Anyone do the make ahead freezer meals?

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Hi! I don’t do freezer meals, simply because we don’t have the freezer space :).

However my SO and I follow a meal plan, and I have found that makes things a lot easier when it comes to dinner. I just put meals we would regularly eat anyways and put enough for two weeks at a time. Then I go shopping for all the ingredients.

What you could do to make this even more quick and easy is prep all the ingredients on the weekend. Then when it comes time for your SO to make dinner he has everything he needs in front of him ready to go. You could even include recipes for him if he’s not sure of how to make something.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Yes, I like making homemade frozen burritos that can be heated up for a quick lunch or dinner if I can’t cook. I also occasionally freeze all the of ingredients of a recipe ahead of time so I can just throw it in my slow cooker in the morning. I used onceamonthmeals.com to get started. They have so many recipes for freezer meals!

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

Soonerbee07:  Sorry, I don’t use those freezer meals, but I usually prep everything (half an hour of cutting and packing), and FI can stir fry on his own (takes like 5 mins). We don’t do the freezer meals because I personally don’t like the taste of the food. 

Or you can make something in bulk (like 6 servings of beef stew) and eat it every other day! it doesn’t go bad if you reheat it once a day 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I use my oven!! What I do is season the ground turkey quickly chop broccoli, bell peppers, onions, buy the already chopped mushroom, olive oil and put all of that in the oven on a hi broil for about 30 mins and I usually serve it over smart choice pasta which takes about 15 mins to make so while the turkey and veggies are in the oven I make the pasta. So it’s a 30 min meal

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I haven’t tried this yet, but I want to. Right now I just devote my sundays to cooking in big batches. Like this Sunday I got up early and cut up 6 chicken breasts into little chunks, then threw them into the crock pot with a bottle of BBQ sauce and a little extra sugar and vinegar. Low for 5 hours. In the meantime in made 4lbs of mashed sweet potatoes and simmered a bag of frozen green beans. When it was all done, I portioned it into 10 tupperwares. Just zap for 2 minutes and done! Lunch for two for a week! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

koi424:  so wait you eat this same thing every day for lunch? yuck I would get so sick of that!!

 

A lot of meals can be prepped for on Sunday and stored on the fridge or freezer for the week. If you can at least pre make some of the stuff sunday it makes it shorter for during the week.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

DH cooks and makes a lot of things for the freezer, we might get a bigger one for this purpose. Most recently he’s made batches of soup, and also chicken curry, and mini quiches (good for lunch at work). If we defrost the curry we just have to make rice and supper is ready. We’re also looking for more ideas!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

gpsp2B:  Yea, I’ve always been weird like that since I was a kid. I’ll go on kicks where all I want to eat for like month is tuna salad. Then for two weeks I’ll crave pasta in red sauce. Then like chili or something.

But I also don’t know how anyone has time to make individual lunches every day.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

bphi163:  I think the freezer meals that Soonerbee07 is referring to are meals that you personally prep ahead of time, so they’re homemade & can be edited to your tastes, and then can be reheated or put in a slow cooker to be ready to serve at night. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

gpsp2B:  koi424:  I eat the same thing for lunch everyday for a week too… It changes week to week but it’s hard to use up fresh ingredients without doing that. Plus it’s super easy to meal prep lunches for the week. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

If I have time over the weekend, I make freezer meals I can reheat for later.  I favs are: breakfast sandwhiches (english  muffin, bake your eggs in a muffin tin, cheese, and meat), enchiladas, bolognaise sauce, pesto, curries, and soups.  I also marinate meat and toss them in the freezer.  I put it in the fridge the night before and it’ll be thawed and ready to cook by the time I get home from work

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I haven’t tried the freezer meals (I’m also interested to hear how they work for people).  I do batch cook though, chili, soups, pastas, I make a huge batch and we freeze and reheat for lunches. 

I work 12s, and I don’t get home until well after 7.  So I’m the queen of quick meals on those days.  Stir fries, fish, boiled or sauteed veg, baked chicken (with any assortment of spices, sauces, marinades).  Or my FI cooks.  We meal plan the week in advance and shop for the meals we need.  So all I have to do is look at the plan and I know a) what to take out if anything for the next day and b) we have all the ingredients on hand. 

I do old standby’s on days that I don’t have a tonne of time.  Things I know I cook well, I know how to do in my sleep, and things that are quick.  I use days off for new dishes, ideas, etc. 

And I am all about making it easy.  Sliced mushrooms, bagged salad, pre cut and washed veg, etc.  I don’t want to waste time prepping.  If something needs a lot of prep and I can do it the night before, I do. 

I would love some decent slow cooker meals!  I wish I used mine more than I do (basically, I use it for soups, stews, chili, and pulled pork.)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

koi424:  that’s true! I can crave something and eat it a few days in a row. And I guess it’s no different then if someone makes sandwhiches a bunch! I’m actually a SAHM so I make fiancés lunches, when he is actually home. But he does construction with no access to microwave :/ 

 

i would guess a lot of people use left overs for lunch! Meals like a roast, that you can turn into something else… Pork roast sandwiches or Something those are good meal ideas too!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I tried these freezer recipes and DH loved all of them. I halved the recipes since there is just two of us. They made 10 total meals (2 meals of each recipe). I’m going to be trying more of this blogger’s freezer meals next week!

http://www.six-cents.com/2012/08/crockpot-freezer-cooking-5.html

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