I’m a plan ahead, keep-it-organized kinda gal. Which means, of course, that I’ve got a deep freezer out in the garage that I try to keep stocked at all times. Fairly frequently, I will either have a big cooking day or plan at least to double something while I’m at it to freeze for later.
Most recently, I took things to near-ridiculous levels with Sam’s club-size ingredients. The onions, in particular, were crazily bigger than I had realized. But, oh, the savings!
Using the light but creamy tomato-basil soup recipe I posted HERE, we all had a big lunch, then had plenty left over for later. (We actually gave half to a friend in need, along with some yummy asiago cheese rolls from Sam’s. I figured that’d be a good break from the heavy dishes everyone tends to sign up for on MealTrain.)
After lunch, we washed the pot and got cranking all over again — this time on a really yummy baked pasta.
penne pasta (wait until it’s on sale for $1 per box at Kroger)
ground beef (or turkey or chicken or leave it out!)
ricotta/sauce (also bought in bulk at Sam’s, saving more than $1 per jar)
While that was simmering for a bit, we cooked up some pasta and lined up baking dishes, giving them a shot of Pam first.
A perfect dish to have one ready for dinner and another one or two frozen up for later. Since I prebake them, I generally pull them out to thaw for a few days in the fridge, and then they can be reheated in the oven or microwaved up for nights we’re really in a hurry to eat after work and kid activities.