Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Freezer Meals: Recipes That Work

I'm not sure what the official title of this type of freezer meal would be. So I'll just label it what I call it here at home:

Make-Ahead Meal

This wouldn't be a true freezer meal. In fact, it doesn't get frozen at all. A good example of a Make-Head Meal is the Lemon Chicken that we had tonight. Simply put, you make your meal ahead of time, store it in the fridge, and heat it up on serving day.

This is the perfect kind of "freezer meal" for folks who don't have time to devote to a full day of cooking, but still want to get an edge on their meals for the week. A great way to do this is to spend an evening making a few meals for the week, including supper for the same cooking day. You could have a meal going in the skillet/saucepan on the stove, a second meal in the oven, and a third meal in your slow cooker. Eat one of the meals, then store the other two in the fridge. You'll have two extra days' worth of meals that will be a snap to just heat and serve. For the Lemon Chicken we had tonight, all I did was put it in a medium bowl and heat it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. It gave me enough time to slice a large cucumber and a few peaches. I had supper on the table in record time--before 6PM! Which meant we were able to put the kids to bed 30 minutes early!

Now if I could only get them to fall asleep...! ;-)

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