I read smallnotebook's post on batch cooking and it got me thinking about writing a post about my batch cooking techniques. I've talked about this on MPM before in general, but today I thought I'd spell out specifically what went into this week's prep for our menus.
First, the menu:
Monday: Pasta casserole
Tuesday: Taco salads
Wednesday: Vegetable Pasta
Friday: Breakfast for dinner (banana pancakes and bacon)
While Sweetpea was taking a marathon nap this afternoon, (THANK YOU, dear!) I cooked up 2lbs of ground turkey. Once cooked, I split it in half and to one half added taco seasoning (for Tuesday's meal) and to the other half spaghetti sauce. I think cooked 2lbs of pasta. That was split half for the casserole and the other half for the veggie pasta dish. I then cooked 1lb of bacon for our BLTs and breakfast on Friday. I prepared the casserole so it's ready to cook tomorrow night. The taco meat is ready to assemble on Tuesday. Wednesday's main dish is complete and the bacon is ready for Thursday and Friday. This prep work took less than 3 hours (with laundry, running the dishwasher and a shower mixed in) and it will significantly reduce the amount of time to prepare our meals during the work week.
My goal at least by the end of this month (running a bit behind, as this was supposed to be done for August...ahem.) is to work out a monthly menu plan and to start cooking extra to stash in the freezer. What are your tips and tricks for reducing the time it takes to get dinner on the table? I'd love to hear them!!
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