Super (Expensive) Suppers.
In a nutshell, these places take the concept behind ONCE A MONTH COOKING and have "work stations" set up for you where all the food is prepped and you just need to assemble it. You make up your various dishes based on their menu and bring it home for freezing.
I have to give credit to whomever came up with this idea and sold people on it, because - wow. I never would've guessed anyone would go for it, yet it seems to be doing well. I should say seems to be doing well in certain areas. Someone tried to open one very near my neighborhood and it was only there for a few months before closing. I think the owners didn't do enough demographic research first. Upper-class suburbia may be embracing the idea, but working class neighborhoods? Not so much.
All that said... you can do the same thing at home, for a fraction of the cost. As I listened to my friend talk about it, I realized, in many ways, I already do, since we do all our baking at once and frequently cook our meat all on the same day. In other words, just because it's often called "once-a-month-cooking" doesn't mean you have to cook for a full month. You can cook for an entire week or just a few nights. Set up your kitchen in the same way Super Suppers does, by assembling all the ingredients first,(If your kids are past the toddler stage, they can help.) and then start your cooking.
Here are some links you might like, if the cooking-several-meals-at-once idea appeals to you:
ORGANIZED HOME -FREEZER COOKING - (Also, this site has tons of printable forms for building a "home organizer" notebook. Honestly, for a lot of the things - like the price book page - I just use plain notebook paper because it's cheaper than printing, but you still might find some forms here you like.)
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