Hey folks. It’s been a few days. I’m been busy getting ready for school, preparing for my last day at work (August 4th) and cooking a ton. My current focus has been preparing some extra meals that freeze well to use when school starts. I know myself, and even though I like to cook, I only like to do it when I’m “in the mood” to do it, and the mood rarely strikes after a long day that begins before 6am. I thought having a fully stocked freezer of meals able to just be thrown in the oven would help curb that desire to order pizza.
The meal I made Sunday night was one such meal. I made Macaroni and 4 Cheeses from Ellie Krieger. There seemed to be some debate in the reviews of this recipe whether it was macaroni and cheese with a healthy but unnoticed amount of squash, or whether it was macaroni and squash with a bit of cheese. Brent and I felt it was the former. Brent’s opinion, “Yeah, I don’t think I would know there was squash in here if you didn’t tell me.” I thought the amount of squash in the recipe was impressive considering how creamy and cheesy this tasted to me.
I bought several smaller foil pans with cardboard covers from the dollar store for my freezing endeavors. These were about 5×7″ and seemed perfect for 2-4 servings. This recipe made 8 servings and filled up three of these pans. I baked one, and cooled and froze the other 2. Each of these pans is about 3 servings.
I’m such a nerd. I get really excited about tackling new “projects” so I’m currently obsessed with planning, cooking and freezing. Plus, I just love feeling prepared. it helps me feel calmer when I’m anxious about something, like school. I’ve got these pasta dishes in there, 3 different kinds of soup and a few extra loaves of sandwich bread and banana bread.
I would definitely recommend the mac and cheese recipe. I don’t think these photos are doing it justice. It’s very rich and creamy, and a bit spicy from the monterey jack, although I added a bit more cayenne to the cheese sauce mixture as well.
In other news, tomorrow is my blog’s 1st anniversary. Unfortunately I don’t think I have anything exciting planned, certainly nothing as cool as this, but I’ll try to think of something fun.