the crock pot after 2 hours.

  4. Add roast and marinade to bag.
  5. Freeze.

Congratulations! Now go write something! Come back next Saturday for the next shopping list and Tuesday, October 28 to prep the last two frozen meals.
If you haven't prepped for Day 3 and Day 5, you'll find directions here.


  1. Perfect! One of the keys to surviving PiBoIdMo or NaNo is having a dinner plan! I don't think my family ate for a week my first year.

    1. That's not the way I want to lose weight before the holidays! Thanks for stopping by.


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