First, there is a lot of wisdom in preparing for days to come. Just as we would save money for an emergency fund, having those extra meals can mean being ready for the unthinkable. By having those meals, if you or one of your family members (God forbid) should get sick or even hospitalized you are ready to serve your family or even send them a meal! It is hard to deny the benefits that come from being prepared.
Many people, myself included at one time, may believe that there is only one way to get this done. I used to think that the only proper way to do it was to buy a month's worth of groceries, make them all in one day, and put them in a fabulous freezer located somewhere convenient. And while that is a wonderful way to accomplish that, it isn't the only way! Some may prepare all of their meals for only a week at a time and others (like me) might simply prepare twice as much as needed 3-4 nights a week to freeze for later (as freezer space dictates). Often I even save the meals in individual servings for easy lunches, too!
Yes, my friends, cinnamon rolls. If you are a fan of homemade foods like I am, you know that little can
beat homemade rolls! All you need to do is, after rolling up the dough to be sliced into pieces, is simply
roll it into saran wrap and freeze. Just be sure to give the saran wrap a bit of spray to prevent too much
sticking! Thaw and bake as recipe directs.
We. Love. Burritos. This is a huge nod to my Daddy- who is a big mexican-food fan! This is one of
my favorite frozen options. I usually make a huge batch of "inside mix" and either put the finished
product in a little sandwich bag or wrap it with saran wrap.
Lunch and Dinner
1. Cheeseburger Casserole
There is no denying it, casseroles freeze really well. Right along with lasagnas and fun starchy foods!
This one, however, is the perfect combination of all of the things our family really loves. Assemble it as you would before you bake it, and freeze it instead. When you're ready, thaw and back as
originally instructed and cook some veggies to go alongside it!
Once again, a nod to my Dad. There a quite a few wonderful enchilada recipes out there, but this was a
winner for us. Just make enough for two batches, place it into an aluminum tin to bake, and freeze it
instead! Simply let it thaw and bake as intended when you want it!
This is a hearty and healthy meal that can be eaten by itself or served over corn chips!
Do you remember when I posted this? I wasn't kidding when I said it was the best dessert I had ever
eaten! All you would need to do is freeze AFTER baking. The reason why that's important is that you
have to bake the topping to get it crunchy.
I couldn't tell you how it started, but I will probably always love strawberry the best when it comes to
cake flavors. All you need to do is leave the icing off when you freeze a cupcake and microwave for a minute or so (depending on size) when you're ready to eat!
I will put together another fun list of meals once fall officially gets here, and in the meantime share with me how your family liked these and be sure to share a few of your favorites!