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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly: I made seven KID-FRIENDLY freezer meals in less than an hour and half.  Wahoo!  And the best part is that you can do the same because I’m sharing my recipes and grocery list for free below.

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

First, here’s what I made:

  1. Chicken Tacos
  2. Cheesy Tortellini with Ground Beef (modified from Damn Delicious)
  3. Chicken Noodle Soup
  4. Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole (modified from The Country Cook)
  5. Easy Chicken Pot Pie
  6. Turkey Black Bean Chili (from my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and shared for free below)
  7. Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Pesto Meatballs (a recipe from my cousin @sweetersidemom on Instagram)

I’ve made some version of all of these recipes before, so I’m confident that they will be delicious (and I’m crossing my fingers that my 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old will agree!).

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I purposely used as many veggies as possible in these recipes and refused to include condensed soup and other unhealthy crockpot meal ingredients.

I always try to make meals that my whole family will eat, but it doesn’t always work out that way.  To come up with a solution, I asked the people who follow my New Leaf Wellness Facebook Page what their kids eat besides chicken nuggets, mac ‘n cheese, and pizza.  After reading through all of the responses, I decided these seven freezer meals were the winners.

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

I bought the ingredients at a local grocery store for $75 and was able to prep all seven meals in 85 minutes (including cleaning up my kitchen and taking out the garbage and recycling!).  I’m really excited that these family-friendly meals don’t require a ton of time or money.

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

Here’s how I prepped the meals so quickly:

  • I only made meals that didn’t require any cooking ahead of time.  Simply combine the ingredients and freeze.
  • I filled out my freezer meal labels ahead of time.
  • I used my food chopper for the onions and potatoes.

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

If you’re new to freezer cooking, the printer-friendly recipes above will walk you through the process step-by-step.  My method is super easy – I promise!

Thoughts or questions?  I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.


PS When my family eats dinner, we always ask everyone to share “the best part of their day.”  I love hearing my daughters’ responses and it’s a nice way for me and my husband to focus on the positives in of our day.  If you do anything fun to spur conversation during dinner I’d love to hear about it.

PPS Here are some pics of the meals we’ve tried so far.  YUM.

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

7 Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes

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Karen
6 years ago

I have to say I am SO thankful I found your site through money saving mom!!! I have made a number of your meals not only for my family, but to have on hand when babies are born, surgeries are had or a quick meal to bring somewhere!!! I was just with a friend last night who will next month have 4 kiddos under 3 and was wanting to make a bunch of meals for them!! Thanks for this set of recipes, they will be put to good use on a mommy who very much needs it!!!

Danika
Danika
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

I can’t seem to get the link to open can you please email it to me?

Chrissy
Chrissy
6 years ago

What are the greet sticks shown in the pictures?

Angel
Angel
6 years ago

Your comment on how to spur on dinner conversation is a great one. I love that you keep it positive. Sometimes we’ll ask each kiddo what their favorite {fill in here} is. It helps us really see what they’re thinking and it’s always fun to see if they can answer why it’s their favorite {fill in here}. Favorite questions, color, animals, food, dessert, holiday, day of the week, movie, Christmas/Easter/Fall activity, etc. They each love having a turn at being the center of the conversation.

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago

Thank you so much for these! Found this link through Money Saving Mom & can’t wait to try them. A lot of freezer/crock pot menus have the condensed soups & other chemical or preservative laden ingredients, so happy to see that these don’t so I can’t wait to try them!

Corinna
Corinna
6 years ago

Thank you so much. I follow your recipes all the time but I have VERY picky 10 yo twins and hadn’t seen a session they would eat. There might be one or two here that won’t work (they refuse beans ugh) but they’ll eat the rest YAY!! I’m so excited. We’re planning to move in a month and having these on hand will save me. You Rock!

Nicole
Nicole
6 years ago

What are those really cool green holder contraptions on the side of each bag ?! Where do you get them? Are they expensive?

Pam
Pam
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

My first attempt at cooking freezer bag meals (31 back-to-school meals) … Bag spilled when I turned away for a second. The jokari bag clips would have saved my ingredients and the recipes… now the back recipes are wrinkly & look well used. Should have invested in bag clips. (also should have bought better quality chicken so I didn’t have to work so hard to cut off chicken fat) Lessons learned. : )

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

They are the greatest product ever for freezer meal assembly. I love them and use them ALL THE TIME!