The Lifestlye Blog of "HaM"
I have not had the time to cook during the school year as much as I would like so my FIRST order of business was to feed the family some good homemade meals! The only problem with that is that I am not that great of a cook. I understand what it takes to cook and know that it’s just not something I am good at. I would like to get better at it but it takes practice and practice takes time, which I didn’t have before….you get my point now?
Being a working mom means the reality of not wanting to cook when I get home from a long day of work. I’ve looked at many Pinterest meals in hopes that some of it will work out and if it does, I am going to build an arsenal of freezer meals that I can always have in my chest freezer so I can eat a healthy meal that isn’t fast food after work.
I checked out Ruth’s Blog at Living Well Spending Less and she has this awesome blog about making 10 meals (5 recipes) in less than 1 hour. I thought I would give it a try since they all seemed easy enough. I loved how easy the recipes seemed and she creates a premade shopping list, plan, and labels to print! Talk about making my life SO much easier! She also had lots of tips for some newbie freezer meal moms like me!
I had a lot of the things on the list on the pantry so I hit up the grocery store to get what I didn’t have. For some reason, I couldn’t find chicken thigh (darker meat = tastier meal). Lots of chicken breast was available but I figured I would find the thighs another day so instead of making 10 meals, I ended up making 6, which is fine with me since my stamina for cooking is not that long. The recipes I made were Taco Soup, Orange Glazed Pork Chops, and London Broil.
It took me 1-2 hours to do everything mainly because I was very distracted by the kids and I was very ill prepared. I had supplies everywhere and was making a huge mess, but hey that’s life right?
Here are the pictures to go with it.
My husband and I actually ended up only freezing 3 of the meals since we tried each and every one to make sure this is something we’d like to continue and they were a HIT! We are so fast I forgot to take a picture of the pork chops. Delicious and definitely something we’d like to keep doing. The meals last 3-6 months and since mine is in a chest freezer, I’m guessing they’ll last on the longer side. If you’d like to share some recipes with me to try, please feel free to do so! I am new to this and trying my best to be a better mom and providing for my family.