Over the weekend, I prepped six freezer meals in an hour. Here’s everything you need to do the same, including recipes, a grocery list, and my best freezer meal tips!
I didn’t plan on making any freezer meals this weekend, but I got a great deal on chicken and ground beef at Aldi, so I couldn’t resist. To keep things simple, I made two batches of three recipes that we planned to eat this week.
Here’s what I made…
- Two pans of brown sugar meatloaf
- Two pans of lasagna roll-ups
- Two bags of slow cooker ginger peach chicken
Since my meatloaf and chicken were frozen raw, they won’t taste like leftovers at all. And I’ve frozen my lasagna recipe many, many times and it tastes great.
This week, I skipped the freezer step for three of my meals and placed them directly into the refrigerator to eat for dinner over the next few days.
I’m saving the rest of my freezer meals to eat before and after we move next month. (I’m sure we’ll have a lot going on and dinner will be the last thing on my mind.) I also love having freezer meals ready to give to family members and friends. It seems like there is always someone who could use a homemade meal.
I have three young daughters, ages 4 and under, so I don’t have a lot of time to cook. I hustled in the kitchen yesterday and was able to prep all six meals in an hour, including clean-up!
The lasagna takes more time to prep than the recipes in my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook, but I like having a mix of oven and slow cooker recipes in my freezer.
If you’re not in a rush, I would recommend taking 90 minutes to prep these recipes. Slow down, and enjoy the process!
Here are my freezer meal tips…
- Make the lasagna roll-ups first because they take the most time (about 35 minutes!).
- Assemble meatloaves. Cover with layers of plastic wrap and foil.
- Add all ingredients for ginger peach chicken to gallon-sized plastic freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible from bags and seal.
- Label all meals with “use by” date. (For meals stored in a standard freezer attached to a refrigerator, it will be 3 months from your prep day.)
- Freeze, and give yourself the rest of the day to relax (or, in my case, play with my kids!).