I'm not going to the extreme of once a month cooking, which is where you cook 30 meals or more at once to stick in the freezer. Rather, my goal is to double a recipe at least once a week in order to stick one meal in the freezer. I'm starting off small so as not to overwhelm myself.
It saves money to have already prepared meals in the freezer. On days when you are overwhelmed with your to-do list, running around town like a frantic woman trying to get errands done, home late from an all day trip, sick, tired, or just too lazy to cook you are able to pull a meal out of the freezer and pop it in the oven instead of ordering take out.
It saves time as well. It takes nearly the same amount of time to make two casseroles, pots of soups, and so on as it does to make one. All the prep work and cooking is done at once. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner!
I started last night, as a matter of fact. We now have cavatini in the freezer for a future meal. I would like to work myself up to where we have at least seven meals in the freezer at any given time. I've done this before with one or two dishes, a batch of cookies or a pie but then I'd pull them out and we'd eat them and never replace another dish in the freezer. My goal is to slowly, over several months, build up a nice supply of main dishes, side dishes, breads, and desserts so that on any given day I can make a whole meal out of the freezer.
For now I am focusing on one main dish a week. I will profile the recipe for those who are interested. Look for that in August as well!