Nearly every meal I prepare consists of foods I have cooked or baked in bulk and frozen. I thaw items in a plastic shoe box to prevent condensation dripping onto my shelves (I’ve learned from experience). Then I shop my freezer from my freezer inventory, to see what goodies I can thaw and serve to my family and others. I write these items down on a seven-day menu plan and post it on my refrigerator as a reminder to thaw my food 24 hours ahead of time. Typically right after the dishes are done, I check my menu plan and put new items into my thawing box and slash them off my freezer inventory.
We rotate the same breakfast items each week:
- Freezer waffles with fresh/frozen seasonal fruit or homemade syrup
- Homemade Crock pot yogurt with homemade granola
- Oatmeal with cranberries, walnuts and raw sugar
- Cheerios with bananas and milk
- Scrambled eggs and quick bread like banana or zucchini
We rotate leftovers, wraps, sandwiches and salads for lunch.
- Crock pot Chicken Enchiladas, salad with pico de gallo and avocado
- Fried Rice with Convenience Steak, salad
- Meatball Subs using sneaky crockpot marinara (freezer cooking 8 dozen meatballs), Quicker Sweet Potatoes
- Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas on homemade tortillas with pico de gallo (freezer cooking black beans and black bean burgers)
- Black Bean Burgers on homemade hamburger buns (freezer cooking buns)
- Mini Pizza Muffins, carrots and salad, handheld apple pies for tailgate
- Crock Pot no boil macaroni (developing a new recipe), green beans and salmon patties
Now that school is in full swing, I hope to have more time to stock my freezer with homemade yummies. I’m working on a few new crock pot meals for my crock pot mania class in late September and my free apple class in early October.
I manage to squeeze in some cooking time in between potty training and running to kids to three different schools! I feel very blessed to have the easiest experience ever on baby number four. As I told some readers on my facebook page, I approached it a tad differently using some of the techniques from The Art of Potty Training on Amazon, which is free for prime members and only 2.99 otherwise. It’s working well and my two-year-old (28 months) is getting it. I’ve been praying for her to understand the sensation because, hey, God cares about potty training too! God bless your potty training adventures if you’re heading there. Those freezer meals can come in handy when you’re too wired and tired from all that training.
Are you trying any new freezer meals? We’d love to hear about it!