Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Bit of Time in the Kitchen.

Boy was I productive today. Harley and I got into the kitchen and made up ten freezer meals. I have found that if I have a meal in the freezer, ready to pop into the crockpot or the oven, I am much less likely to drive through a fast food place at the end of the day. At Living Well Spending Less, Ruth has a series of TEN AWESOME FREEZER MEALS in Just One Hour. Today we put up ten meals from part 4.
It was pretty simple to do. But it took us closer to three hours to do all the prep and all the packaging. At the end of the day, though, I am pleased to have ten meals in my freezer. It was fun to cook with Harley and teach her some cooking tips. These are the meals we made:

1. Easy Chicken& Rice Casserole

2. Easy Ham & Bean Soup

3. Simple Cranberry Chicken

4. Balsamic Roast Beef

5. Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken.

Visit Living Well Spending Less for lots of other recipes and ideas. I'll let you know how they taste next week. 
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20 comments:

  1. I like that idea of freezing meals ahead like this. I'll have to check it out. So true if you are organized with cooking, either this way or with meal planning, it does save trips through the fast food restaurants, which really aren't that healthy for us. I know since I started planning menus few years back, its less stressful trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Do let us know how all taste!

    betty

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    1. Not only not healthy, Betty, but kill my budget as well I will let you know how they taste

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  2. This sounds like a good time-saving plan. I've been trying to keep our meals creative since I do all the cooking in the house and it gets kind of difficult coming up with new ideas. Maybe someday I'll get in a productive mode to do something like this here.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Happy to have you stop by Arlee. It is time saving and money saving as well.

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  3. I have always wanted to to a plan ahead type meal, but never have. Need to try!

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    1. I started meal planning when we became a single fixed income family. It really saves money

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  4. Yum! We could all use motivation to stay away from Fast Food!

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  5. I am looking forward to hearing how they turned out. I love spending time with those I love in the kitchen.

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  6. Instead of counting all the reasons 'why not' ... there's no reason I can't adapt this sort of thing to accommodate our lifestyle - and especially, our budget!

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    1. It really does make a difference Myra!

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  7. I'm so impressed! I always say I'm going to grocery shop once a month and do all my cooking in a day--but I've never done it. You've inspired me to give it a whirl :).

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    1. I don't think I could only shop once a month. Or cook it all in one day. This was my first at doing so much at one time. It wasn't bad. Especially since Ruth did all the hard work for me in the planning and the recipes.

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  8. I like the sound of planning meals but I don't think i could ever do it other than around the holiday' s when time is so tight and I have to.

    I love the recipes you've chosen to put on the blog, they sound great and I'll check them out, I thought they might come in handy for mom if I ever leave her for a few days so she doesn't have to cook.

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    1. That would be a great idea to leave meals in the freezer for your mom. It would make her life much easier

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  9. Good for you guys! I have yet to take any of my precious weekend time to do that but I know that I would be so glad I did when the weekdays come!

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    1. I enjoyed every moment of my precious time with my granddaughter this weekend doing this together. And I am happy that every supper this week is ready to go!

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  10. Freezer meals are an amazing idea that I would love to try...when we either get a bigger fridge/freezer or an extra fridge/freezer. For now, I have to plan and make dinner happen.

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    1. This was soooooo easy Jessica. You should try it sometimes!

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