I mentioned in my last post that I’m planning on having a lot more freezer meals ready for when this new baby comes along. Several of you have asked me what meals I’m making, so I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorites.
For now I’ve been compiling a list of my favorite freezer meals on Evernote. With my first baby, I made a few freezer meals, but really wasn’t too happy with the majority of them. Most of them needed to be thawed a day before (which I always forgot to do), and many of them took a lot of extra prep before the meal was complete. Since then, I’ve discovered that my absolute favorite freezer meals are those that can be dumped right into the crockpot, and don’t take a lot of extra prep. I also look for meals that are relatively healthy and inexpensive.
This is my favorite blog post (blog posts really…there are 5 or 6 of them) with freezer meal recipes. I have made the majority of them, and of the ones that I’ve made, most of them were big hits with my boys. They were also really easy to make. They’re not completely healthy, but most of them can be tweaked a bit.
Since my successes with those recipes, I’ve been experimenting with more meals. Small scale freezer cooking has really been a lifesaver during the afternoon exhaustion and morning sickness of this pregnancy, and I’m hoping that larger scale freezer cooking will save me (and my sweet family) after Baby Baker #2 is born!
For those interested, here’s a list of what I plan to make so far (I’ve starred the ones that are from the link above):
-Salisbury Steaks *
-Cream Cheese Chicken *
-Italian Sausages *
-Stuffed Bell Peppers
-Beans and Rice
-Individual soup servings
-Individual beans and rice servings
-Chopped up veggies for stir frys
-Prepared veggies for other dishes
-Cooked meat and onions
I’m adding to the list daily, and hoping to get started on it in the next few months. As a note, I’m planning on making quite a few batches of each.