I finally gave freezer cooking a try, and it was a huge success! One day of grocery shopping, and 4 hours of chopping and mixing, and we have dinners frozen and ready for the entire month! All I’ll have to do, is throw the contents of a ziploc bag into the crockpot the morning of! That’s it!
So obviously, one day of work makes for a month of easy cooking, but is it affordable…? The answer, is YES! We have an entire month of dinners, for what our weekly grocery bill is! A little over $100! Crazy! I didn’t think it was doable, but I was shocked at the cheap price! And to be honest, I didn’t even shop sales or scout coupons. I just made up some recipes, and went for it.
I wanted to share with you some pictures from my prep day, as well as the recipes I made and a free grocery list!
Let’s Get Cookin’!
Step 1: Gather Up all your veggies, wash and chop! I chopped 10LBS of Carrots!
Step 2: In a large freezer safe ZipLoc bag, (I had to use two because I bought the wrong sizes….) mix together all your recipes ingredients. (Such as veggies, sauces, seasonings, and even meat! I’m placing my meat in the crockpot on the day of, because I’m just doing frozen chicken breasts, and I had no room in the baggies.)
Step 3: Place all your meal baggies in your freezer! Make sure you’ve labeled them and added any special instructions!
As for cooking time, the “prep” is super simple! All you have to do, is place the contents of your bags into the crockpot in the morning, and turn on low! By dinnertime, your meal is ready!
(Unfortunately, I forgot to take an AFTER picture! Of course! But it was beautiful AND delicious!)
TIP: To make clean up even easier, I highly recommend you use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners! It keeps your crockpot clean, so all you have to do is toss it!
On a side note: I’m in love with this apron my mother got me for V-day!
I’m also wearing this dress from V Vintage under it! Perfect for Summer!
HERE ARE THE SIMPLE RECIPES I MADE:
Remember: Add more veggies or meat if needed! I made these to fed just two! Hubby and Me! I also will add freshly cooked rice the day of!
Lemon Chicken: Chicken Breast, Carrots, Onion, Lemon Slices, Fresh Rosemary, Lemon Pepper Seasoning & Olive Oil.
Teriyaki Chicken: Chicken Breasts, Orange Bell Pepper, Onions, Carrots, Pineapple Chunks, Teriyaki Marinade, & Pineapple Juice.
BBQ Chicken: Chicken Breasts, Red Potato Chunks, Onions & BBQ Sauce.
Vegetable Soup: Carrots, Onions, Zucchini, & Chicken Broth.
Taco Soup: 2 Cans of Corn, 2 Cans of Red Kidney Beans, 2 Cans of Pinto Beans, 2 packets of Taco Seasoning, 1 Packet of Ranch Dip Mix, 2 cans of Diced Green Chilis, 2 cans Mexican Stewed Tomatoes, & 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes.
Here is my grocery shopping list, just for reference:
12 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
3, BBQ Sauce
3, Teriyaki Sauce
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
2, Taco Seasoning
3, Vodka Pasta Sauce
2, Ranch Dip Packet
3, Red Bell Pepper
9, Red Potatoes
2, Bunch Green Onions
3, Packs of Large Carrots
3, Pineapple Chunks
4, Canned Whole Corn
4, Pinto Beans
4, Kidney Beans
2, Mexican Stewed Tomatoes
2, Diced Tomatoes
2, Diced Green Chilis
2, Chicken Broth
3, Ranch Beans
Cleaning & Paper Goods
2, Crockpot Liners
Large Hefty Ziploc Bags
THAT’S IT! Each of these pictures, shows you one night of dinner for two. These recipes above are super flexible, so feel free to add or subtract ingredients or portions to your families liking.
At the end of the day, I was exhausted, but it was nice to know that I wont have to cook like that again for another month, AND that I am saving over $300 this month by doing this! Give it a try, and let me know your results!
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