Kid Friendly Freezer Meal workshop- photo by Ginny Syphax
Who likes to cook dinner for an hour and then spend another hour cleaning everything up every night? In today's world we are busy with so many things, it is amazing we spend so much time cooking and cleaning. What would you do with an extra 14 hours a week? This page is designed to teach you how to make a month's worth of meals at one time! By following this guideline you will spend a few hours cooking, only dirtying the same amount of dishes as if you made one meal on a regular night, and all your cooking and cleaning will be completed for the month! If you are new to power cooking, it is advised you start out small: making enough meals for the week, and build up from there so you don't overwhelm yourself. Put time back into your life!
First thing first: You should decide what your family's favorite meals are and plan your month around those meals. Of course you can try new meals along the way, but start by making what you already love to make!
I start out by cooking a Whole Chicken, Pork Rump Roast, and Beef Rump Roast in the 9x13 baker. This way you have a good variety of meats for your meals and your family won't feel like they are eating the same thing every night. The meat needs to cook for a few hours, you can use a meat thermometer to determine when it is finished cooking.
As an added bonus, we will make an enchilada soup out of the leftovers from our recipes and the juices released by the meats, so don't toss the juices in the baker!
White Enchilada Chicken: 1st Chicken Recipe
*Cooked a 6lb chicken-we get three full meals from this chicken (more or less depending on the size of your family)
*You can purchase meats and ingredients at Costco or Sams for much cheaper than you can at a local grocery store.
*In our busy lives time has to be carefully allocated and we need to decide where we will put our time. Will we take time out of our kid's activities or our social activities? Why not make the time come from our cooking and cleaning!?!
Enchilada End and Chicken Divan
*If you normally shop for two weeks of food at one time, you know two weeks of food will fit in your freezer/refrigerator. Make sure you know how much room you have to store food before you start cooking for a whole month at a time.
*Before you freeze any meal made with fresh vegetables, make sure to microwave it for a few minutes which will break down the enzymes in the vegetables and your vegetables won't get rubbery and slimy when you defrost them.
Chicken Ceasar Salad Wraps
Pork Paradise Pita Pockets
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Moving onto Beef: Beef Stroganoff
*If your recipe calls for a couple tbsp tomato paste, you can substitute Ketchup for the tomato paste so you don't have to open up a big can of tomato paste for just two tbsp of paste!
Now you see how this makes 8 full meals, which if you are serving a family of three, is easily doubled to 16 meals, or if you have a family of 6 you will still have 8 full meals and all your cooking for the week is done!
Dinners Done Files Created By Jessica Proffitt
The company has some great resources under the power cooking section, they have an outline for Power Cooking Chicken, and Power Cooking Beef (all recipes can also be found in the investment cookbook attachment at the top of the page).
Power Cooking General Tips for a Show