I always like to have a few favorites socked away for back to school time. This past Saturday turned into an impromptu back to school big cook. What is a big cook? Simply a deliberate attempt to make several batches of family-favorite recipes and freeze them for future meals. It sorta went like this… Because Middle Girl had requested black-eyed peas, I thought I’d go
Keeping it simple around here. The menu on a Monday was as follows: Not-Your-Average Sloppy Joes by Southern Plate Macaroni and Cheese (the boxed variety) Spinach, Strawberry, Guacamole and Sunflower Seed Salad (arthritis friendly!) The ground turkey for the sloppy joes I pulled from the freezer from the last slow cooker batch cooking session. The macaroni and cheese I boiled up out of the box.
“A man ought to eat what’s offered and be glad to get it!” ~ Rose Watson, Mitford Series My freezer is depleted thanks to the last couple month’s worth of freezer/pantry challenges and good, cheap eats. So, it’s time to batch cook again. Maybe a mini Big Cook. I’ll use what I have on hand in the big wheat barrels plus pick up bags of
Two bags. Two pounds. Rinsed. Quick soaked. (Just followed the directions on the bag). But then… Bunches of beans cooked on high then low throughout the day. Then socked away in the freezer in family-sized portions. Good cheap eats. Perfect with a pone of cornbread and a green veggie. **Frugal tip – Make black-eyed peas in the slow cooker at Thanksgiving and you’ll have plenty
It has been a while since I posted a meal plan because when Grandma and Grandpa retired out west, we were given the contents of their freezer and pantry. Wow! And, so, I am working around what we already have again, just like in the last freezer and pantry challenge. Supplementing with a grocery run and lots of cheap ideas from Hillbilly Housewife’s $70 Low
Join me on $5 Dinners today? Having that ground meat, already cooked and ready to pull out of the freezer is a super supper saver. It’s a strategy that works with busy toddlers under foot, hungry teens hovering and all those in between. (that’s us!) For about two years now I’ve been batch cooking with my slow cooker every shopping trip. My friend Little Sanctuary
On a recent warehouse grocery trip, my husband picked up five pounds of ground beef. It wasn’t any regular sort of beef. It was a splurge – Angus. Not really wanting to wrestle with five pounds of ground beef when it arrived that afternoon, I reluctantly pulled the ingredients. But then, I thought ahead to the busy week. To my brother’s family, needing a meal.
Today, while cleaning up after lunch it was time to fix supper. (In the spirit of Make Supper at Lunch). I decided to do some batch cooking instead. This way we can have any of the recipes below, plus have several bags of cooked chicken in the freezer. So, I followed my friend, Little Sanctuary‘s inspiration (mentioned in Big Shop Cooking). 1. I dumped the