Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday's Meal Plan- Big Cooking Day for Freezer

I spent a large portion of last week caring for my sick babies which equals soup pretty much everyday, so I'm glad to move into some different food categories this week!  I'm going to do a big cooking day today and stock back up on things I am low on.  I actually got a head start last night by using up the last of the fresh pumpkin I had in my freezer (since November) to make pumpkin bread.  I also was able to make 3 each of waffle and pancake mixes and 2 cornbread mixes.
Mixes save so much time for me- AND my hope is that they will greatly increase my chances for my husband to bring me breakfast in bed!

Here is my ultimate game plan- this time around I'm not focusing as much on main courses as I am on the time consuming parts of meals.  I don't have an official meal plan in place yet, but it will consist of things that come out of my cooking day.  We are heading out of town on Friday so I only have a few days of dinners I'm responsible for (yay!)

  • Pancake, Waffle and Cornbread Mixes
  • Pumpkin Bread- slice and freeze
  • 60 Flour Tortillas (these are amaaaazing!  I use oil instead of shortening and added a little baking powder)
  • 25 Corn Tortillas
  • 25 Bagels
  • Pizza Dough
  • Pita Bread
  • BBQ Chicken Calzones- I don't have any bacon, so won't be adding that
  • Chili- This is an AWESOME recipe! 
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Chicken Tetrazzini
  • Baked Ziti (for meals for new moms)
What are things you like to bake ahead and freeze?  Is there a baking day in your near future?


  1. Do you mind sharing your Baked Ziti recipe? I used to have one but can't find it anywhere now. Thanks!

    Andrea -

  2. I love your bags mixed ahead. That is such a great idea. Next time I make corn bread I'm really going to have to make a few extra mixes. I don't bake much ahead to freeze other than beans, but I double the recipe of everything I cook for dinner and freeze all leftovers in glass pyrex for our lunches or future dinners. Greg always takes these to work for lunch and microwaves them. One of my friends makes 30 days of meals (must be just dinners?) in one day and has them all in the freezer ready to heat. There's a cookbook out there about it. It takes her an entire day of cooking to do it, but wouldn't that be cool?? You have to get pretty organized and have all the supplies on hand before you start. I think it would be fun to try someday. Julie :)

  3. Hey Andrea, I'm going to email you- I sort of do it different every time :)

    Julie- I have been meaning to check into a cookbook like that! 30 meals in one day is quite an amazing feat! You are much better at consistently doubling recipes than me! One cool thing you can do with the pyrex is line the dish with aluminum foil and then plastic wrap (so the aluminum isn't directly touching the food), put the casserole or whatever in the dish and then freeze it. After it is frozen, slip it out of the dish and cover with the remainder of the plastic/aluminum. That way all your dishes aren't being used in the freezer! (and then you can put it back in whatever dish it came out of to cook it) If you get brave enough to do 30 meals, let me know- we can do it on the same day! :)

  4. I want to cook 30 meals in one day! Wow. And good idea about the pyrex Jazz!