Recipes - Week of August 3

Posted on Aug 02, 2019 by Betsy McCann
Tags: MealPlans

Weekend Prep

OK. So, early August means a lot of cooking in big batches and freezing meals in our house. Betsy spends the last two weeks of August at band camp (14 hours a day, every day), so she needs frozen meals to bring to work for a couple of weeks. This and next week, we'll make a few dishes that can be made in bulk and saved for later.

This is a great idea to get ready for back to school too!

This weekend, we'll start by making a quadruple batch of our tomato basil soup. We'll eat a batch for dinner, and freeze the rest for later.

As always, we will use weekend time to chop a bunch of veggies and fruits so we have easy healthy food to grab for snacks and lunch.

Tomato Soup

This versatile soup works with fresh or canned tomatoes and fresh or dried basil. We'll be making a quadruple batch this weekend to ensure plenty of frozen left-overs!

(remember to click the image to view the recipe)

Chicken Tagine with Almonds and Apricots

This is a wonderfully flavorful take on a traditional North African stew. We created this recipe using Sarah Raven's as our inspiration. It makes great left-overs ... actually the left-overs are even better than the original meal! Serve over couscous or rice. If making a big batch and freezing (like we'll do), freeze without the rice then make the rice fresh when you pull the Tagine back out.


We love gyros this time of year when the accompanying veggies are fresh and delicious. Try these with our oven fries.

Fancy Franks and Beans

This is another meal we will make in bulk (probably a triple batch) so we can freeze a lot to use later in the month.

Grilled Burgers and Zucchini

If we're firing the up the grill for burgers, we love to grill zucchini too. Simply slice the zucchini lengthwise in quarters, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and put them on the grill right as the burgers finish up.

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