Well, once I got the idea of cooking for three months into my head, I just couldn't let it go. I mean, how awesome would it be to have 90 meals on hand and know that I really didn't have to plan meals for three whole months? In the past when I've cooked for 30 days it seemed that it took no time at all before half of it was gone. Then I would have to start planning again.
So how does a person come up with so many meals? Well, I had seven other helpers to give lots of input. We sat down in front of the whiteboard and brainstormed. We went around the room and everyone took turns giving a meal idea. It got a little challenging by the third round. Cereal really isn't my idea of dinner. But in the end we came up with a well balanced menu plan which was split about evenly between beef, chicken/pork and vegetarian.
In case you can't read my secretary's notes, here's what we will be making. Each recipe will serve 8-10 and be made times four. We came up with 25 meals knowing that I often underestimate ingredients. That way we will hopefully end up with at least 90 meals to be frozen.
1. Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce *
3. Chicken Drumsticks **
4. Stuffed Shells *
5. Spaghetti Sauce with Sausage
7. Green Beans/ Sausage/ Potatoes **
8. Broccoli Cheese Soup *
9. Loaded Potato Soup *
10. BBQ Chicken ^
11. Roasted Turkey Breast ^
(This became chicken on the grill cut into sliced for sandwiches or salads)
12. Pot Roast ^
13. Grilled Chicken in Marinade **
14. Honey Mustard Pork Loin ^
15. Taco Soup
16. Teriyaki Mini Burgers *
17. Chipotle Beans and Rice
18. Tilapia **
19. Quiche **
20. Meatloaf *
21. Cilantro Chicken Soup
22. Pork Chops
23. Bean Burritos *
24. Swiss Steak *
25. Cabbage Rolls
* Time intensive (several steps and thoroughly cooked)
** Ingredients Only- no cooking for now
^ Easy (few ingredients, crockpot, roaster or grilled outside)
To simplify things I've decided to break up this cooking into three days: beef, chicken/pork, and vegetarian. This means shopping in the morning and about 3-4 hours of cooking and clean up each day with about 3 1/2 helpers.
As of right now we are about 2/3rds of the way there. I'm thinking that the soups are going to take me two days since I don't have that many big pots.
I'll be sharing some of these recipes over time, but if there's one in particular that you'd like now just give a shout and I'll post it.