Ok, I thought I was going to do freezer cooking today, but it didn’t quite work out that way. It was more like cooking ahead/what we will eat now.
I had a couple of things work against me. 1. I decided to get started right at the time I needed to make lunch for the family. So I was fixing lunch for the youngest 2 while my oldest and my husband were fixing theirs and starting my cooking ahead. 2. I follow Money Saving Mom (www.moneysavingmom.com) and she used to do a whole day of freezer cooking, but has recently gone to cooking 1 hour a week for the freezer. This sounded manageable, so I thought I would give it a try. However, I did not prep anything ahead of time. I printed off some of her recipes that sounded good jumped in. 3. In the middle of this, I decided to prep tonight’s dinner and tomorrow night’s dinner, too.
Learned my lessons. I will not start at a meal time. I will plan ahead and I will only do freezer cooking or meal prep, not both.
But here is what I got done:
1 Meal’s worth of Chicken & Bows (http://wp.me/pQCuj-1f) to put in the freezer.
1 Loaf of Banana Chocolate Chip bread. I was going to slice and freeze the slices, but the family loves it, so I don’t think it will make it to the freezer. (Next time, I’ll double it and freeze one.)
1 Meal’s worth of Quick Chicken Pad Thai (tonight’s dinner, yes I have totally rearranged this week’s menu. I’m making everything, but it has changed days.)
Prepped Chicken for Pretzel chicken tomorrow.
Money Saving Mom has quite a few breakfast items that I will try next. I think they’ll be great to try while on summer break. The ones we like, I’ll do once school starts back up since my kids all get up at different times, having things to fix individually is helpful.
So, I’m going to use the tools she has on her site and plan ahead. Then the following week, I think I will do some Pampered Chef power cooking to get some freezer meals put away. Those come in handy when life is crazy around here.