Lately, my husband has barbecued on Sunday, and we make enough for leftovers on Tuesday night. That leaves me to find meals for four week days. This week, my husband will be off on Thursday for the 4th of July, when he’ll probably BBQ again, so I don’t need to cook very much this week.
The foods I made ahead, then, are for our lunches this week and for snacks and desserts for the kids.
Here’s what I made:
I think these would make a great holiday dessert. I definitely won’t make them every week, but my kids are getting old enough that they see all of their peers eating a lot of junk food, and they want treats, too. We can’t eat gluten and dairy, and I try to keep the kids away from artificial dyes, so there aren’t many traditional sweets that I approve of. However, I like to make them treats, like this one, that taste great but are still made of relatively healthy ingredients. I’m hoping they’ll take this model into their adulthood so that they can enjoy healthier treats in moderation.
I made two versions of these. One for the kids and my husband with peanut butter, and one for me with Trader Joe’s mixed nut butter. We like them, but all of us agree that when I make this next time, I’ll need to cut the amount of honey in half because they’re just too sweet. I’ve been off all sweets for 17 days now, and I found them much too sweet. I’m thinking next time I could forego the honey all together.
We’ve never tried overnight oats before, so this will be an adventure when we try these tomorrow. I’m hoping that we like them because I didn’t add any sweetener. Of course, we love Breakfast Mueseli, but I don’t want to have that much maple syrup. I’m hoping the Peach Pie Overnight Oats are a nice addition to our breakfast meals.
Hashbrown & Ham Breakfast Bake
Recipe coming this week for this simple meal. I made it this week to pack in lunches because making meals ahead for lunches is much cheaper than buying loaves of gluten free bread.
I seriously can’t get enough of this meal. I made this on Saturday morning to pack for our lunches for a day at ABA, and we still have leftovers (but not for long!) for a few lunches this week (probably mine.)
Do you have favorite make ahead meals? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!