Freezer Meal Prep

You are reading cooking advice from someone who does not cook. You have been warned! I know that, in grief, we often do not feel like preparing a meal just for ourselves. Maybe you used to cook for the whole family, and now your day to day cooking is for yourself alone. I have found that mass meal preparation actually works. It looked too good to be true, but it really does work, and I am a non-cook! Did I mention that I don’t cook? Find three or four simple recipes (there are many available online) that contain similar ingredients. I make enchiladas, tater tot casserole and hamburger soup.  For my mass meal prep, I brown a couple of pounds of hamburger for the tater tot casserole first. I then mix in the tater tots, chicken soup and cover with cheese. This bakes while I brown the hamburger for the soup. Hamburger soup is easy; hamburger, beef broth and your favorite soup veggies. Into the crock pots they go. I do three crock pots of soup at a time. You are now two-thirds of the way through your meal prep. I then brown a couple more pounds of hamburger. I do the enchilada hamburger last, because I add enchilada sauce to it in the same pan I have been using all morning. It is a simple matter to wrap the enchiladas, cover them with cheese, and place them in the still warm oven from the casserole. Now, the casserole is cooling while the enchiladas are cooking. By the time the enchiladas come out of the oven, you can plate individual servings of the casserole and put them in Ziploc freezer bags. Let the enchiladas cool for a while before plating. Have one for lunch while the rest cool. Plate and bag up the enchiladas. By mid-afternoon, the crock pots of soup are ready to put in freezer containers. At the end of the day, you will have between 20 and thirty meals in the freezer. Just one set of pans to wash. If I can do this, you most certainly can. Treat yourself well. You deserve it!

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