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Question about preparing dinners ahead of time

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: Question about preparing dinners ahead of time
By Sandysmom on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:40 pm:

I have heard of some people making a whole month's worth of dinners and freezing them. I'm not sure I would do that, but once a week would be nice. Does anyone here do that? What kind of dinners freeze best. I will still prepare my veggies on the same day.

By Dawnk777 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 09:11 pm:

Main Dish Kitchen is a place by me, where you can go prepare 12 meals at a time, to take home and freeze. A few of my co-workers love the place. I have never tried it, though.

By Karen~admin on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:58 am:

A former member, Barbara used to do that monthly. She'd spend a weekend cooking her meals for the month and freezing them.

I hate to cook, so I'd probably never do that.

Meals that freeze well:
Meatloaf
Any pasta type dish (spaghetti, lasagna, manicotti)
Red beans/white beans/blackeyed peas
Soups
Chili
Roast (used to make BBQ sandwichs/poboys, etc.
Pot roast
Stewed chicken

I find that beef meals freezer better than chicken or pork, but that is just *my* personal preference.

Those are the types of meals I have cooked and frozen.

By Yjja123 on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:09 pm:

I do not freeze meals but I do cook my meat in advance. For example, I will grill several chicken breasts on Sunday.
They will become the weeks meals:
Grilled chicken with veggies
Chicken Caesar salad
Chicken fajitas
Chicken stir-fry
Chicken fettuccini
Etc...
I do the same with a roast. It makes it much easier to get meals ready. As long as it is a good variety, it does not seem like we are eating the same meat all week long.

By Debbie on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 01:11 pm:

I don't freeze meals for the month. But, I do keep a few prepared meals in the freezer, just in case something comes up and I don't have time to cook.

Right now I have lasagna, chili, and tuna casserole in my freezer.

Like Karen mentioned, soups, casseroles, lasagna(things with noodles), etc freeze really well.

Like Yvonne, I try and cook either a big chicken, or roast on the weekend, and then I use the leftovers to make a few meals during the week.


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