Friday, February 6, 2015

6 Amazing make Ahead Meals with Meal kits ~ The Kitchen Witch ~ Meal Planning

Does life ever get so busy for you that you just don't have the energy to put dinner together? Well I'm the same way and so I decided this week was going to be all about meal planning. And I've got some great make aheads to share!

Starting with some of my trademark meal kits.

The idea being that you do all your prep work on the weekend, and store your chopped veggies, measured spices - pretty much everything you need to put the meal together - in ziplock bags for quick and easy dinners like Monday's Crispy Oven Baked Crab Quesadillas.

Pad Thai, is our featured meal for Tuesday, and I guarantee a restaurant quality dish that can be wokked up in under 15 minutes if you put together a dinner kit!

On Wednesday we've got another dinner kit on the go - this time for a delicious vegetarian pasta dish that I just adore - Spaghetti with Lemon and Walnuts.

Serve this with a beautiful tossed salad and you've got another amazing meal that can be pulled together in 10 minutes.

But after our vegetarian meal, it's time for some meat and potatoes on Thursday so we're going to make a marinade with 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs (I like to use parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme).

 Place 4-6 bone in thick cut pork loin chops or 4-6 chicken breasts into a large freezer bag with the marinade, mix well and freeze.

When ready to prepare, thaw and bake in a 375 oven for 1 hour with 4 medium russett potatoes and you've got another easy meal to serve with the veggies or salad of your choice.

Speaking of salad, we're going to round out the week another Kitchen Witch classic for Easy Taco Meatball Salad

We'll be making the meatballs ahead with everything else and freezing them for quick preparation Friday night.

Take the night off Saturday and order a pizza, but don't miss trying this week's featured recipe for creamy delicious beef stroganoff made in the slow cooker for Sunday dinner.

To see how these all come together, visit me in the Kitchen Witch Cottage and we'll cook then up together!


Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, a former website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada, the $20,000.00 winner of the online competition "The Real Women of Philadelphia" and a finalist on the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.

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