Sunday, February 28, 2010

March OAMC - Day One is a Success!!

I really had no idea how I was going to get everything on my March OAMC list done in one day. In fact, I wasn't sure that I would get it done in one week! Thankfully, due to some pretty amazing planning on my part (pat, pat) and my wonderful husband's offer to take the non-nap-taking baby on a little road trip, Macy and I were able to get a TON of my list knocked off on Saturday afternoon.

We started off by making a nice big batch of Cornmeal Muffins.

Then we stuck some hot dogs in them and voila!: Corn Dog Muffins

While the muffins were cooking we browned some hamburger (my hubs did this when he got home with the finally-happy-after-taking-a-nap baby), cooked two batches of brown rice, mixed up three pounds of sloppy joe meat, cooked, cooled and chopped up 2 pounds of chicken breast and got everything ready for the freezer. 
All told we spent about 3.5 hours in the kitchen but I really feel like we got a lot accomplished. I know that it is going to make for a much easier cooking day on Monday!

Our results:
24 Corn meal muffins (to go with chili)
24 Corn dog muffins (for kids' lunches)
18 cups cooked brown rice (to use as sides and for casseroles to be made on Monday)
2 pounds cooked, chopped chicken (to use in casseroles on Monday)
3 pounds sloppy joe meat (two meals worth)
4 pounds browned ground beef (for chili and baked spaghetti to be made on Monday)

Check in tomorrow to see how the rest of our March OAMC Master Plan goes!


  1. Thank you so much for posting all the nitty gritty. You have inspired me! I just whipped up a batch of homemade granola bars (that I will put in individual baggies as soon as they cool), cut up carrots and cantaloupe. It's not much but it helps. I am going to do some rice later today and double it so that I can stick it in the freezer. My favorite OAMC involves baking cookies and sticking them in (the back...or else they get eaten too fast!) of the freezer. I can't tell you how many times I've been rescued by the bag of cookies in the freezer when I needed a dessert. I also stock my freezer with cooked beans which is handy. I can't wait to try out the corn dog muffins. Will you post your sloppy joe recipe?

  2. Jen-
    Yeah I tried the cookie thing a couple of weeks ago, but apparently I didn't get them put away far enough to the back. I'd like to say that it was my kids that ate them, but I'm pretty sure my hand reached in there at least once a day! I have just started to make my own beans too. Last month I did refried beans and we LOVED them! They tasted much better and were MUCH cheaper than buying individual cans. What other beans do you do, how do you cook them and how do you store them? (I tried to soak kidney beans but they all split open. Did I do something wrong?) Oh and my sloppy joe recipe is really not a recipe. I just toss stuff in with some hamburger. Usually it is some ketchup (or tomato sauce), worcestershire, onion flakes, garlic powder, and a little yellow mustard. One last thing- the corn dog muffins were really good but I would not recommend using paper liners. A lot of the muffin stuck to the liner. Next time I will just spray my pan with cooking spray!

  3. I have done black beans and pinto beans. We actually aren't big bean eaters around here but I have a lot in my food storage so I figured we'd better start eating them! (and they're soooooo economical, too) I mostly use them in soups/chili. I cook them in the crock pot and then portion 2 c. into a sandwich size baggie (equivalent to a can). Then I put several sandwich baggies-full into a gallon freezer bag. I haven't done kidney beans but wanted to try them next. I'll let you know if I have better luck.