Except for the half hour for FHE and dinner, right now, at 9:30 at night is the first time I have sat down today since about 8:00. I am exhausted. But, I do have 30 meals in my freezer, ready to heat and eat. Oh wait, only 28, I am still waiting for the last meal to cool so I can package it and put it away. Yeah for me! Last week our ward did an Enrichment on freezer cooking. I had always wanted to try it, and I figured with a newborn on the way this was a perfect opportunity. Now, they say you should not shop and cook on the same day, but I have proven that it is possible to do it. I was going to shop today and cook tomorrow, but I decided to do it all today so we could go to the pool tomorrow. Next time I do it, I will see if we like these recipes, I will not shop and cook on the same day, and I will also try to do better at cleaning as I go. I had a hard time doing that. See:
That is my kitchen after 7 hours of cooking. I had 2 bags of garbage and at least 45 minutes worth of dishes that are still sitting there (not tackling those till tomorrow morning) but did I mention that I have 30 dinners cooked!
We ate one of these dinners tonight and loved it. I hope it is as good when it is frozen first. I am sharing this recipe because Dan said it was perhaps one of the best things I have ever made. Here it is. You can always make this, cook half then, and put the other half in the freezer to have later. Anyway, here it is.
1 16 oz. package Fusilli
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 Tbsp. butter
3-4 cups cooked chicken
2 Tbsp. chopped green pepper
4 cups grated cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 soup can of milk
Cook fusilli in salted water for 2 minutes less than shortest time recommended on package. (Or substitute spaghetti.) Drain. Thoroughly mix all remaining ingredients with pasta in large bowl or pot. Put mixture in 2 freezer bags. Label and freeze. To serve, thaw and place in a greased baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
Note: I did not put in the peppers, and certainly did not miss them. :)