• Lauren

    posted on December 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    So jealous. This looks like a great list Amy! I have school, so I doubt I’ll ever participate in this, but its a great way to get things done =D.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Lauren, It might be a little too ambitious…the chicken stock is cooking right now. I’m going to leave it on over night. Maybe you can do OAMC over the summer. :)

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    Lauren Reply:

    @Amy, Just saw your finished product Amy! Wow – it looks great =D. The summer might just be my key =D.

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  • Alta

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Sounds cheesy to say – but….You Go, Girl! I do bits of lists like these on the weekends, but I usually only have like 3-4 hours to spare for this kind of stuff at once. I love how accomplished I feel afterwards though!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, It has become a necessity to do the prep or I’d never leave the kitchen. When I worked full time it was much tougher to get this kind of stuff done. Would love to hear about your prep when you have time.

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    Alta Reply:

    @Amy, It’s not all “prep” per se, nor is it organized. It’s more of a “gee, I’ll clean out the fridge and pantry today, and make an inventory.” The next weekend, I might make stock, and decide to bake something, and while I’m at it, make up a bunch of gluten-free flour blend. Or my usual day-to-day dinner prep, where I half-prepare our lunches to take to work the following day. This past weekend, I took the turkey carcass and made turkey congee – enough breakfast for me for all week! Every week I carry around a piece of paper, where at the beginning of the week I note what items I still have in the freezer/pantry that I can use for dinners the following week. Then throughout the week, I create a meal plan, and on the other side, the grocery list. That way, come weekend time, I’m prepared for grocery shopping and don’t have to plan out meals, and I’m (hopefully) using up all of my excess in the freezer and pantry. I don’t have enough time to bang out a huge list like yours, but I try to squeeze in things here and there as I think of them!

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    This is a great plan! I think it totally is worth doing things ahead! That is my idea of “convenience foods”.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen, I must agree – that’s actually why I do this. I could really do it any time of the month but I hope that people can see it’s easy to eat healthier if you prep a few things ahead of time.

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  • Linda

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I really need to have a cooking/baking day or two before we get much close to Christmas. I might be a able to do it next week. This post is definitely and inspiration.

    I’ve tried the meat and marinade too and liked it, except for the new bottle of gf teriyaki sauce I found that turned out to not be very good at all. Thanks for linking up!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Linda, I so wish we were in the same city – two people could make light work of such a big job. And, we’d have so much fun!

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  • Linda- Kitchen Therapy

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Amy,
    Now you are your own personal chef! I have been working as a personal chef for 10 years. Making a week’s worth of food, or a month’s worth at a clients home. Many things freeze well. Marinated meats are a great example. So are soups, stews, applesauce, grains, cooked meat and poultry… A simple tip I can share is to thicken sauces with sweet rice flour. I use this for all clients, not just the gluten free. Sweet rice flour freezes well, and more importantly, thaws well. It does not break down, get thin, clumpy, or weep.

    Feel free to ask any specific questions about freezing foods.

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  • ter @ waaoms

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    hi i met you on twitter via #OAMC. Your blog looks like it’s full of yummy recipes, so I’m going to add you to my reader. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @ter @ waaoms, I’m so glad you stopped by! My kitchen is still a wreck so I haven’t had time to visit your blog yet but I am going to. Hugs!!

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    ter @ waaoms Reply:

    @Amy,

    I’m glad I came across the link to your blog again, for some reason my reader is not allowing your blog to show up on it… I will have to try again soon, there’s been lots of glitches in it lately. may have to bookmark you or subscribe via email. looks like you got lots done.

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  • Iris

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wow Amy, I am impressed by your to-do list! You have one lucky husband…and lucky dogs too!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Iris, I am the lucky one in our marriage. I have the best hubby in the world. He came home from working 12 hours yesterday and he made 2 trips to the vet, then he voluntarily helped me wash dishes and folded all the laundry I didn’t get to yet.

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  • Jen

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Inspiring and daunting all at the same time.

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  • Jen

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Also…the foodsaver is great for freezing and you can reuse the bags. I reuse so many bags, I’ve cut my ziplock usage way down.

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  • Fayinagirl

    posted on December 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Okay, Amy…you are officially amazing! You go gurl! =)

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  • Kim

    posted on December 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Wow…I am impressed! I have no patience for all of that! I bow down to you! ;)

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  • Rosanne

    posted on December 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    This is great and very inspiring. It looks like you made your own almond milk. I didn’t know that could be done. I think you should definately post that recipe when you get a chance. Thanks for all the great ideas and encouragement to eat healthier!

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  • ter @ waaoms

    posted on December 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hi just noticed you have a couple chicken marinades to do, can you post a recipe?? I need more chicken ideas….

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on December 7, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Totally amazing, Amy! Maybe I’ll join in after the holidays … ;-)

    Shirley

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    Amy Reply:

    @gfe–gluten free easily, I’d love to get some other gluten-free people involved so we can help people see it’s possible to eat healthier. Even if you don’t have an entire day, many things can be broken up into smaller tasks and done throughout the week or on a Saturday afternoon.

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  • CDM

    posted on January 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I just came across your website and am in with your blog already. I am almost 6 months pregnant and on the search for make ahead freezer meals. I am completely inspired by this post. I generally have frozen soups and baked goods on hand, but those tend to be high in sugar muffins and cookies, for when I want something small and sweet. Your ideas look great and I am excited to hit the grocery store and give your recipes a try. Definitely looking forward to making stock, chicken mushroom, rice bake, and your granola bars. I could use a quick snack like that for the mornings. I’m excited about adding your blog to my reader. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

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  • Mari @ KitchenWizardMari.com

    posted on February 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Great post! I marinate meat in the freezer is often too. One freezing trick I use is to make them as thin as possible, so that it’s quicker to thaw. (If thin enough, they can be broken up and cooked while its still frozen.)
    Another is be easier on salt, vinegar etc. bec. marinating continues while frozen.

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