Meal Planning by Freezer Cooking

January 20, 2009

If there’s one thing I need to work at, it’s definitely meal planning. I guess I tend to wing it quite often because I like to cook whatever I am hungry for that day. But since I have such limited time with having two little ones now, I do try to save some time in the kitchen by doing some freezer cooking.

A few years back, I went to one of those places where you pay $$ to go in and make up meals for yourself to freeze. It was so nice not to have to grocery shop or cut up items, but the price was quite costly. Afterwards I thought, I could do this myself!

So I scanned the Net for freezer cooking books. I stumbled upon The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet: A Month of Meals Made Easy. I liked that the recipes were simple to do and very simple tasting. We aren’t big “gourmet” eaters here!

What I like about the book is that not only do you get the recipes in the book, but you are also given a username/password to access their website full of more recipes! Some of my favorites that I make are from their site!

There are basically two ways to freezer cook. You can double your recipe for every meal you make during the week and freeze half. This will give you a few nights of “freedom.” Or you can set aside a long weekend and spend it making up meals for a few weeks or a month. If you choose this method, I definitely recommend that you start off small and plan for just a few recipes- just until you get at least one sesson under your belt.

I am hoping to get in another session here soon. I’ve been keeping busy with exercise and planning Nathan’s b-day party. But when I do get my session in, I’ll be posting the recipes to share with you.

So if you aren’t that great at meal planning either, consider trying freezer cooking. You can have plenty of foods frozen that you can just throw in the fridge the night before and warm up for supper the next day.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly January 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Love 30 Day Gourmet. Makes freezer cooking so much easier.

2 Jenn January 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I have been using Once a Month Cooking and LOVE that book as well!!! Can’t wait to see what new recipes you post in for this in Feb!

3 Janet February 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I love to do twice a week cooking. I like to cook 3 meals twice a week and then eat out on Sunday. I also cook 6 pounds of hamburger meat or 3 pounds of chicken at a time. I make one meal out of the meat then freeze the rest in ziploc servings and it is so easy to make a dinner when the meat is already cooked.

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