How to Make Your Own TV Dinners Gourmet Meals for the Freezer

No doubt about it – having a few meals stashed in your freezer is extrememly helpful on busy nights when you’re too tired to cook or your meal plan has flown the coop. How can you swing that? You could stock up on Hungry Man and Stouffer’s or you could do some “bulk cooking” and […]

Make Your Own Freezer Meals

Bulk cooking has been a periodic practice of mine for about twelve years now. I was pregnant with my first born when I first heard about the book, Once a Month Cooking. My friend Jessika and I spent two-three days shopping and cooking and had a freezer full of food. I have great memories of […]

Black Bean Lasagna

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is winding up her frugal food series this week, featuring Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice. I thought I would share our Black Bean Lasagna recipe. These directions are made for freezing. If you’re going to eat it the day you prepare it, skip the steps between the asterisks. Black Bean LasagnaMakes 1 9×13-inch pan […]

OAMC: Day Four

It is finished. And I am so glad. Not only do I have a freezer full of meals freeing me from cooking, but I also don’t have to do a lot of shopping over the next 4-5 weeks. Yeah! Don’t get me wrong. I love to shop. Especially groceries. After all, I am the Grocery […]

OAMC: Chicken Day (Recipe: Curried Chicken Casserole)

Today is chicken day. I’m going to put together three kinds of chicken dishes for the freezer. And since Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting chicken recipes this week, it made sense to post one of today’s featured culinary creations. Check out her site for a wealth of frugal ideas, including a great roundup of budget recipes. This […]

OAMC: Day Three

Today was fairly mellow since I had a dr’s appt in the morning and swim lessons/playday in the afternoon. I tried not to sweat it, both in and out of the kitchen. But, I did accomplish a few things for my OAMC bash: * three lasagnas with meat, cheese, and spinach are in the freezer. […]

OAMC: Day Two

Another day, another dinner — or two or ten. Praise the Lord for small (and big) mercies! It was actually very mellow around here, despite my late start. No spilled milk today! I got cookin’ about 10 and wrapped up the morning at 11:45 for lunch and swim lessons. Crockpots simmered while we were gone. […]

OAMC: Day One

I didn’t get quite as much done as I had planned, but that’s okay. Life happens. And I don’t want to be crabby at my kids for the sake of a few “tv dinners.” Twittering it was helpful because it kept me accountable and gave me a record of my timeline. I’m guessing that I […]