Guest Post: Making Life Easier with Bulk Cooking

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I am so excited to introduce a special guest-blogger today! Megan from NEPA Mom is sharing how she makes her life easier with bulk cooking. Megan is a very busy stay-at-home mom/blogger who shares family-friendly activities, great deals, and reviews of products that make her life easier!   NEPA Mom is a great site to bookmark if you’re looking for things to do in northeastern Pennsylvania, or if you’re planning to visit.  It’s such a wealth of information-you’ll never search for something to do with the family again!

So with a big round of applause, let’s welcome Megan!

Now that Fall is fast approaching and we are back into the swing of our extracurricular activities I find myself craving traditional comfort foods and trying to figure out ways to streamline our dinner routine.  One way that I streamline is by doing bulk or freezer cooking.  What this means is I prepare multiple servings of the same meals and freeze what I have prepared to use on an upcoming busy night.  That way I always have something to pull off the freezer and all I have to do is defrost and cook~meaning I always have a healthy, home-cooked meal ready to go!

One of the easiest meals to do this with is meatballs.  Just this past week I made over 8 dozen meatballs at one time and froze all of them.  When I am ready to use them I just pull out the number of meatballs I want to prepare, drop them in the sauce frozen, and let them and the sauce warm up.  Prepare some noodles, garlic bread, and a salad and you have a great, homemade meal in no time!

The meatball recipe that I use is one my mother has always used and it is pretty simple and straightforward. (obviously, I increased the amount I was using to make such a large batch)

This is just one example of a meal that I make that works well in the freezer.  I also do the same with chicken dishes and breakfast foods including muffins, waffles, and specialty bread.  The possibilities are endless!  Looking for some additional information?  Check out the website www.lifeasmom.com as she often does bulk/freezer cooking.  Additionally, there are plenty of cookbooks that deal with freezer cooking~two of my favorites are “Don’t Panic, Dinner is in the Freezer” and  “Once a Month Cooking.”

With a little advanced preparation and work, you can have easy and stress-free family dinners even on busy weeknights!  Enjoy!

What a great way to simplify mealtimes, Megan!  These meatballs would be great with pasta or as meatball subs! Thanks for sharing, Megan!  Be sure to stop by NEPA Momand say “hi”!  Tell her It’s a Keeper sent you!

Christina

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1 thought on “Guest Post: Making Life Easier with Bulk Cooking”

  1. OMGosh I do this too! I always ask moms how they get food on the table every night since they have to cook every night. I pull dinner out of the freezer almost once a week. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who does this.

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