Ever since I saw a post about a woman who promised you could make 20 dinners with $150 worth of food at Costco on Pinterest, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of cooking ONCE in your kitchen on Sunday and having dinner done for the rest of the week. I rapidly searched through Google and Pinterest, looking for more examples of once-weekly crock pot cooking that would help me cut down on cooking, an activity that I don’t especially enjoy.
I had found a lot of resources, including these blog posts:
- 54 Crockpot Freezer Meals (all my recipes mentioned below come from this blog post)
- Freezer Crock Pot Meals: Prep Day
- Organized Slow Cooker Freezer Meals
- Make 5 Meals in Just One Hour
I combed through and since the DH and I are picky, don’t do the complete version of one plan that I found. Instead, I cobbled together 4 plans from the first bullet point that I thought we’d like:
All the ingredients (plus some frozen fruit for my green smoothies and some snacks) cost about $95, which is a little higher than our usual bill, but this gave me the excuse to try it out and see if we can even eat all this food (as most recipes listed had at least four servings). Prep for the four meals above, including emptying and washing the dishwasher, took me about an hour.
So far, we’ve only eaten the chicken ranch pasta (the casserole is cooking as we speak). I would say one less can of cream of chicken and one less package of cream cheese and this recipe would have been amazing. It was too much sauce for the chicken and pasta, but it tasted pretty good.
As I try the other recipes, I’ve realized that while some may not work out, it doesn’t mean that that strategy is a bust. I love the idea of cooking and prepping all at once for one hour, and just throwing the meals in the crock pot (or oven, for future recipes), and letting it happen.
So, if you aren’t on your cooking hustle game and need to focus on other areas, I’d recommend giving the one-day cooking strategy a try!