Dec 03 2009

Batch cooking day

I haven’t done a batch cooking session in awhile, but I’d like to change that. I’m going to throw together a bunch of dinners that we can eat over the next few weeks. We’ll be leaving for Indiana on the 18th or 19th, and I’d like to have enough meals to last us until that point.

Today is my planning and shopping day. I’ve flipped through some cookbooks and my recipe box to get some ideas and I’ve made my shopping list and organized it by type (meats, dairy, non-perishables, produce, other).

I’ll make:

  • Taco soup (in the slow-cooker)
  • Stir-fried pork soup (I’ll only do the prep work in advance for this)
  • Ranch hamburgers
  • Meat loaf balls (simply an easy meat loaf recipe that I use, but I shape the meat into balls and bake them that way)
  • Caribbean jerk chicken
  • Sour cream chicken
  • Santa Fe chicken
  • Quick n’ easy Chinese chicken
  • Nan’s Indonesian pork
  • Ham with pineapple sauce

Many of these recipes are new to me, so I don’t want to make huge portions of these in case we don’t like them. If we do like them, then in the future I’ll double or triple the recipe since it’s not much more work. A good portion of the recipes are from the Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites cookbook, which I reviewed and gave away here.

We’ll have simple side dishes such as rice, barley, pasta and an assortment of vegetables.

Some nights, we’ll go the soup-and-sandwich route, or perhaps have some homemade pizza (I use refrigerated dough, though), pasta and marinara, or breakfast for dinner.

I’m hoping that this batch cooking session will save time and money and let me focus on other things, rather than the dreaded, “What are we having for dinner?” question.

If you’re planning a batch cooking session, be sure to check out Money Saving Mom’s recent session to see what she’s learned.



6 Responses to “Batch cooking day”

  1. Good luck with this! We are currently eating out of our freezer…we’re leaving in 2 weeks (and for 2 weeks!) and we’re just eating what we have on hand now (it’s nice to have tiny grocery bills in the weeks before Christmas!).

    I’d really love to hear how the jerk chicken recipe turned out!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..So Worried about The First Day =-.

  2. Awesome! How did it go? I made a huge batch of tortilla soup and am making some chicken broth today. Your cooking day is way more ambitious! I want to hear how it went and what recipes you recommend.
    .-= Stacy´s last blog ..Running love =-.

  3. Wow! That’s a crazy goal! I hope everything went well. And I love the new layout of the site! I usually subscribe by email so I haven’t been to the site for awhile. Love it!

    Hope your return to this great Hoosier state is a safe trip! Who knows with Indiana weather!

  4. An update is coming soon!

  5. Hiya Kacie,
    I don’t have an oven or a slow cooker. Which of these could I make on my stovetop? Gracias, chica
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..A long, long way =-.

  6. Hey Emily –

    The stir fry pork soup is an all-on-the-stove kinda deal. Hamburgers, too. I’m not too sure about the chicken ones, as those all call for baking in an oven. I bet you *could* do it on the stovetop, cuz why not?

    If there’s any recipe that you think you’d like, please lemme know and I’ll transcribe it for ya!

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