Then there was the cooking! Based on her plan, she does it all in one day. Two small kids and my short attention span, I knew that would not work for me. This is my fourth month to do it, and it generally takes me 3 days using short blocks of time to get it done. Richard helped me a lot this month and that made it more fun and much faster!
|BBQ Chicken bites from this months menu. Who needs Chik-fil-a? |
See the June traditional menu for the recipes.
|Strawberry Yogurt Pops. Such a yummy treat!|
Then you bring it all home and it is cooking time! Here is my favorite part...the recipes are also available in excel format. You can download them and then enter in the number of people you are cooking for and it will adjust the recipes! Isn't that so cool??? I download them to the ipad and put the ipad on my easel in the kitchen. There is a detailed instruction list so that things flow quickly and efficiently with the cooking and packaging of all of the foods. If you are a super organized person, you can also download labels with reheating instructions. I typically just write with sharpie on a blank label or straight on the baggie.
|Barbacoa. We have LOVED this!|
Here are some more benefits that we have found:
- We eat out a lot less! With so much good food readily available, the temptation to just grab something is gone.
- My kitchen gets filthy during the cooking days, but then I get to clean it really good and it stays that way for the rest of the month!
- If a family has something going on and a meal would bless them, it is no big deal to grab something and take it to them.
- The diet menus have calories and points on them. If you are tracking, you could just write the points on the baggie and it would be easy to keep up with your daily totals.
I know I sound like a Once a Month Mom ad, but I am really just a big fan, so I wanted to give her a shout out! I am sure you could do this with your own family recipes too. For now, the less I have to think the better! Thanks Once a Month Mom!
Anyone else try something like this? I would love to hear!