Times like that it’s really easy to grab takeout. Unfortunately, this starts a vicious cycle of poor food decisions.
I have an easy option. Freezer cooking the lazy way. No creating a full meal when you are already tired. When you know you have a busy day, pull out a meal the night before to thaw in the fridge. And I’m not talking about full days of cooking here and filling the freezer. You just might kick yourself for not thinking of this easy option.
Make leftovers on purpose.
That’s it. For real. lol
Ok, little more detail. It’s dinner time and you are cooking the family a meal you know they like. The kitchen is getting dirty and there will be pots and pans to clean up.
While you are doing this dirtying up of the kitchen, double or triple the recipe. You aren’t adding much more clean up. The knife and cutting board were already dirty. You are standing in front of the stove for maybe a few minutes longer as you cook more food.
Store the extra portions in the freezer and finish the recipe for the portion you are eating that night.
I know some people have issues with “leftovers” and they won’t eat them. Well for one thing, picky people starve at my house. You want to be picky? You know where the peanut butter and jelly are…get it your own damn self. But that’s my house lol Maybe you are the picky eater that doesn’t like leftovers.
You don’t have to finish a meal completely before freezing. Do most of the prep steps and then before that final baking, let it cool down and put it into the freezer. Make sure you write on there what the meal is, any special directions for heating and the date. The date is really important.
When you thaw it and throw it into the oven, it’s the first time it’s been baked. Not technically leftovers at all.
One of my favorite books is the Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. Cool title caught my attention at first. Then reading it, it’s full of the kind of recipes my family likes.