Freezer Meals

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Last summer Colin and I took an evening to make an entire month’s worth of freezer meals. It required some major onion chopping and coordination but it was totally worth it. Most of them were crock pot meals that we could just throw in in the morning. Dinner done and on the table minutes after walking in the door? Glorious.  But as I said, that was last summer and we have since ran out of those meals so we’ve been back to scavenging up dinner every evening {ok, well, that’s a semi-lie now that we have housemates they’ve been making us delicious meals that are ready when we walk in the door…hard to beat that}. We’re horrible at meal planning despite ours and family member’s efforts at helping us, we’re just bad at it.

So this time I held a little freezer meal party with our housemate Annette and my friend Lydia from work. We each chose 2 recipes and each bought/brought the ingredients for our recipes. We tried to pick meals with limited prep time, though there are a few that we cooked before freezing. And for some reason we chose a lot of Mexican dishes…. but it helped that a lot of the dishes called for similar ingredients.

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Freezer Meal Steps:

1) Pick your recipes! Click here to download the recipes  we used {we doubled all recipes except for the pot pie}, but really any favorite meal can be turned into a freezer meal!

2) Go grocery shopping. Buying in bulk can help save money. Buy several Freezer Ziploc bags and aluminum containers, 

3) Set up stations to make things go smoother. This works well when you have multiple people like we did working on the meals. Stations can include: freezer bag labeling {write cooking directions on freezer bags}, veggie chopping stations, freezer bag filling stations, and cooking stations {if needed, depending on your recipes}

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Happy Freezer meal making! Comment with questions.

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