Jeff’s mom called early last week and said that she and her husband were going to come for the weekend. Jeff’s step-dad wanted to spend some time with Jeff and help him with some various handy-man tasks that have come up. Mom asked if there was something she could help me with while they were here.
Well, I didn’t have to think hardly at all. Our routine is completely out of whack, and dinner around here has suffered. It isn’t as though I’m spending too much time away from home to get dinner ready. I think I’m just overwhelmed by everything and planning dinner has been the task my brain has abandoned to make room for other things that need attention.
So when Mom asked what she could do to help, I knew just what to say. I asked her to go through some of her recipes and help me make some meals to put up in the freezer. She loves to cook and has tons of wonderful recipes. And if the meals are already prepped, all I have to do is take one out of the freezer, pop it in the oven, and set the timer. I’m pretty sure I can handle that.
We spent about an hour on Saturday morning browsing through the recipes and writing out a grocery list for items I didn’t already have in the pantry. To make things even easier, I bought three of those rotisserie chickens from the deli to use for the chicken casserole dishes. (Less prep, and it was only about $1 more per chicken than if I had bought them raw and cooked them myself.)
I stacked up our 9x13 and 8x8 foil pans in the middle of the island, and we got cooking. Mom started an assembly line of sorts, mixing up the other ingredients while I took the meat of the chickens. Megan helped, too, mixing crumb toppings and running our finished products down to the freezer. In all, we made 4 main dishes, 2 side dishes and 4 desserts that day.
You can click over on the sidebar for the recipes we used.