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13 Make Ahead and Freeze CASSEROLES (and grocery list)

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From the same blogger that brought you “Make Ahead and Freeze Crockpot Meals” with over 500,000 pins, (www.atly.com/crockpot) these meals are easy to make, inexpensive to buy and delicious to taste! These recipes make enough food for 13 MEALS!!!! Be sure to check the shopping list first and see which items you already have at home. It shouldn’t cost you over $50 to make these meals, depending on what ingredients you have at home already. That’s less than $4 per meal!!! Please share these recipes on Facebook and Pinterest and post any questions you have below, thanks!

*For more Make-Ahead Freezer Casserole recipes (the HEALTHY, low-fat, low-carb, low-sodium edition) with printable grocery list, please visit our sponsor “atly” and take Femiology’s class! https://www.atly.com/#!/make-ahead_casseroles_online_class/food/entrees/17377835

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*As a matter of fact, if you’re spending more than $40 for ALL these ingredients, you obviously haven’t taken my online Couponing and Pricematching class on Atly (https://www.atly.com/couponing101)! This class shows you how to use price-matching AND coupons at Walmart to save up to 70% on your groceries. Buy your ingredients first, then proceed to making these AWESOME casseroles! Please let me know which one is your favorite!

UPDATE: DO NOT THAW THESE MEALS!!!!!!!! THEY COOK FROZEN. ALL OF THEM :)

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Easy Cheeseburger Casserole (makes 3 freezer meals)

For the topping:

2 pounds of ground beef (again, mine was pre-cooked)

1 onion, diced very finely

Six cups Cheddar Cheese, grated

For the crust:

5 cups of self rising flour

3/4 cup of sour cream

1 egg

1 cup (more or less) of water

 

Directions:

  • In a saute pan, cook together the ground beef over medium high heat until onion is soft. Set aside to cool.

  • Make the crust first by combining the flour, egg, sour cream and enough water to bring it together into a thick, but spreadable consistency.

  • Spray the pans (I used three round pans) and spread a layer of the dough into each one. 4. Sprinkle the cooled meat mixture over the dough, then top each one with about 2 cups of cheddar. Top with lid.

Write on lid: Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

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Tex Mex Chicken Casserole (makes 4 casseroles)

4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

8 cups of cooked rice

2 can of Rotel tomatoes

2 packs of taco seasoning

2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained

2 cans of black beans (undrained)

1 small can of black olives, drained

6 cups of cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:

  • Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl, except the cheese. Divide out into four pans, then top each with the cheddar cheese and top with cardboard topper.

Write on lid: Remove cardboard piece and bake at 350 until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted (all ingredients are already cooked, so it’s just a matter of heating it well.) *Serve with sour cream and salsa on top and tortilla chips.

 

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Chicken Casserole (makes 3 casseroles)

4 shredded, cooked chicken breasts

5 cups of cooked rice

2 cans of cream of chicken condensed soup

1 cup of chicken broth

2 bags of frozen peas and carrots (I used mixed, but you could use one bag of each)

1 Tablespoon of salt

1/2 Tablespoon of black pepper

3 cup of French’s onions

3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the cheese and onions together – set aside (for the topping)

  • In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients together, then separate into pans. Top each one with 1/3 of the topping mixture and freeze.

Write on lid: Bake at 350 until thoroughly warm and cheese is melted (everything is already cooked in the casserole.)

 

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Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole/ Funeral Potatoes (makes 1 freezer meal)

Potatoes:

12 large potatoes or 1 (32 oz) bag frozen shredded hashbrowns

2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of chicken soup (reduced fat is fine)

2 cups sour cream (light is fine)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup chopped onions

Topping:

2 cups crushed corn flakes

2 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions:

  • Peel potatoes and boil for 30 minutes, until just tender. Cool and grate into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish (or put frozen hash-browns into the baking dish). Combine soup, sour cream, cheese, the 1/2 cup melted butter, and onions. Gently blend into potatoes. Combine crushed corn flakes and the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle on top. Cover with cardboard lid.

Write on lid: Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with sliced ham and veggies.

 

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Baked Cheesy Chicken Penne (makes 2 freezer meals)

6 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dishes

kosher salt and black pepper

1 pound penne rigate (I used a 14.5 oz box of Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne Rigate)

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces each), halved horizontally (I used some leftover cooked chicken)

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

6 garlic cloves, finely minced

6 cups whole milk

10 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced (I used 8 oz of button mushrooms)

1 cup sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained

1 1/2 cups shredded provolone (6 ounces) (I used an italian blend that had provolone in it)

1 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 6 ounces)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400. Butter two shallow 2-quart baking dishes. If you’re going to freeze one, use a disposable foil pan.  In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes short of al dente; drain pasta and set aside.

