We’re in the single digits!! Baby here we come!
After a week of planning, shopping, and cooking, we are finally at the end of freezer cooking week. I didn’t get as much done as I had planned, but I have a freezer full of yummy foods to get me through those long days as a new mum, and a pantry with extra staples that will make life easier and tastier.
Planning the week was one of the most time consuming parts as I had to figure out the common ingredients of all of the recipes so I could know what I needed to buy in bulk. The Plan to Eat website made this process a lot easier by providing me with a shopping list for my inputted recipes, however it provided the amounts in normal recipe amounts (i.e. cups and tablespoons) and I had to figure out what that was in pounds, grams and ml for picking items up at the store.
I was lucky to have a lot of the dry items in my pantry already, keeping the costs down, but otherwise the total shopping bill came to around $200. With all of these meals in the freezer, I can go to the store with the baby in the stroller and just pick up fresh veggies and milk or cheese on a weekly basis. Exercise and low cost shopping! Most of the casserole recipes make around 4-5 single servings, so if I’m able to make one casserole/dish a week for the next couple months, I should be able to keep my freezer stocked with a variety of meals.
My freezer is now stocked with:
15 casseroles (sized to provide me with dinner and lunch the next day)
12 soup servings
6 marinated chicken servings
10 burritos (with extra meat to make 10 more)
I also have baking mixes, meat seasonings and breakfasts to make for more easy-to-prepare meals.
Here is the final list of recipes:
The whole thing was MUCH more difficult to complete than previous times I’ve done any Once a Month Cooking – perhaps being 9 months pregnant really does slow you down! I tried to take as many breaks to get my feet up as possible, or to sit on a stool when chopping veggies, but my feet are still aching anyways. I am THANKFUL for some cooler weather so I can open the windows and avoid overheating in the kitchen, and for help from my mamma with shopping at Costco and for doing some cleaning around my house while I cooked.