I am proud to say that I currently have about 30 meals in my freezer! 30! Holy cow! I am really proud of myself right now.
Before Owen was born, part of my nesting phase of pregnancy was spent making tons of meals for our family so that I would not have to worry about cooking once he arrived. Click here to see a post from February 2009 about it!
Since then, I have gone from making up the meal kits to actually making meals and freezing them. I still make some kits for the chicken in marinade, but I also have made tons of other things.
On Monday I spent the whole day in the kitchen cooking away so that we could stock our freezer. John’s mom was here so I was able to devote all of my time to the cause.
I read tons of blogs on once a month cooking and i always save the recipes in Microsoft OneNote. If you have the program but have never used it I definitely recommend checking it out! Below you can see how I have some of my recipes arranged. It allows me to save recipes in sections (such as chicken or beef), and then make a new page for each recipe. You can even do subpages. It is such a cool program and I am so glad to finally have a way to save my recipes that truly makes sense! Also, I love color coding things and this allows me to be creative in how i do it!
One of my favorite sites for checking out Once a Month Cooking is www.onceamonthmom.com. She posts recipes, monthly menus, and tons of resources.
On Monday I cooked:
Homemade Poptarts- ok these actually became a soggy mess. I think I used too much jelly perhaps? Or maybe it was because I got the offbrand stuff? I dont know. Jelly ended up on the bottom of my oven and they were not edible. This is only the 2nd thing I have ever made that just did not turn out. the first was a random crock pot meal that was just bad!
Fruity Breakfast Burritos- Owen has already tried these and he LOVES THEM!
Cinnamon Rolls – i flash froze them and then put them into a freezer bag. I ended up with about 18 rolls that I will be able to take out 1-4 (or however many we decide we want) at a time the night before want them. I will leave them out on the counter to defrost and rise and they should be good to go in the morning!
Chicken Nuggets- I actually also added powdered ranch dressing mix into the breadcrumbs. YUMMY!
Slow Cooker Chicken with Mushrooms and Marsala Sauce (the recipe called for Sherry but I only had Marsala)
Some recipes I want to make for the future:
I normally always make chicken and cheese enchiladas, stuffed manicotti, baked ziti, shredded chicken for tacos, flautas, taquitos, and a ton of ground beef. However this month i wanted to focus on making lots of meals that we had not tried before!
If you are in to Once a Month Cooking, lets share recipes, blog posts, and interesting things to try! I know I am working hard to get out of the food rut that we were in for so long!