Monday, March 22, 2010

I cooked!! Well...sort of

Just 12 days away from our due date now! So excited to meet our baby girl soon!!

In an increasingly rare burst of prior planning and energy, I managed to gather the ingredients to prepare a dinner yesterday that went beyond baked chicken and veggies. While it did rely on the slow cooker, I'm totally still counting it! :)

I made this Southwestern Pulled Brisket that I found over at Smitten Kitchen and it was so tasty! I'm definitely more of a pork BBQ girl but this recipe will be working its way into the rotation for sure (especially if brisket keeps going on sale at Publix). We made ours into sandwiches with coleslaw and there are plenty of leftovers...which I'm pretty sure means I get credit for dinner again tonight! Yay! :)

You'll have to rely on Smitten Kitchen's pictures...our camera/video camera/ and what feels like everything we own is packed up in the hospital bags sitting by the door just waiting for a certain little girl to decide she's ready to enter the world!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Stockpiling

I did A LOT of cooking this past weekend...but don't have anything to really show for it and can't even recommend any recipes since we haven't tasted anything yet! I was busy making recipes to put away in the freezer for either the last couple weeks of pregnancy when I might not feel like hitting the grocery store or making meals and/or for some easy meals once our daughter arrives!

All in all, I made 7 different entrees. This was my first time experimenting with bulk cooking but I think I could really get into it. If you're interested, moneysavingmom.com is hosting a freezer cooking day today so you can read more about her process and what she's whipping up as I type! I'm amazed she got all her groceries for around $61 for 25 meals...my total bill was about twice that for 14 meals (which will really end up being 28 meals for just the 2 of us)!

So here's what you can look forward to hearing about in the coming weeks (assuming that a) the recipes turn out well and survive the freezer and b) that I actually do any blogging in the next couple of weeks!)

Mexican Veggie Casserole
Firecracker Enchiladas
Oriental Beef & Noodles
Chicken Taco Soup
Ham & Asparagus Bake (in case she comes her due date around Easter...gotta have ham!)
Zippy Turkey Bake
Baked Ziti

I have a teeny tiny freezer and was able to fit all of these in 8x8 foil pans and ziploc bags and still have tons of space leftover. I have a couple more things I hope to get a chance to make before delivery day but I'm really happy that I've at least set aside these items!