Thursday, March 29, 2012

Once A Month Cooking

The ultimate convenience for 
"Comfy Camping" 

About 3 years ago, my friend Elizabeth, started  a "once a month" cooking group.
I had no idea how much I would love it or even how much I would come to depend on it.

 I want to give you an overview of how our "once a month" cooking works.
 If you would like more details or learn how to start your own cooking group,
 leave me a comment and I will contact you with more details.

 Here is how it works...

We set a side one Monday a month for cooking.

 We each suggest 5 meals and then Elizabeth chooses our menu from
those submitted. We typically cook 17 to 19 main dishes.
 Over the years we have built a recipe list of
around 70 different meals that we all like and we know will freeze well.

When we cook, it takes a lot of space and makes a huge mess.

Normally, we are a group of seven women and we cook in Elizabeth's large (very nice) kitchen.
However, this month, we were down to only 4.
Since there were fewer of us, we decided to cook at my house.
I love having women sharing in my kitchen!
 I know most women don't, but I do!

We always have such a good time, sharing ideas, recipes and cooking tips.
I can't begin to count all the tips and tricks I have learned over the years.

Most people believe that freezer meals have to be casseroles, but 
we actually make very few casseroles.

In this photo we are making Fajitas.
Fajitas are one of the many meals that make a great freezer
meal, but are not even close to a casserole!

This is how we package them.

Here are just a few of the other meals we made this month...

Teryaki Chicken
Apricot Chicken
Baked Tilapia
Hamburger Surprise
Beef Stroganof
Crunchy Chicken

We cut back a little this month and only made 15 meals, but we usually make 17-19 meals.

Our total for the 15 meals was $106.00.
That makes each dish $7
Now that's a bargain!
The more women we have cook, the lower the price.
 Buying in bulk really does save us money.

For camping, I will throw several meals in the freezer of the camper.
 On the morning I plan to serve that meal, I just lay it on the counter to thaw.
Could not be easier!

I just love having my freezer full of meals!!


  1. I am so excited to find your post! I am planning on starting to OAMC soon but unfortunately by myself (unless my 1 and 3 year olds count lol) and was wondering if you would share your recipes. Thanks, Alishia -

  2. I'm so sorry it has taken so long to get back with you. I have been a sorry blogger lately!lol
    I do have several recipes but most are just things I would normally cook, or so to speak, the stuff you cook everyday. It is just a matter of how you freeze the meals that matters. We do soups, chili's, marinated meats and things like that in doubled up Freezer bags. We use aluminum pans and heavy duty aluminum foil doubled to cover up casseroles and things like stuffed shells.