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    Tue May 15, 2007 9:46 am
    Forum Host
    Great plan dividend! Thanks for sharing!
    Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:40 pm Groupie
    An OAMC (Grown-up) Lunchbox

    My husband works in a remote area, far from any restaurants and microwaves. He has been taking ramen noodles to work for lunch for the past 3 months and is absolutely sick of them. I decided to do an OAMC lunchbox for him, taking into account the fact that he couldn’t heat anything up. He also requested that some sweets be added to the list of recipes so that he could have a “complete” meal.

    icon_arrow.gif Print out and read through all recipes and directions thoroughly. I like to read through them several times, just in case! This way there will be no surprises on cooking day.
    icon_arrow.gif Make a master shopping list by adding all every recipe’s ingredients to your shopping list. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and check off any items you already have.
    icon_arrow.gif Make sure you have the appropriate containers and freezer bags. I highly recommend freezer bags as many things can be frozen flat which saves considerable space in the freezer!
    icon_arrow.gif Take your revised shopping list and go shopping!
    icon_arrow.gif Perform all preparation tasks on the task list the night before.

    The Recipes:
    Lunch in a Loaf - make a triple batch of the dough
    Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce – make a double batch with ground meat (half meatballs and half loaves); sauce optional
    Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto – make a double batch (to be eaten on crackers and with the pizza roll-ups)
    Ham Salad Sandwiches – make only the filling
    OAMC Chicken Fried Rice
    Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) – you don’t need to make the tomato sauce (use Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto)
    Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) – only make the filling
    Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC – make muffins instead of loaves
    Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies
    Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins

    These recipes together make about 15 calzones filled with three different types of filling. It also makes 10 servings of OAMC Chicken Fried Rice, 6 servings of Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) (with 6 servings of Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto sauce on the side), 4 servings of Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce, 7 individual servings of Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto and 2 extra servings of Ham Salad Sandwiches to be eaten on crackers. You will also have enough desserts to accompany each of these meals. All in all, you’ll have about 44 days – about a month and a half - worth of worry-free cold lunches that can be mixed and matched!

    Containers needed:
    48 quart sized freezer bags (Antipasto, fried rice, extra ham salad, muffins, cookies)
    A roll of aluminum foil (calzones, pizza roll-ups, mini meatloaves)

    Kitchen tools needed:
    Large skillet
    Large pot
    Several muffin tins
    Several large mixing bowls
    Two large baking sheets
    Food processor – helpful but not necessary
    Various assortment of stirring spoons, knives, etc.

    Task List: Remember – do this the night before!
    This is very important to do the night before – otherwise you’ll be in the kitchen ALL DAY the next day instead on only about 6 hours. Place all ingredients in labeled zipper type bags and place in fridge overnight. Makes for easy assembly the next day!

    icon_arrow.gif Make room in your freezer and refrigerator for the big cooking day.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups of green onions. Put ½ cup in a baggie for Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce, ½ cup in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto, ¼ cup in a baggie for Ham Salad Sandwiches, ½ cup in a baggie for OAMC Chicken Fried Rice, ¼ cup in a baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) Filling.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups green peppers. Put in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 4 medium sized eggplants. Put in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 cup cheddar cheese and place in baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc).
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 cup mozzarella cheese and place in baggie for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC).
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups green beans and place in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2lbs chicken and cook thoroughly in skillet. Cool and place 4 cups in a baggie for OAMC Chicken Fried Rice. Place the remaining chicken in a baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc).
    icon_arrow.gif Either chop or process 1lb ham and place in a baggie for Ham Salad Sandwiches.
    icon_arrow.gif Mash 3 cups banana and place in baggie for Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC.
    icon_arrow.gif Juice 2 limes. Half will be used for Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins and half for the Ham Salad Sandwiches.
    icon_arrow.gif Lay out all the containers and equipment you will need for tomorrow. It also helps to have any canned goods and spices on the counter grouped by recipe.

    Cooking Day:
    *** As stated above, this whole process took me about 6 hours without any interruptions or significant breaks.***

    Prepare plenty of trivets and cooling racks either in your kitchen (if you have the counter space) or on a nearby table.

    Make the triple batch of Lunch in a Loaf bread dough and leave to rise. You will need to split the dough up to rise in two different bowls (unless you have a huge bowl!). You can also choose to add the basil to only one batch of dough if you like. However, I think the basil is excellent in each recipe - the Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc), the Lunch in a Loaf (filled with Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce meatballs and Ham Salad Sandwiches), and the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC).

