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 My mom, Dani and I made 84 individual main dish portions yesterday in just three hours.  Came out to $1.78 per serving.  Alot cheaper than the $25 we spend at the restaurant.  It did take me a few hours to plan the menu and grocery shop.  I purchased the meat at Sam’s.  Really good prices on ground beef, pork tenderoin, whole chickens, bone in chicken breasts and chuck roast.

My girls are busy moms and need a little help with the evening meal.  My mom and dad are in Texas for the winter, so we pooled our resources and time and got it all done in one afternoon. Once a Month Mom is a great resource for recipes for this kind of cooking. 

We used simple recipes with few ingredients that would freeze well.  I will let you know later how they tasted after they were frozen and microwaved.

My mom makes the best roast in the world!!!!  She uses an iron skillet when she is at home, but I had this cast iron pot that we used and it worked great.  Turn the oven up to 400 degrees so the roast will brown.  Then turn it down and put the lid on it.  There isn’t a true recipe for roast.  I have tried to pin her down.  I will ask her one more time to write it down for us.  I can never get mine to taste like hers.  
I ordered these black containers online.  They were the perfect size for freezing individual portions.  The green ones were really cheap at WalMart.  Will ask Dani what the website was and get back to you.  We will reuse them once or twice.  

Here’s what we made:

Chicken and Noodles
Stew a whole chicken.  Cool and debone.  Boil Reams frozen noodles in the broth.  Add a couple of chicken boullion cubes.  Salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the noodles.   Done.
Mom’s Roast
Place one Chuck Roast in a large cast iron or ceramic baker with lid.  Liberally salt, pepper, and garlic roast.  Add peeled carrots, peeled potatoes, and 2 onions (yellow or white), quartered. Add 2 cups of water.  Do not cover the roast.   Bake on 400 for 30 minutes.  Cover, reduce heat to 350.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove lid, turn back up to 400, bake for 30 minutes.  (or if you are going to church, just throw it in the pot, cover and bake on 350 for 3 hours.)

Sausage Corn Chowder
A family favorite of ours.  Find it under Soups and Salads.

Meatloaf
We used Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  Looks good.

Spaghetti Sauce
Brown hamburger and add Prego………..easy breezy

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Also one of our favorites.  Not sure yet how well it will freeze.  It is great leftover in the frig the next day. (better than the first day)   Will let you know if it is freezable.  Should be ok except for the sour cream.

So many things you could make.  Was really a fun time in the kitchen.

I am helping with a baby shower this weekend.  I am going to make Pina Colada Croissant French Toast.  Can’t wait to post the recipe for you.  It is so good.  It will be great for Valentine’s Day  breakfast in bed (does anyone really do that?) or Easter brunch.

By Cindy, January 11, 2013
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