When I made my December menu, I had only planned through Christmas and then New Year's Day with a big honkin' gap in between. As much as I would like to go on kitchen strike for the next five days, that's not realistic. Then I looked at the calendar and realized that I needed to top out the freezer with ready to cook meals for January since my time will be dedicated to ventures other than cooking. So, there went my delusion dream of a kitchen break.
So instead I will be combining my freezer cooking with a "clean out the freezer/pantry" challenge, similar to last year's challenge. I worked to find dishes that will freeze well and use up stuff I already have on hand. I was given Taste of Home: Freezer Pleasers for Christmas which was very helpful with some new meal ideas to mix things up a bit (great index by ingredient!).
Christmas Ham remainders were repurposed to soup and Ham & Cheese Rolls that made it to the freezer. I'm really looking forward to the rolls as they are similar to a hot pocket and will go great with soups!
I will be cooking up a chicken which we will have for dinner and then will be used to make double batches of Chicken Stuffing Casserole and Chicken Potato Casserole and broth. I also plan to pull some grilled chicken from the freezer and make Ravioli Alfredo with grilled chicken and broccoli to go to the freezer.
Also on the planning board is Beef Stroganoff and Chili. Check in for Freezer Friday to see how far I get! (Oh, and for New Years Day on Saturday, there's a large pork roast who's travel plans include a stay in my slowcooker, a meet-up with homemade rolls & homemade BBQ sauce and then the freezer)
I'm hoping with a little extra work this week, my freezer will be stocked with meals, instead of ingredients, and I'll be done cooking for the next month!