LasagneMy original freezer cooking list included something like this: chicken (or turkey) tetrazzini, lasagne, meatloaf, harvest pork chops, italian chicken, breaded chicken, and pancake mix. I added meatballs, nixed the meatloaf and was left with 1.5 lbs of taco meat (I have all the fixin's in the pantry--easy!).
Noodles--ready to go.
Being prepared was really helpful in getting all this done. I did make the meatballs and brown my beef two days ago. I made the list of everything I wanted to make, bought the supplies (including a giant pack of foil pans at Sam's club), and made sure the kitchen was clean and ready to go. My kids even emptied the dishwasher for me so I had somewhere to put all the dirty dishes as I went! Aren't they great? :)
I did this in three "rounds" so to speak--based on meat type.
2 Lasagne (one of which we are going to have for dinner tonight)
4 Dinners of meatballs
1 Dinner of taco meat
I did this as the kids were finishing up school. Easy since the beef was already browned. I opted to keep a lasagne out of the freezer for dinner. We haven't had that in a long time and I can't very well do all this work and order take-out for dinner, can I?
Doesn't look like much, but that is 6 dinners from the freezer!
2 Dinners of Italian Chicken
2 Dinners of Breaded Chicken
2 Dinners of Harvest Pork Chops (I'll post a recipe tomorrow!)
First of all, I just want to say that the two types of chicken are easy--the kind of thing you might just keep the ingredients in your pantry and make it and bake it right away. The reason I did this is 1. Ken can pull a meal from the freezer and make it and 2. it ensures that I have all the ingredients all in hand. That way, I don't get to dinner time and panic because I don't have enough bread crumbs or something.
For the breaded chicken, here is what I did (I got this trick from a neighbor who does this for a living---making up freezer meals for people who are too busy to do it themselves!):
6 more meals!Then it was a time for a break.
I did have some kitchen helpers:
Round 3 (the last and final round!):
2 Chicken Tetrazzini
4 bags Pancake Mix (I use Leila's at LMLD)--this will last us about 3 months!
I boiled my chicken. I took a nap. 15 minutes, tops. But, Nick was sleeping, 2 kids were out in the snow and I convinced (I really had to twist their arms, lol!) 2 of them to watch PBS. I figured I could spare the 15 minutes!
Then, I came back and made up all the mixings for the tetrazzini, boiled the noodles, and started the pancake mix.
2 more dinners and countless pancakes and biscuits!
1 dinner for tonight
14 freezer dinners
3 months of pancakes
And, I still have two pot pies and a banana bread from last month! I'd say that is pretty darn good, don't you think?
Whew! I did it, I really did it! :) And now, all I have to tackle is this:
My sink! Ack!
Maybe after a long(er) nap! :)