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    Default Am I crazy? My 8 day challenge...

    Warning: mega boring post ahead:

    So I have been thinking a lot about how to ******line my full time work, mostly solo parenting thing. Last term I was absolutely beside myself with exhaustion by about halfway through term. I wasn't eating well because I cbf cooking and was eating junk cos it was comforting and I was tired.

    Since I have 8 days until school goes back, I'm going to use that time to try and make 11 weeks worth of lunches and dinners, as long as I have enough room in my freezer.

    I have planned for 55 dinners and 77 lunches. I think then that will give me 2 dinners/lunches a week to make. I have no idea whether I can make 132 meals in a week but why not try?

    I've meal planned and looked at my staples and frozen meat. I'll do a big shop today or tomorrow, and then in theory I should also reduce spending during the term.

    I've started on tuna mornay today, as I have all the ingredients for a double or triple batch. Then I have planned:

    Roasted butternut and coconut soup
    Yoga Pot (basically veg stew)
    Barley and Bean Soup
    Vegetable Lasagne
    Cheesy Veg Dairy Free Sauce to eat with whatever starch I feel like
    Creamy Beef Curry
    Bolognese Gnocchi Bake
    Mini Chicken Pies
    Beef Stroganoff
    Sausage and Red Lentil Casserole
    Vegetable Macaroni Bake
    Satay Chicken
    Brown Rice Quiche

    I'm starting this thread because I thought if I put it in writing it will hold me to trying and I can also keep track of what I'm doing. Not because I think anyone will be remotely interested :-)

    ETA although of course if anyone would like to attempt something similar you are of course welcome to join me!
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    Um- delicious!! I can't join you- not enough freezer space, but I'll be cheering you on!

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    I'm curious as to how you are going to store/freeze all the meals! We have an upright freezer but when we cook bulk can only fit maybe 15 meals in it with all the other stuff that is still in there! Sounds like a great idea!!

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    So wish I had the freezer space to do this! I wouldn't need as many meals because I'm the opposite of busy but it would be convenient for those days when I can't be bothered cooking.

    Do you have a chest freezer?

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    Well in theory I am emptying my freezer fully for storage. Dammit, I'll have to eat some apple pie today :-) I just have a normal fridge/freezer so we shall see!

    I'm still not convinced it'll fit but I'mma give it a red hot go! I use ziploc bags so hopefully I'll win some space that way...

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    You can do it, this man did a years worth! http://mobile.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/a-chinese-man-cooked-his-wife-a-years-worth-of-meals/story-fneuz8wn-1227300459827

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    Oh the link didn't work sorry!

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    I read that story!! So romantic :-)

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    Maybe if we cleared out the upright we would. It's got about 10 drawers and yet we still run out of room!! It's the same size as a fridge but it's only a freezer. Our fridge is a double door so the freezer side of that is tiny due to the water and ice section.

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    In regards to space saving... i think a pp mentioned it as well, but instead of containers we freeze everything flat packed in ziplock bags. We only have a small freezer and it allows us to freeze so much more!!


 

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