Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

Taco Salad

Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

June Freezer Cooking Days

Freezer Cooking Days are here again! Mark your calendars for Friday, June 4 through Monday, June 7 ’cause we’ll be cooking up a storm.

I can’t wait to get back to cooking! Some of my experiments of last month, like Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Garlic Bread and Chicken Bacon Subs were a big hit, so we’ll be doing that again. Plus, I’ll be testing out some new recipes on the fly. I hope you’ll join me.

Easy Make-Ahead Garlic Bread and An Ultimate Recipe Swap

Garlic Bread 2

We’ve been talking about fats and oils this week over at Good. Cheap. Eats as we continue to Build a Frugal Pantry. So, it only seems appropriate (and sane for my dual-blogging mind) that we feature fats and oils in this week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap. Personally, I am quite partial to butter. Not as much as some people I know. But, I do love it.

May Freezer Cooking Finale

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Well, Thursday and Friday are kind of a blur. I spent a lot of time in my kitchen recently freezer cooking, starting on Thursday afternoon. But, we now have a freezer full of meals and meal components for the coming month. I didn’t get everything from my May Freezer Cooking Plan done. But, I did enough to keep me out of the kitchen in the next few weeks.

Foil-Wrapped Freezer Meals: A Guest Post


The following is a guest post from one of my favorite foodies, Katie from GoodLife {eats}. I’ve successfully won her over to freezer cooking, an accomplishment I’m quite proud of. Here Katie demonstrates the last method of freezer cooking storage that I mentioned earlier. I’m looking forward to the day when I can meet her […]

Freezer Cooking: Storage Length and Methods of Packaging


How you package your freezer meals will determine how well they keep. Food stored in the freezer shouldn’t go “bad” as the enzyme action is slowed down while frozen. Provided that you started with fresh food in the first place and that the food stays frozen the entire time of storage, you shouldn’t have to worry about spoilage. In fact, the USDA says that “frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.”

Freezer Cooking Tip: Be Your Own Prep Chef

The goal of freezer cooking is to save yourself time, money, and energy. Time is saved because on busy nights dinner can be ready and waiting for you because you’ve made it ahead of time. You won’t be tempted to run through fast food when there’s a homecooked meal at home. Money is saved when […]

Chicken in Marinades

Chicken in Bags

One of the easiest things that I pull together for freezer cooking is chicken bagged in marinades. Not only is it quick to prepare for freezing, but it’s also a quick meal on the other side of thawing. Just hand the bag of thawed, marinating chicken to my husband to cook on the grill while I make a few sides dishes. And even some side dishes, like mashed potatoes and garlic bread, can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Last night I prepped six meals for the freezer this way. You’ll be amazed at how easy this is!