This is what I do weekends. I prepare food for the week and weeks ahead. I am a firm believer of cooking ahead to freeze. It makes life a lot easier. Less stress is best.
So. What do I cook? Simple dishes that's for sure. These are for my partner's meals from Monday to Friday.
First up. My favorite meat with carrots, onions and potatoes.
Next, meat with leeks, carrots and mushrooms.
How about some plum sauce meatballs? First, I made the meatballs. By way of baking.
Then make the sauce and stuff.
Then I pack them in individual clip lock glass containers.
Once cooled, I put them in the freezer.
I also made some mini meatloaves.
Put the minced meat into the containers.
Top with bacon!
So now I have 14 portions of food in the freezer which is good for 2 weeks and 4 days. For the following weekends, I only need to cook another 5 portions to top up my stock.
If I get lazy, I can take a break for one weekend or even two. Once my stocks are exhausted, I start from scratch again.
Mmm...the mini meatloaves look like something my husband (bacon lover) would enjoy. Could you please share the recipe?ReplyDelete
Please refer to my recipe here : http://phonghongbakes.blogspot.my/2016/01/a-porky-loaf.htmlDelete
Hope you like it!
Just did! Thanks :)Delete
Loves everything that you cook...ReplyDelete
Thank you...thank you...Delete
*Possessed by Gordon*: It's dry and disgusting! You're serving food from last week?! Are you trying to kill me?! It's frozen! FROZEN!!!!!!ReplyDelete
*Kicks Gordon out of my head*: F*** off, Gordon. It's homecooking, not your f**king Michelin star restaurant. Precooked food is awesome! Especially if it's Chinese food!
hah..hah... this sort of food is not for Gordon. He is a fussy old pot. Hah!Delete
All these you made is just for his lunch....what about yours? Your partner is a very lucky person to get home-cooked meals every day. That's not all, right? On top of that, you fry some greens every morning coz you can't freeze those. What kind of bacon is that in the last photo? It looks more like ham...pork ham? Actually, cooking in bulk like this results in savings in food bills...something we should all emulate :)ReplyDelete
Mine will be coming up shortly hee..hee... Yes, I fry greens in the morning for him. That bacon was gifted to me by my auntie, all the way from NZ. It's called shoulder bacon and I did notice that the texture is more like ham rather than bacon. But it's nice.Delete
Yummmmmm!!! So which are mine? LOL!!!ReplyDelete
Come, come..choose which one you like. LOL!Delete
You are indeed an organised person Phong Hong. Pre-cooked frozen meals made life so much easier, and less stressful, especially for working people. Well done!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Veronica! It does make my life easier and mornings aren't so stressful.Delete
Waaah!!! Your kitchen looks like a food factory rolling out some delicious packed food. Your containers are so neat and beautiful. Are they from Corning Ware??ReplyDelete
Macam catering service right? It's hard work lah that's why I will not go into food business.Delete
when i saw the photo of all the meatballs you made, i thought, gosh, are you cooking for a potluck party??? but then OK, since it's for a fortnight of lunches, then it's reasonable, heh ;)ReplyDelete
It looks like I am feeding a battalion, eh? All this bulk cooking takes much effort and discipline (I admit I dread it sometimes) but ultimately is it worth the effort.Delete
Very healthy to bake the meatballs. You are so diligent! Good thar your partner is ok with eating 3 types of food alternatively for lunch for two weeks and 4 weekdays. Some people wants different lunch daily, fastidious people those are.ReplyDelete
I am lucky that he is not fussy when it comes to food. So it is easy to feed him.Delete
So delicious! My type of dishes. You are so diligent.ReplyDelete
Hi Phong Hong,ReplyDelete
We so 'gam' today ... got frozen food but mine is frozen yogurt. I thought you are offering food catering service. Neat and individually packed food ... they look so delicious!
Hi Karen! I prefer your frozen treat. hee..hee...Delete
Brilliant idea to cook in advance, your other half is so fortunate to taste your delicious cookingReplyDelete
It is worth the work and I think so far he didn't complain lah hee..hee...Delete
I always cook a lot of broth on weekendu. On weekdays i can easly transfer it into soups or risotto etcReplyDelete
That's great and it makes food prep on weekdays a breeze :)Delete
I want to follow your last dish.. Minced meat and topped with bacon! But it looks like luncheon meat from my pc, very thick cutting wor.. Baby was not feeling well last week (again), but now ok already.. Phobia already Phong Hong, very exhausted.. And all my annual leaves almost finished :(ReplyDelete
Try it, very nice one :) Aiyo, I know lah having baby and small children is very challenging. Hang in there tough mummy! One day when they are all grown up, you will look back on all these with fond memories.Delete
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Haha, looks like home delivery service meals :PReplyDelete
Ya hor? hee..hee..Delete