  • While pasta is boiling, heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper; cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Halve each piece lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.  While chicken pan is still hot, toss the mushrooms in and saute until golden brown (3-4 minutes).  Use a little extra olive oil if needed.(Since I used left over chicken, I just cooked the mushrooms in the olive oil)

  • In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot , melt butter over medium. Add flour and garlic; cook, whisking, 1 minute. While whisking constantly, gradually add milk; bring to a simmer.  Keep whisking frequently as sauce thickens, about 1 minute more. Add mushrooms and tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat and and gradually stir in provolone and 1/2 cup Parmesan.

  • Add chicken and pasta to pot; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide pasta mixture between baking dishes.  If freezing, place remaining parmesan cheese in a zip-top baggie.  If cooking, sprinkle on top.

  • Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

  • Freezer instructions: To freeze, prepare through step 4 and then let pasta cool. Cover pan well with plastic wrap.  Place extra cheese in baggie (for topping) on top and then cover entire pan well with foil.  Freeze for up to 3 months.

Write on lid: Preheat oven to 400.  Remove foil and plastic from pan and set cheese baggie aside. Place foil back on pan and bake for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil, stir pasta, and top with cheese.  Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes (I only did 10 minutes) or until mixture is hot and bubbly throughout.

***If you enjoyed these recipes, don’t forget to check out my Make Ahead and Freeze SOUPS post! Also comes with a shopping list and enough food to make 11 meals! http://femiology.com/11-make-ahead-and-freeze-soups-with-shopping-list/

 


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SHOPPING LIST (to make ALL the above recipes):

13 FOIL CASSEROLE DISHES with lids, all sizes (I got mine at Dollar Tree)

2 pounds of ground beef (mine was pre-cooked)

10 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 and ⅓ onions, diced very finely

16 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated

5 cups of self rising flour

3/4 cup of sour cream

1 egg

13 cups of cooked rice

2 cans of Rotel tomatoes

2 packs of taco seasoning

2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained

2 cans of black beans (undrained)

1 small can of black olives, drained

4 cans of cream of chicken condensed soup

1 cup of chicken broth

2 bags of frozen peas and carrots (I used mixed, but you could use one bag of each)

1 Tablespoon of salt

3 cup of French’s onions

12 large potatoes or 1 (32 oz) bag frozen shredded hashbrowns

2 cups sour cream (light is fine)

1/2 cup butter, melted, plus 2 Tbsp butter, melted

2 cups crushed corn flakes

6 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dishes

Salt and black pepper

1 pound penne rigate (I used a 14.5 oz box of Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne Rigate)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

6 garlic cloves, finely minced

6 cups whole milk

10 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced (I used 8 oz of button mushrooms)

1 cup sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained

1 1/2 cups shredded provolone (6 ounces) (I used an italian blend that had provolone in it)

1 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 6 ounces)

 

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UPDATE: How long do these recipes last in the freezer? I found this website really helpful! http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/freezing/how-long-food-last-freezer-10000000687907/ Thanks for all your comments! Please no vulgarity! I’m happy to answer any of your questions.

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113 Comments

  1. Corri Anna Thomas

    These recipes should feed a family of 5-7 depending on how much your family eats. We bring them to family dinners with 6-8 people and there's ALWAYS leftovers! :D lemme know if you have any more questions!

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  2. Amy Cotten

    Just so you know… Wal-mart no longer allows ad matching to be combined WITH coupons. So, getting all those indredients on the shopping list definitely costs more than $40. I have no idea why, but I've tried it at 3 different stores and they all make you choose to EITHER ad match OR use your coupon. Silly, I know. Makes me want to shop at the other stores with the better prices so that I can also use my coupons!

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  3. Corri Anna Thomas

    Whaaaaaa since WHEN?? I go there every week and do price-matching WITH coupons here. It depends on which Walmart you're at I guess. All the ones in Utah do it still. I'm sorry to hear that!

