Friday, January 07, 2011

January's Big Cooking Day

What exciting thing did I do on the first day of the new year you ask? I spent the day cooking. All. Day. Cooking. I wanted to continue what I had been doing the previous year as far as saving money on groceries, spending more time with my kids and more time to run! So we decided to do grocery shopping on Friday and Saturday I would cook my little heart out.

I got a new cookbook for Christmas called Don't Panic-Dinner's in the Freezer. I love the book because it describes in detail how to cook, package and freeze meals and even triples the recipe ingredients for you. There are lots of great freezing tips and techniques given in the book as well as tricks and shortcuts that make cooking much easier. The recipes sound very good and they aren't your usual casserole type things. Most of the recipes below came from the book. I am hoping that when trying these new recipes my boys will find more things to like and eat. It's hard finding meals that all 3 boys like.On a side note: I thought these plates were funny. My sister-in-law gave them to the boys for Christmas.

Snacks/Sides

Applesauce (lots of apples & cinnamon..that's it)
Banana Bread
Oatmeal Raisin cookies
Steel Cut Oatmeal x5 (I used the recipe on the bag of Bob's Redmill Steel Cut Oats then added apples, cinnamon, honey & flax seed)

Lunches
Chicken Salad

Dinners
Turkey Chili x2 (my thrown together recipe)
Chicken Picado x2
Lemon Glazed Chicken Breasts
Chicken Cacciatore x2
Honey Pork Chops x3
Dijon Roast Pork Loin x3
Chicken Enchiladas x3
Salsa Shredded Beef x2

5 comments:

Adrienne said...

That sounds like a cool book. I might have to check that out.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Sounds like a great cookbook! And you're right, it's so hard to find meals that all 3 boys will like!

Ms. Runnin Sole said...

That cookbook seems like it would be really handy! And those plates are adorable...I may have to check them out even though I'm a college student!

Anonymous said...

Great art work!

Teamarcia said...

Nice job! I love to cook but am not good at the planning ahead part.