Recently, I asked our College Cook what she's been cooking. After all, it was her decision to get a tiny meal plan and learn to cook in her stoveless kitchen that inspired Frugal Son and me to develop an easy, cheap system for the College Cook.
I haven't cooked yet, said Miss Em.
Have you used the rice cooker, I inquired.
Only for hot cereal.
How could this be? Well, because we made Miss Em about 50 bean and cheese burritos, packaged for the freezer. Then, we made maybe 15 freezer packages of this ratatouille-like concoction that she likes.
So between those items, plus hot cereal, plus peanut butter on crackers, plus 4 weekly meals in the dining hall, plus tuna, plus yogurt, plus various free meals from barbecues and babysitting, plus a few meals in restaurants, well, there hasn't been any need to cook.
I think it's a good idea to do similar meal prep AT HOME where it's easy. Then package and freeze enough for the semester. There are some great possibilities: lasagne, enchiladas, stews, soups, and so on.
These are frozen dinners that are actually good. Plus, if you make the food you grew up with, it will rings your comfort food chimes. What could be better?
While you're planning your cooking, check out our labor of love: on pdf above right or, for Kindle, on Amazon.