For busy moms, cooking dinner everyday when you get home can be tiring. Even a stay-at-home mom will have days when cooking is not possible. Instead of ordering takeaway, which can blow the family budget, plan for the times when you know cooking would be difficult. Simply prepare your meals ahead and freeze them for later use. Here are 7 fail-safe, make-ahead, freezer meals for moms to ensure your family will not go hungry.
1. Chicken Casserole
Casserole is the most popular freezer-friendly meal. It’s no wonder it’s a potluck staple. Casseroles are easy to make ahead since you can just double the recipe to have enough to eat today and store in the freezer for another day. They keep their flavor and form when thawed out. There are many casserole recipes, but chicken casserole is a typical family favorite. Just brown some pieces of chicken breast, add chicken stock and cream of chicken soup. Then, stir-in frozen veggies. Boil and then bake in a casserole dish for 45 minutes. You can add toppings later when you reheat it.
Meatloaf does take some time to prepare, which is why moms often make it during the weekends. But you can actually make it ahead and freeze it, baked or not, for a future meal. Combine your meatloaf ingredients. Shape it into a loaf so it will easily fit your pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. If you choose to bake the meatloaf before freezing, that will save you even more time on busy nights.
3. Steak Fajitas
This is a delicious Mexican dish that you can prepare in advance. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, including thin slices of flank steak, bell peppers, onions, salt and a teaspoon each of hot sauce and chili powder. Put in bags and freeze. This will keep well up to three months.