A few weeks ago, or maybe last week, I can’t remember…I was inspired by the Lemonade Makin’s Mama’s post on batch cooking. A long time ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, my babies took naps, and I went to the gym, I cooked for my freezer. I have a big chest freezer and it’s a shame to only fill it with day old bread, so I decided to once again feed it.
You see, cooking and I, we get along…sometimes. I had to pick the right sometime to accomplish this culinary feat and Wednesday afternoon (into evening) was the time.
How did I do it all without burning down the house or even burning my finger?
Glad you asked.
The secret to batch cooking is a mental one. You simply psych yourself up by reminding yourself that after today, you will have 13 nights free of cooking. Wow. That almost makes me want to spend another afternoon doing this for 13 more free night.
I did it for my chest freezer.
I did it for the stomachs of my family.
I did it for having 13 nights of sheer laziness.
I did it for love.
Now do you want a recipe or not?
I made this one up and I actually froze the 4 pans of it I made, so I have NO idea if it actually tastes good. Let’s hope so, because we are going to eat it four times.
1 lb ground beef, 1 lb ground chicken, 2 packages flour tortillas, 1 large jar salsa, 1 large bag mexican rice, 2 large cans refried black beans, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, chili powder, cilantro, enchilada sauce
Well, this recipe will unfortunately make 4 pans. I guess you’ll have to adjust it if you only want 1 pan. Or maybe you’ll be hungry and want to eat 4 pans. At any rate…
Pour a little enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9×9 pan (enough to cover lightly), in a sauce pan brown the ground meat, drain fat, and add two heaping teaspoons of cilantro, a teaspoon of chili powder, salt & pepper to taste. Add the jar of salsa. Cook rice according to directions. Layer a tortilla shell, refried beans, cheddar cheese, tortilla shell, mexican rice, meat, cheddar cheese, tortilla shell. Then pour enchilada sauce over the whole mess. Throw on a little more cheese, because cheese makes everything better. Freeze or heat in the oven until it’s bubbly and all the cheese is melted.
Ya, I made that up. Aren’t you glad you don’t eat at my house every night?
I used The Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe. You’ll have to buy her cookbook if you want that one, and I made up a lasagna recipe too. It’s got sausage, spinach, cheese, more cheese…you get the idea. I’ll spare you that recipe.