We did a MAJOR grocery shopping right before Christmas. Like, I think we could feed several small military units, and have left overs. We probably over-did it, but I am tired of the junk we have been eating of late, and needed to make some freezer meals. My children are going to need to get over their pickiness. I am tired of one only eating this, the other one only eating that. And nothing mixed together (like a casserole). And no sauce. And, and, and.....pfffffttttttt! Sorry kids, the reign of garbage food is OVER.
I discovered how long it takes to wrap food for the freezer when you do it alone. Usually G-man and I do this project together. He did do some, but the bulk of it was me, myself, and I.
Some of the meats are just being frozen (in meal size portions, like 4 chicken breasts, or 6 pork chops) for later use. But since I had stuff readily available, I thought I would cook up a storm, in true Judy fashion.
- Last Sunday night's dinner was Chicken Chili. I doubled the recipe, and made a ton of rice. We had a nice dinner. I made 16 home-made burritos (and discovered my poor burrito rolling technique) for a quick lunch or dinner later. I had enough left for a couple of lunches in the fridge.
- I made 6 dozen meatballs (half beef, half pork). I froze them on a cookie sheet and now they are stored in a freezer bag, and now we can take out what we need as we go for crockpot cooking, sauce and meatballs, or whatever.
- Christmas Eve Dinner was Penne a la Vodka. This is a very heavy dinner, and a single recipe usually gives us at least 2 dinners and at least 2 lunches. I doubled the recipe, and have several individual portions, plus a "double" family dinner portion for the freezer.
- Part of the Vodka Sauce is a ton of sliced onions. Since I was chopping away, I chopped some more, and made Beef Chili. (We cut back on the beef stock, but otherwise, it is yummy) That is the most time consuming part of the prep for the Chili, so it really wasn't a big deal (other than the tear-filled eyes!). The chili is great on its own, on baked potatoes or even mixed with elbow pasta for a beef-a-roni type dish.
I am no where near Judy status, but it was a start!!!!