I generally prep on Sundays for M-TH. I generally prep 8 meals, an example would be (1) Rice, Chicken & Veggie Meal and (1) Beef Patty, Sweet Potato and Veggie meal for each day of the week.
I am considering cooking just once per month and instead of making 8 meals, simply making 32. With that said, I have a few questions:
1) What is the best way to store them? I generally only eat out of glass, so plastic is a no go.
2) What can I expect from flavor and texture changes? I love the food I eat and it tastes fresh even on Thursday! If I miss a meal, Friday it tends to be "okay" but still serves it's need!
Aside from the two meals above, I would probably throw in a Pasta + Chicken meal in there occasionally but aside from that, my diet stays consistent.
Any tips, advice or information is welcomed and appreciated!
I just did a sample mini menu from OAMM. Is it just me or are there almost no vegetables? In the whole menu, there was literally 2 carrots, 2 peppers, 1 onion, and some sundried tomatoes that I can't afford. There's one meal that is just chicken and a marinade. Am I supposed to be making sides as well?
My brother in law and soon to be sister in law are expecting a baby, they've asked for me to help cook meals and help take care of the baby when the baby comes for a week or two. But I remember how little of time I had when my LO was born so I was hoping to get 1 month of meals frozen for them!!
I'd appreciate tried and true recipes! Thanks in advance!
Similar to our October spree, we have now done a November OAMC weekend.
Our menu was approximately:
* "Paleo Sweet Potato and Sausage Egg Scramble" hold the sweet potato * "Pumpkin Spice Bread" * "Chicken lettuce wraps" * "Fish Sticks" * "Paleo Thai Chicken Soup" * "Coconut Fried Chicken with Spicy Peach Sauce" * "Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Chicken" * "Paleo Bacon Crusted Pork Tenderloin" * "Paleo Mediterranean steak" * "Paleo Slow-Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Honey" * "Shredded Beef Tacos with Avocado and Lime" * "Slow Cooker Beef Stew- Paleo" * "Breakfast sausage" * "Paleo Tuna Patties"
We found it to be an incredibly long Saturday after a late Friday of prepping. But the results were worth it. We are working on our December menu. We will probably use the "MenuBuilder" to craft our own and then perform it Thanksgiving weekend. I mean, hey if you are going to be in the kitchen anyway.
(crossposted from r/Paleo)
edit - Search OAMC first, I don't add all of their recipes to delicious.
I'm interested in hearing about what has worked for other people, whether strategies or individual recipes...here things I've done that I've found useful.
Freezing soups, especially pureed spicy squash or chipotle sweet potato soup
Parbaking and then freezing personal pizza crusts
Making weekly batches of caramelized onions (I don't freeze these, but they keep for about a week and are good on pizza, in pasta, in frittatas)
Making batches of sauteed kale or other greens, ditto above
Freezing individual servings of lasagna
Freezing pasta sauce and meatballs
...this is a new subreddit I wanted to try out to see if anyone else is interested in discussing Once a Month Cooking or sharing recipes or strategies.
I love cooking and I love eating -- I used to cook fairly constantly, but my job started making me really busy, and I have a kid, so making a lot of food on a regular basis became impossible.
But I still love food. So I want to explore how it's possible to eat awesome home-cooked food on a regular basis without investing unlimited time.