The last thing many of us want to do at the end of a busy day is to start another project that is dinner. From figuring out what to make to cleaning up, it can carve out an easy hour or two of our time. That's 14 hours of dinner prep for just one week! To make life much easier, how about spending a few hours to get the same job done? The trick is finding recipes that freeze well. That's where this roundup comes into the discussion.
But FIRST a few words about freezing. Cooling hot food quickly before freezing is imperative, as is wrapping/containing to prevent freezer burn and odor containment. There are also tricks to thawing. Thawing in the refrigerator takes longest but it is the best and safest method. Frozen food can last forever in the freezer and be safe to consume; however, it might not taste so great, so labeling with 'best if used by' dates is a good idea. For more freezing, thawing, quality and safety tips, visit this page on All Recipes.
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The Kitchn has some great freezer-friendly recipes too. Their list consists of soups, sauces main dishes and tasty ideas on how to use meat, which can be too dry to eat after reheating.
If you're feeling really ambitious, My Recipes has a MONTH of freezable meal ideas.
The Food Network's list of make-ahead casseroles is short but it's noteworthy.
Eating Well jumps into the fray with their selection of 25 healthy freezer recipes.
And the granddaddy of ALL frozen meal caches? It comes from Taste who gives us a whopping 839 freezer-friendly recipes, almost all of which include tips on freezing, thawing and cooking. Note that this site comes to us from Australia, so amounts are in grams. But no worries! Here's a handy conversion calculator for both dry and liquid ingredients.