When the kids were first born, we frequented a make-ahead meals place for meals that would go in our freezer. While this was great at that point, when we just needed something to put in our stomachs, by the time the kids had turned one we were ready for a bit more cooking. However, I’m not necessarily ready for cooking from 4-6pm, before the kids go to bed. And after the kids go to bed? I don’t want to move. I know plenty of SAHM’s who cook during this time and many who even manage to eat with their kids before they go to bed. I’m impressed—-and not that good a mom. Some days, it’s all I can do to get through the day.
However, we do like to eat. So my newest project has been to make meals ahead and freeze them. I’ve been searching for the perfect meals to make ahead in big batches and freeze—I poll my friends, ask my MOT’s group and browse through cookbooks. Several winners so far have been pesto-chicken tortellini, pesto, spinach roll-ups (like lasagna but rolls), lasagna, enchilades, stuffed shells, chicken parm, eggplant parm and chili. One MOT gave me a great idea last night—chicken pot pie. Yum. I want to try some other soups as well. We’ve even frozen couple of my favorite crockpot meals, all put together and ready to dump in the slow cooker in the morning. Caveat: You must be careful that the bag does not freeze in a shape that does not fit in the crockpot. This is an issue when it happens. We are now eating slightly better than we were a couple of weeks ago—of course, anything is better than cereal and scrambled eggs for dinner.
What are your favorite frozen meals? Do you have tips that make this process work? Share them with the rest of us tired, hungry moms and dads!