once a month cooking

Almost every morning on the way to preschool, my daughter asks, “What’s for dinner?” I think she’s picked it up from her father, who asks the same question the moment he wakes up every afternoon (he works nights).

More often than not, I don’t have an answer for them.

You’d think – or, at least, I would – that planning meals would be easier now that I’m home. But somehow, I’ve found it more difficult to decide what we’re eating on a daily basis and find myself scrambling in the evening to throw something together.

My one saving grace in this mess is pulling something out of the freezer that just needs to be nuked thawed out before putting it on the table. Every few weeks, I pull several pounds of hamburger out of our freezer and brown it. Then I divvy it up and put it back in the freezer. If I’m really on my game, I’ll do up a few pounds of chicken at the same time and chop some veggies to freeze, too.

I can only imagine how much simpler my life would be if I’d cook actual MEALS in advance! I don’t really have to imagine, though. I can just ask my friend, Tricia, owner of and mastermind behind Once a Month Mom, a blog that helps you fill your freezer by creating monthly menus using seasonal recipes. For free.

Did you get that part? Every month, Tricia provides a menu, instructions, labels and (of course) recipes for filling your freezer for the next several weeks, and it costs you nothing!

As a matter of fact, you can get the traditional (family-friendly) menu or the diet (lighter, healthier) menu for the month of April right now. (She also has several baby menus available.) And starting next month, you’ll also be able to get a gluten-free and dairy-free menu and a whole foods menu. (And a vegetarian menu is coming up in June!)

Tricia has also just redesigned her site to make it more user-friendly and awesome. (Okay, so she didn’t use the word “awesome.” She used more techy words, because she’s smart like that. But me? I just call it awesome.)

Once a Month Mom is an amazing resource for anyone who doesn’t want to struggle with that inevitable question: “What’s for dinner?” And I’m happy to say OAMM is my featured sponsor for the month. Go check it out!

Have you ever done once a month cooking or freezer cooking? How do you get organized?

Note: I am accepting sponsors for the second quarter of this year. Sponsors can commit for one month or three. My prices are reasonable, and I throw in fun things like include you in my #FollowFriday tweets and sponsor spotlight posts like this! Interested? Contact me for more information.

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