My grandfather used to have us play this party game he called "Pop your way to happiness." You would pop a balloon to get a number, and the number determined the prize you got. It was great fun unless you were the girl with the balloons pinned to you. Once a month cooking is kinda like that. It's awesome when you get the prize (no cooking for the rest of the month!) but it's a little tricky when you have all those balloons pinned to you. Still, I much prefer it to cooking every night.
There is a lot of food there. Don't get overwhelmed. I will show you just how to deal with it after the jump.
Also, before we begin...
- We eat meat, and no I don't feel bad about that.
- Most of the meals that I prep I do because something will go bad if I don't, like all the meat. So there is a lot of meat here. What you won't see is all of the salads, steamed veggies and fruit we eat, because, well, I mostly don't freeze those.
- I am not a dietician. I try to plan a balanced diet for my family, sometimes we eat light, sometimes we eat comfort food, but it is all in moderation. This is not diet advice. It's just an example of one method of meal planning.
Then I tackle the meals. (Start with the easiest, it will make you feel more productive.)
The day I served the Holy Yum Chicken my sides were the roasted carrots I mentioned as well as some twice baked potatoes from my side dishes post. ALL THREE DISHES cook at 400 degrees for 40 minutes! Dinner was so easy! When does that EVER happen?
Seriously, the potatoes and carrots were snuggled up on the same old cookie sheet even. (Also, according to the Hubster, that cookie sheet is not dirty, it is seasoned. I don't let him near my good cookie sheets.)
Look at that dinner! It was divine. The only thing I had to do was prep the fresh carrots and make the sauce when the chicken came out. Week day meal with two sides in like 10 minutes. You can do this!