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  4. Amy Cotten

    I'm in Georgia, near Atlanta, and I've talked with the store managers of all 3 stores in our area. They all say, "it's the new rules from corporate. We can no longer combine deals like ad matching and coupons." AND they only ad match the other store's PRICE. So, if you show an ad for BOGO, you can't get 2 items for the one Wal-mart price. You can only get them for the one price of the other store (not Wal-mart's price). I've completely quit ad matching b/c it's cheaper in most cases to simply use a coupon on the Wal-mart price item OR go to the other store so I can combine ad with coupon. It's extremely frustrating b/c I hear from people all the time about the great deals they are getting, but our stores WILL NOT BUDGE on the "new" policy. Maybe I should move to Utah! If it IS a new corporate policy, then it may be on it's way down the pipeline to your stores too! Hope not for your sake!

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  5. Corri Anna Thomas

    Amy Cotten Yikes!! I'm so sorry you have to go through that! Ya we have the no BOGO rule out here and they don't let us price-match UNLESS a price is displayed on the ad. Haha I bet they were losing a ton of $$$ by allowing it before! I just called the Walmart Supercenter near me and they said they're still doing it at all the Utah stores. Guess Utah's the place to be! :D but for your sake, I'd definitely go to each store where the items are the cheapest, and use coupons on top of that. Walmart is definitely not the cheapest when it comes to buying stuff on a weekly basis! Best of luck!!:)

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  6. Wendy Marie Kindberg

    Also, if you use a coupon from the internet that you printed, and the store scanner doesn't "read" it, they do not allow you to use it either.

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  7. Theresa Del Biaggio

    After all the unhealthy ingredients in your casseroles, you should've just taken your family out to fast food. Albeit more expensive, it's about the same nutritional benefits.

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  8. Theresa Del Biaggio

    After all the unhealthy ingredients in your casseroles, you should've just taken your family out to fast food. Albeit more expensive, it's about the same nutritional benefits.

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  9. Jessica McVeigh

    I missed the part where it said, "healthy" make ahead and freeze casseroles… Sorry. Can you point out where it said that? No? Ok, then you're just a snobby, uppity bitch. Got it.

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  10. Gina Scaduto

    they don't have to just scan it, if it has a key in code underneath the scanner bar…

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  11. Hannah Brasher

    You can make modifications to these recipes, if you find them unhealthy – like making your own condensed soup, using organic chicken, brown rice, whole wheat flour, etc. Most of the items called for are real foods and not processed and that's a plus in my opinion!

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  12. Diana Westfall Haynes

    Jessica McVeigh how about not being a bitch it was just a question GFY !!!

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  13. Kathy Kanan Jansen

    Way way too much cheese and sour cream for anyone to eat on a regular basis unless you like heart attacks. Healthy dishes to freeze would be much better. I like cheese but not by the pound.

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  14. Jen Schultz

    First of all, it does not say "LOW FAT" in the title. Secondly, just because you make them all at once does not mean you would EAT them all at once! Everything in moderation, people! A little bit of "comfort food" is good for you every once in a while!!!

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  15. Ashley Fate Smith

    I have a daycare and these look great. I got a lot of kids that could use the extra calories and I love there is veggies and protein and grains all in one which makes it easier to get them to eat all the different food groups. Thanks for the post.

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  16. Ashley Fate Smith

    I have a daycare and these look great. I got a lot of kids that could use the extra calories and I love there is veggies and protein and grains all in one which makes it easier to get them to eat all the different food groups. Thanks for the post.

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  17. Corri Anna Thomas

    You can buy bigger pans to put them in, that way you're eating less and you meal turns out flatter… Maybe it'll give the illusion that you're eating healthier? And feed more people! Win-Win! :D

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  18. Diana Westfall Haynes

    Corri Anna Thomas I'd say freezer meals just cause they're quick and easy especially with a young family.

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  19. Karen MacDonald

    Corri Anna Thomas looking forward to your Low Carb CASSEROLES, or make-ahead freezer meals..

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  20. Karen MacDonald

    Corri Anna Thomas looking forward to your Low Carb CASSEROLES, or make-ahead freezer meals..

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  21. Randi Jo Heisler

    OMG with the negativity today WOW! Every picture, post, link, etc. I've clicked on today has had SCADS of rude, mean-spirited people just flat-out bashing the poster. Is it a full moon or is the internet-anonymity just giving people ego-trips?

