I did a lot of research to get recipes that my family will like and that can be made ahead and frozen. I like to prep and plan and have meals at the ready so we have good, wholesome, home cooked meals and don't have fret over what's for dinner. I do have to say that this takes a lot of planning and organizing. Be sure to check your pantry and fridge to see what you already have and check your recipes over to ensure you have all that you need - you don't want to be 1/2 way through and realize you forgot an ingredient! I check, double check, and triple check making my list by isle so I can get all that I need at the grocery. For me, it's easier to go to the grocery one day and then do the meals the next, BUT that does take a lot of fridge space so do what works for you but know that this is exhausting. It doesn't seem like it would be, but it is.
Also prepare your containers - I bought several more than I thought I needed and used them all!!! I bought them at the dollar store and for my family I just needed the small ones that came 3/$1 with lids. Be sure you have something to cover them with. Label everything with what it is and the date and how to prepare it. This will save you a lot of trouble two months from now when you are wondering what mystery dinner has been waiting in the freezer!
When baking your dish remove the cardboard lid!
Prepare!!! If you know you need 5 chopped onions for all of your recipes, chop them all at once. Have things ready when you need them!
If cooking meals from frozen they will take a lot longer than if it's thawed. Add at least twice the time and check it. How long will depend on how big of a container you have, how packed in the food is, your oven, etc. So be sure to check often to ensure you aren't overcooking!
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for some of the recipes I used. Some recipes are loosely based on a recipe and tweaked to our liking but I wanted to give you a good idea of what you saw me make. :)