Weary sisters, I stumbled upon an idea that I want to share with you. It’s called Dump and Go Meals. The idea? Dump all of the ingredients in a freezer bag, seal it up, freeze it, pull it down to thaw the night before you use it, and then stick it in the crockpot to cook. Awesome, right? I started doing this yesterday. I fixed six chicken recipes in less than 30 minutes and five beef recipes in about 45-minutes (there was stripping 4lbs of flank steak involved). So, all totaled, about 1 hour and 15 mins for eleven recipes. Since there are only two of us, that’s at least 22 meals. If you are organized – and I’m not – you can do it faster.
This plan will give you multiple meals to just thaw and cook, freeing you up a lot of time every day. And if you are helping with meals for aging parents or someone else in need, this is a great idea for that as well. It will also give you something to cook if you have unexpected company over for dinner some night!
If you are ready to jump in, here is the menu/recipes. It contains five beef recipes and eleven chicken recipes. I will be adding more as I find them.
Like all good plans, this is a 12-step program!
- Go through the menu and pick which ones you want to use
- Make a grocery list and hit the store
- Take your freezer bags and label them with a sharpie with the date, the name of the recipe, and the cooking instructions
- Get all of your ingredients out
(I told you I wasn’t organized!)
- Open the freezer bags and put in the meat (I recommend doing the chicken together and then doing the beef. Either order, just do them separately. It is less confusing that way. And I recommend doing it in the sink.
- Add the ingredients to each bag.
- Seal it up.
- Get the extra air out so it will lay flat.
- Stick it in the freezer.
- The night before you want to use the meal, take it out of the freezer to thaw.
- Stick it in the crock pot to cook the next morning. (Some of the recipes also have an option to bake in the oven.)
SOME TIPS, SUGGESTIONS and WARNINGS
- Check your freezer space before you begin! These don’t take up much room individually, but if you do 10 or 12 of them, it will.
- Fixing about 10 packages will take about an hour (give or take a little depending on if you are an organized person or not, and whether or not you need to chop or brown the beef before adding to the bag).
- You can start small and fix a week’s worth to start with.
- Each recipe serves about four adults. Keep that in mind. If you have young kids, they will go further.
- Warehouse stores like Costco, BJs and Sams Club are great places to buy meat in bulk.
- Don’t be afraid to play with the recipes. If you like extra spicy food, add more spices! If you don’t like mushrooms, skip them. Get creative!
- If you are at home most of the day, be prepared to be hungry all day, because the aroma will fill the house!
The Sisterhood of Tired Women is all about helping each other out. If you have any tips, suggestions, questions, or a recipe that will work well as a Dump and Go meal, please share it in the comments section below!