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Old 05-20-2014, 06:18 PM
 
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I wouldn't thaw for 24 hours -- I'd pull it out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge. It won't thaw much in that amount of time. Then I'd stick it in the crock in the morning.
Would it then be okay to throw in the crock at say 8 and have it start heating at 10? Noon? If its still thawing it wouldn't get into the danger zone for a couple hours I would think.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:22 PM
 
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I think that would work as well. I'd do it, maybe start at 10, not noon, and cook on low.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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Eggplant Parm ranks at the top for me. A big salad for a side of other meals during the week. And gravy for macaroni night..
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I'd make lasagna, pot roast with carrots and potatoes, chili, chicken, meatballs, soups, bread, muffins, and some kind of yummy dessert on Sundays and we'd eat it throughout the week. The pot roast often reappeared as barbeque or beef and gravy. The meatballs were paired with spaghetti, were made into meatball subs, or were put in beef gravy and served over rice. There are a lot of ways to take a precooked entree and serve it in many different ways to alleviate boredom.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Looking for some ideas of meals that you prepare ahead of time to cook during the week, or completely cook and then warm up.
Breakfast sandwiches warm up well - egg (slightly under-cooked, but firm), protein of choice (bacon, sausage (pork or turkey) left over london broil, and cheese on either toasted english muffins or bagels. Wrap individually and warm up as needed.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Pasta and rice, which freeze well, and "wet" foods such as sauces, stews, soups, that are good on reheating, and sometimes even better.

Chili (with or without meat), on pasta or rice, is one of my favorites.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Looking for some ideas of meals that you prepare ahead of time to cook during the week, or completely cook and then warm up.

You're joking, right??
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:31 PM
 
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At some point in the week when I do make salmon (broiled in olive oil with spices and seasoning) I do four pieces (16 or 32 oz frozen packs - you can get at Aldi's 32 oz pack for $7.99 US around here). Two of which I eat same day for dinner and then the other two I package with my rice/veggie mix side in those same containers left over from lean cuisine, wrap and place in frig. Sometime in the next couple of days I have the others as dinner with another side.

It is easy to microwave by placing a few ounces of water over the top (since the rice mix will dry out and absorb it) and microwaving for three minutes. It's still very tasty - though not as good as the day it is made. It is my favorite because its healthy, quick, easy, and makes the time to initially prepare it well spent.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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I do NOT do that any more since I am retired.

However, usually chilis and soups would make the list.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:25 PM
 
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You're joking, right??
Why? Many busy families do this so they get homecooked meals during the week and don't have to resort to all take out and frozen case items.
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