I found recipes I liked and tweaked them to work with the required needs of my family! The needs are many since I am feeding a range of young people from 2 - 13 and a husband who does not like onions, yikes!
|10 Meals Ready to Travel!|
The first thing I do to get ready for a day like this is find a list of 20 recipes. I look for recipes that share common ingredients or can be easily doubled. I have found that doubling the recipes is a great way to get more meals with less work! I then run the recipes by my friend (since we normally do the meals together) and get her opinion. I have always felt that two opinions are better than one. I would ask my husband what he wants, but I know him well enough to know what he will and will not eat.
Second, I label the bags. This gives the marker plenty of time to dry so it won't wipe off in the process.
Then, I write out the shopping list. It is always a bit different from the recipes as I change the recipes slightly for my family members. I organize the list by category. The categories are generally meat, produce, canned, dairy, pantry, and other.
Then the shopping. I do the shopping on the same morning as I will do the prepping. This way I do not have large amounts of "stuff" in my kitchen (that I really do not have room for). I shop at two stores in the area in an effort to save some money. 20 meals in one day can become pricey if you are not pinching pennies!
|Most of the ingredients lined up and ready to go!|
Once home, I organize the ingredients on the table and begin the work. I have ready many posts that provide tips for making this faster (like cut all veggies first, open all canned goods second, etc.). I have found that I like to brown the meat (if necessary) first. Otherwise, I put together meals two at a time. I like to double each recipe to get two meals.
|Working on two meals at a time. Notice the two bags in the red bowl on the right.|
Then I work. Today was a great day. Keep watching for the recipes and shopping list I used. I should be posting two a day. When all posted I will post a full list with a complete shopping list.