Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Kitchen Tip Tuesday - Cooking Ahead

This past weekend I had some unexpected time at home, thanks to an out of town sibling staying a few days with Mama to help out. I used this time to get caught up on some things at home such as decluttering the laundry room. See this post!

I also decided I would cook some foods for the upcoming week. It was nice to have food available for lunches and supper yesterday. I cooked enough food to last several days as follows:

1. A large bowl of homemade chicken salad using Mama's pickles. Yum! This is great for sandwiches for lunch or supper. I cooked some rice in the broth left from boiling the chicken too. Yesterday I had a little bowl of rice and a chicken salad sandwich. My hubby came home and had some for lunch too!

2. Two large pans of lasagna. I put one in the refrigerator for the boys to eat as needed. I froze the second one into individual serving sizes to be eaten later as needed.

3. A meatloaf. This is also great for sandwiches and for meals. All I have to do is make some potatoes and green beans and I've got a great meal.

4. Salad Fixins. I prepped all the veggies and boiled some eggs. I placed everything into small containers and placed in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. I also purchased croutons, bacon bits and some new salad dressings.

5. I still have some boneless chicken breasts in the fridge to make another special dish later in the week.

Its so nice to have plenty of food already prepared in the fridge for when my guys are ready to eat, but I'm not even home yet!

For more kitchen tips go to Tammy's Recipes!


Sonshine said...

definitely saves time in the kitchen when you do things ahead!

I keep getting Manager's special markdown meat so I have been busy trying to get it in the freezer for meals before it goes bad. :)

Now that summer is here I need to get back into the habit of keeping salad fixings in the fridge ready to go!

Have a great week!

Frugal Musings said...

Ok, now I'm hungry. (smile)
I'm sure all of your efforts will really pay off.

I pray your mama continues to get better and that He grants you the energy and strenth you need during this time.


Terri said...

Debbie, I finally got around to answering your tag questions. Sorry it took so long!

Mom2fur said...

It really is easier when you do as much 'prep ahead' as possible. I love the idea of cutting lasagna into individual servings!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

This is a great post! I've been thinking lately that I should have more freezer meals.

Melinda said...

I also like the idea of the individual servings!

Pen Pen said...

It's a great feeling to be so prepared ahead of time. I rarely get to do it, but I like it when I can cook ahead too.

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