If you’ve never cooked like this before, here are two big reasons why you should give it a try.
1. It Saves Money.
Every two week I pull out a set amount of cash to use for grocery and drug store purchases. I used up most of one week’s cash to buy all the ingredients for my 30 meal cooking session. But since that first week, I have consistently used less than half of my weekly cash allowance. Now, the only things I pick up on a weekly basis are milk, fresh fruit and veggies, bread, and the like. I also pick up the free or almost free items at the drugstore each week. The remaining cash goes into our savings account until we decide how best to use it.
2. It Saves Time.
My favorite time saver is that I only spend one Sunday a month meal planning. I used to dread having to come up with a menu each week. Now it’s all taken care of on one day for the entire month. The kids are thrilled that our weekly grocery shopping trips are much shorter :). And finally, I don’t have to spend time preparing a meal each and every day. All I do now is check the calendar and pull out the planned meal from the freezer to thaw and then pop it in the oven when it’s close to dinner time. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Here are the meals I am preparing this weekend.
Hearty Beef Potato Stew – double recipe, enough for four meals
Tomato-Ricotta Spaghetti – quadruple recipe, enough for four meals
Taco Rice Salad – triple recipe, enough for four meals
Chicken Enchilada Casserole – triple recipe, enough for four meals
Breakfast for dinner – Muffins & Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chicken Breast with Orange Sauce – triple recipe, enough for four meals
BBQ Pork Chops – enough for four meals
NOTE – If cooking 30 meals seems overwhelming why not double or triple just three recipes so you end up with 6-9 meals ready to go?