After using MSM's model to plan out what meals I wanted to make, what ingredients I needed to buy (which involved inventorying my pantry) and then making a to-do list for my afternoon. I decided on 5 different meal options to make, and 2 baking recipes to try.
- Broccoli Cheddar Pockets (from Food Network magazine)
- Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake
- Pizza Dough and Sauce
- Broccoli-Cheese Potato Soup (from Simply in Season cookbook - one of my favorites!)
- Sloppy Joe meat
- Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread
- No-Bake Energy Bites
I was ambitiously hoping to also make shredded barbecue chicken and my favorite black bean burgers, but I lost steam by evening and opted for a break instead.
I set out to work, and was amazed at how smoothly everything went with my plan in hand. I rarely take the time beforehand to think about the order that I should cook in to make sure things get done in a good order, which leaves me frustrated later that something is cold while another thing still has hours left to bake. My take-away from my freezer day was to continue planning out my cooking/freezer days with this method. For me, planning = a much higher degree of success!
|No-Bake Energy Bites|
|Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup|
|Banana Bread - so good, we've already polished half of it off!|
|Keeping track of all our new additions|
|View of our freezer as it's being filled...|
After adding 5 new meal options, it seemed like I needed to have some way to keep track of what I have in my freezer so that it actually gets used! Until I can think of a more creative method, I have started a list on the side of our freezer that lists the number of each thing that we have in our freezer for quick reference. That way, when I use something, I can cross it off and know how much I have left for the next time.
It feels so good to be organized!