This is what I am doing this morning. Prepping 10 meals for two households in less than an hour!
This year started off with a bang. On New Year’s Day, we went over to my parents’ house for New Years Day dinner. A few minutes after we got home I got a call from my father. My mother fell down the back stairs and broke her ankle, and had two operations on it last month to stabilize it. My mother is a diabetic, and since diabetics are slow to heal, she was told to keep all weight off of it for 3 months. For some people, this wouldn’t be that huge of a problem. My mother has had both knees replaced. Both of her rotator cuffs have torn, and surgery could not repair them. She had a major back surgery last year. She is tough, but she doesn’t have the physical abilities to get around by herself without being able to use one of her legs!
I am an only child, so I have been trying to be over at my parents’ house as much as possible, and trying to keep up with her housekeeping chores as well as mine. We have church several days a week. I started homeschooling our 11 yo son after the Christmas break, and baseball season is about to start. Our 14 yo son has weightlifting after school every day, plays cello and bass in two orchestras, and has banjo lessons. I have my blog, my antiques booth, and my eBay store. My husband has just started a new job 4 states away, and will only be home for the weekend every two weeks. Oh, yeah…we are also trying to get a 132 year old, three story house moved! Eek!
I don’t like to grab fast food. I don’t want my parents to have to eat fast food. I have made a promise to myself to go primal, or as close as I possibly can. I feel so much better when I do! It isn’t easy when you are cooking for 6 people, and you are the only one who is on a special diet, but I am going to do the best I can! It has been really difficult some days to cook a meal at my parents house, then come home and cook a whole new supper for my own family. I think I have come up with a more manageable solution!
For the last couple of days I have been scouring the internet for slow cooker recipes I can prep and freeze, then throw in the slow cooker. Or my father can throw in their slow cooker. I really love Six Sisters Stuff, and my all time favorite, Southern Plate. This morning I accumulated all of my meat, vegetables, marinade ingredients, and a ton of gallon bags. I separated the meals in to meals for my parents, and meals for me and the boys. We can have the same meals on the same days, and on the weekend I can cook any side items for the meals, and take some to my parents and keep some for us.
This is what I assembled (I linked the recipes I used):
3 one pound bags of cooked ground beef
2 bags of Cornbread Dressing
2 bags of Apricot Chicken
2 bags of Brown Sugar Chicken
2 bags of Teriyaki Pork Chops
4 bags of Sausage and Peppers
2 bags of Buffalo Chicken
I also have a turkey breast, a ham, hamburgers, a pork tenderloin, cube steak, and some flounder. I will use the ground beef I cooked to make Ground Beef Stew, tacos, or spaghetti. I now have an impressive list of meals to choose from, plus some of these meals will make enough for two days!
1. Turkey Breast in one slow cooker, and the cornbread dressing in the other
3. Hot dogs
4. Ground Beef Stew
5. A ham
6. Apricot Chicken
7. Brown Sugar Chicken
8. Buffalo Chicken
9. Pinto beans with the ham bone from #5
10. Teriyaki Pork Chops
11. Pork tenderloin
12. Sausage and peppers over pasta
13. Sausage and pepper sandwiches
15. Cube Steak and Gravy
Whew! What a weight off of my shoulders! Now each weekend I can plan the meals according to our schedule, shop for and prepare the sides, and everything is going to be much more organized and easy!
Sometimes I link to:
Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival
Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer
Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess
Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,
Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage
Saturday: Positively Splendid
Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things