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Make-Ahead Meals are Cool!

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 7, 2009 @ 11:48 pm In Freezer Cooking,Meal Planning | 4 Comments


Seems like the blogosphere has exploded with cooking and baking ahead this week. Twitter’s been hopping [5] with different bloggers’ updates. Like I mentioned on Sunday, my plan [6] was to double and triple some big batches of dinners to stash away in my freezer. Well, I went to Costco after that post and well, I went a little crazy. I bought a few other ingredients so that I could make things other than just those. So, each day this week I’ve been cooking more than normal so that in the coming weeks I can cook less.

Thus far in my stash:
2 lasagnas [7]
2 fajita dinners
3 marinated chicken dinners
3 marinated pork roasts
2 seasoned ground beef (to add to chili or tacos)
2 queso fundido [8]
8 pints of pasta sauce
3 quarts of pinto beans [9]

{Takes a deep breath.}


Today I did some baking. Once this young man heard I was taking volunteers, he gave me no rest until he was given the opportunity to make brownies. I made miniatures of both scones and brownies. Perfect sizes for some of my littler eaters! I can’t say that it was “baking ahead” since there are only 3 mini scones left and a handful of brownie bites. I assembled several bags of brownie and pancake mixes. The latter should make our mornings so much easier while the former, well, who doesn’t like brownies?

Tonight after we eat baked chicken [11], I’ll make a couple chicken pot pies [12] with the leftovers and freeze those.

I’m thinking, hoping, and praying that I won’t have to work in the kitchen too much for the rest of the month.

Right now it’s a crazy experience to open up my freezer, but FishPapa ordered me a freezer alarm so we can fire up the deep freeze and alleviate some of the congestion in our refrigerator freezer.

Did you do any make-ahead cooking or baking this week? Share it over at Money Saving Mom [13]‘s baking day round up. While you’re there, be inspired by what other chefs and bakers are cooking up this week.

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