there’s nothing i love better than summer grilling! and i’m happy to say that with school ending today, summer has officially arrived!
a few of my girlfriends and i do a cooking group every 6 weeks where we spend a night together catching up and making 12-14 meals for each of our families. this group works best as 4 or 6 people because many of your ingredients are most cost-effectively purchased at a costco or sams club. we’ve found that the portions purchased here are better split into an even number of friends and more than 6 people just gets too chaotic.
okay, so here’s how we do it:
we rotate who is “planning” each time and that person is responsible for selecting 12 recipes, compiling the grocery list (costco and grocery store), doing the shopping for everyone, and hosting cooking night at their home. it’s a big job. the girls show up around 6:00pm with their cutting board, mixing bowl, favorite knife, apron and checkbooks! we split the total evenly. a typical cooking group night is anywhere between $180-$225. BUT, you must consider that you leave with at least 12 incredible meals ready to throw on the grill/in the oven and the meals are made to serve at least 6! at $13-16/meal it’s a better deal than feeding your family at mcdonalds AND it’s healthy and delicious too. a typical night takes about 6 hours from start to totally cleaned up kitchen. we never leave a girlfriend with a mess.
so here’s a glance at what’s on the menu and i’ve done all the prep work for you! all you need to do is get a few of your closest girls, do some shopping and get grilling!
so i’ve attached your grocery shopping list…. and i’m linking to each of the recipes below. if you use my list and are not cooking in a group of 4 friends, then you’ll want to divide all the ingredient amounts by 4. but it’s so much more fun to do as a group. it’s quality time to catch up, invest in your relationships AND provide for your family. it’s a big win-win! you can print the above menu to hang in your pantry or on freezer door here.
here’s the lineup of recipes:
pistachio crusted halibut (or tilapia)
when making the meals, each cook picks a recipe and makes it for all four girls. so at the end of the night, each of you has made 3 different recipes for 4 families. we do almost all of our meals in ziplock bags. laying flat they store perfect in your freezer. here’s a look at cooking group day!
so grab a couple girls, a bottle of wine and get cooking! it’s a really, really good thing.
have fun & i hope you enjoy the recipes!