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My First Cooking Marathon of 2014

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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