Lisa faces the same dilemma so many of us do - what to have for dinner when you've been working all day and running kids around! Take out is handy, but it's expensive (yes, even the $1 menu at the golden arches) and definitely not good for your health when eaten on a regular basis!
So here's how the 4 hours or 240 minutes will play out:
- Throw soaked dried beans in crockpot (on high)
- Place 6 lbs of thawed ground beef in roasting pan (along with onions and seasonings) and bake on low
- 30 minutes grocery shopping (while beef and beans are cooking)
- Come home and place all ingredients on table
- Beef is cooked - take out and let cool
- Place chicken breasts on cookie sheets. Season and bake.
- Add industrial size can of tomato sauce to crock pot. Add seasonings. Heat on high.
- Fry sausage and pork chops
- While these items are all cooking, prep veggies, ham, and other ingredients.
- Now that ingredients are prepped (chopped, cut, and/or cooked), assemble meals.
We'll be taking pictures and a few videos of the process for those who want to see what this craziness is all about.
Four hours is more than my 15-minute time limit on most things. However, when cooking in bulk like this, each meal averages less than 15 minutes from preparation and assembly to popping into the oven or crockpot at a later date.
I'll be including photos and the recipes of these individual dishes over the next few weeks. If this sounds like something that could truly fit your lifestyle, find a couple of friends and make an event out of it!
What's your favorite recipe to make ahead?
One problem. One solution. 15 minutes and $25. Done.