What to feed the family.

  1. I'm looking for everyones favorite cook-ahead-and freeze meals for those first few crucial months during nursing school...
    any suggestions?
    crock-pot meals would be great too!
  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   marilynmom
    I am fixing to throw something on to eat for the family and head out the door as well.

    Here is a quick, pantry stand by I make about once a week:

    1 can black beans
    1 can diced tomatos
    garlic, cumin and sometimes I will add in some hot sauce
    diced onion (that I keep pre-diced and frozen in the freezer)

    Throw this all in a pan and cook till its all good and warm and you can tell the flavors have gotten together (you know how that looks right? lol)

    While that is cooking I take a bag of quick cooking brown rice and boil that up (or zap it in the microwave) and then mix the beans with the brown rice (couscous is good as well and quick cooking) and dinner is served!

    Its fast, cheap, easy and even better- healthy!

  4. by   renerian
    WE make a chili bowl:

    crushed doritioes
    diced tomatoes
    one can of chili with no beans

    My kids love it, fast and very easy.

  5. by   sanakruz
    easy one:
    2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
    I block Feta cheese,chopped
    I small red onion, chopped
    1/3 cup olive oil-use Bertolli's Classico for best results
    2 TBS dired dill weed or 4 of fresh
    Chill and serve
    High in fiber and protein- 2 of the 3 juveniles will actually eat it and ask for more. We are constantly eating bread, too as it is the base of the food pyramid. I could not live without my bread machine (or microwave or dishwasher or cell phone....OK...)
    I am a big fan of beans too!
    also spend alot of time at www.allrecipes.com
  6. by   rnnurse2be
    Ok, Quick, easy and yummy.
    Chicken (thawed) throw it in a oven dish
    Top with spagetti sauce
    Bake 350 until done
    Top w/ cheese
    Voila~~ italian chicken...
  7. by   Jen2
    One of my favorite and easy meals is:

    Shred a head of cabbage

    Chop an onion

    sautee together in butter and a little water until tender

    Add some boiled egg noodles...........Viola

    So filling. So cheap.
  8. by   gwenith
    cooked chicken - roasted from take away is OK
    shred chicken and put into pot add frozen mixed peas/corn comboadd white sauce ( a couple of spoons of four and milk mixed together - just add until consistance is right ( If you get concrete you have gone too far)

    add in some shredded cheeze.

    This also works with marinara fish mix and other combos - easy cheap and QUICK!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    go to:


    ask for make-ahead meals

    crock pot meals

    you will find ANYTANG you want! happy hunting!
  10. by   happystudent
    tuna casserole:

    8 oz box of pasta any kind--elbows, egg , ziti
    boil pasta
    2 cans tuna dont drain
    2 cans cream mushroon soup
    1 bag of shredded cheese- cheddar or whatever you like
    1 1/2 cups of milk
    cheddar flavored french fried onions for topping
    peas if you like.. my kids dont like em so i hold them

    mix soup milk cheese in bowl

    drain pasta (dont over cook it)

    mix tuna w/ pasta pour into casserol dish
    pour soup mix on top make sure its coated well

    sprinkle cheddar onions on top bake @ 375 30-40 min or untill edges are bubbly and cheese is melted

    ummm yummie
  11. by   iliel
    Yum, I'm getting some good ideas!

    Here's one
    1-2 bags/box of tortoleni (sp?)
    cook then cool in fridge
    dice carrots, cucumber, and what ever else you want
    dump a ton of balsamic vinagrette and serve cold!
    It's a good thing to snack on all day and also works for a side!
  12. by   Agnus
    First few months? Excuse my giggle. TEACH HUBBY TO COOK. NOW. Make it very clear that for the period you are in school he HAS to pick up a LOT more responsibility or it just doesn't get done.
  13. by   Agnus
    We became well aquainted with the prepackaged dinners that you basically heat and serve. Most come frozen and are very good.
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    Put some pork ribs in the crock pot with just a little bit of water.
    Go to school.
    when you come back drain the fat and add some BBQ sauce.
    Let it warm for 20 minutes.