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Another Make Ahead Freezer Meal

20 Apr

This is another make ahead freezer meal that I found in my Taste of Home cookbook: Taste of Home: Dinner on a Dime: 403 Budget-Friendly Family Recipes. Like I said last week, I love these because I can keep my freezer stocked with them and use them on either a busy night or when I just want a break from cooking. I like that we don’t have to resort to expensive and unhealthy take out or fast food. The recipe I am going to share with you this week is Sausage Rice Casserole.

 

The original recipe calls for 2 boxes of rice pilaf, but to make it healthier, I use a recipe out of my book Centsible Meals. This way I can make the rice pilaf using brown rice instead of white rice. Plus, I thought the rice pilaf was just as easy to make as boxed rice pilaf is.

 

After preparing the ingredients for the make ahead freezer meal, you divide them equally between two baking dishes. One to eat now and one to freeze and save for another day. I use a disposable baking dish for the one that I freeze so that all my glass baking dishes aren’t all frozen in the freezer when I need to use one.

 

You will then cover both casseroles with foil. I like to cover the one going in the freezer with 2 layers of foil for extra protection against freezer burn. Then you will want to label and date it. The label is so you know which make ahead freezer meal it is just by looking at it and the date is so you know when you put it in the freezer. You should use your frozen one within 3 months. To be honest though, I have sometimes left them in for 4 months and they were just fine.

 

This is what you get when you are all done. My family loves this recipe. To view and print the recipe, click here.

 Taste of Home: Dinner on a Dime: 403 Budget-Friendly Family Recipes

Centsible Meals – Feed Your Family for Less Than $1.00/person/day

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