Friday, April 17, 2009

Food Adventures

So yesterday I decided that my system for eating wasn't working. We love home cooked meals, but hardly ever have time to cook them, nor the energy to, so we usually end up eating out. Not the best for our bank account, and really not the best for us either. Sometimes I would feel bad about spending the money to eat... so I just wouldn't... and then it would be the middle of the day and I would realize I hadn't eaten anything yet... so this was my solution... I found online a bunch of frozen meal ideas and then I made them... Like a ton of them though... I felt like a lunch lady cause I made such huge quantities of all these foods! I made Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken and Broccoli Curry, Parmesan Chicken, Baked Ziti, Chicken Pot pie, Slow cooked Beef Stew, and White Chili! I made at least 3 meals of each of the dinners, but usually more... I put them in their own individual disposable baking pans and wrapped them up in tin foil and froze them so that when we get hungry we just have to go to the freezer and pull something out. It was actually really fun at first, but towards the end I got a little tired... probably because it was the middle of the night. Anyway, I'm pretty excited about this cause I buy groceries all the time that go to waste cause I never have time to actually cook them,this way, they are already cooked and frozen so they won't go bad... I just have to eat them! And I don't have to feel bad for not cooking for like another month! Everything I made was REALLY simple... I wasn't going for fine dining here, I was going hearty for cheap... but it all tasted pretty good! If you want any of the recipes for this let me know, but here is the link to a blog where I found 4 of those delicious recipes!

This is all of the food that I made in one day... each one of those containers is 1 meal... there are some individual meals and some 2 serving meals.

As you can imagine, all this cooking would destroy the kitchen... and it did... big time. But I wasn't very good about cleaning while I went...We got it cleaned up though... and now my kitchen is beautiful sparkly!!


Heather Stott said...

WAY TO GO! I am very impressed... So I have been trying new things lately my mom would call it "once around the kitchen" It's basicly cooking and using what you already have in your house. Some times it works others not so well.... I don't want to keep having to buy groceries when we have had some of the same stuff in our cuboards since we've been married. SO... YOu inspier me and I need to SO do that plan in advance thing! Especially when I start baby sitting... I am going to pick up a few little babies plus will. SO then I really wont be cooking very much. :)

Jackie said...

That's awesome! I should do that! Thanks for the idea! And come get some dinner! text me when you want to do it!!

Roy and Angie Smith said...

Ahh the green stove, it has cooked many great meals! Now make sure you eat them so they don't get freezer burnt.

Kevin, Kelsey and Annalise.... said...

So I did the same exact thing last month! Aren't freezer meals wonderful! Way to go Ellie!

Hollee said...

hey would you be willing to give me those reciepes? All those sound really good. I have been doing the freezer meals as well and am looking for some new ones

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