(Closed) Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like to make Italian meatballs with sauce. It freezes and reheats well.

I also love to have the ingredients for a salad all chopped up and ready to be mixed.

Post # 4
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

You are so sweet!!  I would make something that isn’t creamy, like a tomato or broth based soup.

Have you ever tried freezing pancakes? I’m sure breakfast foods would be appreciated. I always make a huge batch of blueberry pancakes for my Fiance when I visit & freeze them for him before work. It’s so quick… you just pop them in the toaster! A yummy breakfast in under a minute.

Post # 5
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Muffins freeze well, and would offer a nice breakfast alternative!  I like to search on Epicurious for make-ahead of food gift recipes to get ideas as well.  Check it out!

Post # 6
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


Post # 7
1205 posts
Bumble bee

We make king ranch chicken – it freezes really well and it very simple to put together.  Also – think about buying paper plates for them to include with what you bring…  It’s not to need to wash dishes. 

Post # 8
898 posts
Busy bee

I second the chili AND the king ranch chicken.

I make a huge amount of Beef stew in the crockpot and although I can freeze part of it, we normally eat it all within a few days!

Post # 9
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

BBQ freezes quite well! So do breakfast casseroles, if you want to go the breakfast route. And brownies and cookies if you want to do something sweet 🙂

Post # 10
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I second the chili!

I also freeze sheppard’s/cottage pie and stew and they reheat well especially if they are in an oven ready casserole dish!

Post # 12
161 posts
Blushing bee


I made 30 days of freezer meals for my son and dil when they had their first child. Almost everything can be done.  I made a large roast beef and gravy…then sliced and froze in grazy for either dinner of sandwiches…Also made lasagna…it really freezes well…froze in about a 4 person portion.  One recipe made 4 meals. Breakfast stuff freezes well including french toast and pancakes. Also beef stew gets better in the freezer…I can’t remember it all but I better get busy as baby #2 is on his/her way in the spring. 

Post # 13
340 posts
Helper bee

I usually do this every week.  I bulk cook with a couple of bags of chicken breasts, roast beefs, italian sausage or ground chuck.  With the chicken, I either grill them or bake in the oven.  You can leave them whole or chunk them.  I double bag them in freezer bags and then use them for creamed chicken, chicken breast sandwiches, chicken and rice, etc…what ever I feel like.  The same with the roast beef.  Either in gravy, bbq, beef and noodles or roast beef and cheese sandwiches or with grilled onion and pepper.  Ground chuck?  Make meatloaf or meatballs (already suggested), or just grill a bunch of hamburgers.  Freeze and when you’re ready to eat, pop them in the oven covered with some cream of onion soup for about an hour–these are a favorite.  This is really nice of you!!  How about some cookies to freeze that she can just grab a few and thaw when needed.

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