Monday, June 20, 2011

Once a Month Cooking

Okay, I have been a bad cook and blogger the last couple of months. I have not been planning my meals as I know I need to. I know myself well enough to know that if I don't have plan, we end up eating out more. The girls had swim lessons the last couple of weeks from 5:30 to 7:00 each night. Between that and the end of school, we have been out of kilter. It has also been 95 degrees (or higher) each day, and it is only June! I hate to be in the kitchen when it is 100 degrees. So, I pulled out a cookbook that I purchased not too long ago. It is a Once-a-Month Cooking by Wilson and Lagerborg. It has menus, supply lists and recipes for two-weeks of cooking, or even a month of cooking. I decided to try one of the two week menus. I now have 14 meals in the freezer for summer use. The cookbook is set up to be used as a guide and was pretty easy to use. I ended up splitting up the cooking into two days, so I was not as efficient as I could have been. I was very pleased with the results so far. I think that I could use the 14 meals over a three week time period very easily by inserting a couple of vegetarian meals into the mix. I couldn't do this once a month, it was very intense, but once every few months I could make it work. The other thing to consider is the cost of the meals. I think the author's did a great job on this. I spent about $135.00 for the 14 meals. I thought that was pretty good!

Here are the meals that I have in the freezer:

  1. Hearty Hamburger Tomato Stew

  2. Chinese Chicken Morsels

  3. Roast Beef sandwiches with Au Jus

  4. Grilled Fish

  5. Chicken Spaghetti

  6. Mandarin Orange Chicken

  7. Grilled Chile Pepper Cheeseburgers

  8. Rainy day Chicken with Rice

  9. Polynesian Pork Loin

  10. Blackened Chicken Breast

  11. Chicken Cacciatore

  12. Meal-on-the-Run Pork Loin

  13. Chile Verde

  14. Savory Beef

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