Friday, January 14, 2011
"Once A Month Cooking"
Upon arriving at home and being greeted by two well behaved boys I began browning my meat, cutting my vegetables and getting really excited to begin making a million plus meals. Things were moving very well. The kids were very occupied pulling weeds in the back yard, Hannah was sleeping in her bassinet and I was busying cutting, cutting cutting more onions than I care to remember and peeling carrots. I am proud to announce that at the end of the day I had made Nacho Cheese Soup, Pea soup, Vegetable Lasagna ( most of this is enough for two meals for our family), 21 homemade egg rolls and they are so great!!!, Cinn. Chili, taco meat w/ pinto beans, Potato Soup which is the only thing that messed up as I made it at the end of my marathon left it on too high of a heat setting and scalded the evaporated milk....oh well....and a few other things that I can't remember as well as homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I am over the kitchen, that is an understatement. I still have a bunch of other meals but not the kind that you make so much in advance, ie: black bean burgers. However, the ingredients are on hand and I am able to make them. After you remove our toiletries and extras from my shopping trip . I spent about $140 but I am thinking this should last us for most of the month as far as dinner and breakfast is concerned. I'm hoping lunch too. I was attempting to make Shepherd's pie at the last second but my steam blew out of my engine and I went on a 50 minute power walk that is more closely related to running than walking if any of you have walked with me before. I am happy with my progress today and all that was accomplished. I am not sure , at the end of the day, how I feel about once ea month cooking. I may just continue to try and buy once a month or 1.5x per month and make sure I have a detailed meal list and follow that. However, it was a great experience and I am looking forward to sitting back and enjoying all my pre made , healthy, homemade from scratch meals!