I am frustrated with the whole cooking thing. Every weekend I have the greatest intentions and plan a menu for the week. I even buy the food. But most of the time, after working all day I am EXHAUSTED! So this weekend, I am planning to cook ahead for the week. I must admit, I am a cook ahead virgin. I've NEVER cooked ahead before. NEVER! How do you do it? Is it hard? I am fully prepared for it to be time consuming, but HOW much time are we talking? All day? 2 days?
So I've been searching the internet for some tips. I've found a few, but that's it. I am scared. I hate the thought of another week of "what's for dinner?" and my reply being "whatever you can find." I've come up with 2 meals that I can freeze ahead of time--meatloaf and lasagna, but I need more. Before this baby comes, I want to have some HOMEMADE meals in the freezer that we can pull out if there is no one staying with us (i.e, mom) to cook for us.
I am in a soup mood this week so I am going to make Roni's lentil soup again for the week and vegetarian chili. That should cover at least 2 nights, if not 3. But I know DH won't want to eat soup all week and DS won't even try it. ARGH!!!!!!! I think I only need 5 nights, so just have to come up with 2 more. But I am just struggling. This mom thing can really stink sometimes. When it was just me and the hub, I didn't always plan meals--it was just whatever we had on hand (usually a helper meal, which we no longer eat) but now, I want to eat nutritious meals that I have made. It's just so difficult!!
So, I am asking--any of you out there that read this--even the lurkers--come out and give me some ideas! I'll take any and all suggestions/tips you can give me. This is so new to me. Cooking ahead. Who would've thunk it?!? :)
I hope you have a great weekend!! I'm off to do some more research and see what I can find.