Friday, February 5, 2016

3 tips for Planning Meals ahead of time.

I'm not too fond of the term 'Hacks' but I do like sharing my tips and hints for meal planning.   Especially since I do plan ahead, have always done so, and will probably continue to do so.

Up until the past few years, I've always lived within just a couple of miles of grocery stores, it was easy to just run down and pick up a couple of things.   But I still planned ahead, even then.

It just wasn't as critical as it is now.

I now live 7 miles out of town, and albeit a lovely drive into town, without traffic, it's still 7 miles to go.

My habit of planning ahead has actually helped me a lot, here.   I head to the 'big city', which is 60+ miles away, once a month or so to stock up on ground beef, cause I know where to go to get it cheaper, and of course there are the specialty shops I like to wander around in.  The Oriental store, the Indian store, the store that has international foodstuffs.   Which can be a good thing or...

I usually come back with foods I want to try playing with, some of which I'd never heard of before.
Kinda like the Tat Soi I got in my Organic Vegetable share this week.   I'll tell you all about what I made with that in a future post.

1. A couple of weeks ago I bought ground beef, and buying it in bulk meant I had to go home, break it down into smaller packages and freeze them.    So now, when I want to make Taco's or Hamburger Steak, I just head to the freezer and pull out a package of meat.
 Freezing it flat, means it thaws much faster.
2. I ran into a sale on Chicken Breasts  at the store, so, they got seasoned, cooked and frozen.  I actually used them in Chicken Enchiladas the other day,  but I have more cooked breasts in the freezer, ready and waiting.

3. I also made a big pot of my Firehouse Chile, measured it out, and froze it.  Which meant, we had some for Navajo Taco's last week, and all I had to do was make the fry bread, and we had a good meal. 

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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