I’ve been spending a lot of time over at Kitchen Stewardship lately – it’s been great to get new inspiration and instruction in cooking the nourishing way. Katie’s posts are fun to read, full of info, she posts a LOT, and none of it is fluff. One of the things I got inspired by was her Reverse Engineering – basically taking a favorite recipe that calls for processed, store bought ingredients, and making the whole thing from scratch. Now, I already do this a lot – but it’s cool to call it “Reverse Engineering”, and the great thing is, Katie has already done a lot of the work for you. She gives you her standby cream-of-whatever soup recipe, and substitutes for lots of common ingredients. Her mayonnaise recipe is AWESOME – I made it this week to use in my casseroles and it was amazing. Just like the real thing (without all that hydrogenated soybean oil and other toxic ingredients! – more on that in another post!) You can see an example of how she breaks down a recipe in this post, which contains some of her favorite make-ahead-and-freeze casseroles.
Which brings me to our subject of the week here on Weird Wednesdays (which I have been thinking of renaming “Wholesome Wednesdays” – what do you think? Not quite as catchy, but a bit more of a positive connotation?), and that is Freezer Meals.
So, I already told you about how I try to make double the dinner sometimes and freeze half as one of my methods to relieve Kitchen Combat Fatigue. I have often toyed with the idea of cooking for a whole day and putting a bunch of meals in the freezer (also known as Once-A-Month-Cooking). But the idea has overwhelmed me at times, mostly ’cause a lot of the recipe ideas for OAMC are full of processed ingredients, too much pasta or flour, and not something I would feed my family. Well, inspired by my friend Naomi’s OAMC marathon earlier in the week, and the new yummy recipes I’m finding on all of these Real Food blogs, I have decided I should give it a try. Then I went shopping yesterday (I was feeling well enough for the first time in weeks) and I found 10 Lbs. of chicken on sale (at Sauders, for you locals), and bought a 50 Lb. bag of potatoes, and, well, I guess I’m doing this thing.But not alone! Oh, no – everything I’ve read and heard says, you should not do this alone, so I’ve rope my sis-in-law to help me out tomorrow, and we’ll see how it goes.
Now, I’m not gonna blab on and on about my plan and recipes until I’ve actually done it – but I am going to post a casserole recipe that is a long-time family favorite, one which I’ll hopefully be making tomorrow. If you have ever done OAMC, or have a favorite, nutritious casserole recipe, I would love to hear your tips! And I promise to share a complete report next week!
This post is part of Pennywise Platter Thursday over at the Nourishing Gourmet.