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Make Ahead Meals Part 1

Have I mentioned yet how ecstatic I am about having a kitchen?  I mean an actual kitchen that doesn’t feel like its crowded with a single spoon on the counter?  Have I also mentioned that I have not just one fridge, but two fridges and a standing deep freeze?  Oh the delight which hath erupted in my soul!  I am a huge fan of cooking and an even bigger fan of the make ahead meal idea.  I’ve never had the space to indulge before so now I’ve gone just a little bit crazy.  Knowing myself, I am not a fan of mass prepping, cooking, and cleaning every single day.  It evokes in me something reminiscent to a three year old tantrum.  But I am totally ok with one day of mass prepping, cooking, and clean up.  So I scoured the internet and found several recipes to make ahead.  Here are the results of my first run at Make Ahead Meals:  Crockpot Addition

I decided to make two batches of five recipes.  After deciding on which ones to make, I compiled my shopping list and head to the store.

Then I labeled all of my freezer bags with date prepared, date to use by, name of meal, any thawing instructions or items to add, cooking instructions, and if there was a recommendation of what to serve on or with.

I went through each recipe and followed the instructions, adding the bits to it’s designated bag.  Here’s what I made!

Cream Cheese Chicken

Italian Bolognese

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Chicken Cacciatore

Cheesy Ham and Potatoes

A quick peek as they were finished and sealed.

 

And voila!  Ten freezer meals just waiting to get popped into the crock pot and enjoyed!

(For the life of me, I can’t find the recipe for my Cheesy Ham and Potatoes and I’m not really sure where the pics went!  Regardless, they are the two fat bags of food because there was so much that went in!  I promise to update the link if I can ever find it.)

Over all, it took me 3-1/2 hrs and approximately $150 to make 10 meals!
NaBloPoMo November 2015
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