Freezer Cooking for the new school year

There are 3 reasons I need to do bulk freezer cooking sessions for the new school year.

  1. Even though there is an increase in the number of gluten-free freezer meals at the grocery store, it is still limited and expensive. I can make my own freezer meals for a lot cheaper.
  2. I’m changing positions this year, plus going after my master’s degree. I need to have meals ready to go for those busy nights.
  3. Inflation is real. If I can get the food at a cheaper price, I’ll have it in my freezer, ready to go.

The other day I went grocery shopping for the week and to do bulk cooking. I spent $148 for 57 items which I believe is a good price. One of those items was a new colander for $10, so I spent $138 for 56 items. One of the best deals was ground beef for $2.99 a pound. I got 5.5 pounds for $16. The only issue was it was 73% ground beef. I usually like a much higher percentage of ground beef. But during inflation, I’ll take a deal when I can.

I also found ground turkey for $6 for about 3 pounds.

Here is what is on my list:

  • Chicken stew
  • Burrito bowls – I cooked up chicken like I make my tacos. I added drained black beans and corn to the mixture. Instead of using the salsa tomatoes, I used Rotel. I did it on the stove instead of the pressure cooker to cook up some cilantro-lime rice.
    In my souper cube, I layered rice, the mixture, a thin layer of salsa, cilantro, and then some shredded cheese. I froze it overnight. Then I vacuumed sealed each block for an easy freezer meal.
  • Hamburger soup
  • Turkey chili stuffed sweet potatoes.
  • Parmesan chicken meatballs – Already made and in the freezer. I have a meatball mold I bought last year from Aldi. I’ll use half for tomorrow’s dinner. The rest will be saved for another meal. (I used gluten-free oatmeal coarsely ground instead of bread crumbs.)
  • Ham and bean soup

I have also made regular meatballs, chicken fried rice, and nacho meat. The nacho meat was also a sort of a take on my taco meat. I added black beans and corn for bulk. Youngest and I taste-tested the nacho meat. He told me it was delicious.

Over the last few weeks, I also got some steak when it was on sale. I marinated the steak for future dinners.

Happy eating,
Traci

Slow Cooker Freezer Kits – Reposted June 8, 2020

July 29th, 2019 – Update: The grocery list is incorrect. You need 2 bags of peppers and onions and only 1 bag of mixed veggies.

So what are slow cooker freezer kits?  Basically you have everything you need to fix a meal in the slow cooker ready to go in the freezer.  There might be a few items that you might need to add to the slow cooker on the day you cook the meal.  Other than that, everything else is ready to go.

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Freezer Kits

As I stated before, we got a new fridge. I decided that I would make freezer kits after we came back from West Virginia. I love the convenience of them.

All of my recipes came from either Sweet Peas and Saffron or The Family Freezer.

Here’s what I made:

For the Instant Pot :

  1. Honey Garlic Beef – This recipe called for snow peas. I’m the only one who will eat the snow peas, so I left them out.
  2. Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos
  3. Orange Chicken
  4. Crack Chicken
  5. Lazy Lasagna – Hubby will be all about this recipe.
  6. Easy Chicken Cacciatore
  7. Steak Italiano
  8. Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
  9. Chicken Enchilada soup

For the Crock pot

  1. BBQ chicken
  2. Lime Cilantro
  3. Salsa Chicken
  4. Fajita Chicken

Marinaded Meat – To be honest – I found these at Aldi already marinated for a great price.

  1. BBQ pork – $5.50
  2. Canitas – $3.50

I put all the recipes on Google Keep in order to have them ready for meal planning for the week. The cool thing is that Google Keep can change the checklists to Google Docs. So I have the list in 2 different places.

I hope you’ll give doing freezer kits to help you with your meal planning. Here’s more about it: Freezer Kits.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Slow Cooker Freezer Kits – An Update

Currently there are 15 freezer slow cooker kits in my freezer. It’s so easy to pull out a kit in the evening and then drop it in the slow cooker in the morning.

About a month ago, I put together 12 freezer slow cooker kits.  Then I shared my slow cooker freezer meal plan.

Having those kits in the freezer has been helpful because I ended up getting sick.  It was easy to put the food in the slow cooker and then set the slow cooker to cook the food.  There was not much thinking about what we were going to eat for dinner.  Believe you me, Hubby is happy to have dinner.

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More Freezer Meals (Day 27)

Welcome to Day 27 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

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Here are other recipes that can be made into freezer kits.  Please check out my previous blog post for other recipes that can be made into freezer kits.

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

Pork and Sauerkraut

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Crock pot Chicken fajita

Easy BBQ Chicken

Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Bramble Beans

Skyline Chili

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Beenie Weenies

“Oniony” Pork Chops

Balsamic Pot Roast

Taco Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Freezer Meals (Day 26)

I am behind with the 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  Last week was crazy busy with parent teacher conferences on Monday and Wednesday nights.  I did not get home from work until almost 8:30 on those nights.  Then I had activities with the boys on Tuesday and Thursday evenings so I was gone on those nights.  Then my Hubby and I went on a weekend trip to Louisville, Kentucky so I was busy during the weekend.

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