Over the last year, my dear friend and I have done this together! Its been a great way for us to share meals and recipes, and keep our freezer meals mixed up. We both pick a few to put together and double each one. Then we trade so we end up with lots of variety. These Freezer Meal Plans will help you get started!
Freezer Meals are one of my favorite things! It takes some work up front but having the pre-made meals in my freezer is such a time saver. I usually schedule out a day to prepare several meals in advance that way I know I have time to get all of the ingredients, and a day set aside to put the meals together.
When we started out with this plan, neither one of us had done it before! We searched for meals on Pinterest, where we actually found a ton of them! This made it really easy to print the recipe and the list and head off to the store. In doing this, I saw the potential to save even more time by keeping my lists and compiling them together into freezer meal plans.
How To Get Started With Freezer C
Get started by getting organized! Have your meal plans and grocery lists ready when you head to the store. Once you’re home and everything put away that isn’t needed, clean up the kitchen, empty the sink, dishwasher, and counters. Gather your recipes, ingredients, utensils, Freezer bags, cutting boards and measuring cups and spoons. I like to arrange my ingredients into groups by meal. That way I can go through each recipe and make sure I have everything I need.
This is an important step. Labeling your bags before you start helps you not lose track of which bag is which. Just in case some of your recipes have similar ingredients. I like to write the name of the meal, the date, and a quick glance cooking instruction. (i.e. thaw overnight and place in crock-pot 8hrs low). I have some large rectangular containers that I prop my freezer bags into so they are supported. They’re also good for freezer meals if I run out of bags. And they stack well.
Fill Your Freezer Bags
Once your all set, get to chopping and dropping. Setting out your freezer bags with coinciding recipes is a great way to see exactly what you need in each bag. Then you can just go ingredient by ingredient and add what’s needed to each bag. with this Meal Planning Binder Set Up, I have all of my recipe’s in plastic sheet protectors so they can be wiped clean.
After all of your veggies are cut and placed into the proper bags, you can get the meat out. Place the correct portion into each bag, along with any canned goods and spices. (for sanitary reasons, keep your meats and vegetables separated until you place them into the bags. this will prevent any surfaces from getting contaminated).
When All Your Freezer Meals Are Ready
When you have all of your meals ready in their freezer bags, zip each one closed. Lay them flat, and place them on a baking sheet in the freezer. This will allow them to freezer flat and be easily stored or moved around the freezer as needed. Now you’re done! Easy Right? Totally worth the time!
Create Your Own Freezer Meal Plans
I started saving my Shopping lists and typing them up on my computer so I could re-use them. This was another huge time-saver. Now, when I want to make these meals, I know roughly how much I will need to spend, and exactly what I can expect to have in my freezer.
Save Your Grocery Lists
Now when we plan to make up a batch of meals, half the work is already done for me! I’m super excited to share these shopping lists and meal plans with you too! If you haven’t taken on this type of project yet, I encourage you to do so. You’ll be so happy to have the extra time in your week and have less worry about what to cook each night. These are perfect for families that have sports practices, appointments, late work schedules and so on.
Add Your Receipt Totals
Adding the total to your meal plan list will allow you to see next time how much you spent on that meal plan. This will allow you to better plan ahead financially.
Print Your List For Your Meal Plan Binder
If you use a meal planning binder or system, this is a great thing to keep with that tool. I encourage you to look into creating your own binder. It’s been one of my favorite tools. Place your meal plan and grocery list in some sheet protectors and put them somewhere safe!
Common Freezer Meal Questions
Keep reading to get some common questions answered about freezer cooking as well as my freezer meal plans which include desert options. This will help you get started with this amazing budget friendly way to feed your family healthy meals.
How Much Time Does It Take?
However you spend it, time is an investment. I say you invest your time in what’s important to you. If serving healthy home-made meals to your family is important to you then this investment will be well worth your time. When you start out, you’ll be a little slower. After a while, you will get more efficient with it and the process won’t take quite as long.
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How Much Money Does Freezer Meals Cost?
