Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Before I joined the groups Organized Christmas and Magical Holiday Home, when the holidays came around, I found myself eating a lot of greasy fast foods and sweets. Working a full time job and part-time job or working full-time and going to school at night, I didn't have time or the strength to come home and cook a meal. OC and MHH taught me that having dinner prepared ahead of time gives me one less thing to worry about. Not to mention keeps a few extra dollars in my pocket. I will admit there have been a couple of times where I didn't make meals ahead of time or I didn't make many (last year being one of those times) and I regretted it. That's not happening this year.
So after doing some thinking and making a list of meals I want to have in the freezer, I went to the grocery store and started picking up ingredients.
I bought a 3 lb roll of ground beef, which I cut into thirds. One lb is prepped for a taco ring I plan to make. I made burger patties with the second pound. And the third lb I mixed with ground sirloin for hotdog sauce. With a pack of chicken thighs I have a meal for pineapple jerk chicken in the freezer.
From a family size pack of chicken breast I have gyros, chicken cheese steaks and several single serving size roasted garlic chicken white sauce pizzas. I split a 3lb roll of ground turkey in half to make a pot of chili and a cajun lasagna. I also have some egg rolls, crab cakes, and salmon cakes frozen.
I am so happy with what I have done so far. I've never done this much prepping before. Ever!!! And there's still a few more meals I want to make like, jambalaya, a chicken & biscuit casserole and stuffed shells. But you know the one thing I really would like to make? Lobster bisque. I love, love, love lobster bisque. Mmmm, yummy!
Also I've been thinking... Several weeks ago I made Greek marinated chicken with rice seasoned with turmeric and cumin with a yogurt sauce and Sriracha, and baked chops in the oven with small red potatoes and green beans. Oh, they were so good. They may go on the list too.