I first encountered OAMC (Once-a-month Cooking) about a dozen years ago. At the time, I was a vegan working at home, and didn’t have much use for it, but I loved the idea in a foodgeeky kind of way anyway. The thought of having actual good, healthy food in the freezer to grab in a time crunch was appealing, besides which I just love to plan things.
In the years since, I’ve used the principles I’ve learned from reading OAMC books to help out when friends and family have crises and aren’t up to cooking: I’ll spend a weekend day cooking all day, and when I’m done, they have twenty or more meals stashed in their freezers for later, at a fraction of the cost of buying TV dinners or eating out. One of my recent efforts made something like fifty-seven servings of food for less than a hundred dollars, and that included meat in each dish; my own family’s food would be likely to cost less than that, because it’s mostly vegetarian.
This week, I’m excited to be planning my own OAMC adventures. See, I’m starting back to school in September, and I’ll still be working, too, so I’m going to have very little time for hanging out in the kitchen making three meals a day from scratch. So I’m going to carve out a day at the beginning of every month (when I get paid!) and freeze enough food so that on the days when I’m too busy studying to put dinner on the table, James or the kid or I can just reach in, follow the directions, and make us some food.
Do you make some dishes that freeze well? Tell me about them, please!
I’m going to go through our standards, and look in freezer-cooking books, but I’m also eager to hear about your favorites. What do you cook that tastes good after it’s been frozen and reheated? I’m especially interested in stuff that matches how we usually eat. We don’t eat much meat, and when we do, it’s usually not a big slab of meatloaf or anything, but hey, if you have the ultimate freezer meatloaf, lay it on me.
For the next few days, I’ll probably be talking about this a lot, so if it doesn’t interest you, please accept my apologies in advance. And here’s a photo of the food in my next actual food post, as a teaser and peace offering: