I can’t escape from that mom title for an entire month, but I am hoping to avoid the duties of cooking for most of the month.
When Miles was eating baby food I would spend most of Saturday night and much of Sunday peeling, steaming, boiling and pureeing fruits, veggies, beans and chicken once a month. I would get enough food from those marathon cooking sessions for the entire month for the munchkin.
After each item was prepared and cooled I poured it into ice cube trays. After they’d frozen, I popped them out and put them into containers labeled with the kind of food and the date so they could be stored in the freezer. Making lunch to send to daycare in the morning and then dinner each night was simple because all I had to do was defrost the right amount of cubes (each one equaled an ounce.)
Not only did I know what Miles was eating but I also saved tons of money by not buying processed and prepared baby food. I also didn’t have to send hundreds of empty baby food jars and lids to the landfill.
But now he’s eating “real people” food, and I’ve gotten away from that once a month routine. It is more difficult to find and prepare healthier options when I’m working on it each night.
This past weekend, I spent about three hours on Sunday preparing meals for him for the next week or so to help my mom out (since she’s the one getting him dinner while I’m staying with her).
Hopefully once we get settled into our new house I can get back in the habit and will also expand my once a month cooking to include meals for Michael and me.
What kind of meal planning methods do you use? Do you do mass cooking? What’s your best strategy for making dinner time easier?