The recipes are, if nothing else.
OAMC - Once A Month Cooking. Find it here or here. This is a handy little program that allows you to cook a months worth of main dishes in one day, thereby supposedly saving you money and time.
I might try it, seriously. I could totally get into saving time and money.
I borrowed the Family Favorites book from a friend to see if the recipes are even worth it. After reading through the entire book, yes, the ENTIRE book, I'm pretty convinced it'd be worth trying. The authors have laid out the entire process, including shopping lists, assembly lists and all the recipes with ways to manage what you've frozen and what sides you'll need to prepare the day of.
The great thing about every single recipe is that you don't have to cook it in bulk a month before, you can make it the day you want it, but if you WANT to freeze it, all of the recipes are created to freeze well.
It's perfect for a busy family, if you're preparing for surgery/birth, if you need to take a meal to someone, or a hundred other reasons. Try it, I dare you.
Here's one of the recipes we've tried from the book this week, though when I cooked it I adapted it for the slow cooker, easy adjustment - delicious dinner.
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 14-oz. can coconut milk
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a small skillet, saute the onion in the oil until transparent. Combine the onion and the remaining ingredients, excluding the rice, and pour into baking dish, bake at 350° for 50 minutes. If you prefer the easy slow cooker way, place chicken in slow cooker, combine all sauce ingredients and pour over chicken, cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Serve over jasmine rice.