This #FMF is a bit of a #FBF since I made these a few weeks ago, so it works right?
Regardless, I hate that moment on weeknights when you come home from work starving just to stare blankly into the fridge. As a whole I try to eat healthy, but if I don’t plan my will power usually doesn’t last very long. Lately I’ve also felt super busy – not sure what we are filling our time with but taking the extra hour to stop at Target on the way home, then prep, then cook, then wait, then eat just doesn’t seem feasible these days.
So long story short I’ve jumped on the freezer meal train and I’m loving it. Essentially you pre-plan, spend half a day cooking, and you get a bunch of grub for your buck!
Although it was 70 degrees in Minnesota (Global Warming isn’t so bad?!), fall was in the air and with that comes my desire to light a pumpkin candle and cook.
Luke is a true MN Vikings fan and every Sunday watches the game, which means Stella pup and I have 3 solid hours to catch-up on Bravo, nap, be productive, and in general just do our thing.
A couple Sundays ago felt like a cooking day for us (Stella napped in her Vikings jersey). I met-up with my friend Jen (remember the one who adopted Andy!) in the morning and we went grocery shopping together to catch-up. Note if you hate grocery shopping and love spending time with friends like me, I recommend this! You get to chit chat AND feel productive!
I picked the meals out ahead of time and made my grocery list based on what was already in my cupboard. Then once I got home I separated the ingredients by meal.
I’ve done a few rounds of freezer meals, and find it is easiest to determine which items need time to bake, marinate, etc. and start with those (in this case the sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, and pork). I also will browse the recipes to see how the ingredients need to be prepped (chopped, sliced, etc.) and pre-prep everything to get it out of the way (this is partially because I hate chopping). Another approach is to just pick a meal and prep it start to finish, whichever floats your boat!
Below is the list of recipes I made this time (some new, some repeats):
- healthy-meat-sweet-potatoes– I freeze these in individual serving and take them to work, its great and usually lasts me two days. I also subbed the ground beef for ground turkey
- asian-pork-and-apples – This was good because it was something a bit different!
- chicken-and-veggie-enchiladas – I subbed the chicken for ground turkey, the sour cream for greek yogurt, and put minimal cheese since I’m somewhat lactose intolerant
- chicken-noodle-soup – (Per Luke’s request) I skipped the potatoes and evaporated milk
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole – I was craving something with spaghetti squash so kind of made this up, but it was similar to this recipe on Pinterest (Big difference is that I used ground sausage and skipped the cheese re: lactose intolerant reference above)
Tip: If you know you like a meal, make it a double – half the work is prepping so you might as well maximize your time!
All-in I spent $110 at Target and got 25+ meals – less than $4/person – and it included some spices which will last more than these meals! Boom.
This makes weeknight meal planning so much easier, and is a great gift for expecting moms or a fun friend activity as well! Happy #freezermealfriday 🙂