Prepping Meals Ahead of Time for the Family While Away

Ok.. I just finished putting my kids to bed and am a total mess. It is always so hard to leave them… but know I am doing what I can to get ahead and make a better life for them. Everybody has room to learn and grow in their business, right?! And although my husband and son actually do a lot of the cooking on a regular basis, I wanted to be a part of at least one meal I was gone.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

Prepping Meals Ahead of Time

There were so many preparations to make over the past few weeks as I was packing to head to BlogHer. Some things could be planned weeks out while others were all last minute. Prepping meals ahead of time for the family is one thing I would have loved to had more time to do. Things got so crazy at the last minute and I was unable to do as much prep as I would have liked as far as meals. Again, my husband does like to cook and my son is an aspiring chef… so I knew they would be taken care of. Alas, I still wanted to get at least one meal prepared and into the freezer to make dinner easy on my husband.

That being said, I was thrilled to receive a GLAD Mom Made meal kit to feed my family for a night while I am away. The kit included Glad FreezerWare Containers, a recipe card for Mom Made Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas, and a few key ingredients to get started. So today I was able to throw it together and freeze it for my family to enjoy while I am gone over the next 5 days. And the recipe was quick and easy to put together and will just take a little warming up in the microwave come dinner time. Here is the recipe so that you can give it a try prior to traveling or just to make an easy night’s meal:

Mom Made Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • can (4.5 oz) diced chilies
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, picked of meat
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1  jar (16 oz) of salsa
  • 1 can (28 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 onion, diced (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. And onions (if desired) and garlic and saute until soft. Around 3 minutes. Add chilies, chicken, chili powders and salsa and stir in skillet to combine. Simmer about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat to assemble enchiladas.
  3. Soften tortillas in microwave for about 30 seconds on high.
  4. Coat bottom of a casserole pan with some enchilada sauce. Place rest of sauce in a shallow pie pan. Dip tortilla into remaining sauce and then fill with some o of the chicken mixture. Roll tortilla and place seamside down in dish. Repeat until remaining tortillas are stuffed and rolled.
  5. Pour remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Back for 20 minutes until fully cooked through and cheese has melted.

Transfer enchiladas to Glad Freezerware for freezing for later. Serves 4-6 people.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

My family now has at least one tasty meal in the freezer and my husband can have one “easier” night. I honestly need to start doing this more often just to make things easier on myself!

What is your go-to freezer meal? Or have you ever tried cooking and freezing for later?

You can find more recipes, as well as crafts and more, at Glad.com as well as on Glad’s Facebook page.

Disclosure: I received a Glad Meal Kit from Mom Select in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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