Does once a month cooking for a family of 5 really save enough money to make it worth it?

Question by Margaret: Does once a month cooking for a family of 5 really save enough money to make it worth it?
Hello. I am a mother of three beautiful children,ages 10,6 and 3 and am expecting a new little one in June. I work three 12-hour days per week. What we do right now is I make up two dinners the night before I am scheduled to work and my husband heats the second one up at the kids’ normal dinner time at 5, since I don’t get home until 7:30 or so. I was thinking about it and it might be easier and cheaper if I took one weekend out of the month to make all of our dinners for that month. I could come up with a two week plan for meals depending on sales, double the recipes, buy in bulk at Costco and then freeze them. It would be nice to just be able to throw something into the oven then go help with homework or whatever instead of having to take time away from my children to cook a healthy meal each day. So the convenience factor is definitely there. However, I was wondering if it would actually be cheaper by more than just a marginal amount to do it once a month. Have any of you done this? Has it saved you much money on your grocery bill? Any other drawbacks to once a month cooking?
We had tried that and it didn’t work out too well. I love my husband but he has trouble multitasking between cooking and watching the three of them. When he is home with only my older two, then he can cook just fine. It is my youngest son, who is three and extremely clingy, that creates the issue.

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Answer by T68
I recommend you work with your husband and let him know it is OK if he cooks 2-3 days/week. It is not that big of a deal. If he can make himself a sandwich, he can make a meal for the family.

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Can I feed a crested gecko to my bearded dragon?

Question by CrestedGeckoHater: Can I feed a crested gecko to my bearded dragon?
I know this crested gecko that is just completely worthless. Also, I have a bearded dragon who is just a behemoth who is always looking for something delicious to eat. I heard that crested geckos are high in manganese and vitamin d3, so I think it would be a very healthy meal for my beardie. I think its time to put this crested gecko out of its misery.

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Answer by Commando
I don’t see why not, just make sure it can handle eating it.

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Chef Keith Faulkner prepares a healthy dish for students at Hynes Charter School in Orleans Parish, Louisiana on Aug. 20, 2012. The meal prepared was a “Recipes for Healthy Kids” contest finalist. “Recipes for Healthy Kids” is a competition in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS) challenged teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and community members to develop creative, nutritious, tasty and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch menus. The recipe competition was designed to increase student’s intake of whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas. USDA photoby Terri Romine-Ortega.

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It’s been almost a month since Oliver’s arrival & I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a struggle.

At one week old Ollie was diagnosed with reflux. Apparently it effects approx. 60% of infants & can cause them severe pain & discomfort. Our first sign of a problem was Oliver’s tendency to project his tummy’s contents across the room after a hearty meal. He also just seemed plain uncomfortable, which was so heartbreaking to watch :/ His doctor stated it was reflux & he was placed on a special hypoallergenic formula, which seems to have helped somewhat. But Oliver still seems uncomfortable at times, still projects his food across the room & has a host of other problems. While he sleeps wonderfully at night [about 4-5 hours, waking once for a feeding & then back to sleep for another 3], he has issues sleeping for any length of time or restfully in the day & evening. Poor guy also hates to be on his back [it aggrivates the reflux], so he’s been sleeping in his car seat at night & elevated & with the use of a sleep positioner in his basinette in the day [when he does take a nap, that is].

After hours upon hours of research, Patrick & I are starting to suspect MSPI [milk/soy protein intolerance]. Reflux is one of the larger symptoms of MSPI & a lot of his other symptoms seem to fit the bill. The next step at this point is either another change in formula, or meds :/ We hate to go that route, but we need to do whatever it takes to ease his pain.

I know there are much worse things to deal with than reflux or MSPI…& in every other way Oliver is as healthy as could be & we should & do count our blessings every single day…but we’re just tired of seeing Oliver in pain, unable to keep his food down & we’re praying for some sort of relief [whether it be meds or otherwise] for our sweet little guy.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity cook Rachel Ray at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 to speak with faculty and parents about the United States Department of Agriculture’s new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. An important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year, USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in over 15 years. The new standards encourage fruits and vegetables every day of the week, increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk and making sure kids are getting proper portion sizes. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.

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First Lady Michelle Obama joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Parklawn Elementary School to speak with faculty and parents about the United States Department of Agriculture’s new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. An important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year. Also, in In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced “Let’s Move” incorporating the HealthierUS School Challenge into her campaign to promote a healthier generation of children. USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in over 15 years. The new standards encourage fruits and vegetables every day of the week, increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk and making sure kids are getting proper portion sizes at the Parklawn Elementary School Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.

What is an easy, healthy, but tasty dinner idea?

Question by Blanca: What is an easy, healthy, but tasty dinner idea?
Im barely getting the hang of cooking, so I still can’t cook a very good meal for my family. I don’t like to eat too much fast food b/c I have 2 small kids, so I want to be able to cook a healthy meal for them as much as I can

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Answer by hello_bubbles69
Stir fry chicken breast and veggies in a store-bought stir fry sauce and eat over brown rice. I know the sauce isn’t super healthy or anything but I think it still is a very healthy easy to prepare dish all together.
Or you could make a lasagna with ground chicken breast… Layer oven-ready lasagna noodles in dish, top with bought low fat spaghetti sauce, fresh sauteed veggies, cooked ground chicken, low-fat cheese and layer and bake in oven for like 30-40 minutes at 400.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity cook Rachel Ray at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 to speak with faculty and parents about the United States Department of Agriculture’s new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. An important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year, USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in over 15 years. The new standards encourage fruits and vegetables every day of the week, increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk and making sure kids are getting proper portion sizes. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.