Freezer Meals…

Have you ever looked at the clock and thought, “Not again!  It’s 6 pm and everything is frozen!”  Yeah.  Me, too.  All the time!  And it drives my husband crazy!  The kids and I are perfectly happy with cereal or sandwiches or eggs or even cheese and fruit.  But he wants a meal.

I started researching something I’d heard about before–making a bunch of meals at one time and freezing them.  I’ve had a lot of success in the past with making a few meals at once and freezing the extras–see my post on beef HERE and chicken HERE.  So, when I read this post over at Annie’s Eats about freezing food for all different meals, I decided to give it a try.

My list evolved over several days to include:

Baking:  bread, hamburger buns, muffins, cookies

Burritos:  breakfast, bean & cheese, beef and green chili, chicken quesadillas, and chicken enchiladas (all use tortillas!  😉  )

Ground beef:  tacos & nachos–cook up ground beef and shred cheese, freeze separately, then bag together.

Chicken:  chicken nuggets & marinated teriyaki for stir fry

Stew meat:  stew (of course) & stew pastries (sounds yummy!)

Pasta:  lasagna, manicotti, penne pasta

Veggies:  zucchini & squash, twice baked potatoes

Turkey pot pie…

Yes.  I feel a little overwhelmed, too.  But today, I got busy.  First, I made pancakes.  A LOT of pancakes–regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, and strawberry.  Enough for 4 breakfasts.  Then, I got two batches of bread going–one for hamburger buns and one for regular bread.  As the bread was rising, I made a batch of cranberry-orange muffins (3 breakfasts!), including one batch of mini-heart shaped muffins for Valentine’s Day.  🙂  Then, I made peanut butter, chocolate chip, and oatmeal cookies.  It took me about 3 hours.  I ended up with two loaves of bread, 12 hamburger buns (2 dinners for us), a dozen muffins + my V-Day muffins, 2 dozen peanut butter cookies, 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies, and 3 dozen oatmeal cookies.  All stored up in my freezer. So cool!

If only we could live on cookies and muffins…

Since I don’t think that will fly with you know who, I’m going to tackle my tortilla foods tomorrow.  I’m thinking I can whip up all those burritos, etc in the morning and MAYBE have enough steam to get some of the other stuff done.  I’m planning a burst with my business in the next few months, so I know I’ll be glad I took the time now to stock up!

I’ll let you know how the rest goes…

Karen

 

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