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Thursday, January 8, 2009

What's cooking?

What does a messy kitchen:


plus a full stove equal?


Answer: A freezer full of meals!


I like to take a day and cook freezer meals occasionally. It's wonderful to be have meals ready to go when the day is busy and they are also handy to give to someone else. I had Wednesday off and spent the day in the kitchen. I made 1 Mexican Manicotti, 2 Crowd Pleaser casseroles, 2 Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, 3 Pasta E Fagioli, 2 Cheesy Chicken soup and 3 Parsley Parmesan Chicken. That should last us awhile! Some of these are new and several I have made before. They are all things that freeze well. It's really worth a days work and the mess to have all these meals done!


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34 comments:

Cherdecor said...

You are really organized! You go girl!

A Stone Gatherer said...

A great days work that will keep on giving! Way to go Mari!

Pug1 said...

I'm impressed! Those dishes sound good! CHEERS! Michele

Deb said...

Wow That's incredible!! I may have to try some of those recipes, yummy!!
you did a great job:)

Heather C said...

I am so totally jealous! I would love to be this organized and prepared! A friend and I were just talking today about a book she has that details how to cook for a month (I think?) all at once and freeze it. Sounds wonderful in theory... now you're nearly proving it can be done! :)

jenniferw said...

You are so clever, organized, and energetic! I love this idea, Mari! I need to do more of this myself.

Leigh said...

YUMMMM!
Can I come to supper?

Please post the recipe for Mexican Mannicotti.

Andrew Bruins said...

Wow, you sure were busy. I hope you are feeling better.

Diane said...

They all sound so yummy!!! That is a great idea... I've done a little of this before but only one dish at a time! I'm impressed!

Cheri said...

That is so great to have those in your freezer. It might come in handy like maybe when you have the flu to have your husband throw in the oven:)

Short Stop said...

Oh, how I've missed reading your blog. You inpsire me SO much. I want to set aside a day this January to do a bunch of meals. My Dream Dinners cookbook really helps me!

Your freezer is so organized. And, the dishes look SO good.

Pat said...

You've just answered the question, "when's dinner gonna be ready?"...answer...as soon as we get to Mari's!
You go girl!!

All My Blessings said...

Hi, I've something similar to your idea. After coming home with groceries I'll cook a few meals that I have planned for the week. This is nice if I'm having a bad day and don't feel like cooking...Kae

Growin' with it! said...

and i thought i was all smart remembering to pull out the bag of frozen chicken wings for tonight. i clicked on the freezer chicks link...i'm pumped!!!

Rebekah said...

Sounds like a plan, Man. I have lacked in this area this year.

AlaneM said...

I've done that a couple of times & loved the results!! I must note that your kitchen does not look messy at all :)

Lara Gisela said...

It's a great idea, Mari. Though I stay at home and have more time to cook, there are some busy days when frozen meals would be very useful.

LuLu said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I have always wanted to cook an entire day and freeze them, but never do it! You have inspired me to schedule this on my calendar! I read your profile and saw you have a son in the military I am a military wife to a Marine for 15 years.
LuLu

Sandra said...

Wow you got a lot done, good job :)

Kim said...

Yum! Good use of your day off!

I used to bulk cook on occasion and always enjoyed having good food ready to go in the oven on busy days. Sure miss my freezer!

kathy said...

I went over and printed out the recipes - thanks so much for sharing these! I could stand a messy kitchen if I could make my fridge look like that as a result. :)

Jennifer said...

I'm salivating over YOUR KITCHEN! Forget the food, girl. I want the countertops. :)

Do you ever watch Robin Miller on Foodtv? Every time I watch her I feel inspired, "yes, I'm going to DO that this time!" but I never have. She makes a week's menu look so easy, it's half prepped ahead to make it all simple and quick when it's time to put it together. And she even gives you a grocery list. Very clever.

Good for you - a full fridge/freezer is always a GREAT feeling!!

Musicaljean said...

Way to go! I just love when I have the chance to do that. What makes so much sense is that you keep reusing the same pots and pans and utensils, and then wash everything up at the end of the day. Then for weeks you don't have to wash those pots and pans and utensils.

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

I saw your status and wondered if you were doing this at home. You are amazing! Can I pay you to do this for me, hehe.

I have done the groups at a place of business a couple fo times and loved, loved, loved having the meals all set to go on my work days. Now with the food issues that I have it just doesn't fit my lifestyle. I wish I had your ambition to do it myself at home.

Yolanda said...

That looks so tasty!!!

Mary said...

Mari,

It all looks and sounds delicious. Can we please have the recipe for your Crowd Pleaser casserole.

Blessings,
Mary

Renee said...

It all sounds and looks so good! Nothing better than a meal ready and waiting on those crazy, hectic days.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I can almost smell the cooking here in Minnesota! :) You are very organized!

Julieann said...

OHHH!!! What a happy little freezer you have:) Wonderful!

Julieann

He Knows My Name said...

Mari I really envy you. If I did this it would help out alot.

He Knows My Name said...

Mari I really envy you. If I did this it would help out alot.

Aspiemom said...

I just found you through "Blessed".

This particular post really speaks to me as I've been more homebound and sick and would really like to get more meals in the freezer. I love to cook, anyway. Now that I've seen this I would like to do up a few meals on one of my "good days." Thanks for sharing!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Good for you! I did this once or twice but it just didn't work out so well for me. I know several people who swear by it though.

Bonnie said...

Amazing !! I need to do this again !