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Old 01-29-2002, 10:53 AM
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chuckle Once a DAY Cooking?

I've decided that there is no way I can find time (nor do I want to!) to stand in my kitchen for an entire day cooking for a month, or even for a week's worth of meals. So instead, I am making things one day at a time.

For example, on Monday I made a large batch of Oatmeal Cookie Master Mix (in the Master Mix forum) and then baked a batch of the cookies afterward. But now I have a premade mix that I can use to make quick cookies anytime I want.

Today I made up 23 pork tenderloin sandwiches (recipe below!). That's a little more than 4 meals for my family. They are not cooked yet, but you just remove them from the freezer and fry them up.

Tomorrow I will be making up taco seasoning and preparing the meat mix to freeze, I'll also make a batch of meatballs (usually 4 meals) and a couple of meat loaves. Oh yeah, and a batch or two of chili. The only cooking I'll be doing will be to brown the meat for the tacos and the chili. The rest I make into loaves and meatballs and freeze.

I plan to do something like this each day, I even have the time frame mapped out in my schedule! LOL That way I have it "penciled in" on my calendar.

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

I wait until pork tenderloin (plain, not marinated or seasoned) goes on sale, then I buy a bunch. One of the ways I use it is to make these sandwiches. If you've ever been to the Iowa State Fair you'll know what I am talking about!

1 pound will yield 10-12 sandwiches.

2 lbs pork tenderloin
6-8 eggs
2 cups of bread crumbs (or cracker crumbs, corn flakes crumbs, whatever you want to use to bread them with)

Pork tenderloins are easier to cut if they are partially frozen. Cut each one pound tenderloin into 10-12 pieces. With a meat mallot, pound each piece into a thin flattened cutlet.

Pour bread crumbs into one shallow dish and eggs into another. Whip the eggs (milk can be used instead if you prefer) with a fork. One at a time, dip each piece of flattened meat into the egg and then into the bread crumbs. Bread each piece and lay on a piece of wax paper.

When all pieces are breaded, decide how many sandwiches you will need per meal (we eat five) and stack them together, seperating each piece of meat with a square of wax paper. Wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil. Mark with a label or marker and store in the freezer until ready to use.

To prepare: Remove from freezer, seperate meat from each other. This should be easy with wax paper between each one.

Deep fry each frozen meat patty for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serve on hamburger buns with ketchup, mustard, chopped pickles & onions. Serve with fries and baked beans, YUM!
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Just wanted to "log" that this is working out pretty well Today I took 9 pounds of ground beef and did:

-- browned 1.5 lbs for chili and 1.5 lbs for tacos, wrapped and put in the freezer
-- formed hamburger patties from 2 lbs and wrapped and froze
-- mixed up 2 lbs of meatloaf mix which will give us two meals as we don't eat an entire meatloaf
-- the other two pounds is slated for meatballs. I had to save it for tomorrow as I was bushed!

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Old 01-30-2002, 05:39 PM
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Amanda, I think this is a great alternative to the OAMC. I think I will try this , starting next week (Iwill have to plan this out first). As you already know I made cookie mix today and I love the idea of having ready made mix on hand! (What took me so long to do this? ) I plan to make up some mixes to simplify my life!
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Yay! Glad I was able to help someone!

If your family likes brownies you MUST make the brownie master mix that I posted. It is really good, and throwing it together after the mix is premade is so easy.

Tomorrow is meatball day, and those take forever, plus I'm making a double batch (which should make about 6 or 7 meals for us!) so I won't be making anything else. LOL But I like doing it this way, I feel like I got something major accomplished each day!
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I will definitely try the brownie mix!
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Old 01-31-2002, 06:35 PM
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Well, today I made meatballs, got three batches, but only froze two LOL We ate the other one for dinner

I think tomorrow I will make the brownie mix, a double batch.
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I don't have to go into work until noon tomorrow so I think I will also make the brownie mix!
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mmmmm, you and I can gain calories together LOL
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Well then I'm doing a lot of these

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Well I didn't get to make any brownie mix this morning...(out of cocoa) will make it this weekend. I did however, make some basic cookie mix (you'll have to check out the thread on this), and I made some cornmeal mix for cornbread.
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