Busy moms in The Woodlands create fun, innovative way to cook only once a month


by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News


Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 11:41 AM

THE WOODLANDS, Texas—Cooking meals for your family is a daily chore that can take up lots of time, but a group of women in The Woodlands have come up with a unique routine that involves cooking only once a month.

Believe it or not they say it saves a lot of time and money.

Two-year-old Campbell, affectionately called "Critter" by his mom, gets into everything and has two twin brothers in preschool.

The boys’ mother, Jennifer Seele, stays so busy that she says she doesn’t have much time for cooking. Instead, she and her friends cooked up a way to help each other out in the kitchen.

Once a month, “The Woodlands Dinner Divas” cook loads of dinners, then freeze and share them with each other. After that, they just thaw out and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to their families.

“It appealed to me because I’m busy. I’m a working mom. I have two kids. And so, for me coming home after a long day of work, finding ingredients, having gone to the grocery store all of the time—it was really, really hard,” said Melissa Eickenhorst.

The dinner divas use a blog to help rotate the recipes for all that they whip up month-to-month.

“I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed making, spending ten hours cooking, but the rest of the month, when I come home and dinner’s ready and it’s a good meal and it’s one that we all enjoy, it’s worth it,” Seele said.

Another advantage to cooking only once a month is that you can do most of your grocery shopping at one time. That means you can buy in bulk and maybe save some money.

“Yep, we save money because I’m not running to the store all the time to buy different ingredients. And of course, when you go to the store, you’re always picking up five zillion different things,” Kristen Mullinnix said.

Only one of them knew how to make lentil soup, but they all loved it. Being able to share and sample a wider variety of foods is another great benefit.

But for Seele, it gives her more time to keep an eye on “Critter,” which is the best benefit of all.