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Freezer Meals Saved My Sanity

Life is busy. I believe every mom can attest to that. We are running kids around like a taxi. Possibly going to work ourselves. Breaking up fights. Picking up messes. And trying to find something clean to wear to get the kids out the door. Mom life is the busiest life out there.

At the end of the day, I’m worn out. I don’t want to heat up the oven and prepare a 3 course meal that would be Pinterest worthy. Once I discovered freezer meals, my world was forever changed; I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s honest. We now have simple, healthy, and affordable meals for dinner when I don’t feel like cooking. So long to ordering pizza! Okay, I’m lying, we still order pizza. We love pizza.

When researching for recipes, you can search Google or Pinterest. Start with searching for “Freezer Meals” and not slow cooker meals; there is a huge difference. Slow cooker meals may be able to be frozen, but it’s not guaranteed when searching. Freezer meals can be dumped in the crock pot in the morning and then you are ready to go versus having to do all the prep in the morning to put in the crock pot. One resource I have really enjoyed is Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. It’s a great book to have on hand and I love the recipes!

Below are some ideas on how to get started.

Flying Solo

  1. Find 5 recipes that you believe your family would enjoy. Print the recipes. Make a grocery list and hit the store! {Don’t forget to pick up gallon size ziplock bags!}
  2. Pick one day to prep all the ingredients. Put ingredients together in the correct bags, zip lock. Make sure to pull any excess air out while zip locking. This helps eliminate possible freezer burn. Label. Put recipe name and date you made it.
  3. When you are ready to use, pull out the bag the night before and place in fridge. This helps it defrost a bit. 
  4. In the morning, open, dump, turn on crock pot and look forward to a warm home cooked meal later!

Find Some Friends and Have a Freezer Meal Party

Grab about 5 friends and there are two ways to approach this:

  1. Each person preps several portions of ONE meal and brings them. Bring your meals, switch, throw it in the host’s freezer (until you’re ready to leave) then drink wine, chat, and celebrate you have 5 meals ready to go for the week!
  2. Prep together. One person would host the freezer meal party and does all the shopping for the 5 meals you will prep. You simply split the bill. Then you split up the jobs: cutting, opening packages, mixing, putting into bags and labeling. Make sure to help clean up when all is done. The best method is to create an assembly line. After doing this a few times, you will find your groove and really enjoy chatting and laughing as dinners are being created!
  3. You can make a playdate out of it too, but warning, it can take a little bit longer with younger ones around. However, we really recommend making this a moms night in! Grab the wine, turn up the music, and prep!

There is no right or wrong way to go with Freezer Meals. Get into a habit of doing this on the day that works best for your family. You can double every other week to save time. You can get your kids involve with cutting or adding items to the baggie. This will also help create family bonding and better communication with your children.

Bonus: They will most likely eat what you have made since they helped! Be creative and have fun!

I am sharing one of the most popular and requested item from my Freezer Mama Making Meals Group: Parmesan Garlic Chicken. This dish is great with steamed or grilled veggies and mashed potatoes!! Enjoy!

Parmesan Garlic Chicken

(You can times this recipe by 3, 6 or 9 to make more meals out of it. The numbers on the side are the amount of items you will need if you decide to make multiple bags of this.)

Ingredients

6 boneless chicken breasts (18, 36, 54)

1 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese (3C, 6C, 9C)

1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix (3, 6, 9)

2 cloves garlic, minced (6, 12, 18)

1/2 cup olive oil (1 1/2C, 3C, 4 1/2C)

Original Recipe Yields: 6 Servings

Prepping Day

Mix together cheese, garlic, and Italian dressing mix. Dip chicken breasts in olive oil, then coat with cheese mixture. Wrap each coated chicken breast individually in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag.

Serving Day

Thaw completely. Unwrap desired number of chicken breasts and place in a greased baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve with grilled veggies and some mashed potatoes.

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