It all started when my dad approached me, asking if I could help out with cooking meals for he and my mom. Both were working full-time, and had simply run out of time. I began putting meals together for them and soon for another friend of ours as well. That was over five years ago, and since then, I’ve had a couple other “clients” come and go – but over that time, have also discovered freezing food is the way to keep my own sanity in my family of five! So, to start with, here are my favorite cookbooks focusing on freezing meals:
Once-a-Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. They have month-long meal plans and two-week meal plans with directions on how to cook them all in one day. I’ve done the month plan a couple times and felt frantic and overwhelmed by the time it was done! So, I mainly use this book to gather recipe ideas, without doing the entire plan. (But for super-organized people, the month plan is the way to go!)
Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell and Bonnie Garcia and Don’t Panic, More Dinner’s in the Freezer. Great, gooooood meals in these books. REAL food – not just rice and beans! Ideas for soups, dips, main courses, and desserts. One thing I especially like about these books is that they give you the ingredient list for freezing one batch, but then also multiply by 3, 6 and 9. In other words – if you use the amount in the x9 column – you’ll end up with 9 meals. This is good for when you are maybe sharing frozen meals with friends (one friend makes one x9 meal, the others make a different x9 meal, and you all end up with a variety!).