So the trend of freezer cooking has really taken off the last few years as people are figuring out they can save money and loads of time by putting meals together just once a month. Do the major grocery shopping/prepping/cleaning the kitchen once a month? Yes, please!
The problem some of us have realized is that a lot of the meals aren’t as healthy as we’d like. My husband and I are trying to really cut back on sugar and simple carb’s and replace them with higher proteins and more veggies. I took a look at our usual freezer meals and decided to revamp them. So I made a list and came up with a wonderful variety of healthier foods our whole family loves. Here it is:
I always begin with a clean kitchen (and empty trash cans) and my essentials: water bottle (this is hard work), calendar, phone for music and my iPad to help me keep track of my recipes.
I then go to Costco and Winn Dixie to gather together my supplies.
I like to begin by getting my brown rice going in my rice cooker (it takes a long time to cook), and getting the eggs baked in the oven for the breakfast sandwiches and boil more eggs for snacking.
I then begin assembling my meat bags. Most of these are super simple…just put your choice meats in freezer-friendly baggies (don’t use the cheap ones) and add your spices or marinades. It’s so easy and goes by very fast. Then label, close tightly, and transfer to your freezer. I like to use a combo of store-bought marinades and our spices. Our favorites are the blends by Mrs Dash because they are very low in sodium and sugar.
Each morning, I’ll pull one of these meat bags out and let it defrost during the day. Then, I’ll grill them either outside or on the stove in the cast iron. Then I cut up fruits and veggies (or steam the veg’s) to complete the meal.
After the quinoa and brown rice have cooled, I put batches enough for our meals into baggies and freeze that as well. What a time-saver!
For the burrito bowls, I’ll brown the ground turkey, then add chopped onions, and black beans. Once it’s all completely heated through, we had chopped tomatoes and smidge of low fat shredded cheese. It’s a family favorite and it’s very cheap!
I then begin to assemble the breakfast sandwiches (made with turkey bacon, 100 cal muffins, and low fat cheese) as the ingredients cool completely. I also chop onions and begin to bag them as well.
After about 2 hours of assembling, labeling, constant cleaning of the dishes (I do not let them mound up only because I feel overwhelmed easily), and taking out the trash a few times, I’M FINISHED! We have healthy meats to grill that are super tasty, soups are assembled and ready for the crockpot, and we all have healthy breakfasts.
I would love to hear how you save time, keep costs down and eat healthy!