I will be the first to admit, I become obsessed and passionate quickly. I’ve uttered the following way too many times:
- “This is the BEST cookbook ever.”
- “Have you heard of So-And-So? WHAT?!”
- “I will NEVER read another book.”
- “This is LIFE CHANGING. Try it!”
At the time, I stand by my statement. I don’t fall out of love with my obsession. I fall into a healthy appreciation for my object.
Food has been a standing obsession since I was pregnant with Becks. It was my first craving. Nothing particular; just the desire to eat as healthy as possible for this baby. I didn’t eat like shit with Coops, but something went nutty during my second pregnancy. And then I kept up the nuttiness. We didn’t buy bread or cereal for about two years. We ate very little processed foods. Veggies were shoved into anything possible. Rants were spewed and I was humored. It’s ok, I was hard to be around.
I’ve gotten much better. I happily buy bread and could give a shit about bagged cereal. And psst… Most time it’s the sugary stuff I didn’t get as a kid. We still don’t buy soda or flavored yogurts. Don’t even get me started, you have no idea… If you try to sell me some pre-packaged healthy food, I won’t buy it. I want whole and homemade.
Working in an office was certainly going to put a crimp in feeding my family. No more meals made and served by 6 p.m. I was going to have to buckle.
I’m happy to report that I haven’t buckled. And it hasn’t been that hard. We don’t eat at 6, but it isn’t that much later. I don’t have to resort to breakfast 3 days a week and we don’t eat processed meals (I don’t care how healthy they claim to be, nothing beats your cooking). You just have to plan. Sure it can take a few hours on the weekend or even an extra hour during the week. But the family is fed and that’s more important to me than doing laundry all week.
A few tips from my early love affair with Make-Ahead/Freezer cooking:
- Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook has become my bible. Full of tips and all the recipes have been really good and healthy. Some need a little salt, but that’s me. There are chapters for poultry, beef, pizzas, breads, breakfasts, desserts,meatless, and so much more. I can’t recommend this book enough. Just go buy it already.
- Plan. In the beginning of the book, she has a few plans for bulk cooking which I found helpful. But planning out a few recipes for the week is easy. For example, extra celery? Make a batch of cream of celery soup for pot pie later in the month.
- Enlist a friend. Cooking with someone else is always more fun. And you won’t dread rolling 50 burritos. After Burrito #20, it gets old and you pissy-roll the last 30.
- Filling your freezer means you’re always prepared for guests, friends who need a hot meal, or a drunk run to the basement for burritos.
- The extra freezer is really nice, but we could have jammed a our little freezer. Don’t let it stop you.
- Keep a list of what’s in your freezer and how to cook it. I’m lazy and forget what I’ve got ready. Keep it handy.
- More tips? Buy the damn book already. I’m not being paid. I just love it enough to share. Feeding your family is tough. This one makes life a little easier.
Will I continue to be obsessed with Freezer cooking? Very soon I’ll fall into a healthy love for it. I don’t always love to cook. Sometimes I dread it. But let’s be honest, I have no choice. My family must eat. And I prefer to be the one slinging the hash.
Later in the week, I’ll share our favorite recipe so far.