    1. If you want healthy, low-fat, low-carb, low-brain etc. recipes, you may want to specify that in your search on Bing, Google, etc.
    2. ASKING can be polite, not demanding or rude – repeat after me: "Do you have any recipes for make-ahead meals that are low in ___________?" or "I'm lactose-intolerant, would it harm the integrity of the piece if I used imitation cheese or omitted it?"
    3. If you got to this page via a link on facebook, etc. – No one dragged you here and no one is forcing you to make these recipes. If you don't see anything you like (or only like the looks of one or two) then don't use the ones that don't appeal to you! Do you write the editors of a general-purpose cookbook and ream them about the content of the recipes not being tailored to your dietary requests? Do you call your church to complain about the same thing regarding the cookbooks the women's group, etc. printed for fundraisers?? What, then, gives you the right to dictate what someone posts in their PERSONAL ONLINE COOKBOOK/blog??
    4. If you are unable to use your own judgment and cooking skills to adapt/alter recipes to suit your dietary requirements, perhaps you should look into home-delivery of prepackaged meals specifically designed for your needs or invest in a cookbook/subscription to a website/blog that caters to your desired recipes instead of thinking it's your job to dictate what OTHER PEOPLE may wish to cook for THEIR families. That "sense of entitlement" thing is just really unappealing on any body type and needs to be left on the sale rack…

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  22. Jamie Thielbar Selin

    I haven't used these recipes yet, but I plan to pick a couple and try. In the past with other recipes, since we only have a family of 4, I use the 5×7 pans and make two meals instead of one, save both for us or send one to someone who could use a meal. (Someone with new baby, or just had surgery, or otherwise down on their luck.) More meals for the same work. :)

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  23. Katie Luce

    Amy Cotten please keep in mind that them saying it is the new rules for corporate mean NOTHING if it is not printed in the online policy. The link I have attached is the policy from Corporate. Print it out and take it with you to prove that there is nothing in their policy that says you cannot combine ad matching with coupons. If they have a problem with it then tell them you will wait while they call corporate about it because they cannot just change the rules from state to state. I googled Walmart Ad Match Corporate Policy and this is what it gave me. Hope this helps! http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee

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  24. Corri Anna Thomas

    Jamie Thielbar Selin What a great idea! We're big leftovers fans since my hubby works the next day, so he usually goes to work a happy man with yummy leftovers! :D

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  25. Corri Anna Thomas

    Well said, and thank you! I am glad to answer any questions but I agree, the foul language is not very nice.. Femiology is meant to uplift, inspire and encourage women to be their best! I do appreciate suggestions for future posts also, because it's hard NOT running out of ideas on what to blog about these days lol! ;) I appreciate this though.

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  26. Stacy Tisdale

    Thank you for taking your time to share when you didn't have to. So sorry for the ungrateful comments. It's just ridiculous and petty. I do believe we'll try some :-)

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  27. Mary M Menefee-Jones

    Corri Anna Thomas thank you. Everything sounds soooo good and EASY. anything to make my life easier. lol

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  28. Kristy LaShea Pipkin

    You mentioned that you have a crock pot list of recipes like the one above…..Can you please post this link to that one? Also….I hate that you are trying to make life easier and a lot of theses comments are negative! If they don't like the ingredients, they don't have to make these, or they can simply substitute healthier choices in place of what they find unhealthy! Thank you for posting! I will be trying this soon!

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  29. Sandy Rucker Cline

    How many people do each of these casseroles feed? Also, Do I need to thaw the food before baking it or can I take it from the freezer and put it in the oven?

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  30. Joan Malm

    Jessica McVeigh These can easily be made into low fat by making the appropriate substitutions

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  31. Becky Williams Teeple

    The Wal Marts in Indiana still allow it. I hope they don't change their policies.

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  32. Tawny Knuteson Boyd

    My word some people would b*&%$ if they wer hung with a new rope. Corri took the time to post this and share her recipes and some tips, if they don't suit your family don't make them. There's nothing less attractive than women tearing one another down when they have done something good. Just an FYI 6 cups of Cheddar chesse in the Tex Mex cassarole sounds like alot. Figure it this way it makes 4 cassaroles, so that's 1 and 1/2 cups per cassarole, she states each cassarole is about 6 serviings, that's 4 tablespoons of cheese per serving, Hardly will clog an active, healthy person's arteries as long as they are eating healthy fruits, grains and veggies along with a little comfort food. All these can be adapted to be lower fat, lower sodium, lower carbs, that's the case with every recipe in every cook book in the world.

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  33. Melissa Abakah

    kind of nervous to ask, but did I miss the serving size and/or calories. i know I can modify some ingredients. It's not a big deal either, I can use and app to calculate the amount of calories. I think these recipes sound great. I do not limited myself to specific foods, but I am trying to watch my portions. Thanks!

