Make Ahead Meals

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I love make-ahead meals!  Frankly, that is about the only way we eat.  I make several meals and then freeze them for future dinners.  Here are some of our favorites...

6 lbs ground beef
3-4 cups bread crumbs
2/3 cup milk
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup minced onion
2 T. minced garlic
1 T. salt
2 t. black pepper
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Using your hands (Gross! I know!) thoroughly combine all the above ingredients. Shape into one inch balls. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Here are some ideas for meals that use meatballs.
Spaghetti and meatballs
Sweet and Sour meatballs

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
These are great to make in bulk and freeze for future dinners. This recipe is more time intensive, but worth it! If you double the recipe then you can use the whole can of chilies…make a pan for tonight and then freeze the other!

3-4 chicken breasts-cooked and chopped
Corn tortillas
¼ cup margarine/butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
½ of a 4 oz can chopped green chilies
¾ cup chopped onion
Melt butter. Blend in flour and chicken broth. Cook until it thickens. Blend in sour cream. Don’t boil. Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of 6x10” pan. Mix 1 ½ cups of the cheese, onion, chilies, and chicken in a bowl. Use this mixture to fill the tortillas. Roll tortillas and place seam side down in the pan. Pour sauce over all. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake 15 minutes longer.

If you are feeling lazy…you can always do the enchiladas in layers instead of rolling them. I do sauce, tortillas, filling, more tortillas, and more sauce.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think my husband would love these enchiladas. Thank you for sharing :)