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8 Delicious Freeze-Ahead Foods!

Sometimes, busy weeks make eating at home hard work. Staying late on the job, taking kids to practice, or running errands can often lead to ditching home-cooked meals for convenient fast food.

To help solve the dilemma of too many take-out dinners, we’ve come up with a list of  freezer-friendly meals that are quick to warm up and taste delicious.

The key here is to allow yourself enough time during the week or weekend for meal prep. Think of it this way – one day of cooking will supply you with a freezer full of food for the whole week! Now that’s a weight off your shoulders.

Here are seven of our favorite foods to cook and save for later:

Drunken Meatballs

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Rach cooks her meatballs on a baking sheet, making the process a piece of cake. Prep the meatballs ahead of time then simply warm them up when you’re ready to grub. Grab a few hoagie rolls and some cheese to top it off for the perfect sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Baked Ziti

A classic that never fails! When you come home extra hungry, we suggest you beeline for the baked ziti. Meaty sauce and creamy cheese bring dynamic flavors to life in this mouth-watering baked casserole. Preheat your oven and pop in the ziti for a taste of home.

Carbonara Mac ‘n Cheese Soufflé and Spring Salad

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Mac ‘n cheese is the epitome of comfort food in our book. Save this dish as a warm pick-me-up on a cold night! Rach suggests pairing this down-right delicious bake with some light greens for a balanced and flavorful meal.

Espresso Chili with Beef and Black Beans

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Express espresso! Chili is always an awesome option to have on hand. It’s hearty, healthy, and easy to whip up. Make a large batch ahead of time and store the leftovers in freezer bags to save space. All you’ll need is to chop a few fresh fixin’s and dinner will be ready in a snap. Next time you come home starving, this will hit the spot – guaranteed.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

You’ll love this spicy chili! With added hot sauce, it’s sure to bring the heat. To give it a little crunch, Rachael throws some tortilla chips in the oven with a sprinkle of blue cheese.

Lasagna with Meat Ragu

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Another hearty dish to add to the mix! Layers of pasta, meat, sauce, and cheese make this recipe a family favorite. Heat it up in the oven, then dig in!

Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

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For when you’re craving Mexican, enchiladas are an easy way to feed the whole family. Rachael’s Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas help to cut back on prep time with pre-cooked chicken. Assemble and freeze until you’re ready for an at-home fiesta!

Berry Pancakes

And we can’t forget about breakfast! Pancakes aren’t just for weekends, friends. And who needs store-bought versions when you can make your own? Simply pop your frozen pancakes into a toaster and voila! A delicious stack of pancakes ready to be devoured! Grab a handful of blueberries to add a touch of freshness for a sweet morning treat.

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