Be Prepared…Scout’s Motto!

I don’t know about you, but one thing I never manage to do is prepare food and refrigerate/freeze it in advance for busy moments in my life. Now, don’t get me wrong. I frequently contemplate this process. You know…spending a rainy Sunday afternoon baking and cooking so that I have food for the week, etc. It sounds lovely. Those thoughts seem to have a difficult time materializing though. I’m more of a ‘bake it, cook it, eat it’ kind of girl. 
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Life Goal #476: To be this ^ organized!!
Since I’m not working right now, I have the luxury of making my snacks and meals at home as I go about my day. However, even when working (including that ridiculous moment in life when I picked up a part time waitressing job on top of teaching full time and planning a wedding in 4 months), I still never managed to make the the organization of food a priority. It always ended up being an early morning free-for-all, and definitely more stressful/annoying than it ever needed to be. Bad me.
With our little bundle of love on the way any day now, I figured I’d better be proactive and prepare food in advance. I expect that our first week home from the hospital is going to be an exhausting one, so it will be nice to have some home cooked meals and snacks on hand.
My lovely friend Karen offered to come over this afternoon to help me make a bunch of things to freeze in advance:
Chicken, Veggie, Rice Casserole

Green Curry w/ Chicken

Spinach and Feta Quiche

I’m happy to have a good start on the cooking & baking, knowing Adam and I won’t starve for the first few days! We still have some freezer room, so I’m planning on making at least one more casserole and some healthy muffins to add to our collection. Whew!
It takes a bit of planning in advance to figure out what can and cannot be frozen. Here’s a general guideline of some foods that hold themselves well (or not so well) in the freezer over time:

I also found these tips for freezing and storing casseroles and lasagnas in the freezer when you know you’re going to need your dishes in the meantime! Simple, albeit genius :)

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So overall, it was a very productive day around here! Speaking of advance preparation…

My bags are packed and ready to go for my 4 night hospital stay! I’ll probably continue to rearrange the contents, but at least I have something to quickly throw into the car if necessary.

Albert the Alpaca Bear is excited to come along for the journey as well (a cute gift from Grammy M).

Okay, it’s definitely bed time over here. It has been a long day on my feet and time for some necessary shut-eye…aka: tossing and turning for 3 hours until I remarkably pass out in a half seated position. Isn’t pregnancy fun? 😉

5 Thoughts on “Be Prepared…Scout’s Motto!

  1. Martha on February 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm said:

    I love your little pile of bags for the hospital! wish i was sitting beside Albert ready to go with you.

  2. I am definitely like you – I'm a cook to eat girl, except when it comes to bake goods which I usually freeze after eating some (just because I'm the only gluten free eater in the house!).

    How exciting that you're getting all prepared!

  3. That's an awesome idea! PRe-cooking your meals for when you return. Very impressed, you super organised woman.

    :)

  4. I am envious of people who food prep all the time, but I'm in the same boat as you and can never motivate myself. Plus I'm anti-leftovers and freezing and re-heating seems a lot like leftovers. I really should just get over my leftover problem. I'm sure my husband would be happy if I did, so he didn't have to eat 10 portions of pumpkin mac n cheese :)

    That bear is absolutely adorable!

  5. Haha, I totally understand the “left-overs” thing and trying to get over the same problem!!! 😉

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