January Money Diet Day 4 – Cook Double

Enchiladas at Happy Simple Living blog

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“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

If you’re participating in the January Money Diet, you’ll know that yesterday’s exercise was all about planning meals. Today’s challenge is simple. When you’re preparing dinner sometime in the next week, cook a double batch and freeze half. In general, most casseroles and pasta bakes, soups, stews and chilis freeze well. Need some ideas? From Delish, here are 18 easy recipes from Martha Stewart that freeze well. NeverHomemaker also has some yummy vegetarian freezer meals here.

If you cook double on a regular basis, the “make dinner” part of your job description will start to get a whole lot easier. When you’re planning meals, choose one or two dishes that are easy to double. You’ll hardly expend any more more time or energy, and soon you’ll have a nicely stocked freezer full of dinners all ready for future busy nights – which might save you from having to order pizza delivery or take-out.

Taste of Home offers these tips for freezing foods for best results.

Today’s homework: Cook a double meal in the next 7 days, and freeze half for a future meal. Be sure to let us know what you cook in the Comments section!

Have a good weekend,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of seven books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

4 comments to January Money Diet Day 4 – Cook Double

  • CJ

    Found a ham bone from Christmas Dinner and now making Ham and White Bean soup. This should feed my son and I for quite a while! Thanks for the great idea! I didn’t have a stock pot so I borrowed one from a friend. I will now put it on my shopping list for the next trip to the flea market. I refuse to buy retail for this month!

  • Mea Johnson

    Again, this is great! I made vegan chili and am freezing half and I am going to make vegan enchiladas..so I am hoping they freeze well..will let you know!

  • Helen

    This is fantastic advice! I used your tip on using up things lurking in my pantry and made a great lentil soup. Freezing half of it will definitely pay off later in the month!

  • Mea Johnson

    We ended up eating all the enchiladas!!! So I will have to try it next time!!

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