Even as we celebrated the last day of school in May, I knew it was coming. Busy. Hot. Spontaneous. Unpredictable. Fun. With farming and ballgames and swimming and VBS and day-cations and heat, summer is what it is. Add in a very pregnant mama, and the potential for meal disaster after unplanned disaster is there!
Not this time. Not on my watch! Early in June I took advantage of a few mostly uneventful days and a rare energy surge. The resulting food surplus saved our summer. We’ve been able to eat Breakfast Like a King nearly every morning, which has been our only predictable summertime sit down meal. Add in a full grill every now and again, and on the crazy days… meal inspiration from the freezer.
kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans
Jenna’s Sticky Chicken has fast become my favorite way to fix a whole chicken. Toss it in the crock pot overnight, and enjoy 6+ cups of flavorful chicken ready for quesadillas, tacos, sandwiches, salads, etc. Then I took the bones and skin and made lots of yummy chicken broth for soups and casseroles this fall. Used every bit of that bird!
It took the better part of two days, but having convenience food in the freezer all summer saved this mama’s sanity! Sometime in the next month I need to hit the rewind button and do it all again, before school and football season and a new baby threaten to sabotage our meals.
What do you cook for convenience? Have any great recipes I should add to my list?