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16 No-Fuss Batch Dinners To Freeze For Your Future Self

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Conversations regarding our future selves tend to revolve around personal finances or physical and mental health. The concept is pretty simple: What is the most realistic future you can imagine for yourself? No winning the lottery, no magically "getting fit.” Just what you’ll be if you continue everything as you are now. If you don’t like the image, change it.

It’s a wonderfully helpful mindset when it comes to investment habits or workout routines, and, as I recently discovered, dinner planning. On slow, easy Sundays, I think of the tired, hungry Wednesday Katie. Or Tuesday coworker-drinks-but-no-food-plans Katie. Or, if I’m thinking about my way, way ahead future self, I realize how much she’ll want to eat chicken soup when sick. Making big batch dinners and freezing pre- or post-cooking isn’t just good planning. It’s an act of self-compassion. It’s doing a kind deed for the person you’ll be in two weeks or two months or a few days. So, take a moment plan ahead. Your future self will thank you.

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Sheri's Shortcut Chili

Sheri's Shortcut Chili by Ali Slagle

Batsaria (Phyllo-less Spanakopita)

Batsaria (Phyllo-less Spanakopita) by cookbookchick

Chicken Tamale Pie
Chicken Tamale Pie
Cabbage and Meatball Soup
Cabbage and Meatball Soup
Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche
Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche
Pastitsio

Pastitsio by TheRunawaySpoon

Vegan Enchilada Casserole

Vegan Enchilada Casserole by Gena Hamshaw

Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes
Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes
Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale

Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale by Gena Hamshaw

Turkish Slow-Cooked Beef and Vegetable Stew (Güveç)

Turkish Slow-Cooked Beef and Vegetable Stew (Güveç) by Food52

Truffled, Mustardy Mac & Cheese
Truffled, Mustardy Mac & Cheese
Bea's Serbian Pita (Burek)
Bea's Serbian Pita (Burek)
Ground Meat Ragu ("The Butcher's Ragu")
Ground Meat Ragu ("The Butcher's Ragu")
Tuck Leafy Greens into Lasagna For Next-Level Dinner

Tuck Leafy Greens into Lasagna For Next-Level Dinner by Alexandra Stafford

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Ultimate Chicken Tikka Masala

Ultimate Chicken Tikka Masala by kevin.townsley

Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce
Baked Penne with Butternut-Sage Sauce

How do you plan for your future self? Think they're hungry?


Tags: freezer-friendly, batch dinners