Labor Day is supposed to be all about not laboring. We get the day off work and do whatever we want. In honor of this day of no labor, I thought I could share with you some great easy family meals that don’t take much planning or preparation. What’s the sense of having the day off if you’re sweating in a kitchen all day?
Hey, It’s Leftover Day!
This may take a little pre-week planning since leftovers are going to be the main meals for the day. Cook extra food earlier in the week and then you’ll have plenty of leftovers to pick through on Labor Day. You don’t even need set meals, if you don’t want. Simply instruct everyone to search the refrigerator and heat up anything that looks good when they get hungry. Instead of slaving over a hot stove, you’re watching everyone reheat Friday’s meatloaf.
Freezer Meals – Almost Any Meal Can Freeze
Freezer meals are becoming popular because of their ease to make and ability to be frozen for weeks. Many people prepare the meals and serve them throughout the month by thawing them out in the refrigerator and then heating them on the stove top or oven. Many hearty soups can be frozen and served later. Freeze pulled pork or beef in their own juices; then thaw them out and heat them up for a tasty delicious treat. The biggest caveat with freezer meals is making sure you’ve plenty of room in the freezer.
Crockpot Meals – Easy Meal and Little Work
I love crockpot meals because it’s all about fix it and forget. There are countless crockpot recipes for everything from lasagna to soups. What makes this great is you get a fresh non-frozen meal that tastes great. Meat and vegetables sit in the pot for hours getting tender and soaking up all those spices. It’s pure bliss without the hassle of checking cooking timers and getting temperatures right. Just fix it up, throw it in the crockpot and come back six hours later. As an added bonus, it makes the entire house smell amazing.
I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and take advantage of these idea. If you want some great freezer meal or crockpot recipes, then check out the rest of the dadsthatcook.com. We’ve got plenty of info for you.