|My freezer prior to cooking day (admittedly not very organized!)|
But this month, I decided to give it a shot. Of all the months in the year, it would be awesome to save time in December through freezer cooking! Here's how it went down...
My pre-cooking food supplies:
My recipe list included:
Enchilada filling (I used a slightly altered version of this recipe)
Black Bean Soup
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts (simply chicken breasts marinated in italian dressing and stuffed with mozzarella!)
Exciting side-note: I used tons of fresh parsley from my container garden for the lasagna sauce! Love it. :)
I cooked primarily during nap-times, since I didn't have a sitter and my hubby was in class. The cooking was spread out throughout the day, but with a one year old underfoot, I certainly didn't cook all day (just trying to give you a time reference!). Here is the lasagna sauce, enchilada filling, and chili cooking on the stovetop:
Lasagna (2 large pans)
Black Bean Soup (x2)
Taco Bake (x3)
Crockpot Salsa Chicken (x2)
Enchilada Filling (x2)
|A total of 13 meals!|
I didn't quite make it to the sweet potatoes or the mozzarella chicken breasts, but I'll tackle those later this week.
I was really encouraged to find that I can make freezer cooking work for me, even with my downsized kitchen space! I didn't tackle an entire month's worth of meals, but when you count the homemade frozen pizza dough I already have in the freezer, plus the frozen fish, we have at least 17 meals in there! That's a good chunk of my monthly cooking taken care of.
Linked to Homemaking Link-Up and Freezer Cooking Daze.