Back when my children were little, I was stressed out with cooking. There had to be an easier way to cook than the way I was doing it. I had been on bedrest with my third daughter and was stressing about how I was going to cook with three small children. That’s when “Deliciously Simple” was born.
My System of Cooking Less Often
Here are the principles I learned and how I implemented them:
Use the time you are already in the kitchen – I realized that each day I was going through the same steps over and over again. I was browning meat, chopping onions, adding spices, etc. Although Once a Month Cooking appealed to me, I knew that it would be a huge chore. The people that I knew that did it, only did it once. It was not an easy system that could be done over and over again, so I had to find a better way.
Go beyond doubling meals – I went through my recipes and found the recipes that freeze well. Then I cooked a meal in quadruple. We ate one meal that night and put the other 3 meals in the freezer for another busy day. Quadrupling a meal is really not any harder than doubling a meal. They just multiply a LOT faster!
Repeat – I cooked a quadruple meal about once a week. This was after coming off of 12 weeks of bedrest! If I could do this, anyone could. I repeated this each week until, to my surprise, I had over 50 meals in the freezer by the time our daughter was born.
You can imagine the joy this new momma felt when I could go to my freezer and find a nice selection of meals to choose from when I found that I didn’t have time to cook!
It really wasn’t any harder to put a tablespoon of oregano into a meal than it was a teaspoon. If I chopped 1 onion, I found that it was a lot easier to chop three or four at a time as opposed to getting out a cutting board, using a knife, and having to wash everything 4 times when I prepared that meal individually.
Even if I only did this 2 or 3 times a month, that still gave me 2-3 meals that we ate and 6-9 extra meals in the freezer that month. Who wouldn’t love to have 6-9 extra meals stocked in the freezer?
Helps you eat healthier – I found that cooking this way helped me to not rely on unhealthy convenience foods as much. I could buy good ingredients in bulk, add my own spices, and get healthy meals prepared that probably ended up costing less too. I was also doing less dishes in the end!
Do as little or much as you want – The beauty of this system is that you can do this system as little or much as you want depending on your schedule. If you find yourself getting away from cooking this way, you can easily pick it back up at any time.
Want to know exactly how I did this and which recipes work best? Check out Smart Way Cooking and get started today! Use my recipes from the book or follow my recommendations for choosing from your family favorites.
If you don’t want to dive into freezer cooking just yet, then use Cooking From Your Cupboard first. You’ll be able to put your cooking on auto-pilot with this ebook using NORMAL ingredients that you can stock in your kitchen.