You should have seen my kitchen last night - what a sight! 11 of us ladies, stationed around the room, mixing bowls and ingredients ready to go.
I hosted another freezer party last night, and 11 of us gathered together to assemble meals. The way it works is each person chooses an entree to make, brings enough ingredients and materials - for that entree- for everyone attending, and leads everyone through making that dish.
We laughed at people's stories where the checkout person was asking them why in the world they were buying 25 cans of chicken broth at a time ;-)
Each person takes a turn, we assemble that meal together, each person making their own serving, and we all went home with 11 different meals ready for our freezer. It's a lot of fun, you learn new recipes, it's pretty cost effective, and best of all, you have 11 nights of no cooking ahead ;-)
Here is what was on our menu last night:
Cheesy Beef Quiche
Country Breakfast Casserole
Cheesy Chicken Soup
Southern Vegetable Soup
Sour Cream Chicken Enchilidas
Chicken Green Bean Casserole
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Sante Fe Chicken
Each entree serves 4 people.
This process is just like what you would do at a "Dinners by Design" type of place (Love these places, but I've always thought it was kind of expensive for the amounts you get. For example, a half serving, which serves 3 people runs appx. $12 + tax).
I was curious how my entree broke down, and I did some calculations to see how this compares:
I bought my ground beef and several other ingredients in bulk at Costco (so there's still lots of leftover), and I also provided disposable pie pans.
The total, including tax, for 11 servings of Cheesy Beef Quiche was $94.10,
split among 11 entrees, and it comes out to:
$8.55 for a dish that serves at least 4.
Makes me think of that Food Network Star, Melissa D'Arabio who has the show where she shows you how you can feed four people for $10. Looks like I've got her beat - LOL!
Anyhow, just thought I'd share these fun little facts. Can't wait to eat all these delicious, super comforting meals!