Those of you who have been getting my e-mails know that since Hannah has arrived, my cooking theory is “cook lots, cook less often”. I wanted to let you know a few more of my fast food discoveries. Maybe they are just endeavors, since I am sure others do the same.
I bought several big bags (I don’t plan to go back for while) of boneless skinless chicken breasts from Cargill. Instead of dividing them out into quart bags to freeze, I put them down in layers on my cookie sheets with cereal plastic in between. After they were frozen, I broke them apart and put them into gallon bags. Now, they are separate in the bags and I can just pull out a few and use them individually in a casserole, fry them, or grill them. I don’t have to thaw a big massive lump in the microwave (which in our microwave takes a long time).
Next is a really great thing. Cook up lots of hamburger (I did 5 lbs.) some day when you don’t need it. After draining it and it cools, get your husband to put it into small containers and put it in the freezer. Then, it is ready for spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, soups, or whatever.
We used some of the hamburger to make “Quick Pizzas” for lunch. I toasted some bread (this was homemade bread, I don’t know how it would be with store bread–and if you don’t have any homemade bread, just get my sister Miriam to make some for you. That’s what she did for me!), then I spread on some pizza sauce straight from the jar, spooned on some hamburger, added mozzarella cheese and some pepperoni slices and microwaved the whole thing. They tasted great, and as an added bonus, it was a surprise for Andrew since I am sure he was expecting our usual lunch time fare of deer baloney sandwiches.