Having best friends means that you sometimes find yourself signing up for things you would never do otherwise because you friend asked you to do it. I have asked plenty from my friends so going to Tastefully Simple make-ahead-freezer-workshop is really not asking for too much.
I have to admit to being very tired, and somewhat cranky at having to schlep a cooler and two bags of full of supplies on a weeknight to prep 16 meals. I was annoyed at the incomplete and disorganized supply list I was given and most off all at having to surrender control of my cooking process.
I don't enjoy standing in my kitchen at 5pm on weeknight and try to figure out what I should cook, and I am really not organized enough to make and stick to a pre-planned menu. Instead I tend to by family staples that I reshuffle from week to week.
At the event I was more and more nervous that the meals I was prepping where just not going to go over well for my family. We don't eat much in the way of casseroles or heavily sauced chicken. Still I persevered and finished the night with a full cooler.
Today we ate the first of 16 meals we prepped. It was ham and cheese casserole. I thought it had a good chance of being appreciated by the girls since it involved cheese, and potatoes two things they tend to enjoy.
It was sort of dud. Chris unexpectedly did not enjoy it and opted for leftovers, Zee tried it and ate about half a cup before bailing. Aay tried it, but found it too cheesy, and didn't care for the ham. I found it sort of boring.
It won't be part of our regular rotation. However the discussion we had about what would have made for a better meal inspired Aay. She mentioned how when she left for college she hoped to gather her friends for weekly meals where they would experiment with new recipes and share feedback about what they thought about it. I told she didn't have to wait. She was old enough to start learning how to cook and experimenting with recipes. She spent a hour looking through my cookbooks. Her first pick is Sauteed Parmesan Chicken. Can't wait to see how it turns out.