It's after Midnight.....and I'm making muffins! We need to do another Once a Month Cooking Day (or Freezer cooking if you like) but I've yet to plan one. They save soooo much time, but they do take a lot of energy.
Tonight I made Chocolate Chip Muffins (for the diabetics, these are 45 grams of carb per muffin). While they baked for 15 minutes, I made up 5 pre-packaged Chocolate Chip muffin mixes (remember the chocolate chips I bought on our Costco trip?). A pre-packaged mix is simply taking all the dry ingredients for a recipe and putting them in a zipper bag. I re-use the bags even. Next time I want to make muffins, I grab a bag and add the wet ingredients - homemade food in no time! Since we live in sunny (aka.....HOT) central California, I put these mixes in the freezer. Even with AC, our cupboards sometimes melt the chocolate chips.
I wanted to show this because, while I don't get a lot of comments here, I have read other blogs' freezer cooking posts and some of the comments focus on not having enough time or wanting to eat casseroles, etc. So, I'm here to say, Once a Month Cooking isn't just about casseroles - it's making ahead whatever your family enjoys eating. It will ALL save you time - maybe it's breakfast foods, or pre-packaged mixes that allow you to cook from scratch when you otherwise wouldn't have time? Anything goes.......and it's all better for your budget!
I even think a box of pre-packaged mixes would make a nice new mom, wedding, or "moving out on your own" gift - staple a pretty card to each bag with the rest of the recipe and include a gift card so they can purchase the rest of the items.