Mealtime Monday: Freezer Cooking For Lazy Moms
I used to be one of those moms who had a “freezer meal” prep day once every few months. My girlfriends and I would get together, pick out a bunch of our favorite recipes, make a grocery list, split the costs on some items and bring other things individually, and then gather in someone’s big kitchen (or at the Solid Rock Cafe at Sheppard AFB) and spend a few hours chopping, prepping, bagging, etc. We would make Crock Pot meals, casseroles, soups, all kind of things! There was of course usually chocolate involved, and coffee. Opious amounts of coffee. Or as my kids used to call it, “mom juice”.
All that changed when I started homeschooling two kids. And then three kids, while trying to entertain three toddlers. Real life got even realer, and while I’m sure I could squeeze this in somewhere…I won’t. I know I won’t, because I’m lazy. I am. I really, really am. I don’t like to do more than I have to. Reinventing the wheel isn’t my thing, and the saying “Work smarter, not harder” is basically my life’s mantra.
And so we get to freezer cooking for lazy moms. Or busy moms. Or moms with 1,203 kids. Or two kids. However you define yourself, if the thought of spending an entire day once a month prepping meals makes you want to pop a Prozac from your eight year old’s Batman Pez dispenser, then this is for you.
I know what you’re thinking: “Last week you were singing the Crock Pot’s praises as if it was paying your mortgage, why wouldn’t you just use it all the time?” I do love my Crock Pot, and there are weeks where maybe I should be ashamed of how much I use it (but I’m not). HOWEVER, my husband seems to think everything that comes out of a Crock Pot is essentially the same exact thing with a different coloring, so I try to mix it up and make a “real meal” (and by real meal I mean I actually have to stand at the stove and stir something). I had an epiphony one day: If I’m already making this super easy but delicious soup that my whole family loves (except for that one kid, but he doesn’t like anything), why not make double and freeze some for another day? Prepping a super easy casserole? Why not make two and freeze one?
Freezer cooking by way of doubling my recipes has been a life saver on those days where I am so busy I can’t see straight, or on those days where I binge watched Netflix on the iPad while my children spent the day in front of The Magic Schoolbus (hey, it’s educational…we’re homeschoolers, remember? It counts.) and lived off yesterday’s popcorn and Goldfish crackers.
Who am I kidding, they’re whales, I won’t splurge for Goldfish.
So, the moral of this Mealtime Monday? Work smarter so you can be lazy like me and have more time for the important things, like coffee drinking with your girlfriends and making out with your husband in the laundry room. And your kids. They’re pretty important, too.