Make-Ahead Meal Tips


5 Quick Make-Ahead Meal Tips

Meal in a Muffin
So many great meals can be made entirely in a muffin tin! Meatloaf, quiche, lasagna, pizza and more, can be made ahead, individually frozen and then re-heated in time to head of the door!

Vegetable Soup
Soups are ideal for packing in the vegetables and being a quick healthy meals.  Add less liquid for a thicker soup that is easier to eat while at the arena or in the car.  Make soup ahead of time and freeze in individual containers for a quick option.

Crustless Quiche
Skip the crust and add in the secret filler of cottage cheese and cauliflower and you have a complete meal that freezes well.   This is one of my favorite recipes on this list of kids favorites that I make and freeze in slices. It’s easy to defrost and makes a filling meal pre-dance practice.

Fabulous Mac n Cheese
Every kids favorite can be transformed into a healthy meal that includes whole wheat, dairy, protein and vegetables!  Make your own sauce with flour and butter, adding milk until it thickens then add in grated cheese and pureed squash, cauliflower and zucchini!  Make extra sauce that you can freeze, so all you have to do mid-week is boil noodles and you are ready to go.

Veggie Red Sauce
Kids love pizza but plain crust and cheese doesn’t offer a ton of nutrients. Boost your sauce with pureed vegetables and add vitamins to any pizza melt on the run. Start with your jar of favorite sauce and add in your own pureed veggies then freeze in ice cube trays to have just the right amount ready for pizza melts on the go.

Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active.  You can visit her websites to learn more and

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