We’re going on vacation in a few weeks. Although we’ll eat out some, I plan to take much of our own food to save money on meals. So, I’m working ahead on meals that my family loves and that I can just pull out of the fridge or freezer throughout the week. Here’s what I’m working on to take:
Savory Breakfast Muffins – This is one of my husband’s favorite grab-and-go breakfasts. I will make these ahead and freeze them in freezer bags. Then, to reheat, just wrap in a moist paper towel and microwave for about 1 minute (or until thawed completely and warm).
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes – My family plows through these when I make them, but I hate standing over the stove for an hour…especially on vacation. So, I’ll work on these ahead of time while cooking up some of these other meals at the same time. To freeze, let cool and put in freezer bags. To reheat, toast in the toaster and then microwave a short bit if needed.
Oven Omelet – This is so easy to throw together! It’s basically a frittata, so you can put whatever meat or veggies you like in it. I’m going to make this ahead and add cooked bacon and some chopped spinach. Wrap tightly to freeze. To thaw, set it in the fridge for 24 hours and then bake as directed.
Brownie Baked Oatmeal – I’ve made this about once a week for the past two years. Why stop for vacation? Easy to make and easy to freeze.
Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas – With a side salad and some fruit, this will make for a super simple dinner. Just thaw in the fridge and throw in the oven. My friend just texted me yesterday and said this is one of their family’s favorite recipes.
Steak Kabobs – We’ll grill out one night, so I’ll pre-chop the steak and veggies and them put in bags and prepare the marinade in a separate bag. I’ll store it in the fridge and then transport it all on ice in the cooler. The day of the cook-out, I’ll simply dump the meat in the marinade for an hour or two and then thread the skewers.
Tomato Bisque with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – This is hands-down my favorite soup recipe I’ve ever made and tastes just like Panera’s version. I’ll make some grilled cheese sandwiches when we’re there to go along with this.
Powerball Cookies – These are one of the most popular recipes on our blog. If you make them, you’ll understand why. I freeze these in a freezer bag and pull them out individually as needed. Just a 10-15 second nuke warms them up if needed.
Homemade Popcorn – I will make this the day before we leave and put it in a ziplock. It stays fresh for about two days.
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