Make Ahead Meals/Freezer Meals

Wednesday I got a start on my make ahead/freezer meals for the coming season/holiday season.  I made 2 x lasagna, 2 x chili and when I was making my Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells, I was able to make 2 pans so I would have one to freeze.

20181010_1011481189380168929038138.jpg

This is the time of year I like to start getting a bunch of make ahead meals stocked up in my freezer.  I don’t do it for any particular reason, mostly because it’s nice to know that if there is a day I don’t feel like cooking, dinner is only a matter of defrosting something from the freezer and popping it in the oven. Make ahead or Freezer meals are also great to have on hand for the coming holiday season.  We all know how busy we get, especially come December and it’s nice knowing that dinner isn’t one of the things that can add stress to the holidays.  Or even knowing that having unexpected company show up and wondering what to feed them. Freezer meals can be cooked straight from the freezer in cases such as these but it obviously will take longer to reheat.

No matter what happens in a day, I like knowing I have the option of not cooking on any given day because I have a freezer full of precooked meals on hand to save the day.

Below I will share the recipes I like to use to make meals ahead of time to freeze. And here is the post Kim wrote about Make ahead meals when she was getting ready for my granddaughter to be born! Freezer Meals – Prepping for baby time!  and  Freezer Meals – Prepping for Baby Time! – PT. 2

Sandie

Here are the recipes for the first batch of freezer meals I made Wednesday.

20181010_1011481189380168929038138.jpg

Lasagna: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2017/04/13/my-lasagna-recipe/

Chili: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/02/14/chili-in-the-crock-pot/ (This is a crock pot recipe, so when it comes time to make it I only have to thaw it enough to get it into the crock pot bowl and then let the crock pot do it’s job)

Taco Shells:

Here are some of the recipes I plan on making in the next few weeks that I have found perfect for freezing.  Whether it is being reheated in the oven or dumped into the crock pot to cook, these recipes all work great as make ahead meals.

Shepherd’s Pie, taken from Kim’s post about making meals ahead of time for baby: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/04/17/freezer-meals-prepping-for-baby-time/

Beef Stew: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/02/22/hearty-beef-stew-in-the-crock-pot/

20171101_1843281313466029

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2017/11/02/crock-pot-chicken-cacciatore/

20180822_183536935933553277883137.jpg

Crock Pot Pulled Pork: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/08/24/crock-pot-pulled-pork/

20180322_1829531618188109.jpg

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/04/09/crock-pot-cowboy-beans/

Tater Tot Enchilada Casserole: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/01/29/tater-tot-enchilada-casserole/

20180831_1913335361500821092289890.jpg

Alfredo Chicken Stuffed Shells: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/09/04/alfredo-chicken-stuffed-shells/

20180508_1834521626469042.jpg

Four Cheese Macaroni with Chicken, Bacon and Blue Cheese: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2018/05/10/four-cheese-macaroni-with-chicken-bacon-and-blue-cheese/

20170420_183412

And of course our favourite comfort food…. Baked Macaroni: https://ohyestheydid.ca/2017/04/21/our-baked-macaroni/

There are so many different things I could rehash…meatloaf and cooked pork tenderloin are great to have in the freezer along with any number of pasta dishes.  For me, it is just the convenience of having meals ready in the freezer if the need arises!

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “Make Ahead Meals/Freezer Meals

  1. Pingback: Garlic Chili Pork Tenderloin | Oh Yes, They Did

Please Leave a Reply, we would love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.