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Top 5 Make-in-Advance Meals

May 30, 2012

The delicious smell of roasting potatoes, apple sausage and onions are drifting to my nose  as  I sit here, writing this post.  This is my typical Sunday night as I make breakfast burritos in advance for the rest of the week. I love home-cooked big breakfasts and I usually try to wake up a little early each morning to make sure I have enough time to cook before work. Although sometimes it is nice to sleep in for those few extra minutes and grab my breakfast to go. That’s why I am a big fan of making food in advance.

I often hear the complaint/excuse from friends that they don’t eat healthy in the morning because they just don’t have time. I like to think about my meals in advance all of the time, ensuring that everyday each meal is healthy and home-cooked. I know everyone isn’t a freak about cooking like me, but just spending a few extra minutes on a Sunday night making a few meals in advance can go a long way and save you a ton of time and calories throughout the rest of the week.

So I would like to share with you a few of my favorite recipes that are great to cook in advance. Starting with the amazing breakfast burritos. I have posted the recipe for my breakfast burritos before, and since then, I think I have remade this recipe about three times. I love these burritos and I love how much time it saves me in the morning.

breakfast burrito

Potato, Egg and Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burritos

You only need a few ingredients for this meal and the most time consuming part is building each burrito. These freeze and reheat very well. So in the morning when you are rushing off to work, pop one in the microwave for a couple minutes and eat that burrito on the way!

Greek Breakfast Burritos

Here is another breakfast burrito option, these are made with eggs, sundried tomatoes, feta and spinach. This is one of my first posts on this blog and it’s still one of my favorites. The recipe makes two serving but make a few extra burritos, wrap them up and reheat them later.

Turkey Meatloaf

Once you go turkey, you never go back. It’s way healthier and I think it tastes better too.  This recipe makes an entire loaf, which can feed two people but leave a bunch of leftovers. My favorite way to eat the leftovers is in a cold or hot meatloaf sandwich with tomatoes, spinach and onions. You can also chop up the leftover meat and serve it over pasta or a salad for lunch. The meat loaf freezes well too.

Waldorf Chicken Sandwich

Waldorf Chicken Sandwich

This is one of my most popular recipes on this blog- it must be because it tastes so good and is super healthy. I take the typical chicken salad made with mayonnaise and instead use non-fat plain yogurt. I also add in walnuts, grapes, apples, and celery to make a refreshing sandwich that can be eaten plain or between two slices of bread. This is a great meal to make for work/school lunches because it’s easy, healthy, and a cool new sandwich that outside of an ordinary lunch.

Homemade Pinto beans

Here is my last make-in-advance meal idea and yes, it involves more burritos! I am sure a lot of people think they don’t have the time to make beans from scratch, but it’s really not that bad, especially if you have a Crockpot. If you are conscience about health and money- compare canned beans to homemade beans. With canned beans you get up to 500mg of sodium per half cup and it costs about $1.00 per one cup of precooked beans. Homemade beans only cost about $0.15 per cup! I like to spend a little time and make a bunch of beans at a tine, use them in burritos or as side dishes, and then freeze the rest in sections. That way I can pull out a container of beans from the freezer when I need it. Brilliant!

Well I hope you enjoyed this list of make-in-advance meals! I hope they can help you eat healthier and save you a ton of time and money in the long run. If you are looking for more make-in-advance healthy meals, I recommend one of my favorite blogs: Onceamonthmom.com. Her posts are all about freezer meals!

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