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?
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!