A post from Kelli–
I’ve said it a million times, but I really need to get more organized. Currently, I work either 2 or 3 12 hour shifts from Thursday to Wednesday (some days, some nights). I also then work at the nursing home Mondays for sure, usually in our locked unit (8 hours). I then work Thursday or Friday (I always have one off at the hospital) to run a few reports and do some follow up things in regards to the reports (3-4 hours). Then, during the month from the 10th to the 15th, I make the schedule for the Nurses and CNAs at the nursing home (usually about 10 hours). I also have a few things I have to do periodically as the Antibiotic Stewardship officer. I also coordinate and review the medication exchange for all of our residents at the end of the month. I end up getting the medications for the upcoming month and have to check them all over and set them up to be switched over on the last overnight of the month (about 10 hours). Needless to say, I often feel like my life is a whirl wind. I always joke that when I ask people at the hospital what the date is as an orientation question, I have to look at the computer or the calendar to know myself!
I’ve always thought that preparing freezer meals in advance would be something that might help make things a bit easier. I usually have either a weekend day or two or Tuesday/Wednesday off if I work the weekend. If I could get stuff together for freezer meals, that would be a few less kitchen messes and a few less days cooking. I know that it would be a big undertaking for one day, but then I’d be done for a while. And I’d have more time to do the fun things like hang out with Mom, sew, or even go on a walk now that the weather is becoming more bearable.
If you don’t know, the premise of freezer meals is that you spend one big day cooking and then freeze the meals in baggies or containers to be thawed and warmed up or completed at a later date. I’ve kind of tried this before, but since it’s something that I do so rarely, I forgot about the lasagna that I made and by the time I went to pull it out the top had come off and it was horribly freezer burnt.
The other problem that I’ve run into is that often times, the recipes are for soup. I love soup, however Jason is definitely not a fan. He’s a fan of the traditional meat and potatoes and maybe a vegetable (if it has cheese) with a big glass of milk. Soup just doesn’t do it for him. I know that I can say that I’m making what I’m making for super and leave him to just eat it or make himself something else, but I enjoy being the wife that makes a nice supper for him, so I don’t really want to do that.
Another thing that sometimes hinders me is that everything needs chicken. We are lucky enough to pretty much always have a freezer full, or atleast partway full, of beef. Ground beef, steak, roast, you name it, it’s likely in my freezer. I’d love recipes that used beef more than chicken.
So here’s where I need help! I need suggestions on the following–
- Have you made freezer meals before? What kind of containers worked best?
- I need recipes that make things other than soup! We always joke that Jason eats like a picky 8-year old, but he really does! If an 8-year old would like it, he does.
- Do you have any recipes that use beef? Like I said, we have lots. Not as much steak, but ground beef and roasts are quite plentiful!
So if you would be so kind as to share your insight, tips, tricks, or recipes, I would so greatly appreciate it. You can leave a note in the comments if you want–And feel free to include links! I love those!
Thanks in advance! I love that I can count on you all to help me out!