I did some huge grocery shopping yesterday, and thanks to my dear friend Paula for watching my kids, I got to shop completely alone.
I had a lot of food to get because it had been since before our vacation in June that I had done any major shopping. Also, I've kind of lost a bit of my energy, since we found out about our baby, and I just want to make things simple on myself. You may think that making a ton of freezer meals all in one morning isn't really "simple", but it is. Compared with the time it takes to make dinner every night, the decisions about what to make, and all the added dirty dishes that accompany the preparation, it makes dinnertime extraordinarily simple. So compared with a few hours of labor it takes to make a dozen freezer meals, it is well worth it.
This time around, the freezer meals include lasagna, strogonoff, meatloaf, chicken taquitos, chicken pot pie, shepherd's pie, and nacho bake. I will be making two batches of each of these meals. It usually takes just a tiny bit more ingredients, to double a recipe. Plus, you can make it in the same amount of time as it takes to make one.
I also have some meals that I can prepare ahead of time for. This means that the complete meal isn't done, but that things are already prepared, so I can make it more quickly the night I want it. So I have a pork tenderloin that is already combined with the marinade, and in the freezer. I have cooked and seasoned the chicken for the Alfredo chicken pizza, as well as made the Alfredo sauce for it (surprisingly, it freezes great.). I have the hamburger seasoned and cooked for the hamburger mac and cheese, the ham cut up for the cauliflower casserole and the fried rice, the sausage browned and crumbled for the sausage penne, and the meatballs ready for the spaghetti.
Then I have some meals that I will make from scratch the night we want to make them, like my baked potato soup, grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, and meatball subs...because these meals come together in less than 20 minutes anyway.
Next up, tackling and organizing my basement. Anyone wanna join in the fun?