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Username Post: Cook once, eat all week        (Topic#325701)
WorkingMommy 
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03-02-13 12:16 AM - Post#4050301    

I think we need to try that cook once a week idea where you prep all your food on the weekend. I want to do things exclusively for the oven. We're gone too long for the crockpot (our food gets cooked to death). I want DS to be able to start dinner but I don't want him using the stove top.

Do you have any good recipes for the oven that work well to make ahead, or any advice or websites you like?

 
kellcinn 
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03-02-13 06:13 AM - Post#4050305    
    In response to WorkingMommy

I used to do this alot when work and life was hectic. Google OAMC (once a month cooking). You don't have to make the quantities all at once but it is a good guide on what freezes well and how much work needs doing on serving day.
I used to roast 2 or 3 chickens at a time, make 2 meatloaves or shepherd's pies, precook a dozen italian sausages. You can make ahead mashed potatoes, rice, seasoning packets for side dishes.
Lastly any slow cooker dish can be precooked and reheated in the oven on serving day. Very easy for young chefs to handle.

 
Kiwifarmer 
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03-02-13 12:12 PM - Post#4050369    
    In response to kellcinn

I cook lots of casseroles, etc for reheating when we are busy.
Lasagne reheats well, meat loaves, mince dishes, and the crockpot .....I used to throw a casserole in the night before, then turn it off in the morning.

 
Westerngirl 
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03-05-13 05:13 PM - Post#4050747    
    In response to Kiwifarmer

I just want a cook, I'm so over cooking & feeding people!!!

 
WorkingMommy 
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03-05-13 09:09 PM - Post#4050783    
    In response to Westerngirl

LOL, me too!

I started with three made ahead dishes this week, so far so good. I was surprised that the prep wasn't harder, but I ended up picking things that didn't need a lot of cooking in advance so it was more just mixing everything up. Tomorrow night I'll try to whip up a few more to get us through the week.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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03-05-13 11:12 PM - Post#4050805    
    In response to WorkingMommy

I wish I had the space in my freezer and refrigerator to do this. I have a few meals, but not a whole week of meals.

My dh and I are planning on getting another refrigerator/freezer for our garage this summer. First we have to clear out the garage, hang some drywall, and paint. It would be just one less thing to move around. lol

 
WorkingMommy 
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03-06-13 10:27 PM - Post#4050973    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

I do have an extra regular refrigerator in the garage and a chest freezer in the laundry room. It helps a LOT. Like when I bring home three giant bags of shredded from Sam's Club...

I think I'm going to keep cooking twice a week. I really just don't want to freeze stuff. I did three dinners on Sunday night, and then I did two more tonight. On the weekends it will just be "normal."

 
MindySue 
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03-07-13 07:32 PM - Post#4051069    
    In response to WorkingMommy

I made some shredded taco chicken in the crockpot on monday and have been eating it on salads and wraps all week!


 
Megan - FT 
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03-08-13 11:18 AM - Post#4051149    
    In response to MindySue

You can put a crock pot on a timer like you'd use for lights, too - if you're overcooked at 9 hours, set it to turn on 7 hours before you're home, then turn off...

FWIW.

 
Grandma to 3 
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03-08-13 02:42 PM - Post#4051201    
    In response to Megan - FT

  • Megan - FT Said:
You can put a crock pot on a timer like you'd use for lights, too - if you're overcooked at 9 hours, set it to turn on 7 hours before you're home, then turn off...

FWIW.



Interesting to know. I'd thought of trying this in the past but figured someone in my house would have issues with it.

 
Megan - FT 
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03-08-13 03:59 PM - Post#4051221    
    In response to Grandma to 3

People who have issues with what I cook or how are welcome to do it themselves, or starve. Some of 'em had to learn that the hard way....

 
WorkingMommy 
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03-08-13 08:28 PM - Post#4051257    
    In response to Megan - FT

That's a great idea Megan. I'd just have to be sure it's foods that will stay safe. Maybe I could start with the meat frozen. I leave for work at 6AM and don't get home until close to 6PM, so it would have to sit a few hours before the heat kicked on.

 
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