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Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals
Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 30, 2010 @ 4:06 pm In Freezer Cooking,Good Eats,Meal Planning,Summertime | 12 Comments
Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality.
Easier said than done.
While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to make mealtime prep easier.
Consider meals that don’t take a lot of prep work, meals that can be cooked outside, reducing your clean-up, meals that the crockpot can handle.
Hot days call for cool meals. And if it’s got fresh fruits and veggies, it’s got great “cool” potential.
Cook up a bunch of meals ahead of time and stash them in the freezer. Freezer Cooking  can be a great way to have economical, home-cooked meals without a lot of fuss. The items above with asterisks are freezer friendly. All or part of the meal can be made ahead and frozen. You’d be surprised at all the things you can freeze .
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 Chimichangas: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas.html
 Grilled, Marinated Chicken: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/chicken-in-marinades.html
 Salsa Verde Beef: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/08/salsa-verde-beef.html
 Chihuahua Chili: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/chihuahua-chili.html
 Taco Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html
 Summer Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/summer-rolls.html
 Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/04/asian-chicken-and-noodle-salad.html
 DIY Smoothie Bar: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/diy-smoothie-bar.html
 Freezer Cooking: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/preparing-for-freezer-cooking.html
 the things you can freeze: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/freezer-cooking-what-can-you-freeze.html
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