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Old 06-21-2002, 12:13 PM
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I am new to once a month cooking. In fact, I don't mind cooking at all, so cooking each night is a pleasure! It's the one thing I make time for! BUT I am pregnant and have no family in the area. When I was pregnant last time, I did make some meals and froze them in individual portions, so if I had trouble making meals, we could pull out one of my dinners.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what would be good to make? I saw pancakes in this list and never thought of that before...and I will have my son (he will be 3 when the baby is born) to feed while my husband is at work too!

Also, I used to make my own baby food for my son...does anyone think I should start making that now, while I have just one child under my roof, so it will be easier later? (Like get the autumn vegetables in season...etc.)

Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-26-2002, 06:42 PM
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I just checked out a copy of OAMC Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. There are some really great recipes in there...easy. One I never considered (and my guys love Pizza) was French Bread Pizza. This is so easy to freeze and just throw together at the last minute. I noticed one of my loss leaders this week was French I will stock up on this and have it in my freezer!
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Old 06-26-2002, 07:55 PM
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Hi Jen! When I had my baby, my Mom and Sister came to help us out and see the newest member of the family! It was great! I hated to see them leave. The best part was they froze meatloafs, pasta sauce, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, and also stock up on a few convience foods. Pizza, waffles, etc. It was great! Atleast I didn't have to cook for a long time!

I don't do monthly cooking ahead, but I do plan meals ahead. I usually have my guys pick a couple of their favorite meals and make sure those ingredients are in the house.
I like to make quick meals and do alot of prep work to make things easier, clean & chop veggies like carrots, peppers, celery, etc.

I like to make fresh meals everyday since I don't mind cooking. The hardest part is coming up with What to cook! But now with the message board What's for Dinner? I get alot of good ideas!

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Old 06-29-2002, 09:56 AM
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Baby Food

Just a thought on the baby food...depending on when your child starts solids the baby food you make now could be pretty old and even freezer burned by the time you need it. I guess it would depend on how soon you intend to start feeding your new baby anything besides formula or breast milk. Two of my children breastfed exclusively for almost a year before they started solids. When they did begin to eat I just minced up canteloupe, watermelon, bananas, vegetables, etc. or bought canned pumpkin, applesauce, yogurt, etc. for them. I did buy storebought baby food when it was on sale and I had coupons to use for travel, but mostly I just fed them "real people" food.
I have several books on OAMC but have a hard time following them because I seem to want to fix what I'm in the mood for, not what I already have listed on a menu. What works for our family is for me to cook 2 or 3 times a week and then we have leftovers in between (I do try to "be in the mood" for whatever is on special at the grocery that week!). Some husbands may object, but mine doesn't mind.
Just my 2c; hope it helps.
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Old 07-07-2002, 06:13 PM
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Are you familiar with the trick of freezing home made baby food in ice cube trays and then transferring them to zip baggies once frozen. This works well even with stuff like left over canned pumpkin. That way you can easily just thaw out what you think you'll use at one meal.

My mother flew out when my 2nd was born (my 1st was only 18 mo.)and cooked up a couple of weeks worth of dinners. Let me tell you having them on hand was a huge help! I'm one who hates to cook anyway though.

One meal that was very simple was a chicken and stuffing casserole. She used some shreadded chicken from large cooked chicken that supplied the meat for several dishes like enchelatas (sp?). Placed that in one of those disposable aluminum casserole dishes (easy to freeze without having to use your every day ones up) covered that with bread crumbs, celery, onion, mushrooms, and what ever other herbs and such one might might put in stuffing. She poured a can of chicken broth over that and topped it all with cheese. I think she did bake it before freezing, but I don't really know why.

Good luck with the birth.

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