    Make the double batch Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce. Make half into meatballs and cook in skillet. Put the other half into muffin cups and bake in oven. Set meatballs aside.

    Make the Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto (this is SO quick because everything is pre-chopped). Put in big pot to simmer on back of stove.

    Make the Ham Salad Sandwiches. Set aside. Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce should be done by now and set aside to cool.

    Your bread dough should be risen by this time. Roll out 1/3 of dough and make the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC). Bake.

    Prepare Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) filling. Set aside.

    Punch down the remaining bread dough and roll out about fifteen 8” circles.

    Fill 5 of the circles with Ham Salad Sandwiches, 5 with Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce meatballs, 5 with the Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) filling. Pinch shut into half moons. By the time that you’ve done this, your Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) should be ready to come out of the oven and cool on racks. This leaves room to bake the 15 calzones on two large cookie trays.

    While calzones are baking, turn off Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto which should have simmered down nicely by now. Set aside to cool.

    Make rice for the OAMC Chicken Fried Rice.

    While rice is cooking, start wrapping or bagging the food that is cool enough to go into the freezer (I was able to wrap the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC), the Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce and the extra Ham Salad Sandwiches by this time). This will make room for the calzones and the cookies to come!
    Don’t forget to keep an eye on the rice! There’s nothing worse than cleaning a burnt rice pan. &#61514;

    Check the calzones. If they’re ready, take them out to cool. If they’re not, keep and eye on them while you stir-up the Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC. Put batter into muffin cups and put into oven.

    Finish assembling the OAMC Chicken Fried Rice. Set aside to cool completely.

    Stir up the Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies. Once the Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC muffins are done, put in your first batch.

    *** The timing for this part is subject to how quickly you can complete certain tasks. Feel free to make adjustments according to your own speed – that’s what’s so wonderful about cookies batches. You can put them into the oven as you see fit.***

    While your first batch is baking, wrap the cooled calzones for the freezer. This will make room for the many cookies that this makes.

    While your second batch is baking, stir up your Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins. Put into muffin tins.

    When second (or third, depending on how quickly you can stir up the second batch of muffins) batch of cookies comes out of the oven, put the muffins in to bake.

    While muffins are baking, this will give you time to bag the Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto into about 13 individual servings. This freezes beautifully flat! Then, bag the cooled Chicken Fried Rice which also freezes flat when put into freezer bags.

    Take muffins out to cool and put in last batch(es) of cookies. Once cookies have all cooled, wrap muffins and cookies in desired portion sizes and slip them into your already very full freezer!

    Finally, have someone take you or take yourself out to dinner for your favorite meal because YOU DESERVE IT!

    The wonderful thing about these recipes is that they were chosen because they taste good when cold. My husband just reaches into the freezer every morning, chooses what he want to eat that day and slips it into his bag. When lunch comes around, the food is defrosted and ready to eat! You can, however, warm most of these recipes up nicely with a minute or two in the microwave.

    I just take an indelible marker and note the name of the recipe and the date that I made it on the freezer bags and/or tin foil that I’ve used to store the food in. However, for those of you who like to print labels, here they are!

    Lunch in a Loaf

    Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce

    Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto

    Ham Salad Sandwiches

    OAMC Chicken Fried Rice

    Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC)

    Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc)

    Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC

    Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies

    Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins
    Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:42 pm Groupie
    A quick word of thanks to Pamela, the OAMC Forum Host. I based my OAMC submission on the format that she used for her plans. I knew that the big cooking day would be a lot of work, but I didn't realize that posting my plan would be a lot of work too! icon_biggrin.gif

    You do a great job, Pamela! Thanks for bringing all of your great plans to us.

