Tomorrow, I will begin my second round of once-a-month-cooking. I did it several months ago and loved the outcome. (I would of liked to keep up every month but finances prevented us from doing so.) I am sold on it. It was nice to wake up every morning and know what was going to be for dinner before even getting out of bed! Everyday I would jokingly say to my daughter 'hmmm...what should I have for dinner....oh, I know, it's in the freezer!'--so proud of myself. Of course, after a few days that got old and she would just reply with an interruption 'I know, it's in the freezer, get over yourself already!'
So tomorrow I begin. The nice thing is that I already have my master menu and shopping list that just needs a little tweaking. I double 2 weeks of meals. It will take me 3 days. One for the shopping and prep work, and the other 2 for cooking.
Some of our family favorites will include: green chili, lasagna, enchiladas, cheesy chicken crescents, beef roast, roast beef tacos, chicken fried steak, chicken barley soup, lo-fat chicken tortilla soup, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, chipped beef gravy and a few new recipes I'd like to try.
Some advantages I found is that even though I only made 30 meals it usually lasted 10 or so more days because 1.) I had leftovers not only for lunches the next day but for a clean-out-the-fridge night and 2.) I plan on cooking a meal at least once during the week that doesn't freeze well but is still one of our favorites.
If anyone is interested in this method of cooking just Google Once A Month Cooking or OAMC. There is a wealth of information on this subject. I would also appreciate any tips that would streamline the process.
So, come Thursday, dinner will only be a matter of putting a side dish and/or salad together and clean up! Hurray!
It's DEFINITELY All Good!