Kat’s First Power Cooking Session

08 Jan

I am tickled to announce that it’s the second week of January and my kitchen resolutions are in full swing. If you recall from my earlier posts, one of my goals was to start a bulk cooking plan. I once talked my sister into going to one of those meal prep places where you go from station to station assembling dinners to stick in the freezer and cook later. Of course, the benefit is that all the planning, chopping and cleaning up is done for you. But you pay a premium for it. I really couldn’t justify the cost of going back especially when I always knew I could accomplish close to the same thing in my own kitchen.

Voila! Yesterday, my favorite kitchenistas and I implemented our first ever power cooking session…which is how this:

3 stores and $300 later

turned into this:

The end result

Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say? Three of us spent five hours in the kitchen (the fourth BFF couldn’t make it but she was there in spirit). We chopped, sliced, diced, blended and assembled an approximate month’s worth of  meals for four women. Although most of the meals were stored in plastic freezer bags, some dishes were meant to be baked later and assembled in tin pans.

I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone in my group, however, when I say that “We Are Hooked.” For about $75 each we all have a supply of breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the ready. Since we assembled it all ourselves, we know exactly what is in each dish.

Although I often do a mini version of bulk cooking for myself, all the credit for compiling this fabulous plan goes to the team at Once A Month Mom. I did screw myself up a bit for January since what you see here is the result of me volunteering to be a test kitchen for the February Diet menu plan. What this means is that although I can show you the finished product in the photos, I can’t give you any of the recipes until they become public close to February 1st.

Since I can’t divulge what we actually cooked yesterday I will send you right to the Once A Month Mom website where you can pick from six different power cooking series. Each series comes complete with menu plan, grocery list, recipe cards and labels with cooking instructions.

How about you? Have you ever done power cooking sessions. If you have a favorite freezer recipe, please share!



5 responses to “Kat’s First Power Cooking Session

  1. Heidi Z

    January 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I DO NOT COOK! But even I could do this. It was another great afternoon of girlfriends having an excuse to hang out. But this time we left with a months worth of meals. Awesome time! Thank you, Kathryn and Vickie… Brigitte, you will be there next time!

  2. Nancy V.

    January 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Kathryn: I need to hook you up with Favao. This is a wellness plan, you take some suppliments, and they give you the meals for 12 weeks to put together. I started this on Wed of last week, I eat at 7am, 9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm and 7pm… I shop once a week and make bulk meals for the complete week. Since starting on Wed. I have lost 3.7#, and 4″ off waist and 3″ of hips. Email me at and I can forward you more information.. Hugs Nancy Vitkovich

    • Kathryn

      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Nancy, I’d love to check it out. I’m not much for supplements. I buy them and usually forget to take them. I do like the idea of the bulk meals!

  3. onceamonthmom

    January 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for your help in test cooking! Much appreciated. We will be sure to link here when we publish your bio. 🙂

    • Kathryn

      January 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Tricia! It was fun. We can’t wait to do it again next month.


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