Freezer Cooking Day: Official menu + planning ideas

by Melody on May 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to start the planning process for our big Freezer Cooking Day Extravaganza?  I was truly overwhelmed by the response to this idea and I’m so excited for all of you to follow along with me!

A quick recap.

For the next 3-4 weeks, I will be posting a menu, ingredient list, planning and preparation ideas and (hopefully) answering your questions along the way to get us ready for our big Freezer Cooking Day towards the end of June.

My friend Sarah and I have decided to cook together and we chose Wednesday the 29th of June.  We would love for you all to cook along with us on the same day, but I know that probably won’t be a possibility for some.  The purpose of this series is to give you the tools and information you need to cook on whatever day you choose.

Tips on planning your day:

  • Between Sarah and I, we have four kids under the age of three.  There is NO way we would ever be able to focus on our cooking and prep, feed our children and get them down for naps and still have the house standing.  We arranged our day around her mom’s schedule and she is going to come and help out with the kids.  If you have young kids at home, I highly suggest hiring a babysitter!  If it’s not possible to find someone who can dedicate themselves to watching the kids, maybe join up with a few friends for your cooking day and trade off duties as the day goes on.
  • Be as organized as possible.  I will do my best to give you all the tools you need, including a timeline for prep and cooking for the day of, but double and triple check your ingredient list before you get started.  You will have enough to do without running to the store for any last-minute items.
  • Don’t take on more than you think you can handle.  My menu plan is fairly basic and planned around similar ingredients, but if you feel like it’s too much for you, don’t do it all!  Start with just two or three recipes.  If this series is successful, I’ll definitely plan another and you can jump in with both feet next time.
  • I personally am going to add $40 to our grocery budget this month, dedicated to the Freezer Cooking Day ingredients.  I’ll do my best to pick up all my items on sale/with coupons over the next few weeks, but anything left on my list in the few days before, I will just grab at Walmart or Winco.  The reason I am adding a little to the budget (you do not have to do this!), is so I don’t feel stressed out that I am “blowing” our budget for something that will help save us money next month.

The official Freezer Cooking Day Extravaganza menu plan:

I will be making two of each meal, but of course feel free to do as many (or as little) as you’d like.  Don’t feel obligated to make every recipe either.  I tried to choose simple recipes based around what most of us have in our pantry and can be adapted for meat preference (ground beef, pork or turkey should work fine in most of the recipes).

CHICKEN

BEEF

  • Spaghetti sauce – Will finish in crock pot, but you can make on stove top.  I like to call this semi-homemade pasta sauce, as it still uses some canned ingredients for ease.  This was given to me by a gal I went to college with, who patiently attempted to teach me how to cook.  I hope you’re reading Marney!

OTHER RECIPES

The official ingredient list will be up in a few days.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.  I would also love to hear your tips on freezer cooking if you have done it before.  Anything to help streamline the process will be much appreciated!

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