I actually started making them when my son started school. At the time, I had been working 12 hour shifts( three days a week). On the days that I had worked, my husband was in charge of dinner- Which meant that he and my son would go to a fast food restaurant. I HATED that! Not only is eating an excess amount of fast food NOT healthy, it’s overpriced! I had to think of something. My original thought was to stock up on frozen meals from my local grocery store. However, once that I read the nutritional facts, that idea was gone. Most of the store bought frozen meals are just as bad ( if not worse) than buying fast food!
One day while prepping a Crock-Pot meal, and simple thought had hit me. ..Why not make my OWN Frozen Meals?! I would be in total control of what my family ate. I would know how much salt, and fat is in the meal because I made it! After brainstorming up a bunch of recipes, and playing with a lot of ideas- I had the freezer meal game on lock! Years later here I am… A certified Freezer Meal Queen, and I am here to coach you! I will warn you… It may be a little intimidating at first, but after prepping your freezer meals few times, you will be a pro… Let’s get started
WHO COULD USE A FEW FREEZER MEALS?
I would say that freezer meals are suitable for busy individuals! If you don’t have time to make dinner every single day, then hunny- you need to make some freezer meals!! I highly suggest freezer meals for:
So you get it by now right? Everyone can benefit from freezer meals!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING STARTED!
KNOW YOUR BUDGET!
You will probably see plenty of people on Pinterest bragging about how they made 20 freezer meals with $300. I personally think $300 for 20 freezer meals is insane. MY freezer meal budget is about $100. I can easily make at least 15 meals with $100 . I’m talking pasta, beans & rice, chicken…. Yes- REAL meals! You do not have to spend and arm and a leg to do this! The secret is knowing how and where to shop!
Before stocking up on your goods, browse the circulars. See what is on sale! Use the store rewards cards, and above all else, CLIP AND USE COUPONS!!
HOW MUCH SPACE YOU DO HAVE?
I have TWO freezers ( I’m a freaking couponer, what did you expect!). One of the freezers is the standard freezer that is on top of the refrigerator, and the other is a deep freezer. I have plenty of room to store freezer meals! I can easily store 10 freezer meals, and still have plenty of space. If you don’t have a whole lot of room in your freezer, don’t go overboard! Start small. As a matter of fact- clean out your freezer beforehand to see how much room you actually have.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU COOKING FOR?
This is super important! Make sure you keep in mind how many people you are cooking for. When I first started making freezer meals, I made entirely too much ( which was fine, because we ate the leftovers), but now I always make enough for everyone to have 1 1/2 servings.. I know you’re probably wondering about the 1/2 serving right? It’s just in case someone wants seconds .
MAKE IT FUN!
I wish I could tell you that it’s going to be super easy, but I will be lying. The FIRST time that you make your freezer meals, you’re going to be a little overwhelmed. There will be a lot going on. If you’re like me, you will probably spend a few hours on a designated day to make your freezer meals. It sounds boring right? Well it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips to help make your freezer meal prep time fun & relaxing!
Just like anything else, you’re going to need to buy supplies to get started. Don’t be worried- ALL of the supplies are inexpensive!
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
KNOW WHAT IS FREEZABLE
I always get asked if people can freeze certain foods. Here are a list of foods that you can freeze without any issues
Well, believe it or not,- We’ve covered the basics! My suggestion would be to gather up the supplies needed . Please be sure to check my blog periodically for new freezer meal recipes & tutorials!