(Closed) NWR- make ahead weekday meals

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 4
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I always promise myself I will start making meals ahead& then never do lol. We eat grain free, too. My fiance’s favorite make ahead meal that I make is roast (i just crock pot it with onions, garlic, s&p, horseradish & broth). Then I send him a side of horseradish & usually a simple salad. He also likes soup & grain free biscuits (I use coconut flour for these). Sometimes I grill extra chicken, enough for a few days worth of salads, then chop lots of veggies & make a jar of dressing. Then, in the morning, I can just toss a bunch of veggies in some tupperware, top it with chicken, and send a side of dressing. I’m really not very creative lol.

Post # 7
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


honestly, I just use whatever roast is on sale lol. I toss in whatever I have on hand. Fresh garlic & onions are a must, chicken broth or water, red wine, s & p, sometimes unprepared horseradish. So easy & its delicious. I usually put it in the pot on low before bed, then pack it for fi’s lunch in the morning. He also likes coconut curry in the crock pot. I use a recipe from allrecipes.com but in the crock instead of on the stove. We eat it on a baked sweet potato instead of bread.

Post # 8
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@lefeymw:  My mom always makes chili as a make-ahead meal. Some other things that are easy to do are soups/stews, pasta sauces, and casseroles.

Post # 9
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I started cooking a lot of quinoa to add more fiber to out diet. I pan roast mixed mushrooms (shitake, oyster, king) with a garlic olive oil mixture, toss it with quinoa and drizzle it with truffle oil for a salad. Darling Husband loves it! It stays in the fridge well.


Post # 10
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I also don’t eat grains, but have no time.  My faves, all crockpot:

Pan brown sausages, then place on top of fennel, onion and mushroom and throw in the crock pot (or oven for 45ish mins).  I poke the sausage and cook the veggies in the drippings.  YUM! 

Salmon and fennel in the crock pot, cover with white wine, or tin foil wrap the salmon with butter and lemon.  Serve over cauliflower or green beans, zuchinni ribbons, or spinach, whatever.

Chicken (frozen or fresh) in the crockpot (I prefer bone in) with canned or jarred tomotoes dumped on top, sliced and pitted olives, onion, herbs and spices, and a bit of red wine.  On high four hours or low for eight.  I add green beans about an hour before it is done so they don’t get too soggy. 

Pork chops bottom of the crockpot.  Slather with cranberry sauce, apple sauce/juice or any other liquid like chicken stock.  I slice pears or apple, and throw some dried or fresh cherries in.  If you eat potatos you can also throw those in.

Lamb chunks, a bottle (or half) or cheap red wine, olives, potatoes, onions, and whatever else you want to chuck in with some herbs.

Chicken or pork tenderloin covered with a bottle of beer.  Shred after a few hours and add bbq sauce, or add a packet of taco seasing to cook it in.  Makes either shredded BBQ or shredded taco meat. 


Bascially, meat + liquid +veggies+ spices = good.  You can always add wine or beer for flavor, and I like to cover the meat with a mustard and herb marinade if I don’t use liquid to keep it moist. 

Good Luck! 

Post # 11
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Did you know that cooked pasta and sauce freeze beautifully? I like to make a quick sauce by using fresh tomatoes, dried basil and garlic with a hint of tomato paste. Then I double the recipe and freeze the rest.

The same goes with chili or whatever else you make in a crock pot! 🙂

Post # 12
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think I’m going to start freezer cooking next month, probably one of the mini menus to test out the cost and time factors.  This blog has new receipes every month!


Post # 14
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@elysion:  I am going to make the goulash this week.

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