Over the past four years, I made thousands of easy freezer meals and shared my recipes and shopping lists on this blog. The most popular posts featured Sunday afternoons when I spent an hour prepping 7-10 meals at once.
The secret was focusing on healthy meals that could be frozen without any cooking ahead of time.
All I had to do was combine the meat, veggies, and seasonings in baggies and stack them in my freezer for up to three months. Then I could pop them in the crockpot on a busy weekday and have a healthy meal waiting at dinner time.
These freezer meals “prep sessions” were created out of necessity because I didn’t have a lot of time or money.
I had three children under the age of five and my days were spent caring for them, trying to turn my blog into a business, and attempting to stay sane.
I had a budget of $500-600 per month to spend at the grocery store on our food, diapers, and household supplies (like soap and toilet paper).
I had a passion for healthy living and wanted to exercise and eat right, no matter what.
Over the next few years, I was able to grow my blog bigger than I ever thought possible and master our dinner routine. Of course there are still times when I feel overwhelmed and disorganized, but what inspires me now is helping other people save time and money with healthy freezer meals.
Since I taste-tested hundreds of freezer recipes myself, I’m in a unique situation to create custom freezer meal plans that are perfect for other people’s food preferences, families, lifestyles, budgets, diets, etc. So, I asked the people from my free email newsletter to send me a short description of what kind of freezer meals they wanted to make to see if I could help.
I asked them to send me stuff like this:
- how many meals they want to make
- any diets they’re following
- ingredients that they LOVE
- food intolerances/allergies
- the people who they’re cooking for
- challenges that they have with freezer cooking (e.g. picky eaters, a limited budget, crazy schedule, etc.)
I’m in the process of picking my favorites to share in a new series on this blog. All of the “winners” will receive a custom freezer meal plan with downloadable recipes and shopping list. They’ll also receive a free membership to our Freezer Cooking Membership Site so they can make changes to the menu if they want and create future freezer meal plans with ease.
Here are the custom freezer meal plans that I’ve created so far:
- 7 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals with Chicken and Turkey
- More coming soon!
You can follow along on my blog or email newsletter. Bonus! I have the emails set up so everyone who subscribes is emailed a free digital cookbook with my most popular freezer meal recipes.
[…] I’m so excited to share a new blog post series with you! Each post highlights a New Leaf Wellness fan and the custom freezer meal plan that I made for them. If you want to know exactly why I’m obsessed with freezer meals and custom meal plans, read this blog post first. […]
Was Eva’s freezer plan the first in your blog series. I have enjoyed reading through the recipes. I tried to find the others that are shown in the image, but have come to the conclusion that these will be posted in future blogs? Is that correct or am I not finding what to click on? Thanks Sharon Steere
You’re correct. I need to create the others!
[…] This blog post explains why I made the hundreds of freezer meals that make me a freezer cooking expert. […]
Just found this site & think it is amazing. I have Lyme disease, lung problems that require me to be on oxygen 24/7, & due to these health problems & not being able to be active, am 150 lbs overweight & have been diagnosed as type 2 pre-diabetic. I used to love cooking & even did freezer meals when they first started to become known before I got ill. I have a great family of 5(3 of them guys with big appetites). One of my sons is a type 1 diabetic (who hates onions so I have to use dried… Read more »
This might be a different take for you. I am 72 (feeling more like 60) and it’s just my hubby and me. I’ve been the cook for almost 50 years and frankly I’m tired of cooking. Going out to eat is nice but not very budget savvy. I would like a collection of crockpot freezer meals that would be perfect for retired couples. Mostly chicken and ground beef, with occasional beef, turkey and pork meals. We like flavor but not spicy hot.
Could you possibly but together a collection of you recipes for retired seniors to enjoy?