So I officially entered into the intriguing world of freezer meals! With the help of my mom (aka - Boss of the dishes) I was able to freeze 12 meals in less than 4 hours. Enough for two weeks (Friday night is always pizza night which I did not pre-make).
Now I realize I have quite the advantage with my mom at hand ready to pitch in wherever she is needed. It's a messy job to prep, package and preserve multiple meals for a larger sized family. Although I planned to tackle this adventure regardless of her offer to help, I believe I'd still be doing dishes today had I done this alone! So, thank you Mom!
Tip number 1. Find something to keep your youngsters occupied
My boys became quickly enthralled with some YouTube videos of heavy equipment operating to upbeat music. With their attention away from the kitchen, we began our adventure.
Our dinner line up for the next two weeks will be a rotation of the same 6 meals.
Meat loaf + scalloped potatoes + green beans
Chicken + rice + cheese burritos
Beef + bean + cheese burritos
Baked ziti + salad
MacNcheese + peas
Chicken + broccoli + rice +cheddar bake
Lastly, I'd be lying if I forgot to mention halfway through all the mess and the chopping, the dishes and floor mopping I wondered if all of this was worth my feet aching and my stovetop needing a serious scouring?
Monday evening at dinner prep time I slipped into the kitchen to pre-heat my oven and guess who followed me in? Clearly he didn't get the memo (!) and then it all came back to me, THIS is why I embarked on the freezer frenzy my friends!
"My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass." Psalm 102:11