Posted by Michelle Butler Jan 5 2014, 7:58 pm in cooking, eating healthy, food, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays
Several years ago I discovered how helpful cooking marathons, when I cook 10 or more dishes in one weekend and package them in individual portion containers to freeze, can be. I love how it saves time and money and increases my food variety. It also helps me plan for success and sets me up for a month full of good, healthy eating.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, and I was past due. I also wanted to help set up both my husband and me for a good weight loss run in 2014. Friday night, I hit the grocery store after work and spent, gasp, $400. Now, it had been so long since I had gone to my regular grocery store I was shocked to see they had redesigned it. I also had almost no food at home and needed to resupply. I will get more than 100 meals from those groceries, and that makes that grocery bill a little less shocking.
I started cooking Friday night and continued to do so throughout the weekend. By late Sunday night, I had made:
Split pea, barley and ham soup
Lentils, barley and italian sausage – variation on the soup above
Baked Oatmeal (recipe from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Web site)
Oatmeal Chocolate bars (for a party)
Weight Watchers Mexican casserole
Weight Watchers layered Mexican chicken
Weight Watchers lasagna
Weight Watchers spiced chicken with spinach almond quinoa
Weight Watchers French country-style chicken stew
Weight Watchers Easy Southwest oven chicken and beans bake
I still plan to make a pot roast, curried chickpeas and black beans, chorizo and barley and perhaps old-fashioned molasses spice cookies this week.
I will admit that cooking marathons can be tiring, but they do make me happy to see how much I have accomplished when I’m finished. I also will do very little cooking for the rest of the month and eat very healthy.
Do you ever do a cooking marathon? What are your favorite things to make and freeze?
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