Make Ahead Meals

Need some help stretching your dinner dollars? Try these seasonal strategies that get you thinking ahead and making ahead so you stay ahead of your Weeknight Budget.

-Better Homes and Gardens is pleased to partner with General Mills to bring you the weeknight budget series. Everybody wants to serve their families delicious nutritious dinners. But can you do it on a budget? you bet with some timely tips for better Homes and Gardens. -One of the best ways to stretch your dwindling dollars is to think of multiples, double up, triple up; buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. So, when you see a sale, jump on it. You'll have all those ingredients at home, so when you're making one, make 2, make 3, save yourself time and money. I think lasagna, casseroles, a pot pies were great for this. You can make double batch and put 1 filling in the freezer and then make the other one that day. So, you start up by using a premade crust. This is a roll out crust. So, pour your filling into a pie plate and top it with the crust and make some slits and then pop it in the oven and bake it Another great saving strategy is buying seasonally. When vegetables and fruits are in season, that's when they are less expensive. Small fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and even cherries can be frozen individually on trays. In that way, when you wanna take a few at a time, you can throw up smoothie or you can stir them into an oatmeal, or if you want, you can freeze them in larger quantities for cobblers and pies. Lots of vegetables can be frozen too. If you blanch them before you freeze them, blanching time varied, but the process is always the same, and basically you damp them in boiling water and then you plunge them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. You can try with the asparagus, beans, broccoli, carrots, peas, and [unk] of vegetables that you can freeze, and then you have them on hand year round. So, stock up on things when they are season and on sale and keep the bottom line of your budget healthy.