Quicktip: Cook and freeze meals

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had nights where we didn’t want to cook. How nice would it be to pull something out of the freezer and just heat it up? I’m not talking about those store bought frozen dinners. I’m talking about a real home cooked meal. I bet you’re thinking, who has time for that? You might, if you think about it.

  • When making sauces, like spaghetti sauce, make a huge batch and freeze portions in gallon sized freezer bags. When the sauce has cooled, put it into bags and get out as much air as you can. Then lay the bags flat to freeze so they take up less room in the freezer.
  • If making a soup or casserole, make a double, triple or quadruple batch. Freezing the leftovers means a quick meal down the  road.
  • Consider a food swap with some friends. Have eat participant make one meal which can be frozen for each member of the group. If you have  5 families participating, that’s four new meals for you!
  • Consider cooking one a month. This site shows meal plans and instructions to get you going. The recipes look awesome.
  • Keep cooked hamburger and cubed chicken in the freezer to make meal making faster. Consider prepping veggies when you get home from the store to save yourself time during the week. Not really a freezer tip but it saves me a lot of time when I get home.

Jeff and I have a meeting tonight right after he gets out of work. To discourage us from going out to eat, I cleaned up some chicken this morning and put it in a bag with BBQ sauce to Marinate. I put a can of baked beans on the counter and I’ve got frozen corn in the freezer. I should be able to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes after we get home. I love quick dinners.