25 no-cook freezer meals? Is this a joke? Too good to be true? No, this is exactly what happens when I run out of meat in my freezer and buy $250 (CAN) worth of protein in bulk.
Listen, I recently posted an Instagram story (@Bonita_momof4) where I showed all the meat I purchased (ground beef, chicken legs, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, pot roast & beef stew meat) for $250 Canadian. In total, I made 25 no-bake freezer meals. It sounds much fancier than it is.
Before I dive into the “What recipes did I make?” list, I want to quickly show the groceries I purchased from Costco. For some reason, it always interests others what I buy from Saskatchewan, Canada for our family of 6. I did a big haul for two reasons:
- Haven’t gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks
- Almost no meat left in the freezer
Spent $500 Canadian all at Costco where half of it was all protein, where the rest was mostly fruits and snacks as a return to school and a daycare camp starts up right away. Pictured below is my grocery haul (missing from the image is another bag of break and dish soaps):
As you can see, I bought a lot of bulk meat and I didn’t want to throw all the packages I the freezer without doing some sort of prep work. I decided to take about 2 hours of my time after supper to cut open all the packages and separate them for meals. I did this all without cooking anything but you best believe, there was a lot of handwashing!
Beef – Stew Meat & Roast
I decided to start with the stew meat package. This package ca usually feed us for 3 meals, but this time I made it into 2 to have leftover lunches. I didn’t go crazy and cut up veggies and onions. I kept it simple. I separated the meat into 2 bags and seasoned the meat with kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, onion soup mix split between the two, beef broth powder and oil. When I am ready to use this, I will throw into the slow cooker, add a couple of cups of water and cook on low. I like to add my veggies during my last couple of hours.
Next, I jumped onto the beef roast. It wasn’t a super large roast, but as it’s such an expensive piece of meat now, I cut into 2 meals. I will serve it with a side of potatoes, veggies and a salad, I don’t a large roast with all of that. Similar to my stew meat, I seasoned it the same. When I am ready to use it, I can use any roast recipe, and it will have some flavour absorbed.
Chicken – Whole, Thighs & Drumsticks
Whole chickens were next. I had 3 in the package to season. I threw them each in their bag, threw some oil all over, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning and spice I found in my pantry (Club House – Chicken). I realize this seems simple, but it is all I need. These chickens are perfect to use on the grill, beer chicken or add BBQ sauce. Play around with the recipes, but at least I have it prepped separately in different bags ready to use at home or take to the lake.
Now, I’ve completed 7 meals and moved on to the chicken thighs. If you like to clean your chicken beforehand, trim off excess fat. I splurged and decided to get boneless and skinless chicken thighs. I did a super quick Pinterest search and landed with a pin I’ve used and saved. I like the Delicious Chicken Thigh Marinades – 5 Ways from The Girl on Bloor. This time I selected to go with the Asian sauce as I had all the ingredients on hand. I split my chicken thigh package into 2 bags and made the sauce twice. Threw it all together for the freezer.
My kids enjoy chicken legs as you can see, I bought 2 packages, which equal 4 meals for us. I didn’t want to make all 4 of them the same, plus I didn’t have enough soy sauce for all sauces. I split the 2 packages into 4 freezer bags. Here is the breakdown of the chicken legs:
- 1 bag of Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Drumsticks from Craving Tasty. Super simple recipe and it’s delicious
- 1 bag of BBQ legs. This is where I made it my way. I added oil, salt & pepper and about half to 3/4 bottle of regular BBQ sauce to the bag.
- 2 bags of the Nanny’s Sticky Chicken from South Your Mouth.
Chicken – Breasts
Last of the chicken is the chicken breasts, I bought 2 packages as well and I do not like to freeze these without separating them in 3-4 fillets/bag. Similar to the beef, as I moved them all to 6 bags, I added oil, salt & pepper, poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and the Club House Chicken seasoning. These will be used in casseroles, quesadillas, tacos, wraps or even sandwiches.
Beef – Ground
Finally, ground beef. I have to say, ground beef is the protein that takes more time to prep if you make meals as it usually requires cooking the beef. At this point in the night, I was tired. As I bought 3 packages, I split them all into 2. I kept 1 half to make an unbaked meatloaf. Ground beef is at least quick to cook and great for lasagna, meatballs, Shepard’s pie, spaghetti meat sauce, chilli, tacos and the list can go on.
There you have it, 25 unbaked freezer meals all prepped, seasoned and ready for any meal. I don’t have to worry about thawing out a large portion as they are all prepped for any meal at home or take to the lake.
Beef Seasoning – Freezer Prep
- 1 to 1 1/2 Lbs Beef – stew meat or pot roast
- 1/2 Tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper
- 1/2 Package Onion soup mix
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1-2 Tbsp Beef Broth powder
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- Throw everything together in a freezer bag, if the seasoning is not coating properly, add a bit more oil.
- Depending on your preferences, adjust the spices to add more or less.
- Ready for the freezer
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