Friday, August 10, 2012

Cooking Night

I have had a couple of emails asking about how the Mom's Cooking Night went.  So I thought I would share how we did it for our first night.  Before the big night, I found five freezer friendly recipes on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed) and created an ingredient list for all five dishes.  I emailed that list to the ladies that were coming so everyone would come with the right stuff.  Several of us shopped together to split packs and to save money (and lets face it a trip to the grocery store with a friend versus three kids is considered super fun)!!

We arrived at the large industrial kitchen we were blessed to use and started right away browning the ground beef for the dishes that took that.  Two ladies got a bicep workout stirring/cooking twenty pounds of beef!!!  From there we just started prepping and cooking.  Some of us would take turns chopping and prepping while others would take turns keeping dishes clean and put away.  Overall it took us 3.5 hours to prep these five meals. 

We had fun and I did not take any pictures because there was no time and we were sweating in a hot kitchen!  We laughed, shared, and had a fun despite how hard we were working.  I was super tempted in my dorkiness to make us all matching aprons to wear, but to the delight of the other Moms I held off.   The other tip was that one Mommy bought a 25 pack of pans at Sam's for WAY cheaper than the ones at the grocery store.  Each pan was only 22 cents each and they are re-usable!

We all agreed it was fun and we want to keep it up monthly.  Next time to speed along the process (our chicken breasts took FOREVER to cook) we will either do freezer bag meals that we dump into the crock pot, or someone will cook meat ahead of time.  We probably could have been done in two hours without factoring in meat cook time.  We also took  time to wrap carefully and to write out instructions on the aluminum foil so directions were right on the meal and not on a random piece of paper that could have gotten lost.  I am not concerned that these meals will get freezer burn because I doubt any of us will hold off much longer to start enjoying the fruits of our labor. 

Here is what each Mommy came home with:

baked cream cheese spaghetti casserole
pizza casserole
potato soup
chicken tortilla bake
quesadilla casserole

Email or comment if you would like the individual recipes for these dishes!  Overall it was a fun night out!


  1. To speed up your chicken cooking here is a suggestion from experience at the Cat's Meow: buy chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts. Spray large baking sheets with cooking spray. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place thawed out chicken tenders (don't let them touch) on cooking sheets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (and other spices if called for) and cover with foil. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool so you can handle them and cut.

  2. Could we get Chicken Tortilla bake recipe?

  3. Baked cream cheese spaghetti casserole recipe, please!