Last Sunday, Matt and I finally had the time to whip up some freezer meals. It's been on my to-do list for forever so it felt good to finally get them done. We made up 7 freezer meals as well as a batch of homemade meatballs! We figured it'd be great to have some quick 'n' easy meals ready once the baby arrives. These meals just need to be thawed overnight and then dumped into the CrockPot the next day. Voila - dinner is done!! How easy is that?! This is definitely something I'd like to keep doing on a monthly basis just to have readily available on those crazy days!! In preparation for the baby, I also created a list of quick 'n' easy dinners that can be whipped up in no time. That way we have a good list of dinners that we know are quick and don't have to think too hard about what we're going to have for dinner.
So anyways, here's how the freezer meal process went down...
First, I gathered all my freezer bags and wrote the contents, use by date, and cooking time on each bag for each recipe.
Next we (and by we I mean mostly Matt!) prepped all the ingredients. We did this recipe by recipe so it took a bit longer than it should have I think. From what I've read it's best to do all your chopping at once and then have everything ready to go - assembly line like.
Once everything was ready, it all goes in a freezer bag with the protein being the last thing you put (so it's the first thing in the CrockPot when you dump it in...makes sense!) Make sure you get out as much air as possible and voila! Into the freezer it goes!! (most recipes say to lay flat which I did...just not in this picture - oops!) And there you have it - healthy, easy freezer meals for quick dinners for the family!!
Most of the recipes and tips are from Kelly at New Leaf Wellness. She's the freezer meal queen! So in case you were wondering here at the recipes we made:
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken (1)
Meatballs (perfect for spaghetti, or meatball subs, or over spaghetti squash, or just on their own!)
Red Pepper Chicken (1) (we actually made this for dinner Tuesday and it was SO good!! I only made with one pepper but next time I'll do with 2 or 3!)
Mexican Chicken Soup (1)
Beef & Carrots (2)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (2)
Do you have any favorite freezer or CrockPot meals your family loves?
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