Dinner in a rush?
It is 6 p.m., you just got home from work, you have 1 hour to feed your family and get back out the door to a practice/game/recital/meeting and you have no idea what’s for dinner.
Does this sound like a common story in your life? I admit, it happens to often in my life as well. What a difference it makes when you have a meal figured out, even better – have it already prepared and ready to eat!
I received in the mail this week an ad for a meal prep business. It is a great service where you can go to their kitchen and prepare freezer meals, or purchase ready prepared freezer meals that you simply heat and serve. I looked through the menu and ingredients and decided that I could do better myself. So I did some thinking and planning and in less than 2 hours (after the grocery shopping) I had 10 meals in my freezer ready to go (and one of those included a meal for 10 for my family over the holiday weekend).
I have written before about the beauty of the Meal prep UK slow cooker (“crock pot”), so I won’t go into detail on how to use your slow cooker. But instead focus on making ahead meals to make using your slow cooker even easier! If you simply take 15 minutes in the morning for meal prep, put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, when you get home dinner is hot and ready to serve.
So now let’s take it even one step further.
1. Spend 1-2 hours on the weekend, prepare several meals and put them in your freezer.
2. One day ahead, remove tomorrow’s meal from the freezer, place in the refrigerator to thaw.
3. In the morning (when life is busy), simply empty your freezer container into the slow cooker. Turn on low heat and arrive home to a delicious smelling house and dinner ready to eat.
Tips for freezing meals
1. Place meat into your freezer container last so when you pour it into the slow cooker it will be on the bottom.
2. Remove all the air out of your freezer container to maintain freshness.
3. Make 2 of each meal and store for up to 3 months.
4. Though more tender foods such as legumes and fish work well in the slow cooker, I recommend sticking to firmer meats such as pork, chicken and beef for freeze-ahead slow cooker meals.