So, I'm going to turn it over to Audra now and let you fall in love with her too!
Oh - I am positively excited to share my story with you! I am thrilled that Sweet Jeanette invited me to share on her fabulous blog! Honestly, Sweet Jeanette is the one who inspired me to jump in and try my hand at batch cooking.
So, who am I? My name is Audra. I am a 30-something wife and mom of 2 sweet boys under the age of two. I was a public school teacher for nine years and recently made the move to stay at home just before having my boys. I am learning how to not just STAY at home, but to THRIVE at home!
Now, I am intimidated by once a month cooking. I just know in my core that I am not organized enough to do it! I have learned, however, that I certainly CAN do batch cooking. Since being inspired by Sweet Jeanette to keep trying, I am becoming quite good!
My first attempt at batch cooking was nothing impressive at all. I was making a certain dish for dinner and decided to just make extra and freeze it. No biggie. I tell you, that extra meal was a life saver one night when I had two screaming kids and no desire to cook at all! Could I do it again?
My next task was to create a meal for a friend who just had a baby. Why make just one Spaghetti Pie when I can make THREE? I just cooked extra when I found some spare toddler-free moments. I had one to take to my friend, one for my family's dinner, and one for the freezer.
Ok - one more scenario for you.
I opened my refrigerator and discovered a big package of ground beef that I had forgotten about. It wasn't spoiled but it NEEDED to be cooked. No biggie!
Isn't my helper adorable?
I divided the meat into four portions - enough for four meals. I put each portion in its own pan and browned. I ended up with four meals from just a half hour of my time! I made:
- Sloppy Joes
- Beef Stroganoff
When I was done, I used this handy pitcher, lined with a freezer bag, to easily pour and store. After I freeze my meals flat, I can stack them upright for more storage room in my regular freezer (oh, how I long for a deep freeze....). Remember - LABLE YOUR FOOD!!!!
The countertop full of meals made me smile. I was able to give one of those meals to a friend who had her toddler in the hospital with an illness. I didn't have to go out shopping. I didn't have to cook. I just pulled it out of my freezer and put it in hers!
So, as you can see, batch cooking isn't as hard as it sounds! If I can do it with two little ones under 2, so can you!
Thanks Audra. My hubby would love everything you made!