|Seven meals ready to have lids clipped|
on and popped into the freezer for
later consumption. Only one
dirty frying pan to wash up.
Each container holds 4-6 serves.
Cooking once a week might be a way to create some sanity at home. If both of you are working outside of the home, then cooking meals from scratch every night can be mighty challenging at the end of an exhausting day.
So here is something to try: doing the bulk of your cooking once a week.
How does this work?
We choose Sunday evening to cook in bulk for the week or fortnight ahead. We prepare two or three different meals and cook them in bulk then container them up into separate meal sized containers (dependant on the size of your family) and then into the freezer. By choosing different recipes each time, you will build up a whole swag of different meal types in the freezer to choose from.
|Savoury pastie pastry rolled out|
|Savoury pumpkin and curry filling (you can freeze this too)|
|Delicious hot curried pumpkin|
pasties. These did not last long.
This week we did two types of meals - savoury mince and spag-bol sauce. We added these to the many pre-cooked meals already in the freezer. We can serve these with pasta, mash, rice, cous cous or salads....or whatever we fancy at the time.
|Line up! Line up! Dinner is served.|
The aim would be to build up a stockpile of pre-cooked meals in your freezer for at least a week ahead - preferably more. Another benefit of this type of bulk meal preparation is that the oven and cooker are only on once thus saving power. Did I also mention less washing up? The other obvious benefit is that all you have to do in the morning is take your meal out of the freezer and leave it on the kitchen sink to defrost during the day and then quickly heat it up and serve at night....maybe the kids could do this super-easy last step so there is a hot meal on the table as soon as you walk in of a night.
|A nice big frying pan allows you to cook double sized meals.|
Eat one and freeze one.
Worth a thought perhaps? Tweak the concept to suit your own circumstances and reap the benefits.
Take care folks. Stay nice.