I am about to embark on, what will likely be, several hours of cooking and preparing. I decided it would take a lot of pressure off during the work week, if I had meals prepared ahead of time. I can put to use my slow-cooker and have handy, warm-in-the-oven meals over the course of the week. Before having kids I never really gave a moment to worrying about feeding anyone once home from work. But now, obviously, I can’t just wing it. Well…I could…but I know it would be a pain in the butt I’d rather avoid if at all possible.
All I have to say is…thank goodness for the Internet and Pinterest, in particular. I have been able to track down all sorts of amazing ideas for pre-made meals. Now, meat pies and lasagnas are kind of no-brainers, but I had never really considered the possibility of frozen slow-cooker meals. To me, they’re ingenious. A friend had actually introduced the concept to me a few years ago when she started working but then, since it wasn’t really something I needed at the time, I kind of forgot about it. Well, now I’m deep into piles of recipes and trying to sort out which would be most appealing to my family.
I know that there are likely a lot of people who have this all figured out already, but just in case there’s someone out there like me, I thought I’d post the links to the recipes I’m making today. By the end of today I should have 8 pre-prepared dinners. Next weekend, I’ll make some more and that should give us lots of variety for the next few weeks.
Here’s my list:
You also may like to know about Pepperplate which is a wonderful Meal Planning/Recipe Collecting/Shopping List Creating site. There’s an online version which you can synch with a phone app/tablet app version. Once you figure out the recipes you want to make, you add them to the shopping list with a click, and the list is all there when you go to the grocery store. You can sort by Grocery store section, or by recipe. It’s really quite AWESOME!
I’d better stop writing and get cooking.
Until next time…hope you’re finding good ways to make your life easier! ❤