I over complicate my food resolutions. In the last year, in no particular order, I have tried to:
- Cut out processed foods, increase whole foods
- Eat out at restaurants less
- Spend less money on groceries
- Eat little (to no) dairy products
- Eat little (to no) gluten
- Eat local
- Eat seasonal
- Lose weight
- Make tastier food
But at some point, I realized that I really need to tackle the availability of home cooked, healthier meals on its own – hoping that the rest will follow.
Once a month freezer cooking is where it’s at
That where ‘Once a Month Mom’, a handy subscription-based monthly menu / shopping list / how-to cooking site, comes in. It keeps your morning and week night cooking waaaay down by doing the majority of your food work for the month in a single day.
Your freezer will never have been so full, but the idea is that you’ll limit grocery store runs and pizzeria calls in lieu of pretty much ready for you meals that are yummy.
It’s not a new concept of course, my own mom used to rock the once a month cooking (using this classic book) back in the day, but I love the geeky side of Once a Month Mom. You plan through easily editable Google Docs, eyeball recipes sourced from around the food blogosphere and share your culinary triumphs on Pinterest.
Even better still, there are a variety of freezer cooking menu plans to choose from:
- Whole foods
- Vegetarian (yay)
- Gluten and dairy free
- Low fat
- Baby food
- ‘Mini’ – for when you don’t want to cook for an entire month’s worth of meals
Have you experimented with bulk cooking for your family? What are your vegetarian freezer cooking tips and tricks?