Freezer Cooking Day: Official menu + planning ideas

by Melody on October 12, 2011

Welcome to another round of This Beautiful Frugal Life’s Freezer Cooking Day Extravaganza!

In Round One, my friend Sarah and I cooked together and did one big old full day of cooking.  While this was fabulous, we have just had a hard time finding time in our busy schedules to squeeze in a whole day, so we’re doing a slightly shorter version this time around.  We will be cooking for approximately half a day and doing a few less meals.

We chose Friday November 11th to cook.  Sarah’s mom has the day off to help watch her kids and my husband is off work, so hopefully we can hammer things out in record time (or at least it won’t take ALL day).  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.

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 in November.

Tips on planning your day:

  • Between Sarah and I, we have four kids under the age of four.  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.  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’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. You may feel the need to add a little “cushion” to your grocery budget this month to help cover all the ingredients.  I have pulled from the following month’s budget as well, because making freezer meals this month will hopefully save me money next month.
  • Most of the recipes I chose can be adapted for meat preference (turkey, chicken, ground beef) or no meat at all if you prefer.  Feel free to make any changes you like to the recipes to suit your family’s lifestyle.

The official Freezer Cooking Day Extravaganza menu plan:

We looked at two things when planning our meals and recipes for this round of cooking.  We chose recipes that would utilize the fabulous price we got on Zaycon boneless skinless chicken breasts recently.  We also tried to plan one meal per cooking medium: stovetop, oven, crockpot and no-bake.  Hopefully, this will help in planning and make the day run smoother without having to juggle dishes in and out of the oven or battle for burner space.

We will be making four of each dish and then splitting everything.  If you are cooking by yourself, you could double or even triple the recipe.  I find it saves so much time to make multiple pans of each dish at once, this cuts down on prep time and cleaning.

STOVETOP

CROCKPOT

NO-BAKE OPTIONS

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

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.  I’m excited to fill up my freezer again!

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