I hate to cook. You know, the every day, gotta get something in your belly, cooking. I hate it. If it were left to me, I would happily eat chips and salsa for dinner every night. I love to bake and I love the “big cooking” (like Thanksgiving, etc.), but the day-to-day cooking is usually done by Ace (I love him for that). But even waiting on dinner and entertaining the kiddo after work is tough on everyone.
Not all that long ago, I became obsessed with freezer cooking. The basic premise is that you prep and/or cook all the food on one day and freeze it. Then when it is time to eat, you simply heat up what you made or put what you made in the crock pot before work, and dinner is DONE in so little time we usually have time to play with the kiddo outside after dinner and before bed time.
I blogged about this idea and the Space Cadets was not only interested in doing it too – but we make a day of it. Our kids entertain each other while we slave away in her fabulous kitchen for one day. In exchange for one “big cook”, I got 14 days of meals (hearty breakfasts, filling lunches, tasty dinners – all homemade and super easy/fast to make.
24 mini-omelets Pinterest inspired, but made up my own recipe (1 or 2 per person, per meal) Recipe I used is below.
22 beef, bean, cheese, chili burritos (1 is one meal for one person – we usually eat these for lunch)
Cranberry chicken (thanks for the crock pot suggestion – I will report back when we eat it) (2 days of food)
8 pounds of chicken breasts which will be used for quesadillas, chicken salad sandwiches, BBQ chicken sandwiches and chicken pot pies. (I will post the chicken pot pie recipe – it is awesome. It is easy. The kiddo even eats it.) (7 days of food, not counting left overs)
Balsamic, garlic pork tenderloin (to be grilled) (1 day of food with lunch leftovers)
5 pounds of meatloaf (packed with veggies) (5 – 6 meals)
3 pans of Mac-n-veggies-n-ham-n-cheese
14 days of meals, including hearty breakfast, lunches and dinners.
The recipes that I took from other places are linked (most are Pinterest – duh) are linked so you can share them too. The recipes that were too far removed from the original or actually made up us I will post all the recipes over time, but here is the recipe for mini weekday omelets:
1 pack turkey breakfast sausage
1 cup broccoli florets (or to taste)
¼ cup chopped onions (or to taste)
¼ cup chopped green chili (or to taste) (kid won’t eat it anyway, why deprive the Mommy and Daddy?)
Spinach from garden, about 1 c fresh. (or to taste)
Originally planned on 12 eggs so got eggs in a carton to save calories, but had to supplement with four more eggs.
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt & pepper to taste
grated cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Cook sausage, add all the veggies and remove from heat.
3. Whisk together eggs, milk, oil and baking powder. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Lightly spray a 12-cupcake pan with oil. Spoon sausage and veggie mixture evenly into each cupcake.
5. Ladle the egg mixture over sausage and broccoli.
6. Sprinkle with cheese.
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until eggs are fully cooked.
When they were done and completely cooled, I wrapped each one in tin foil and stuck them in a freezer bag. We ate them for breakfast this morning and it actually worked! I tried to defrost and cook them in the toaster oven, but that took far too long. Ace’s was totally heated and defrosted in the microwave and it was fine – now I know. Good luck!