If you have a busy schedule, planning meals can be a challenge. One strategy is to stock your freezer with homemade meals ahead of time. You can double or triple the serving size to make large batches of food at one time, and what doesn't get eaten that day can be portioned out and put in the freezer. You can even try setting aside one day a week to make and freeze an entire week's worth of meals.
It is especially helpful to have a handy collection of recipes that freeze and reheat well. Foods like stews, casseroles, soup and baked pasta dishes are great choices, and some breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles work well. Avoid recipes heavy in milk or cream, and some ingredients like chunks of potatoes may lose their texture (check out these eight foods that don't freeze well). Try any one of our 14 freeze-ahead foods to have a home-cooked meal ready at any hour.
Check out the slideshow above to discover 14 make-ahead meals you can freeze and reheat.