It’s been years since I did freezer cooking, but when I awoke at 4am—unable to sleep and thinking about the bulk order of chicken Zaycon would be delivering—I decided to make a list of meals I could make with the chicken and freeze for later.
I quickly made a shopping list and went to the store at 5am to get all the ingredients. My husband was very surprised when I walked in the door loaded down with groceries. (Check out the Clever Shopper for getting all those groceries in the door).
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Once the big kids were taken to school. I picked up the meat and went to work chopping up veggies and chicken. I must say I’m in love with the Clever Cutter (No relation to the Clever Shopper) I picked up at the grocery store recently. It was wonderful for cutting up the veggies. It saved my hands! The hand massage from my husband at the end of the day also helped. 🙂
I did not finish preparing the meals and dividing the meat up until about 5pm. This taught me a few things. This was not the day to try out new recipes and such a variety of recipes. I realized I enjoy cooking, but not enough to spend the whole day in the kitchen.
My plan for the next 40lb batch of meat is to stick to one or two meals and make a bunch of those and freeze the rest of the meat in portions for later use. I also am going to work on just doubling when I make meals for dinner and freezing one for later.
Freezer meals really are a great way to save time and money. As well as eat healthier. I know that when I’ve had a long day juggling kids and work that it is so tempting to grab a pizza or Chinese or just tell everyone to eat cereal. I don’t think that is always a bad idea, but it can get out of hand quickly.
Having a home made meal ready can really save the day. It is also great to have on hand for someone you know who is sick or just having a bad day. You can quickly heat it up and deliver or take it over for them to heat up at their convenience.
These are the recipes I picked from my Pinterest board to make. I made multiples of each.
20 Minutes Tuscan Pasta (Freezer Meal)
I left one pan of the Tuscan Pasta out to eat that night. I didn’t add the sun dried tomatoes since I was sure a few of my kids wouldn’t even try it if I had. Out of my family of 7, all but 2 voted it was one we should make again.
Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken
This smelled delicious and my oldest soon enjoyed doing a taste check while I was shredding it. This is on the menu for Sunday with spanish rice and refried beans.
Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon & Potato Bake
I thought my daughter was going to eat all the broccoli before I could get the pans filled and covered. lol!
One Pot Chicken Soup
Have you ever been sick and thought homemade chicken noodle soup would be so good, but you don’t have the energy to make it? I decided to prepare a bunch of these one pot Chicken soup dinners. Everything is chopped up and ready so all you do is add water, bring to boil, and then simmer about 15-20 minutes and you have a delicious meal to aid you in getting better. I had never seen the fettuccine nests before, so I’m curious to see how these work. It is supposed to keep your soup from having soggy noodles. If you don’t have them at your store I’m sure you could add your own noodles about half-way through the cooking time and it would turn out great.
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
We cut off the edges of the pie crust and brushed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar and baked for a yummy snack.
One last tip: Get your pans for freezing from Dollar Tree. By far the cheapest I have found.