Cooking Once a Week to Save Time/Money/Sanity
When I first heard of SupperWorks, I thought it was brilliant. You go to the store, pick the meals that you want to make and they give you the recipes and the food – already pre-cut – and you cook your meals. You then take the meals home to freeze while they take care of the mess left behind. I haven’t been yet, but after winning a gift card from my Mommy Connections class, I can’t wait to go!
But it also made me think – why couldn’t I do that myself? Why couldn’t I take one day and just cook and cook and cook, leaving me a week’s worth of easy peasy meals with hardly any prep work and little clean-up afterwards?
So I started researching freezer-friendly meals and I found that there are people who only cook one day a MONTH. That’s amazing. Wow.
Don’t get me wrong – I actually enjoy cooking. But I’m not great at planning ahead and so often I have to run to the grocery store for missing ingredients. And sometimes I’m too tired – it may have been a long day and I’ve got an overtired three year old stuck to my leg and a needy baby in my arms and the last thing I want to do is cook a meal. Or clean up when I’m done.
So the idea of cooking a bunch of meals in advance sounds amazing. Think of the savings:
- money – no wasted gas running to the grocery store every second day, and no last-minute take out dinners due to lack of motivation
- time – just half an hour in the oven with hardly any prep, and very little clean up afterwards
- sanity – “What’s for dinner? Close your eyes and go pull something out of the freezer. There. Done. That’s what’s for dinner.”
I’m still new at this so I’m not sure what will freeze well, but I’m not too worried about it. This week’s menu includes chicken and zucchini with orange-mint sauce, chicken with mustard-lime sauce, slow cooker fajitas, and ravioli lasagne. I’m also working on a potato salad to keep in the fridge for an easy side dish. Next week I’m planning to do a stew, a chili and a casserole, and I would like to start making big batches of soup each week too. If this works well, I’m definitely going to need a deep freezer.
I love that big batch cooking is saving me money and simplifying my life. It’s like killing two birds with one stone. And then putting those birds in a pot pie and freezing them for later. 🙂
If you have suggestions of what to make or links to recipes that freeze well, please let me know!