2 Ways Not To Cook a Great Dinner

Busy Busy we’re all busy these days.  No time to cook or eat or think about dinner.  Then it’s time to set yourself up for success.  Success at the dinner table with easy meals.  These are the meals that I either make on the weekend and then freeze all the leftovers to pop out and heat when there is no time to cook, or ones I let a slow cooker do all of the work and just serve.  These are the two ways not to cook a great dinner keeping that easy healthy gluten free life!

Here’s what you’ll find in my freezer right now:

Chicken Croquets with gravy I froze in ice cube trays for easy use.

Creamy Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes – yes you can freeze them.  I scoop them out onto a cookie sheet and freeze them individually, then put them into a large plastic bag.

Meatloaves- again make individual portions and use the cookie sheet method for freezing.  Or you can just make slow cooker Meatloaf.

Meatballs -very versatile and always a favorite here.  Again, use the cookie sheet method for freezing.

Chick and Pig Balls easy healthy gluten free life

Meatballs with a Heart

Simply Dressed Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Fish Cakes – gosh I really need to share this recipe.  Easy and fast.  (cooked fish, cooked potatoes, seasonings of choice, gf breadcrumbs, egg)

Paleo Scrapple – I freeze it in individual small sized loaf pans.

Here’s what I’ll toss into the slow cooker:

Chicken Fricasse with Noodles and Mushrooms

3, 2, 1 Chili 

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Stew

Jerk Chicken and Pork

Sloppy Lentils from More Make It Fast Cook It Slow Stephanie O’Dea

Now there are a lot more possibilities for both and I bet you have some up your sleeve.  

What do you like to make extra of to freeze for use later or what’s your favorite slow cooker meal?  Please share now.

4 Responses to 2 Ways Not To Cook a Great Dinner

  1. alisamarie September 12, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I need a bigger freezer! We don't have the space unfortunately for make-ahead meals. But I wish we did, it would be so much easier!

    • Diane Eblin September 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Alisa right now I do have an extra freezer just for that purpose but that is about to change. I'll be sharing some tips next month on how to do this with a small freezer that comes with a regular refrigerator. To practice play a game of Tetris. 🙂

  2. Lisa September 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Ha ha Tetris! I recently reorganized my chest freezer into 4 heavy duty plastic cartons (stacked 2 on 2). One for meats & fish, one for veggies & fruit, one for bread/pastry, and one for leftovers! I freeze extra portions of stews, curries, soups, you name it, I freeze it! They make great workday lunches.

    • Diane Eblin September 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      Wow that sounds like an amazing chest freezer. Missing mine already.