The one struggle I have with eating healthy is that unhealthy and processed foods are just so darn easy to make. It can be difficult to find the time to prepare and cook healthy meals.
If this is you as well, never fear. With a little extra time and some freezer space, you can ensure your family is served healthy and balanced meals on a regular basis
Your best bet for stocking up on freezer meals is to plan your meals, buy your groceries and give yourself one chunk of time to get everything ready. If you can create a routine of this, you may find yourself only prepping once a month.
Freezer meals can be reheated or cooked in a slow cooker, on the stove or in the oven and in the microwave.
For the Crockpot
Sometimes referred to as “dump dinners”, these frozen crockpot meals require only thawing and dumping into your slow cooker. Then it is only a matter of waiting for your delicious meal to cook!
Here are some easy ways to build a dump dinner:
- Start with a meat, like chicken or seafood then toss it in a marinade or sauce and add chopped veggies.
- Put together your favorite soup ingredients, along with some stock, and freeze for a delicious future meal.
- Cooked hamburger, tomato sauce, corn, beans and spices will make for a perfect chili!
For more dump dinner ideas, check out these sites for recipes:
For the Stove or Oven
For those who love to cook but
hate to have no time to prep, grabbing a quick meal from the freezer to throw in a pan or casserole dish may just be for you.
I’m not a fan of food prep and, when faced with the choice of prepping and cooking a meal or Kraft Dinner, will often choose the Kraft Dinner. However, if I can hunker down and prep and freeze, I have some beautifully healthy meals all ready to be cooked.
And, 9 times out of 10, I will cook them.
Here are some ideas for freezer meals that can be cooked in the stove or oven:
- Most meals prepped for the slow cooker can be thrown into a pan or casserole dish and cooked on the stove or in the oven.
- Nearly all vegetables can be frozen for future meals. Some recommend blanching the vegetables first while others simply lay out the chopped veggies on a tray and freeze before placing in bags.
- Instead of cooking and freezer an entire pasta dish, make and freeze the sauce. Sauce prepared for spaghetti may work well in a casserole or mixed in with hamburger. This ensures that the sauces you make and freeze are versatile.
For the Microwave
In today’s busy world, most of us don’t have time to stand at the stove or let a crockpot do it’s thing – especially when it comes to breakfast and lunch. Breakfast tends to be a quick meal before heading out the door while lunch is usually eaten on the go.
Here are some tips for freezing make-ahead microwave meals:
- Burritos are your best friend. Grab some tortillas, fill them up with your favorite ingredients and freeze. They cook up perfectly in the microwave.
- Breakfast sandwiches also freeze and microwave well. Place some egg, bacon and cheese between two slices of English muffin and freeze. It’s a great grab-and-go brekky!
- Casseroles and pastas can be frozen and microwaved. Dish them out in individual portions before popping the into the freezer.
For some more quick and easy freezer meals, check out these sites: