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6 Affordable Make Ahead meals in 1 hour!

Its Black Friday week, and as a deals blogger, it is going to be a busy one for me! Planning ahead makes a hectic week easier! Today, I’m going to show you 6 of our favorite make ahead meals that we will be having for dinner this coming week. I can prep all these meals in about 1 maybe 1 hour 30 minutes if you include clean up! 1 weeks worth of meals with only messing the kitchen up once! About mid-week will just heat up some leftovers and that’s where the 7th meal will come from!

What I love about this first Recipe is that is so forgiving! I never follow the directions. I just add what I feel like adding. The recipe calls for whole Chicken breasts, but I usually cut the chicken into bite size pieces and mix it in with the rice instead of the larger pieces on top of the rice mixture. I also usually just use whatever cream of soup I have on hand. If I just have cream of chicken, I use it. Normally, I just have cream of mushroom and just use it. It always turns out fantastic!

  1. Chicken and Rice Casserole
    1 onion
    butter (enough to saute the onion)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Chicken breasts
    2 cups of instant rice, uncooked
    Can of mushrooms
    1 cup milk
    1 can cream of mushroom
    1 can cream of chicken
    1 can chicken broth
    Saute onion. Add salt and pepper to taste
    Mix together cream of mushroom,  cream of chicken, milk, and chicken broth. Add rice, and wisk together. Put in 9X13 baking dish. Add onions, mushrooms, and chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

    I usually add just a little more milk and let it sit in my fridge for up to 24 hours before baking. Also, you can turn down the baking temperature a little bit and let it bake longer if you need to. I have thrown this in the oven and taken the kids to soccer practice. Of course, that was the night soccer practice ran late, but it came out of the perfectly! I have yet to mess this meal up! That’s why I say it is so forgiving!

2. Hamburger Veggie Soup

This is another family favorite. It can be made ahead and thrown in the freezer. I can throw this together in about 10 minutes. I like this meal because you can put it in the crock pot and leave it! I recently made this when I knew I was going to be gone all day. We had to travel to Indianapolis for my daughter’s State Finals Performance in Marching Band! When we got home from a long day, we had dinner ready. I made sandwiches to go along with it!

1 pound of ground beef
Garlic *I add garlic powder or garlic salt if I don’t have Garlic cloves
onion *I add onion powder if I don’t have Onions
frozen green beans
Frozen Peas
Frozen Corn
2-3 Potatoes
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 cup beef broth
1 large can tomato or v8 juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Basil, Thyme, Salt, pepper, and Parsley. I don’t measure these, I just add A LOT!

I split the ingredients between 2-3 gallon baggies and freeze! When I’m ready, I thaw them out and toss them in the crock pot and cook on high 8 hours!

3. Lasagna
When I make lasagna, I like to make 2-3 extra so I can toss them in the freezer for an easy meal. We like to keep lasagna simple. I have picky eaters. Here is my favorite recipe.


1 package of lasagna noodles
2 jars spaghetti sauce
1 pound ground beef
Grated Parmesan Cheese
3 cups Mozz Cheese
1 container of cottage Chees

Boil noodles. While the noodles are boiling, brown the meat. Drain.
Mix the ground beef and spaghetti sauce.

In a 9X13 baking pan, put a little sauce mix on the bottom. Top with lasagna noodles
Layer on the remaining ingredients.

4. Chicken Tacos
Throw in 1-2 Pounds of Chicken Breasts. Add 1-2 packets of Taco Season and a jar of your favorite salsa. You can either freeze this meal or because it is so quick and easy just wait until the morning you want to make it and throw it all in crock pot. I generally use frozen chicken breasts! Cook on high for 8 hours. Shred chicken and toss back in crock pot and mix with the sauce it made.

Serve with your favorite Taco toppings!

5. Sausage Hashbrown Casserole

My entire family likes this meal. I usually double it for the 5 of us!

1 package smoked sausage of your choice
1 Package shredded hashbrowns
1 Onion, diced
1 can cream of chicken
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese

Toss all this in 1-2 gallon bags and freeze. Thaw and cook in crock pot for 6-8 hours!

6. Beef Stew
2 Pounds Stew beef
7 carrots, sliced
8 potatoes, Peeled and cut into bit sized chunks
2 celery stalks, sliced
Frozen peas
2 cans Tomato sauce
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
2 can cream of mushroom

Mix all the ingredients and split into 1-2 gallon freezer bags. Freeze. Thaw and cook on high 6-8 hours in the crock pot!







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