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4 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

4 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

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Highlights
    • BAKE SAFE. Extreme temperature change can cause bakeware to break. To safely cook your frozen meals, thaw overnight in the fridge. Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven.
    • COOL COMBO. The 1.9-qt Twilight Shallow Baker is designed to nest on the top of the 3-qt Pool Baker. This creates the perfect entertaining solution when serving chilled apps and snacks. Simply fill the 3-qt baker with ice and place the shallow baker on top.
    • MAKE-AHEAD MORNING. Dinner isn’t the only hectic mealtime. Get out the door on time with our favorite make-ahead Morning Egg Muffins with 1 Recipe, 5 On-the-Go Breakfasts.

Back-to-school time can turn weeknights into a wild rush. On hectic evenings, you can still enjoy a homemade dinner with the help of make-ahead freezer meals.

Often called “power cooking,” the idea behind freezer meal making is simple and surprisingly fun. Spend one session (usually a Sunday) in the kitchen and prep several recipes at once, then cover and freeze for another day. This prep technique has developed quite the fan base, because it may be the easiest way to make homemade meals a possibility—even on the busiest evenings.

To get started, here are 4 freezer-friendly recipes that fit into the CW BY CORNINGWARE™ 4-PC BAKEWARE SET. With a recipe to fit each piece, the meals are a perfect match for our colorful serving dishes. Designed for use in the fridge, freezer, microwave and oven, CW by CorningWare™ bakeware make mealtime prep extra convenient. You can prep, freeze, bake and serve—all from the same dish.

Ready for a “power cooking” session? These recipes are a great way to get started.

FAMILY-SIZE FAVORITE

  • What You’ll Need: 3-qt Pool Baker
    An Italian classic goes south of the border with our CHICKEN BLACK BEAN ENCHILADA LASAGNA.
  • How To: Prepare as directed; cover the unbaked lasagna tightly with foil and freeze. When ready to use, thaw the covered frozen lasagna in the fridge overnight. Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 1 hour. Uncover; top with remaining 2 cups cheese. Bake 20 minutes longer or until completely heated through and cheese is melted.
COMFORT CASSEROLE

  • What You’ll Need: 1.9-qt Twilight Shallow Baker
    Traditional CHICKEN PARMESAN CASSEROLE is a family favorite and this make-ahead version makes a quick and delicious dinner.
  • How To: Prepare as directed; cover the unbaked casserole tightly with foil and freeze. When ready to use, thaw the covered frozen casserole in the fridge overnight. Let warm on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until heated through./li>

CRUNCHY BBQ LOAF

  • What You’ll Need: 1.5-qt Vermilion Baker
    The tangy-sweet flavor of BBQ topped with the crunch of corn chips adds a new twist on a comfort food classic with CRUNCHY-TOPPED MEAT LOAF.
  • How To: Prepare as directed—omitting the barbecue sauce on top. Cover the unbaked meat loaf with foil and freeze. When ready to use, thaw the covered frozen meat loaf in the fridge overnight. Let warm on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake uncovered 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Top with corn chips (crumble if your prefer) before serving.
MAC ‘N CHEESE PERFECTION

  • What You’ll Need: 20-oz Curry Baker
    It’s hard to resist mac and cheese without enjoying some right away, which makes splitting BAKED CHEDDAR MAC AND CHEESE between two bakers the perfect solution that will give you dinner now and later. When splitting to freeze, prepare as directed and divide between two 20-oz dishes.
  • How To: Cover the unbaked dish tightly with foil and freeze. When ready to use, thaw the covered frozen pasta dish in the fridge overnight. Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
FREEZER MEAL TIPS

A few answers to the most frequently asked freezer meal questions.

  • Create a Shopping List. To keep meal prep quick, write down all ingredients needed for each recipe, then hit the store for one power shopping session. That way, you’ll have everything needed to make all of your recipes at once. No interruptions for, “I forgot ________.”
  • Prep Your Ingredients. Before assembling, chop, dice and slice all ingredients. This “mise-en-place” method, a French term for having everything in place before you start, makes it easy to put several recipes together at once.
  • Label Well and Watch the Date. Always include a label with recipe name, cooking instructions and the date it was made. For best results, enjoy within 30 days.
  • Chill Before Freezing. Never place hot foods directly in the freezer. Doing so can increase the likelihood of food poisoning and cause freezer burn. Allow all warm ingredients to come to room temperature, or chill in the fridge before freezing.

YOUR TURN: What’s your family’s favorite make-ahead meal?

Highlights
    • BAKE SAFE. Extreme temperature change can cause bakeware to break. To safely cook your frozen meals, thaw overnight in the fridge. Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes before placing in a hot oven.
    • COOL COMBO. The 1.9-qt Twilight Shallow Baker is designed to nest on the top of the 3-qt Pool Baker. This creates the perfect entertaining solution when serving chilled apps and snacks. Simply fill the 3-qt baker with ice and place the shallow baker on top.
    • MAKE-AHEAD MORNING. Dinner isn’t the only hectic mealtime. Get out the door on time with our favorite make-ahead Morning Egg Muffins with 1 Recipe, 5 On-the-Go Breakfasts.