One thing I've always wanted to do on a regular basis is be sure to have an extra meal in the freezer all made up (main dish) that I could take out and use when I heard of a need. More often than not we eat the meal before I use it, having none when the need arises. But there's hope! I wanted to share these two ideas from Molly over at Econobusters for lasagna and choc. chip cookies that can be done and will give you not 1 but 2 pans of lasagna! one for you and one to give away and the cookies can be done the same way!! Now just taking the time to do it and it'll be done!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Box
Pantry Staples Needed
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Butter (kept in the refrigerator)
Eggs (kept in the refrigerator)
Better yet, make cookie dough ahead and place drops on cookie sheet as usual. Then, instead of baking, place the sheet in the freezer and allow the cookie drops to freeze. Once frozen, scrape them into a freezer bag. Now you can grab your bag of dough drops, plop the desired amount on a cookie sheet and bake up fresh cookies on a moment’s notice.
You can also shape your cookie dough into a log and wrap with wax paper and plastic wrap. When you desire fresh cookies, just slice cookies from the end of the log and bake. Yum!
Lasagna (freezer style)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour (plus thawing time)
Yields: 2 pans of lasagna
2 pkgs. lasagna noodles (DO NOT COOK) 2 (15 oz.) containers Ricotta cheese 3 pkgs. Mozzarella cheese, grated 3 pkgs. sharp cheese, grated 2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated Sugar, to taste 2 pounds of ground beef 2 jars of spaghetti sauce
Cook ground beef until well browned, add spaghetti sauce and sugar. Heat.
In 13 x 9 x 2 inch tin foil baking pan, spoon a little sauce in bottom of pan evenly. Layer noodles, Ricotta, Mozzarella, spaghetti sauce and Parmesan. Repeat until all ingredients are used, ending with sauce and Parmesan.
Cover with tin foil and freeze. Thaw. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 2 lasagnas. These are great to have on hand for impromptu meals and make it easy to invite last minute guests for dinner.