Top 6 Go-To Dinners to Freeze for Later

  1. Silver Dollar Pancakes
    Pancakes are a dinner-time staple for us, and for a quick meal my kids can make themselves, nothing tops this for me. I make these regularly to always have on hand.
  2. Cola Marinated Steak Tips
    Marinated the steak and keep in a zip-lock bag and freeze. As it thaws in the refrigerator, it’s marinating. Genius. Grill once fulled thawed.
  3. Pulled Chicken {Quesadillas}
    Make the chicken and pull it. Or buy a rotisserie and actually take the chicken off and pull it and then add the BBQ sauce (or not) and freeze. Once it’s pulled, you can thaw just a little to or the whole amount. Make the quesadillas, or use for another recipe.
  4. Potato Pancakes
    These freeze beautifully, and are another one where you can take out a little or the whole thing. These heat up easily in the microwave with no need to thaw them.
  5. Black Bean Burgers
    I love these as my own lunch go-to to add to salads, or make a sandwich. I can pull one or all of them out to reheat in the microwave or heat in a pan. You can thaw them, or heat frozen.
  6. Chicken Nuggets
    Do I need to explain? These are my kids’ favorite thing, and probably my husband’s favorite too. Once thawed these are good on top of a salad, or heat the whole recipe frozen into the oven as you would normally to get the best crunch when re-heating.

TIPS on Freezing Food:

  • Use a zip-lock sealable bag that is good quality. You spent the time making great food, so don’t get freezer burn. Why bother, when it’s so easy to freeze well?
  • Cool the food completely before freezing. It prevents freezer burn.
  • Add enough salt. When you freeze food, the salt kind of disappears (magic?) so I always salt something a bit more if I know I will freeze it- that or just know when it thaws, to salt it again.
  • Use a Sharpie. Label what you made. I also (magically) lose food that isn’t labelled. Don’t do that. Label instead.

That’s all I have my friends. I hope you will make-ahead a meal or two this long-weekend. You will be so glad you did, especially come that day you want to eat and no one is there to cook for you. Hmmm. So every day maybe! Get crackin’!