I don't know about you, but from about 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m, my day is crazy. I leave work to pick up my girls from school and with carpool, after-school activities, homework, etc., preparing dinner is the thing I dread.
I really used to love cooking – perusing my favorite cookbooks as I lay in bed at night, ripping out recipes from magazines that I wanted to try. Now, however, with 3 small children + work, there is little time for me to wax nostalgic on the joys of making my own pate brisee (not sure if I've actually ever made my own pate brisee!).
A life-changing event occurred in my life just before the holidays... my friend, Jen, invited me to be part of a freezer meal group. I was skeptical at first – what if the food wasn't good? I decided to give it a try and, thanks to Jen's exceptional organizational skills, it has been a huge success. There are 6 carefully chosen girls in our group. About every 6 weeks, we decide on a selection of 12 meals, each taking 2 meals and making 6 servings of each.
Don't get me wrong, it's no cakewalk making 6 pans of enchiladas. However, for the 2-3 days that it usually takes me shop, prep and cook, the payoff is enormous. Each of the meals are stored in either a freezer Ziploc or disposable tray and carefully labelled with the contents, cooking instructions and serving suggestions. Then, we meet on a scheduled morning to divide up the meals and leave with 12 dinners that fill up our freezers. The servings are usually for 4 people but with little children, we always have leftovers.
I love that I can walk to my freezer in the morning, take out a meal to defrost and know exactly what we're having that evening for dinner. The stress relief is unbelievable. Ironically, it is actually motivating me to want to cook again! I suggest you try it for yourself. You'll be happy you did.
If you would like additional recipe inspiration, click on the image below for some of my favorite freezer meals thus far. Do you have any recipes you think our group should try?