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Six Healthy “Comfort Food” Freezer Meals in 40 Minutes

By November 24, 2014 Freezer Prep Session

Last weekend, I made six freezer meals in 40 minutes (including clean-up!).  I picked three of our favorite crockpot recipes and froze them in gallon-sized plastic bags.  Not only were they incredibly easy to make, but now my freezer is stocked with healthy meals that my whole family will love.

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

Here’s what I made…

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These recipes are proof that “comfort foods” can be healthy too!

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All three recipes feature boneless beef chuck shoulder roasts.  It’s my absolute favorite meat to cook in the crockpot because it cooks down and melts in your mouth.  Comfort food at its finest!

Boneless beef chuck roasts were $1 off per pound at the grocery store last week, so I was able to save $10 on the meat needed for these recipes.  Yay!

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

I consider these recipes to be HEALTHY comfort foods because they include…

  • Vegetables
  • As few processed foods as possible
  • An absolutely amazing taste that is warm and comforting!

Bonus points awarded because they make my house smell like I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day.

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

I spent $50 on ingredients and froze all of my meals raw.  If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, check out this info from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.  I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and learned that freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds).  That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe.

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

If you’re new to freezer cooking, here’s how I prep my meals quickly and efficiently…

  1. I print my recipes and fill out my freezer meal labels.
  2. I do all of my shopping ahead of time.
  3. I prep all of the veggies first.  (I can’t wait for my family to eat all of this healthy food!)
  4. I work in an assembly line to fill all the freezer bags with their vegetables, spices, and meats.  (Adding the meat last so it’s the first ingredient poured into the crockpot.)
  5. Lastly, remove as much air as possible, seal, and stack in the freezer.

Most freezer meals will stay fresh in a regular freezer for three months.  When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in a bowl of water.  Cook, and enjoy!

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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david spagnola
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Great idea for me, thank you

paula
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paula

Excellent idea

Patti
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Wont the veggies turn to mush if you throw it all in the crockpot at the same time? Or are you starting the meat first? I am not sure how you do your sauces as well. My hubby and i drive truck and a crocpot meal is easy for us. When i am home i can buy and fix these and theow them in our freezer in the truck. Then take and put in crockpot when ready.
Any help on understanding would be awesome.
Patti

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Megan

I’m new to freezer cooking and want to know why we need to thaw before cooking? I’ve only done 1 set of meals so far which listed thawing as well before cooking, yet I tried 1 meal without thawing first and the only difference I noticed was it took an hour longer. Can you explain the reason for thawing? Thank you.

Casey
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Casey

I like to add sweet potato and sometime white potato for the other half, to a stew… Can I freeze these in the bag as well? 🙂

Alyssa
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Alyssa

Hi! Any ideas on what could be subbed for the barley (we’re gluten free). Thanks so much!