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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Fun Night With the One You Love

Saturday night left Husband and I sitting on the couch trying to decide what to do. We had played around with the idea of going to the circus (I've never been but have always wanted to, is it much fun?) but opted out. With both of us busy, although we are pretty good at it, cooking has become the dreaded chore. With grocery shopping for the week still on the to do list, we decided to use our evening to make some pre-made dinners for the freezer. We gave ourselves a budget to spend, made a list and we were off.

We were so excited. Normally we dread cooking. Maybe the idea of coming home for 2 weeks of meals already made and not having to cook had something to do with that. We kept asking to ourselves out loud while giggling, "Are we total nerds for being so excited about this?

Recipe For: A fun Night with the one you love...

A little bubbly to spice it up- We are the non alcoholic type, but whatever makes it fun for you works. Sidenote: The Apple Wildberry Cider wasn't our favorite flavor. but it was ok.

Some Fun Music-

The one you love- Hopefully that one you love has cooking skills, that helps :)

A little Hoover- who leaves no dropped scrap uneaten resulting in a crumb free kitchen floor. This season's must have!

Less Dishes- Love that!!

Note- Try to plan meals that all use the same type of meat. We bought a 3 lb pack of extra lean hamburger. From that package we got 2 meatloafs (each pan can feed 2-4), 2 pans of enchiladas- each pan feeds 4-6, and 2 8x8 pans of Lasagna feeds 4. If it's just the two of you, you can look forward to leftovers for lunches or to stretch out your dinners even more.

Meatloaf - So easy!
Throw in a couple Potatoes to bake at the same time and whaala
1 1/2 lb. Ground Hamburger
1 egg
1/2 large onion- chopped
1/2 cup crushed bread crumbs-flavored crumbs make it tastey
1/4 cup swiss Cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
Garlic Powder
pinch of Basil and Parsely for taste
1 1/2 TBsp Worchester Sauce
Mush it with your hands and throw in a bread pan
Little bit of Ketchup on top to keep it moist.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour

All wrapped up ready for the freezer.


We also made White chicken enchiladas . It took us about 2 hours total to put together 8+ meals. Most large enough to feed us for more then one meal. I don't know about you but 1 good home cooked meal in the evening can talk up almost as much time. Try It!
Involve the Kids:alot of kids love to help, make it a family project. They can smash breadcrumbs, help sprinkle cheese etc.

5 Notes to the Queen Bee:

Matt and Kristine said...

You and Kevan are awesome! And what good ideas. I do not think you are dorks for getting excited about staying home and having meals ready. In this economy we could all be more spending conscious and we should always get excited about a night in with the one with love!

Erickson Family said...

Thanks! You must've known that i've been craving some new easy dinner recipes. I SO SO wish I had the time to pre cook!

Bernie and Doll said...

GREAT idea!

Ashley Wray said...

Love this idea! You are not total nerds because I got excited just thinking about doing it! Thanks for the idea, we are going to put it to good use!

s.s parker said...

Love the idea!! totally going to copy! unfortunately bobby doesn't have cooking skills, but he can be on daddy duty! when the meals are gone, let's get together for dinner one night!