Monday, January 25, 2016

So much cooking!

As you can imagine, we do a lot of cooking around here. We don't buy bread and haven't in many years. We make lots of bread, cookies, casseroles, and meals each week - usually on Saturdays. This weekend was particularly busy in the kitchen. Mostly because of our commitment to the Whole30 challenge.

On Saturday morning we hit up 3 grocery stores to get everything we needed for the week. We normally don't go to so many stores, but we decided to try a new place this week and it wasn't as successful as we hoped... After stocking up on everything we made:

  • 2 pans of roasted sweet potatoes and onions
  • 1 pan of roasted butternut squash
  • 1 pot of mac and cheese with butternut squash
  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • mayonaise
  • 3.5 dozen chocolate chip cookies
  • pancakes 
  • bacon
  • chicken nuggets
  • egg casserole with roasted butternut squash, spinach, and onions
  • 2 pans of roasted brussels sprouts

It was exhausting, but now my fridge is ready for the week! I pulled some muffins I made last weekend out of the freezer and now the kids lunches are packed for the week! 

Cooking this much in one day requires some time-saving tools. Some of my favorites are:
  • A stick blender. We have this hand blender and love it. It's the only way to make your own mayo... if you're into that... 
  • KitchenAid - I don't know how I lived without this for so long. It made making chocolate chip cookies so easy. And I definitely wouldn't be able to make bread without it! We got the 5-Qt. glass bowl not long ago and it's AWESOME. It holds 3 loaves of bread easily and has a convenient lid so I can store stuff in it!
  • Griddle - I got Jarrod this square griddle for his birthday and it's awesome! He loves making pancakes for the kids and this is makes perfect ones!
  • Mixing bowls - I recently had the opportunity to get personalized mixing bowls from Personal Creations. I tossed the stained ones we got 7 years ago when we got married and replaced them with these sturdy, nesting bowls. They are heavy, dish-washer safe, and fantastic. The largest one says "Team Johnston" and would make a fantastic wedding gift for your favorite foodies. 
The bowl above is the largest and it currently holds 10 hard boiled eggs in an ice bath. I used the middle one for the dry ingredients in my chocolate chip cookies, and the smallest one got the eggs for the nuggets! They get used all the time! 
Do you cook in big batches or do you do a little at a time? 
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