Tuesday, August 31, 2010
One of the easiest ways we have found to simplify mealtimes is by having meals (or parts of meals) already prepared and in the freezer. I know this is a no-brainer, but over the summer I have not been consistently "refilling" my freezer with prepared meals and now that our homeschool football season has started I am really starting to miss it. My plan at the moment is to spend the latter part of the week taking inventory of my freezer and pantry to see what's there and then take at least one day to prepare a few meals for the freezer. I already know that I will be making pancakes, bread, applesauce muffins, taco soup, chili, pulled pork, bar-b-que chicken chunks, mashed potatoes, broccoli & rice casserole, cheeseburger meatloaf, meatballs, seasoned beans, and lentil soup. Some of these things I will cook before freezing (either in the crockpot or on the stove) and some of them I will prepare and freeze to cook later. Even though it's a lot of work at the time, it is well worth the savings in time and money later. We are not as tempted to eat out and can also better meet the needs of our family members with food sensitivities. I am really looking forward to having my freezer full of meals again!