I had my 2nd foray into batching cooking today using a different menu planning website than the first time I did this a month ago. Instead of using www.20dishes.com, I used https://onceamonthmeals.com.
My goal is to cook enough at one time so I only have to cook once/month. 20dishes is great for doing a weekly prep in one hour but I wanted a service more geared towards prepping and cooking once every 4 weeks or so instead of weekly.
This meant learning yet another app which took getting used to. I LOVE the recipe builder in 20dishes; once I got used to the recipe builder in onceamonthmeals, I was okay, but it didn't feel as intuitive as 20dishes.
In 20dishes, I could visualize the whole week: the main course AND the sides for each. With onceamonthmeals, I had one menu for the entrees and a different menu for the sides. It just took getting used to.
I did, however, find the perfect use for my microwave (which came with the house when we bought it). It's a perfect "prep sheet" holder!! It's important to hang your prep sheets close to where you're working and in this case, it was right over my stovetop.
The meals I created this time were a little more complex than last time and I decided to cook more sides and larger main dishes. Over this past month, I would say a few of our meals were a little on the light side: we needed a little more food. This time: more robust menus and larger portions!
The entrees I made this time include:
The sides I made:
This definitely took me more time, however, I made a lot more food.
Overall, I spent $146.60 - NOT including the turkey!! I made 48 meals so each meal is $3.05. All of the meat was local, free-range, and pastured. About 75% of the vegetables were organic. We have enough meals so I'm thinking I won't have to cook again until mid to late January since we'll be eating out some, as well.
As far as the two apps I used: I'm going to continue with onceamonthmeals because it suits me better, however, I really loved 20dishes and their menu builder. Both services are great, however, the onceamonthmeals is less expensive per month ($27 vs $10). Both give discounts if you sign up for a year.
There you have it!! I'm definitely tired, but it was well worth the effort. I'd love to hear from you if you give batch cooking a try!!