I employ this hack whenever I make lasagna, enchiladas or some other casserole-type dinner.
Instead of using a 9x 13 inch baking dish (as the recipe calls for), I split the recipe between two 8-inch square baking dishes. Each holds more than enough for a single meal for my family, so I serve one dish immediately and freeze the other.
I use Pyrex glass baking dishes. Not only are they cheap (you can often get sets on sale), they go from freezer to oven to table, and can also be popped into the microwave.
- One meal prep, two meals. That's half the work!
- Few-to-no leftovers. I'm the only leftover-eater in my family so this results in less wasted food.
- More room in the fridge. No more having to find space for a big, half-full pan.
- Easier cleanup. A small pan fits more easily into the dishwasher.
If your family is larger than mine (or has a larger appetite for dinner) you can always double your recipe and use two 9 x 13 baking dishes. But this has been working well for us.
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