    Last edited by KrabKokonas on Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:50 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:45 pm Groupie
    Thank you! An awesome plan for a lot of us. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:23 pm
    Forum Host
    Great plan - thanks for sharing it!
    * Pamela *
    Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:33 pm Groupie
    icon_biggrin.gif WOW great plan! Somehow i missed your post until now...for some reason I tend to overlook the top few threads...even in this forum!! icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif

    I'm loving the input from everyone here and I know the plans are useful even if they just give suggestions to streamline the cooking process! Thanks for your ideas!
    Chef Rhanda5
    Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:44 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Where can I find a sample form to inventory my OAMC meals? I keep losing track of what I have in the freezer already. I saw one somewhere but can no longer locate it on the site.
    * Pamela *
    Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:57 pm Groupie
    Chef Rhanda5 wrote:
    Where can I find a sample form to inventory my OAMC meals? I keep losing track of what I have in the freezer already. I saw one somewhere but can no longer locate it on the site.

    wave.gif welcome here!
    I'm not sure what kind of inventory form you are looking for but I just write the meals I have in my freezer (in pencil) on my calendar and that's how I keep track. I know there are others that just list them and keep a list by the freezer, stroking off the items as they are used!
    Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:16 pm Groupie
    This is SUPER BUDGET WEEK - we are about to get evicted from our house because our flatmate, who was supposed to be giving our rent to the landlord, has been stealing our money. icon_evil.gif We have to scrimp up enough to move out, and fast! This is hopefully going to last the two of us for the next fortnight.

    Ww Core Friendly Sweet Corn Cakes
    Italian Lentil and Barley Soup
    Chocolate Zucchini Bread - for boyfriend's lunchbox, substituting applesauce for 1/2 the oil, but probably adding chocolate chips!
    Creamy Chickpea & Rosemary Soup
    Tomato and Corn Pudding
    Kittencal's Melt-In-Your-Mouth Parmesan Meatballs - serve over pasta, or with vegies, or on bread rolls, or even thin out if there's scant leftovers to make meatball soup
    Cheat's Spicy Chicken Calzones - probably do a mexican version to pad out the meat a little - a chunky tomato and vegetable sauce mixed with some cooked beans and corn and some sliced hot salami or choriza sausage.
    Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:47 pm Groupie
    Another super budget week this week, we're submitting our application for the most beautiful apartment from the nicest landlords today, fingers crossed! So we're saving our monet to pay for removalists to come! I tried to base this list on what we had in the fridge and pantry so I won't have to buy more than the basics. Here's what I came up with.

    My lunches: Italian Bean Salad - made of tinned 4bean mix, celery, carrot, zucchini, capsicum, sliced olives, and maybe some random tins of tuna lying around. I just mix this up every day before I go to uni or work.

    BF's lunches: Sloppy Joes (from, mince packed separately to bread rolls.
    Lemon Cake Squares


    Falafel Burgers: I'll serve these with a middle eastern salad of thinly sliced radish and carrot with a tangy spiced dressing, and BF can have his on a bun with a little salad, some cheese and probably some chilli sauce!
    Zucchini Parmesan Soup With Rice: with garlic bread for BF.
    Brown Rice With Spinach and Feta Cheese: we have about 3 packets of rice in the pantry! I don't know how that happened!
    Turkey Meatballs: i got turkey mince on sale last week. This will do two dinners, one with tomato sauce over pasta and another in gravy with mashed potato and stemed vegies.
    Super Budget Macaroni Cheese: a staple around here! I add in heaps of vegies to the bake.

    Hopefully with this list, all I will have to buy is a packet of beef mince for the sloppy joes, a bag of vegies like zucchini and carrots, some feta and spinach, and a packet of bread rolls! We'll probably save about $30-40 this week by not buying heaps of groceries.
    Ashleigh Davis
    Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:44 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Wow! I'm so excited to try this!!!
    Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:37 am Groupie
    Welcome! Hope you will hang around and share your experiences icon_smile.gif
    Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:55 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    icon_wink.gif this is wonderful, thank you
    Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:57 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much for posting the great OAMC Plans. After staying home for over 3 years, now I'm ready to go back to work full time. My hubby and 3 kids (teenagers) will have to feed themselves or at least get the dinner started until I get home. I have been to those dinner assembly places like "Dream Dinners" in the past, but they are pretty expensive. Today I am doing my big cooking using your plan 3. It was so easy to go shopping with the list and I only spent about $100 including things beside what I need for the plan, such as salad, canned veggies, bread, snacks, juices etc. I've already chopped all the onions and made the taco chicken meat. My freezer is all cleaned out and my food saver, zip lock bags, etc., all ready to go. I can't wait to find out how it will work with my family. I will report back to you after a week or so.

    Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:06 am Groupie
    Welcome Niki. I hope you will post in a separate thread your experiences with your session! icon_smile.gif
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