Last week, I had a little bit of a meltdown. I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of my responsibilities. After sharing my struggles (and my wish for obtaining a personal chef :)) with a friend, she suggested I try cooking 30 meals in a day. Planning and preparing healthy meals, to help with our goal of losing weight, has been an incredible challenge. The idea of having 30 meals in the freezer (ready to eat!!!) sounded appealing . I started to research the topic and found useful how-to tips at Frugal Mom and a whole bunch of freezer cooking recipes at Budget Mom. I’ve decided to give it a try this upcoming Saturday. Here’s how I have been preparing for the BIG DAY.
Step 1 – Prepare the menu.
On Sunday, I planned my first 30 meals in a day menu around the items we already had in stock and the current store sales. Here is blog reader Irene’s tip: “It’s OK to eat the same meal twice in the same month.” We will be eating the same meal up to four times this month!
February Menu – 30 Meals in a Day
:: Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine – Double the recipe to make 2 casseroles.
:: Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese – Double the recipe to make enough for 2 meals.
:: Chicken Tetrazzini – Double the recipe to make 4 casseroles.
:: Taco Soup – Triple the recipe to make enough for 4 meals.
:: BBQ Beef Sandwiches – Triple the recipe to make enough for 4 meals.
:: Baked Beans & Sausage – I already have the baked beans ready to go in the freezer. Now I just have to cook up the sausage. – Enough for 2 meals.
:: Spaghetti & Meatballs – Make enough for 4 meals.
:: Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes – Make 4 meatloaves and enough potatoes for 4 meals.
Step 2 – Prepare a shopping list and shop before cooking day.
I pulled all the recipes and put together my shopping list on Sunday. On Monday, I purchased all the items on my list. It’s important to review your list several times. Make sure you planned for the doubling/tripling of your recipes.
Step 3 – Prepare the day before.
On Friday, I plan to chop up the onions and peppers that I will need. This should be a time saver on Saturday. I also plan to set out all the recipes, and as many ingredients as possible, in the order I will be making them.
I am so excited to try making 30 meals this Saturday and will let you know how it goes next week.
Have you ever tried to make 30 meals in a day? Do you have any tips?