Back when we were DINKS (Double Income, No Kids) and my husband was in grad school, I did a lot of once-a-month cooking (OAMC).
By spending a day bulk cooking and freezing meals (and even making individual servings for days when my husband and I were apart), we saved a ton of time, energy, and money. It was so much easier and healthier for us to pull a meal from the freezer than to hit the drive-thru or order take-out.
When our first son was born, I still dabbled in OAMC as a way to save my sanity. After being at work all day, I just wanted to spend time with my boy – not fret over what was for dinner.
Then came the twins. They turned our world upside down. I became a stay-at-home mom, but with 3 boys under the age of 2, I barely had time to take a shower, let alone do an all day cooking schedule. I kind of fell off the OAMC wagon.
Now, my boys are all getting older. One is even in school. I’d like to rely less on convenience foods and rely less on take-out on those super busy days. I’d love to have some meals in my freezer to pull out on those days that I just don’t feel like cooking.
The idea of an all-day OAMC cooking session still seems a bit overwhelming to me. But when I saw Crystal’s thoughts on Revamping My Freezer Cooking Methods at Money Saving Mom, what she said really clicked with me.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I can put away some meals in the freezer without killing myself in the kitchen. By doing just a little bit each week, it won’t take long for me to amass some “emergency” dinners. It really doesn’t take that much work to double a recipe or to take a few minutes to prep some meals for the freezer right after a shopping trip.
As Crystal writes, “Being a successful homemaker, wife, mother and home economist is about finding what works for you and your family and doing that — and having freedom from guilt about what others do or don’t do.”
So I’m taking her advice and modifying my plans for Once-A-Month Cooking. And we’ll be just fine.