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:turned into this:
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!