Mondays is my "Cook for the week" day. The questions where...
- please elaborate on this
- how do you do this with little ones
- why do you do this
- have you always been insane
I learned real quick in this whole "Mommy thing" that the starting dinner at 5pm and having it on the table at 6pm gig was not going to work for my family. If you do this and have success, you probably are always dressed in the latest fashion, have perfect hair and wear pearls while serving dinner over candlelight to perfectly behaved children...I digress. Anyways, we found a system that works for us. I don't think the recipes are really what is important here, but more of the "how" do you do it.
First I take a swig of wine...scratch that one. I go to the store and buy a ton of ground meat, chicken and other assorted meats. On Monday this is what happens...
2 lbs of ground meat are seasoned for Italian food.
Half is used for making lasagna and the other half for making meatballs.
Both of these are cooked and put in the freezer.
2 lbs of ground meat are used for making out hamburger patties and stored in the freezer to be grilled as needed.
2lbs of ground meat are seasoned for Mexican food, browned and tomato sauce added. Once it is cooked down, it is split into two different freezer bag and stored in the freezer. We often make tacos, enchiladas or nachos during the week with this.
I put 2 lbs of chicken breasts on the grill (because my stove is full at this point) Using pie shells, I use 1lb pre-cooked chicken to make out chicken pot pies and freeze. The other 1lb is used either Monday night for chicken salad, grilled chicken sandwhiches or something else.
I put a small ham in the oven to cook as well. We use this during the week for sammiches or just a fried ham dinner.
That is usually what is cooked on Monday. Like I said the recipes are not important; its whatever works for your family. By doing this, I can have minimal preparation when dinner time actually comes. Throw some veggies on the stove, assemble enchiladas...whatever. Dinner time is reduced to around 30 minutes each day.
Also to reduce the amount of stress that usually occurred around dinnertime. I cook dinner at about 4pm. We don't eat at this time, but I can be assured that the children are in good moods and not starving. I then put everything in Tupperware and can reheat in a matter of moments before dinner.
The amount of time on Mondays that I am in the kitchen preparing all these things is usually about 4 hours total.
It's just what works for us. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
And yes, I have always been a little insane but medication never really worked.