Batch Cooking Plan – The “Getting My Act Back Together” Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 13, 2011

I’m not quite sure what happened to May. I swear we were just getting started with the month.  And here we are almost halfway through June.

I have barely been able to keep up with myself these last few weeks.  I’ve been in Texas (twice…one weekend for my sister’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, and another weekend for her wedding), in Atlanta for a conference, and in New York for a cameo appearance on The View.

I had to push the pause button on working on my One Dish Dinners cookbook manuscript…and the “play button” is being pushed again this week. All as part of operation “get my act back together” after being away so much. In addition to working on and testing recipes for the ODD book, I’ve also got to replenish my supply of snacks and goodies for Tyler.  He is doing wonderfully on the gluten free dairy free soy free diet (GFCFSF), so I plan to keep him on that until the pediatrician says otherwise. It works best to have homemade convenience foods in the freezer, ready to go for him…and definitely cheaper too! Even buying a box mix and making it is cheaper than buying them already made!

I’ve also got quite a bit of kale and swiss chard in the garden that is in need of harvesting…so most of our dinner meals this week will include kale and swiss chard. (That being said, I don’t plan to spend too much money at the store this week!)

If the meals turn out, I’ll share recipes soon!

So here’s my plan for this week:

  1. Work on 10 recipes for the ODD Cookbook
  2. GFCFSF brownies – using box mix with soy free margarine
  3. GFCFSF bread – using Bob Red Mill’s GF Hearty Whole Grain Bread mix
  4. GFCFSF pizza – using frozen crust with dairy and soy free cheese that’s in my freezer
  5. Banana muffins for the other boys
  6. Spaghetti Sauce and Taco Meat
  7. Slow cook the whole chicken from the farmer’s market – 3 meals worth chicken meat & freeze chicken stock
  8. Use up kale and Swiss chard – Kale Lasagna; Pasta with Kale, Parmesan and Lemon; Skillet Macaroni with Swiss Chard

Are you doing any batch cooking this week?! What’s your cooking plan for this week!?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Wanda June 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

Erin, you are my new “best friend”. I love this site and look forward to new recipes. I love the fact the the meals are cheap, one dish, and quick to make. I am not a fan of cooking but, do so everynight because I have to. So far my husband and daughter have looked all the meals, well my daughter is not a big chicken fan but ate around the it when I made the “Sweet and Sour Chicken” my husband ate a big plate and wanted seconds. I am the only one that will eat leftovers so the portions are just right for the three of us and lunch the next day for me. I have been on this site everyday since I discovered it a few weeks ago. Keep up the good work…I think I will try the “Greens Pizza” this week because it looked great. God bless you and your family because you have been a blessing to me.

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Wanda June 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

I meant “loved all the recipes”

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kristine June 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I freezer cooked 22 meals over the weekend to prepare for my baby due in a few weeks! I hope your ODD cookbook will include recipes that are good for freezing! I need some new stuff!

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Heather June 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

i spent all of last week prepping/mini sessions and getting 18 double batched meals in the freezer as a test cook for OAMM!. taking some time off cooking this week!

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Dana June 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I didn’t do any batch cooking but I did use my Sunday evening to do anything that could possibly be done ahead of time for my meals that I already have planned for the week. I chopped up some roasted chicken for chicken croquettes, chopped all of the onions for the week (and sauteed two cups for one particular recipe), cooked some ground beef that I mixed with beans and taco seasoning for tomorrow night’s Mexican lasagna, and a few other things. It feels great to have a head start on all our meals!

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Becky June 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

You can use your kale to make kale chips. Here is a recipe from Allrecipes.com

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/baked-kale-chips/Detail.aspx

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