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Hortense Asks:

March 22, 2011 by Becky Becky

Q I am having a difficult time cooking for two. I end up throwing out a lot of food because I am not sure what freezes well and what doesn't. Menu suggestions would be a great help.

- Hortense


A lot of readers will be glad you asked about this. Preparing delicious, home-cooked meals for today's smaller, and often busier, families can be a challenge. You're on the right track by planning ahead and using freezer-friendly recipes. Our new Land O Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks was created to help simplify your meal preparation. Each of the recipes below uses one half stick of Land O Lakes® Butter.

Even on hectic days, you can serve a piping-hot meal if you plan ahead and make creamy Oven Ready Macaroni & Cheese (shown above) or another favorite dish on the weekend. These three delicious Assemble It recipes freeze and reheat beautifully.

Red Bean & Vegetable Rigatoni is simple, satisfying and makes enough for a second meal that only needs reheating. Find this recipe with four other terrific Cook Once, Eat Twice dinner ideas that essentially give you a bonus meal every time you make one!

Everyone loves an unfussy sauce that is quick and versatile. Sauce It Up features five fuss-free sauces, including lively Honey Mustard Sauce, perfect for perking up simple pastas, vegetables and meats. And as a special side, try our Blueberry Cornbread with Maple Butter.

Don't forget dessert. Irresistible Small Batch Baking treats are easy, convenient and always welcome.

I hope you enjoy this collection of 20 outstanding recipes that make the most of planning ahead.

Happy Cooking!

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