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25 freezer meals – stress free prepping

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Ever wonder how I load up my freezer with over 25 meals stress-free???? Maybe not 100% stress-free, but it’s definitely not the typical way you see all over Pinterest and other food bloggers. What do I do that is different?? Honestly, not much, just a little bit more planning and patience.

On a normal week, I have my meal plan set-up, my groceries bought and I cook my meals every night. However, cooking every night has its own challenges, who doesn’t have 100 activities going on every week? I only have 2 kids currently in activities, and my life feels hectic. Once all 4 start their own activities, it’s going to be stupid. Yes, I am using that term, because it will be crazy and will require planning and coordination between my husband and I.

I decided to bring down the chaos with a touch more planning. With this way of cooking/planning, I have stocked my freezer with 25 meals! I almost have a full month of food either cooked or prepped. HECK YA!

How did I manage to stock up on that many meals with 4 kids??? Simply by following these steps:

  1. Stick to meat groups. If I have the energy to do a few meals (Batch cooking one day), I only do meals that are from the same category, such as beef meals, or chicken meals. I try to stay away from adding to many different proteins as they all need their own cooking methods and have unique prep methods.
  2. If I don’t have time to batch cook, I double any recipe I am making for supper. If I make chili, I either double or triple the recipe. We eat the chili for dinner and save the rest for the freezer. If we have a rotisserie chicken for supper, why not get a second one and use the cooked chicken for pot pies?
  3. I keep my meals simple. I do not make complicated meals and I stick to types that will freeze well. If I buy ground beef, I don’t freeze it all, I will cook some as taco meat, or simply cook it with onions and spices to use for spaghetti. Or I will prep the ground beef for meatballs or meatloaf.
  4. This step is slightly mentioned in step 3, I try to avoid buying protein and freezing it without prepping. When I purchase chicken, I divide the chicken thighs, or legs, or breasts into freezer Ziploc bags, then I add a quick marinade and voila supper is prepped for another night.
  5. Try to stash all the meals in one location. If you have more than one freezer, such as myself, I am using our tiny top freezer from our refrigerator located in our garage, just for my prepped meals. This way it is easy to take inventory and keep an eye on how much stock I have left.
  6. Take inventory of all the meals. Don’t just write down “meatloaf x2”, use 2 lines to say you have meatloaf. When you pull one out of the freezer, you can cross it out and still know you have another one for next time.
  7. Just relax and enjoy. If you don’t have time to fill your freezer, then don’t. The freezer stash is to help on those nights you are busy, or don’t feel like cooking or simply to reduce the prep time in the kitchen. It’s not a must, but it is a nice to have. Don’t fill your freezer all in one day as you will be exhausted. Make extras when you can, use your available kitchen gadgets (Instant pot to make sauces can cut down the “simmering” time required)
  8. Ty and follow food bloggers that match your cooking style. I consider myself a traditional cooker. I do not like to make complicated foods. I always revert back to the meals I used to eat or how my grandmother cooked. Currently my favorite blogger is Happy Money Saver. I have her cookbook and she is a mom of 4 who has learned to stash her freezer to help on those crazy days. Debt Kicking Mom or Budget Bytes have great Instagram accounts where they shares tips on saving money and cooking simple meals. If you are looking for a food blogger who works with different kitchen gadgets, make sure to check out Meal Plan Addict.

If you are interested in my freezer stash, this is what I have made over a month of time:

  1. Pulled Pork (mixture of BBQ sauce & Root beer)
  2. Shepard’s Pie
  3. Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  4. Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  5. Cooked Meatballs (froze 28 for a meal)
  6. Cooked Meatballs (froze 28 for a meal)
  7. Rosemary Pot Roast (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  8. Lasagna
  9. Lasagna
  10. Spaghetti Meat Sauce
  11. Grilling Chicken (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  12. Grilling Chicken (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  13. Grilling Chicken (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  14. Taco Meat
  15. Honey Pork Chops (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  16. Honey Pork Chops (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  17. Chicken Tiki Masala (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  18. Frugal Chili
  19. Frugal Chili
  20. Grilling Chicken Thighs (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  21. Grilling Chicken Thighs
  22. Meatloaf – (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  23. Teriyaki Chicken (Happy Money Saver – cookbook)
  24. Chicken Pot Pie
  25. Chicken Pot Pie – filling (enough for 2 pies)

Tell me, what is your favourite freezer meal?

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