Monday, July 30, 2012

Specials Cook Ahead - Salmon

The Specials Cook Ahead Plans contain only 3 to 5 different items and can easily be done in a 2 or 3 hour session either in the evening or on the weekend - whatever works best for you. For an introduction to how these Cook Ahead plans work and for ideas on how to store your cooked meals check this post. 

I have also purposely not included specific amounts of any ingredients.  The lists will remind you what you will need, but it's up to you to decide how much of any recipe you will make and also which version when applicable.  

Here are the dishes for this Cook Ahead Plan :

( 1 )  Garlic and Dill Salmon Fillets -  You will be using these to create all the other dinner dishes.  Make some extra for the freezer as well as they are terrific cold for use in lunch salads. Add to a Caeser Salad or mix with mayonnaise, chopped celery and chopped onion as a sandwich filling.

( 2 )  Salmon Cakes - Great with a bit of home-made tartar sauce (mayonnaise with chopped dill pickle) or garlic mayonnaise.

( 3 )  Seafood Pie - Use salmon as your filling.  You can add other seafood as well, but I find the salmon is pretty overpowering so best to just use on it's own.

( 4 )  Salmon Crepes - This is an optional dish to add if you have crepes in your freezer.


Here is a quick review of how the plan works ....

First, check the grocery check-list.  Decide what specifically you will cook and how much of each dish.  Check your fridge and cupboard for the ingredients you will need and make a shopping list.

Shop for your ingredients. Don't forget to stock up on the special.  What you can't cook today you can refrigerate or freeze for later use.

Before your cooking day, check your prep list and prepare all the ingredients you will need.  By doing all the grating, slicing and chopping ahead of time, you will minimize the work you have to do on cooking day.  And you will have less cleanup as well.

On cooking day make sure you allow yourself enough time to cook what needs to be done. Most of these plans will take 2 or 3 hours to do, but I would allow longer the first time you do them, just so you are not having to rush.  The idea here isn't to create more stress, it's to cut down on it.

If you are cooking during the day, plan to use one of the meals you are cooking for dinner.  If you are cooking after work eat a meal you have already prepared from your freezer.  You will have enough to do without worrying about dinner.  This is also a good time to make a slow cooker meal.  Get it going before your cooking session and it will be ready when you need it later in the day.

Work your way through the plans and make notes as you go so you remember any changes you make for the next time. File the plans in your Household Notebook or some other safe place for future use. If you file them in plastic sheet protectors like I do, you can tick off the steps as you do them, then wipe the sheet clean ready for the next time.

Once you've cooked all the items on the plan, make sure you pack and freeze them properly, then do your clean-up.

Now take a few minutes to put your feet up - you've earned it!

Here are the lists you will need : Cook Ahead - Salmon1

You can download them here.

This cook ahead plan will give you three dinner dishes as well as salmon to have for lunches.  Having these meals in your freezer will make it easy for you to eat this healthy fish and gain all the health benefits.

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