We all know how hard it is to stay on track with healthy eating when life gets busy, but the good news is that it can be done. With a little planning and preparation, you can be rescued with a dinner waiting at home and ready to eat!
I’m a huge advocate of prepping food on the weekend. While I usually make enough to get me through the week, sometimes I spend a little bit more time preparing food for longer periods that I can throw in the freezer.
Here are a few ideas for you:
Casseroles make great freezer meals. One of my favorites is lasagna. Buy a disposable pan, make a batch of your favorite lasagna and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then come home to put it into the oven and cook for an hour. Serve with a side salad and some breadsticks! Here’s a great freezer lasagna recipe.
Some other ideas…
- Broccoli, Beef, and Potato Hot Dish from Eating Well
- Burrito Pie from Thrive Home Blog
- Homemade Frozen Pizza from Skinny Mom’s Kitchen
Crock Pot Heaven
Crockpots are the ultimate fix it and forget it tool! I encourage you to put yours to good use this season. To make it even easier, gather up the ingredients ahead of time and freeze them all in a large Ziploc bag. For example, if you want to make beef stew, combine the chopped beef, carrots, potatoes, and other veggies and whatever seasonings you like in a Ziploc bag and freeze. The night before, put the bag in the fridge. In the morning, dump the contents into the crockpot, set the timer and dinner will be ready when you get home!
A few of our favorites are…
- Slow Cooker Apple Cinamon Oatmeal from The Yummy Life
- Tuscan Chicken and Beans from A Fit and Spicy Life
- Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo from Back to Her Roots
- Crock Pot Fajitas from Food Family Finds
- Paleo Chicken Curry from Anytime Fitness
- Slow Cooker Korean Beef from Damn Delicious
- Even more ideas from Moms Need to Know
Soup’s the Word
Soup is great because it’s easy to make extra. Choose your favorite recipe and double it. Then put half in the fridge to enjoy during the week and transfer the other half to a Ziploc bag once it has cooled. Ziploc bags are great for storing soup because you can freeze them flat and they take up less space in the fridge. Next time you have a busy week, just pull out a bag and thaw it in the fridge. Reheat the next time when you get home, add a sandwich and a side of roasted veggies and dinner is served!
As you can see, there’s a wide variety of freezer-friendly meals and recipes out there. Find some that fit your taste preferences and stock your freezer!