But I still wasn't sure I wanted to cook for the whole month all at once.
Then, there was 3 weeks straight where I did NOT want (or was not able) to be in the kitchen every day. We were sick, there was countless doctors appointments. Life got in the way. :)
So I decided that it would be wonderful to have meals in the freezer for me to pull out when I'm sick, or when I'm not getting home until dinner time. Instead of eating out and spending extra money, we're eating a healthy, home cooked meal. And I didn't have to spend hardly any time that day in the kitchen.
I started off by browning the ground chuck I bought in the crock pot. Hubby thought I was nuts but Tricia had done it and posted her results so I had to try. And the thought of browning 5 lbs of this in the skillet made me want to take a break already!
It turned out great and I will be using this method the next time I do OAMC.
Here's some of what I ended up doing. I did NOT do this all at once. It is so much easier for me to do one or two meals at once. My boys would never let me get a whole day of cooking done. So I just doubled up our meals for the night and froze the extra.
Breakfasts: 3 bags pancakes (I actually need to make more soon, I'm down to a bag. A eats these for breakfast, and snacks!)
2 bags French Toast Sticks (not pictured)
Dinners: 1 chicken soft taco mix
4 bags pizza dough
3 mini pizza crusts (not pictured)
1 chicken curry mix ( I actually made two but hubby took the other one to work all last week )
I also chopped and sliced up two HUGE onions and bagged and froze them. (wasn't going to do that either... then my friend told me a method to do it, I saw THIS post and the onions started going bad... someone was trying to tell me something!)
I actually did not do a big grocery shopping trip for this. I had almost everything I needed in my pantry and freezers. I did end up buying 5 lbs of ground chuck for $5.95 and 1 dozen eggs for $1.45. So my grand total for 10 dinners and probably 20 breakfasts (if not more) is $7.40. Not bad.
I love having meals in the freezer to fall back on. I love knowing that if I wanted (or needed) to all I have to do is pull one of these out and cook some rice or a side dish. I will be doing OAMC again! I'm headed to check out the March OAMC menu right now.