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Freezer Meal Central

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.

 

 

  • Jessica - Thrilled to read your post. Thanks for your kind words. I’ve got 7 more cooking plans available over here: http://lifeasmom.com/freezer-cooking-plans :)September 5, 2013 – 12:12 amReplyCancel

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