I’m freezing! With summer temperatures at 90 degrees, I’m certainly not talking about the weather. I’ve been freezing food this past weekend. My mom has had some real issues with back pain, and I prayed about what I could do to help her and my dad. Food seems to be the greatest need. Though my dad is very efficient in every other area, cooking is not a skill he enjoys! I’m headed to Kentucky today with a cooler full of food that I prepared on Saturday and froze in individual servings for them.
(I put it in small servings after baking)
Countryside Chicken Bake
and cooked apples
Oatmeal, pecan, chocolate chip cookies
Sloppy Joe meat, Taco meat, & Banana Bread
I also cooked fresh green beans and put them in individual serving sizes. And I fried up a batch of bacon so all my dad would have to do is warm it for breakfast or BLTs.
If I worked outside the home, I would definitely do this type of cooking/freezing each weekend. Everything I did is completely cooked to simplify it for my dad, but you could get the dish ready up to the point of baking it, then freeze it.
To make up the lasagna, tacos
and Sloppy Joes
, I followed this game plan
from Robin Miller on The Food Network. You make up one big pan of meat, then add different ingredients for the Sloppy Joes
I’ve made this Beef meal before and it’s all very good. The reviews written on the recipes are very critical, but as with any recipe you use, adjust it to what your family likes. I will say that it is a little soupy, so you might want to reduce the amount of liquid from the tomatoes, maybe drain one or two cans before adding them to thicken it up, or add some tomato paste to do the same thing. All in all it’s a great plan and will provide you with many meals in one cooking time. I was in the kitchen the better part of the day making all that, but it was well worth the time! Now, I can spend time visiting my parents instead of being in the kitchen!
What was cooking in your kitchen this week?