I have a hard time with dinner. Sometimes I can’t make up my mind, or an ingredient is missing, or nothing sounds good. It’s tiring to have all this mental energy wasted so frequently. And meal planning should help, but it only works if the list is kept and ingredients bought.
In about 3 hours, including breaks for a bit of work and chatting with the hubby, I prepped 6 — make that 7 — meals today. Wednesday, I sat in the dining room for a ridiculous amount of time, reading blogs and getting ideas for crock pot meals. I did the responsible thing and check that all the staples like rice were actually in the pantry. Hubby took the shopping list and when he got home Friday morning, the prepping party began!
There are a lot of blogs on making food one day a week, freezing it, then throwing the stuff in a crock pot in the morning — dinner, DONE. No thinking, just pull out a bag. Maybe make some rice or veggies, or some fabulous crusty bread the night before — I’m hoping to be a superhero this week!
Beef tips and gravy. I’ll serve with potatoes and green beens
Cranberry chicken. Serve with rice and broccoli
Mongolian Beef. Serve with rice.
Chicken and Dumplings
Teriyaki Chicken. serve with rice not tasty
Sausage and Beans. Serve with cheese and tortilla chips (OOPS! I forgot to add tomatoes.)
and finished up with my favorite dish, Cottage Pie.
First, cooking up sausage for Sausage and Beans, so the sausage cools before packing time. Then all the other ingredients, including spices, gathered and sorted by recipe. I had to work each recipe separate so I could keep it all straight. I labeled the bag, put in the appropriate meat, added veggies, poured on sauce, sealed, and stacked. Since the ground beef was browned and dark meat chicken shredded last week, this was super easy.
Since I was in the cooking groove, whipping up cottage pie for dinner was easy.
I’ll post reviews as we make the dinners.
Update Feb 3: Teriyaki chicken. Nope, won’t make again. Part of the problem was crushed pineapple instead of chunks, but that wouldn’t have fixed it. Not enough flavor overall. It was hot, and the rice was great. Too bad.
Update Feb 6: Cranberry chicken was a hit, as always. Took the next night off, because it turns out working in the same room as slow-cooked chicken isn’t as fabulous as it sounds. Tonight: chicken and dumplings (short cook time) which was WONDERFUL. I added 2 cups milk, 1 cup chicken broth, and bunch of torn biscuits in a can.
Feb 7: Beef Tips = good. I added a bit of flour and took the lid off one hour before to thicken up the gravy. Served with balsamic reduction glazed green beans with bacon (yummy!) and garlic mashed potatoes (not so yummy). Too salty with those potatoes, will try again with regular and maybe cut down on some salt when making.
Link to pdf with some more ideas at this lady’s house