Mini-Challenge Once a Week/Month Cooking / Freezer Cooking Day #4

Step #1 Get all your supplies out that you need, bowls, food processors, spices, etc.

Step #2 Wash and chop all the vegetables that you are using.

Step #3 Start cooking!  If you are planning on cooking then reheating this is the time to do so.

Step #3 If you are planning on using the slow-cooker, now’s the time to put together the meals for it.

Step#4  Hints.  If you are using freezer bags, be sure to press as much air as possible out of the bag and cool before freezing.  Do not use foil or plastic wrap until the food has cooled down.  Label each package with what it is, how to cook it (heat up or slow-cooker, etc. and the date it was made. Frozen cooked meat, poultry in sauces, sauces and soups will keep 5-6 months.  Freeze as flat and thin as you can to make stacking in the freezer easier.

Ta da… feel efficient!

 

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Mini-Challenge Once a Week/Month Cooking / Freezer Cooking Day #3

Step #1 Go Shopping.  It’s better to do this before the actual cooking day because you want to focus your attention on just cooking when it’s cooking day.  Don’t forget to look for the best “deals”.

Step # 2 If you have bought meat, etc. in bulk, when you get home don’t forget to separate it into the portions you need.

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Mini-Challenge Prepare a Weeks/Months Worth of Meals in 1 Day – Day 2

Step # 1 Gather those grocery store flyers or check your grocery stores website to see what’s on sale.  The purpose of making these meals is to save time and money, but seeing what’s on sale you can plan your meals accordingly.

Step # 2 Now’s the time to plan those meals.  Make sure to include every item you will need to cook these marvelous meals.  Make your grocery list.

Here are some places to start:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cooking-Style/Freezer-Meal-Recipes

http://www.southernliving.com/food/whats-for-supper/easy-freezer-meals-00400000009133/

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_freezer_recipes

 

 

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MINI-CHALLENGE – COOK JUST ONE DAY FOR A WEEK – DAY 1

downloadThis is an incredible way to save money and time each week!  It’s pretty simple – you cook all your meals for a week (or month ~ okay, so that’s just a little bit ambitious!).  It may sound overwhelming but if you do it right, it’s pretty simple.  The trick is to plan your time, plan your meals (check out Mini-Challenge – Meal Planning in the files), and plan your grocery list.  The more you plan before you start the more efficient and economical you will be.

Step #1 Pick a Day.  Pick a day that you can devote to just cooking.  A day when you will have the least interruptions and the least amount of commitments.

Step # 2 Clean out your freezer.   Make room in the freezer for all these yummy meals you’ll be making.

Step # 3 Make a list of all the supplies you may need.  Not a grocery list but a list of things you need (you may already have most of them) to put your meals in.  You could use freezable Tupperware, Ziploc freezer bags.  Now, don’t run out to buy anything until you check what you have on hand!  I would recommend Ziploc freezer bags so you can layer them in the freezer without taking up a lot of room.

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