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  34. April Gerner

    So want to do this! Any specifics on the size pans you used on each one to make it a little easier?

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  35. Lisa McCoy Heddens

    What an awesome idea! I'm getting ready to have a baby and this will make dinners so much easier for a week or two.

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  36. Tony Lishman

    Wow, Im going to make sure I never share my recipes on this site. Goodness, I just don't get what miserable, unhappy and rude people get out of spouting off on someone who generally has done something to try and help others.

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  37. Jessica Baker

    Looks like there these are easily adaptable into low fat, wheat options, fast and easy meals. Thank you so much for posting things that sound yummy and are reasonable on purchasing.

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  38. Theresa Del Biaggio

    I love sites that share recipes. I cannot however feed garbage to my family. This was posted on Facebook which btw, allows comments. Feeding responsibly is good for everyone. Eating well reduces obesity, diabetes, and an array of other ailments. It's not uppity, it's responsible. Sorry if my comment on a PUBLIC forum bothers you. Thank you for those comments that shows alternative ingredients. Knowledge is power. I'm not an uppity bitch, I'm a responsible person and mom and I feed my children healthy food- horrible I know.

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  39. Jonrael James

    Yes it is a corporate thing… at the registers at my store we have signs up for the new rule of what you can and can not do also if you get a coupon online and the computer rejects it they do not have to give the discountand most likly wont. so be careful where you are getting coupons from.

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  40. Kelli Mayo Durham

    Corri Anna Thomas All of these sound wonderful and I can't wait to try them. I noticed in one of the recipes you said u used 3 round pans and I am wondering if you would please specify which type of pan u used on each recipe so I can make sure I buy the correct ones at the store? Thank you so much and a site like this is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks again:)

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  41. Lisa Michele

    Lmao…… who are you Theresa to be so rude to corri for posting some great freezeable meals???? If you wouldnt eat them ok…. but y feel the need to be so rude and make nasty comment like that… not everyone cares how healthy everything in the casseroles are. .. they are easy for busy families who dont have a chance to cook everynight….. smh

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  42. Lisa Michele

    Its rude that you would say that these recipes are garbage. .. yes its a public site where you can comment.. but just because you feel that these casseroles are garbage… does NOT make you and more responsible then anyone else on here!!! Responsibility has nothing to do with what you eat…its a choice you make for your self and your family….. just a very rude comment to make… but like you said you can post on it and comment.. and say what you like. .. which is ok. .. cuz its comments like that make me smdh and teach my kids even more bout how its better to keep your mouth shut at times bout stuff you disagree with then looking like a rude person!!!

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  43. Renee Schopmeyer

    I made 15 meals ahead in the freezer before Orrin. Helped tremendously. You can also bag up crockpot meals and freeze them so all you have to do is thaw and put in the crockpot the whole day.

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  44. Vonda Marks

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes with us. Everyone has the right to make their own choices in life. So if these recipes don't sound like what they want to serve their family they modify them to suit their needs or don't use them. I change recipes all the time to fit with how we like to eat. But please do not go on peoples blogs and talk trash. These recipes are very helpful for many families.

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  45. Amber Klug

    I feed my family healthy food as well but don't go to a site that is making meals that don't fit into our diet and comment how bad they are. Go to Google look up healthy meals. Pretty simple.

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    • Corri Thomas

      Yes its between 5 and 7 but it depends on how much your family eats. Ours has 4 people and there’s ALWAYS leftovers.

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  46. Corri Anna Thomas

    I'm in the process of making a HUGE online class with 100 MAKE-AHEAD MEALS AND DESSERTS including beef, chicken, pork, ham and turkey! It's gonna be on Atly in about a week or two, there's a LOT of work that goes into making the recipes, organizing them and then creating a shopping list. I'll make a post on Femiology about it as soon as it's ready. We just filmed an introduction video for the class, soooo excited!! Here's my mini Atly recipe in the mean-time! :D http://www.atly.com/crockpot

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  47. Corri Anna Thomas

    I'm in the process of making a HUGE online class with 100 MAKE-AHEAD MEALS AND DESSERTS including beef, chicken, pork, ham and turkey! It's gonna be on Atly in about a week or two, there's a LOT of work that goes into making the recipes, organizing them and then creating a shopping list. I'll make a post on Femiology about it as soon as it's ready. We just filmed an introduction video for the class, soooo excited!! Here's my mini Atly recipe in the mean-time! :D http://www.atly.com/crockpot

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