“Friday Favorites” features my favorite great ideas/recipes/etc., from across the giant world wide webs.
Yeah, that’s a lot of Fs. Okay, I admit, I’m a sucker for alliteration.
Now on to business. I think we’ve already established that I love to cook. As much as I love it, though, there are days when time, energy or both are running short, and it’s hard to pull together something healthy and satisfying.
Which is why I also love freezer meals. Making a double portion and freezing the extra, or investing an hour or two over the weekend prepping a meal or two for the week ahead can add up to big relief when you end up working late or come home with a headache from the strain of a crazy day.
I’m working on some adapting some recipes of my own as freezer meals and posting them here, but for the time being, here are some good places to look for freezer inspiration.
Slow-Cooker Freezer Meals. This awesome post from the Test Kitchen of Melissa Fallis will leave your freezer stocked with half a dozen or more “ready to throw in the crock pot” meals. The five featured recipes include a lot of common ingredients, so you can devote a bit of time chopping some produce and cutting/prepping the meat, then divvy up the ingredients in gallon freezer bags. Label the bags with the appropriate day of cooking directions and stash them in the freezer for a busy day. Transfer your bag of choice to the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to cook it. The next morning, dump the bag’s contents in slow cooker, adding sauce or other liquid per the directions on the bag.
This SkinnyTaste post on adapting recipes to make freezer meals offers a sample of freezer-ready made meals, including Spinach Lasagna Rolls. I tried these out a few months ago when I was looking for something that I could make for a friend whose wife has a long-term illness,so he would have something easy he could just throw in the oven for dinner. I made an extra batch for home, and got a thumbs-up from the Guy. Bonus–they are a good bit simpler than a full lasagna, and if you’re not cooking for a crowd, you can bake just the amount you need.