Cooking usually gets all of us at one point in life. It just becomes a lot of a hassle. If you do it every day, it becomes an obligation and yet cooking is something so beautiful. Avoiding that feeling of obligatory cooking is the number one thing you need to keep yourself happy if you’re a stay at home mom. Even if you’re staying at home and one of the things you need to do is cook, it gets dull. Of course you’d like to spend some quality time with yourself, crafting your skills and playing with your kids.
I’ve already written about ways to be a happier stay at home mom. This post is about some high quality, really easy dishes that can be made in bulk and kept in fridge or even frozen so you can have that lunch whenever you need it. Oh, and if your kids are living away from you, this is definitely something they’d appreciate. A little bit of mom’s cooking never hurt anybody!
Is lasagne your favorite? Do your kids enjoy it as much as you do? I bet they do and guess what? I bet that you enjoy making it as it is so easy. But how do you make it last longer than those 2-3 days in fridge? Here are the instructions for freezing lasagne:
First of all, leave it to cool down after cooking. This is important because if you put it hot in a freezer you will melt everything there is in your freezer, which you probably don’t want to. Another reason is that freezing won’t be as good as it is when it’s cooled down. After it’s fully cooled down, simply put it in a plastic bag or along with the dish you made it in (please, check if the dish is freezer-friendly) and pop it into your freezer.
When you’re about to eat it, defrost it over night in a fridge and then warm it up in the oven, covering it with tin foil to keep lasagne moist.
You can find my favorite lasagne recipe here.
How about some spicy food? I bet you like chilli, moreover you like the way it’s made as it is really, really easy. But what about freezing? It really simple.
Cook it as normal. Allow it to cool down. Put it in plastic bags or Tupperware box or whatever you prefer. Put it in freezer. Done.
Defrosting? Nothing simpler. Put it in a fridge overnight for it to defrost. Put it in microwave or oven on smaller temperatures once you’re ready to eat it. I told you it was simple.
My best recipe can be found here.
Truth is, I can go on and on about various foods, recipes and freezing methods, but there is a rule of thumb: everything you cook has to be cooled down before you put it in a freezer. Everything you defrost needs to lay in fridge overnight. Afterwards, you warm it up by your preffered method. That’s up to you.
Now, I don’t know about you, but bulk cooking really made my life easier. My kids are happier, my husband is happier, and above everything else, I have a lot of free time which I can dedicate to myself. Isn’t that one of the most beautiful things there is?
Try it once and you’ll never go back. Also, I recently found a method for freezing steaks, although I haven’t tried it yet. Take a look and if you want to, try it then tell me how it went. You can find it here.