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Angelia Asks:

March 05, 2011
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QI am pregnant with our second child. The month the baby is due, I will have my sister and her daughter staying with us. Since I will be busy and exhausted with a newborn and a house full of family, can you suggest some meals that I can freeze ahead and that will be easy for my sister to pop in the oven?

- Angelia


Great question, Angelia.  Most casseroles can be made ahead and frozen. Two great examples are Spicy Black Bean & Chicken Enchiladas and Stuffed Pasta Shells. They are hearty, delicious crowd pleasers that can easily be prepared a few weeks before your sister arrives. Instead of baking them, put them in the freezer. Then – when you really need a break – just pop the pan into the oven and relax with your family while dinner bakes!

And, please, don't forget dessert. A batch of Nutty Chocolate Chunk Cookies or two can be baked and frozen ahead for a sweet ending to any meal. And since nobody ever thinks about leaving the table during dessert, I find it's a great time for sharing stories and unwinding. Best of luck with your new baby!

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