That seems to be one of the favorite questions around my house and it is asked on a daily basis.
Cooking? I can do it, will do it, but it isn’t one of my favorite things, not even in the middle.
To help with the cooking, I try to do some cooking ahead. Last year, Erin and I made several freezer meals from this book:
Image from Amazon
Erin and Chris liked everything we made, the twins, not so much.
I liked most of the meals, loved the ease of pulling something out of the freezer and the fact there was something always in the freezer to answer, “What’s for Dinner?” Not too mention, the fact after late nights of work, sports or school activity, I could pull out a meal to warm up, instead of driving through fast food.
I would highly recommend this book, if you don’t have picky eaters (opinionated, too).
This year, a different plan of action after I saw this on Pinterest.
The food isn’t cooked ahead, just packaged ahead and put in the freezer. Pull out the meal the night before, let defrost in the refrigerator, put in the crock pot in the morning and that evening a wonderful home cooked meal.
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This morning I made a list, went to the grocery store and made 8 different recipes for the freezer (2 meals each recipe). I also browned several pounds of hamburger for the freezer. Then I can pull out 1 pound bags of cooked hamburger for soups, pastas, etc. I add taco seasoning to some of the hamburger, too and freeze the taco seasoned meat.
Now, I can answer, “What’s for Dinner?” But in a sad note, tomorrow starts school softball, this is my last year with that type of event. The twins are seniors.
I am now off to wipe my tears but first one question:
Do you have any tips for make ahead meals?