Looking for some simple meals you can make and freeze in big batches? Check these out! You’ll make 14 meals in less than an hour!
Not gonna lie… I’m not a huge fan of freezer cooking. It’s not that I don’t think its worth it, but every time I’ve attempted to do it – I get discouraged. I’ve tried to follow meal plans that have you making meals for two weeks out or even a month out. That is just too overwhelming for me.
And, am I the only one who finds it to be more expensive? I don’t know why, but every time I’ve attempted to do it (while using a budget-friendly menu) – I ALWAYS end up going over our grocery budget.
So, while I have given up on the cook-for-two-weeks (a new meal each night) or cook-for-a-month (a new meal each night too) freezer cooking plans – I haven’t totally given up on freezer cooking. Plus, my family doesn’t mind if we repeat meals within the same week.
14 meals in under an hour
This weekend I stocked my freezer up with 14 meals ( just two recipes). It took me less than an hour.
The first recipe: Pork Carnitas
I added all the ingredients in a gallon sized ziplock bag, and tossed them into the freezer. (Put in the fridge the night before to defrost and toss it in your slow cooker in the morning.) I prepared 3 batches of this recipe, each in their individual ziplock bag. Each batch serves 6-8. For us, that’s two meals out of each batch. That’s 6 meals total.
The second recipe: Chicken Broccoli Rece Casserole
I simply followed the instructions and filled up 4 gallon-sized freezer bags with one batch of this recipe! Each bag is about two meals for our family. That’s 8 meals for us!!
How I maximized my time
- I put the chicken (for the Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole) to cook first. This part was going to take the longest out of everything.
- Then, I put the rice to cook (I cheated and used 5-minute rice), steamed the broccoli (cheated here too and got the frozen broccoli bags you can steam in the microwave)
- While the rice and broccoli were cooking and cooling, I chopped the 3 onions for the Pork Carnitas and placed them immediately into three separate Ziplock bags, tossed in the rest of the ingredients (including the meat), then put them into the freezer. 6 meals = done
- I still had some time before the next step, so I used it to clean up the kitchen.
- When the chicken was about done – I put all the ingredients for the Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole (except for the chicken) into a bowl. When the chicken was done I cut it up with my kitchen scissors, and threw it on top of everything in the bowl. Mixed it all together and divided the batch between 4 gallon size ziplock bags. 8 meals = done
There you have it! 14 freezer meals in under an hour!! It was really just about 20-30 minutes of prep, packing, and clean up. The chicken from the Chicken Broccoli Casserole recipe is what took the longest. I got everything else ready while that was cooking in the oven.
This my speed when it comes to freezer cooking. Does it count?