My meal plans have cost me less than $100 each. If you don’t have that much extra, start by doubling a few of your meals, or pick one or two of my recipe’s and put the extra in the freezer. If you do this a little more each shopping trip, you will begin to see some extra grocery money left over. You can invest each time and eventually you’ll have the extra.
Life-Changing Freezer Meal Plans And Grocery Lists
Since I have done this a few times, I’ve found a few recipes from Pinterest that I’ve fallen in love with! I’ve included some with my meal plans and grocery lists., along with the link to the actual recipe and post. I want to make sure they get the credit for their amazing recipes since I mixed them in with some of my own. Each freezer meal plan has some quick instructions and a link to the printable recipe. You can also find more of my personal recipes on my Recipe’s Page. Make sure you pin this post or save the link. I will add more meal plans in the future!
5 Meals plus Leftovers and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grilled Buttermilk herb Chicken (Single Recipe) By Once A Month Meals:
This Chicken comes out so perfect! it is delicious and my whole family loves it. We have cooked it in the instant pot, and also on the grill. It turns out great both ways!
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice (Double Recipe) By A Pinch Of Healthy
Even my picky eater loves this meal! I love the flavor and how easy it is to make, I would suggest soaking your beans for 24 hrs. and reduce the cooking time to 30 min and the natural release to 30 min. I’m a sucker for beans and rice!
Crock-pot Chicken Tortilla Soup (Single Recipe) By Bringing Joy Home
There’s something about the fresh lime in this soup. My family loves how much flavor it has, and my husband loves that it is so hearty and filling.
Crock-pot Shredded Pork Verde (Single Recipe) By Bringing Joy Home
This Shredded Pork takes about 10 minutes of prep in the morning and at the end of the day you have an amazing meal that will feed a crowd! It works great for entertaining as well as in casseroles or burritos too!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough by Nestle Toll-House
You can,t go wrong with Nestle Toll-house Chocolate Chip Cookies. My list has the ingredients you need to make up a batch and put the cookie drops in the freezer. Or, bake them and eat them right away!
4 Meals Plus Leftovers And Blueberry Muffins
Sloppy Joe’s Healthy Sandwiches (Single Recipe) By Bringing Joy Home
This recipe can be done with ground turkey, which makes it much healthier! I have used both. Making these sandwiches from scratch cuts out the preservatives and processed/canned food. They are delicious and your family will love them! You can put these over whole wheat sandwich rolls, or brown rice!
Oven Fajitas (Single Recipe) By Budget Bites
I love this meal, because It’s super easy to throw together ahead of time, and have ready to put in the oven when you get home for a busy day. I’ve adapted this meal into my freezer meal collection and it works perfectly. I would just suggest using it within a month of freezing for the best textures.
Mom’s Meatloaf (Single Recipe) by Bringing Joy Home
My mom’s meatloaf recipe has been around since I was little. My family loves it! We wrap it in bacon sometimes to make it even more delicious! This meatloaf makes amazing sandwiches the next day, so be sure to have a little extra for mom and dad to enjoy on day 2!
Chicken and White Bean Chile (Single Recipe) By Thrifty Little Mom
Chile is one of the best meals any time of year. We even make it in the summertime because I can use the crockpot and not have to have the stove top on! For the Crock-pot, place all ingredients in and cook on low for 6 hours. I also use fresh peppers rather than frozen. But either way is delicious! Chicken and White Bean Chile is an awesome way to mix it up. This meal is so easy to make too! Top it with avocado and cilantro, Yum!
Blueberry Muffins (Single Recipe) By Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins
These Blueberry muffins make perfect little single serve desserts. Take them out a few hours ahead and have them with some vanilla ice cream. You can also put them in lunches or have them in the freezer for the perfect homemade grab n go breakfast! Try them with Raspberries, or even blackberries or my husband’s favorite, cinnamon streusel! (ingredient list is for blueberry)
Pin this for later, you’re going to love these recipes! Check out some of my other recipes as well. Some of them also make great freezer meals too. What kinds of freezer meals do you make? Comment below.