Because Jackie asked, I thought I would share with all of you my new secret weapon when it comes to weeknight sanity savers:
A recipe book called Fix, Freeze, Feast. It is da bomb! Literally. I. Love. It.
Technically it was my present to Dale for Christmas. Which now makes me feel more than a little guilty, since he got me two of the best presents ever (a Digi Photo Frame which I have been lusting over for ages AND a West Jet Gift Certificate with specific instructions to use it when I need a Gill and/or Mom fix or want to escape from Cold Lake for any number of weather/toddler/work related reasons). Where was I? Right. Guilty. So I feel a little guilty because I obviously love the book way more than Dale does. But then again, I am stuck here in Cold Lake working full time and attempting to feed myself and a toddler for 3 weeks while he is gallavanting working hard on the west coast for 3 weeks with his buddies unit.
Anyway, the whole book is full of recipes designed to make multiple entrees of an item specifically to freeze. For example, in my freezer right now I have the following:
2 family size garlic mashed potatoes
4 small pan lasagnas
4 chicken curry meals
4 cashew chicken stir fry meals (just add fresh veg to repare)
3 meals for 2 of French Onion Soup (just add hot water and broil for 5 mins)
2 loaves of banana bread
2 meals balsamic marinated pork chops
and Lots of Individual sized tomato basil soups for lunches.
This method takes some preparation, and toddler-free time to make the meals, but I think it’s well worth the effort to be able to come home at the end of the day and be able to prepare a healthy meal in less than 30 mins for the most part. A warehouse club membership is also handy so that you can buy some ingediants in bulk (especially meat). I would have to say it’s a little heavy on the meat and light on the veggies, but it’s not tough to make a salad or steam some veg while your entree is cooking, expecially since there is little to no other prep required.
I have also tried freezing a few of my other fav recipes, like Mozza Sticks from the recipe book Deceptively Delicious (another fabulous addition to any kitchen with kids!), which I won way-back-when from Megan and these fabulous Yam and Black Bean Burritos, which also freeze really well and Nate can’t get enough of!
But now for what you really want to know – what firsts did Nate have today?
1) He climbed into his highchair by himself (and then onto the table to get his milk…but I’m attempting to forget that part)!
2) He walked around the house wearing one of my crocs and one of Dale’s crocs (and then tried to walk up the stairs in them – which I am also trying to forget!)
How cute and slightly terrifying is all of that?