I have a really bad habit of checking books out from the library and then keeping them forever, avoiding late fees by renewing them online over and over and over.  Today I got one of those “Your library books will be overdue in three days” emails, and when I went online to renew, the system told me that I had renewed too many times.  Drat it all.  I suppose 5 months is a long time to have a library book.

fal001So, I after I dropped the kids at parents day out this morning, I made a trip to the book store to actually PURCHASE a book I’ve been hoarding.  I know that I cannot be without this cookbook I’ve been using for the past several months.  Frozen Assets, Lite and Easy: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month by Deborah Taylor-Hough has been of huge assistance in helping me get supper on the table on a regular basis.

Frozen Assets is set up on the concept of spending one day cooking several meals and storing them so that you don’t have to cook again for the rest of the month. In addition to a wide selection of recipes, Taylor-Hough offers straight-forward information on preparing your kitchen for cooking day, and a supply list for stocking your kitchen and pantry. The recipes are arranged in mini-sessions.  Each mini-session features four to six recipes and has its own shopping list, prep instructions, and main ingredient theme (chicken, pork, pasta, vegetarian, etc.). So, you can combine two or three mini-sessions and cook a month’s worth of meals, or you can just tackle one mini-session at a time. There are several reasons why this cookbook works for me.

  • Even if I don’t have a whole afternoon to dedicate to cooking an entire mini-session, I can break the work up even further.  One day I shop for ingredients.  The next day I do all the prep work. Then, over the next few days, I put all the meals together.  Putting meals together goes very quickly when all the prep work is done.
  • Each recipe is sized to serve six, which makes it easy for me to prepare half the recipe for dinner that night and freeze the other half for later, OR I can double the recipe to use as a meal for my Supper Swap.
  • The fact that instructions on how to package, freeze, thaw, and reheat each dish are included is very helpful to me as a non-cook who doesn’t know how to handle that sort of business.
  • The recipes are all “lite”, meaning they are lower in fat and sodium, so I can feel good about feeding them to my family.
  • By buying a large amount of the theme ingredient when it is on sale, I save money.  When the freezer starts to get a little empty, I look at what is on sale to pick which mini-session I will cook next.
  • My kids are a little young now, but when they are older, doing a mini-session with them will be a great way to share time with them while we all learn about cooking.

There is a non-light version of this cookbook as well with different recipes.  You can buy both books at Amazon, but of course I recommend checking to see if your library has it so you can try it out for three or four months before you buy. ; )