The first thing I did was to throw away anything that had been in there longer than 3 months. If there was one measly ice cream or pack of berries in a huge box, the box went in the recycling, and the individual packs went in the door shelves.
The next thing I did was to go shopping. I bought 2kg of beef mince, 2kg of chicken breast and 2kg of chicken thigh. I also bought mushrooms, capsicums and zucchinis, 2 packs of Fajita seasoning and 1 pack of McCormicks Mild Curry Chicken slow cooker mix. Everything else I needed was in the fridge or pantry.
I made a quadruple batch of bolognaise sauce, and I crammed as many vegetables in as I could. I set out some new takeaway containers and some snaplock bags, and put a generous scoop into each bag and let them cool until they stopped steaming. Then I sealed them and put 3 bags per containers into the freezer. Now all I need to do is cook pasta, heat sauce and there’s an instant dinner!
I made a quadruple batch of curry chicken in the slow cooker. I also cooked up 4 cups of basmati rice. We had that for dinner last night, and all the rest has been portioned out and stacked into the freezer.
And I prepared 4 Fajita packs. Into those went half a kg of sliced chicken breast, sliced capsicum, onion & mushrooms, some fajita seasoning and about a teaspoon of olive oil. They will marinate in their snaplock bags until I need them for dinner … seriously … I’ll defrost them overnight in the fridge then literally dump into a hot pan and they’ll be ready to serve up in 5 minutes!!!! Just add wraps, lettuce, tomato, grated cheese, avocado & sour cream. Mmmmmmm … favourite meal!
I can tell you’re still wondering why … well … I’ll tell you. Next week I am starting a new way of cooking and eating, and it is going to involve a LOT of vegetables. My super challenging child is not a fan of vegetables, so when she catches me making a stir fry she will complain long and LOUD about how she’s NOT GOING TO EAT IT! There may possibly be some crying and door slamming involved as well. SO … on those nights I will cook up some pasta, heat up some sauce and she can have her favourite bolognaise. No fuss for me, happiness for her … and happiness for me, because I know I crammed that mixture full of secret vegetables *HA!*
Yes, it was a bit of work, but it will save me time and stress later on. It also meant I was less included to buy all the naughty freezer food that would have taken up precious real estate in my tiny freezer. I am definately converted to batch cooking, and I think I will do it more often! Do you batch cook? Have a favourite recipe that freezes well? I would really love to hear about it in the comments below, or over at the Cake & Enemy Facebook page.