For the past few months I have been experimenting with meal preparation for my partner and I; I work 55+ hrs a week from 11AM-11PM, my partner is working 3PM-11PM. Sit-down meals are rare even on weekends, so I have been trying to find a solution. My usual routine would be to prepare a few casserole type meals or what I call "put together meals" so my partner could re-heat an item on her lunch break. Not a reliable answer to our problem for 2 reasons.
Way to much waste. It never fails, I'll make a nice dinner, P doesn't come home for lunch. Or, I'll pull stuff from freezer to cook next day, then my work schedule changes (ie. called in to work early/late) and I forget that I have meat in frig to cook. I don't know how much this has cost me but I'll guess close to $60 a month if not more.
My possible solution(s) have come from various blogs and websites I have been reading. So to all of my fellow bloggers and site owners thank-you :))
- Freeze any and all leftovers immediately, even if I think I'll take some for lunch the next day. I have the nice option of ordering my meats (beef.chicken/pork) at wholesale through my one employer. No more gross pre-packaged stuff from W*******. Better product decent price.
- By purchasing my meats wholesale and in larger quantities I have been able to prepare, pre-cook, then freeze items that normally I would try and make during the week. For example--meatballs, meatloaf, hamburgers, ground beef for tacos etc.
- As with the ground beef I have been experimenting with some pre-cooked chicken recipes that could easily be re-heated in microwave or toaster oven in less than 10 minutes--I need more ideas
- Everything gets saved and frozen for later use. Scraps, bones, juices from roasts, pan drippings, veggies trimmings, etc.. Usually end up in soup stocks or gravy base