Planning Ahead with Freezer Meals

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One of the things that always slips my mind when I am about to have a baby, or hit any busy time in life, is what we are going to eat. I am really good at stocking up on the little stuff that get us through lunch and snack times, but I definitely lack in the meal department. It probably has to do with how much I HATE to cook, but that doesn’t really excuse me.

I have posted before about menu planning…and I was doing really, really well for a while….but then between busy, changing schedules and feeling awful through most of this pregnancy I have slipped. Since I have, basically, completed my list of things that need to be done before the baby comes I think my next challenge may be making some meals to freeze.

What this means is that I will probably make double batches of things for the next couple of weeks and freeze half. That’s my goal… There are a few recipes that I rely on heavily throughout the year that I will surely make multiple batches of. I am a Pinterest addict, so I use it as a resource for everything. There is no shortage of crockpot or casserole recipes there and I have chosen a few to test. I love casseroles and crock pot meals, they are easy to put together and let cook while I can move on to other things.

12 Freezer Meal Ideas:

Chili: This recipe is pretty close to mine except that I use pinto and black beans, no kidney beans. It’s delicious, easy and the “hotness” is easy to control.

Beef Stew

Chicken Macaroni Casserole 

Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Lasagna

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Cranberry Chicken

Italian Style Meatloaf

Dressed Up Sloppy Joes

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti

Burritos

All of these links are fantastic resources for other recipes, tips and tricks for making ahead and freezing meals.  Preheat the oven and throw together a salad-you have dinner!

Please feel free to take a look at my Freezer Meal Board on Pinterest 🙂

 

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