Next Week’s Meal Plan: 4 Soups to Stock the Freezer
We got our first dusting of snow this past weekend as we pulled out holiday lights and hunted for a Christmas tree, and a week of hearty soups sounds like the most soul-filling meal plan imaginable.
I’m also taking the opportunity to make some big-batch some soups with help from my slow cooker in order to stock the freezer for my family, as we have a bit of travel and some house guests in coming up in December. Here are the four slow cooker soups (plus our Friday night pizza) we’re eating — and loading up our freezer with — this week.
Welcome to This Week’s Meal Plan
I believe meal planning is the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. Since I’m frequently asked by friends and family what I’m cooking for dinner each week, I share my weekly meal plan here. Whether you’re just learning to meal plan and looking for a real-life example of how this works or you’re an old pro on the hunt for inspiration, here’s a peek at how I’m feeding my family this week.
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Broccoli cheese soup is about as kid-friendly as a soup can get at my house. This Pioneer Woman recipe also gets prepped with help from the slow cooker and a delicious hunk of Velveeta cheese to make it creamy and dreamy. I’m serving this with carrot sticks for the kids and rolls for dipping.
Tuesday: The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup
This soup is so good and surprisingly easy. I have a spiralizer that I love, but if you don’t, just grab some pre-made zoodles and save yourself some work. This soup gets crackers and apple slices on the side.
Wednesday: How To Make Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Haven’t stopped thinking about this soup since I made it, so we’re firing up the slow cooker for this one. I’m making a super simple butter lettuce salad to go on the side and skipping the bacon for cheddar cheese crackers.
Thursday: White Bean & Bacon Soup
This is my mom’s favorite soup and as she’s coming in December to be extra childcare while my husband and I are traveling, I want to make sure it is ready and waiting in the freezer for her. I’m grabbing cornbread from the store to serve on the side.
Friday night pizza is a continuing tradition in our home — and stocking the freezer now means easy pizza on a future Friday when it is too blustery to go out or for delivery.