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As you know, we’re expecting our second baby in 6 (and a half) short weeks. I’ve also mentioned that I’m doing as much as I can to get ahead, prepare for the holidays, and be organized. Part of this is freezer meals! Bonus if they’re Crock Pot meals!
While I love having freezer meals stocked at all times, it is even more important now with a baby on the way. Not to mention I’ll have a 17 month old to chase after.
Hubby doesn’t mind cooking, but I’d rather have the time he’s home spent with our family than in the kitchen. So, this weekend marked my first round of freezer meals.
In preparation for the session, I compiled a list of freezer meals to help with inspiration and ideas. This is especially useful for me with chicken meals since we don’t seem to eat as much of them.
I also like to make extra of my own recipes: lasagnas, meatloafs (meatloaves?), chicken pot pies, pizzas, chili, meatballs, etc. One day I’ll post the recipes for all to enjoy!
The way Sweet Girl likes to chow down, I’m planning to have about 10 dozen muffins, and maybe some pancakes, in the freezer for easy breakfasts.
I’ll round out my marathon with homemade burritos and pizza pops for my husband’s lunches.
It’s going to be a lot of work in the next few weeks, but it will be SO worth it to have the freezer stocked and extra time with my family of 4.
- 4 Lasagnas
- 4 Chili (beef & turkey)
- 40 Burritos
- 2 Batches of Pizza Pops
- 4 Stroganoff
- 2 Loins of Pulled Pork
- 8lbs of Meatballs
- 4 Meatloaf
- 4 Stew
Next week I’ll be hosting a Pampered Chef Freezer Meals Workshop. I’m pretty excited for this! I’ll be able to put 7 more meals in the freezer and learn some new recipes in the process.
Check with your local Pampered Chef Representative to see if this is something possible in your area.
Quick Tips for Preparing Freezer Meals
- Be organized: Make a game plan and have all your ingredients ready to go. Have your bags or containers set out before it’s time to fill them.
- Label bags before you fill them.
- Clean as you go: it will save you stress and mess, plus you’ll feel more productive.
- Know your limitations and don’t take on more than you can handle at once. It’s better to be conservative in this area than to have 4 different tasks on the go and get yourself overwhelmed.
It’s normal to be tired when you’re done. Especially if you’re pregnant! Take your time throughout and enjoy the fact that you won’t have to cook so much later on. This should be a nice experience and one that you will (hopefully) get used to and look forward to!
Did I miss one of your favourites? Let me know what it is, I’d love to try it! And don’t forget to Pin this and follow me on Pinterest!
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