Freezer Meals Articles & Recipes

Freezer meals are meals that are made in advance and put in the freezer for later use. Having freezer meals on-hand will save you a lot of time because they allow you to cook once or twice a month, instead of having to spend precious time in the kitchen during the week when you're busy and tired.

Experienced freezer meal cooks can make upwards of 40 meals in a single day of cooking. Imagine that, only having to cook dinner once a month. All you have to do the rest of the month is pop a meal in the slow cooker in the morning or into the oven when you get home in the evening. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Freezer Meal Articles

How to Save Time and Money With Freezer Meals

Save Time With a Freezer Meal Group

Foods that Freeze Well

Are Freezer Meals Worth the Effort?

Freezer Meal Recipes

Slow-Cooked Beef Stroganoff

The Slow-Cooked Beef Stroganoff is a quick and easy recipe that makes a freezer meal that's almost as good when thawed and cooked as it would be if you made it fresh.

Beef Stew Bake

The Beef Stew Bake is even easier to make than beef stew because it requires little attention once you toss it in the oven. Plan ahead, because this recipe takes a couple hours to finish baking.

 Homemade sausage patties

Homemade Sausage Patties aren't a full freezer meal, but you're going to want to keep some in the freezer. They're better for you than commercial sausage patties and can be quickly cooked when you want fresh sausage for breakfast.

White beans and pork

White Beans & Pork is bound to become a household favorite. Use leftover ham from the holidays or pork you've purchased especially for the occasion.

Chicken enchiladas

Freezer Chicken Enchiladas can be assembled in advance and tossed in the oven the day you want to cook and eat them. Within a half hour, the house is full of the smell of enchiladas and dinner is ready with the minimal amount of work required.

Easy Vegetable Chowder lives up to its name, as it's one of the easiest freezer meals around. Chop the vegetables, puree half of them and bag it up and it's ready for the freezer.

Sweet Pineapple Lime Chicken

Sweet Pineapple Lime Chicken is a perfect combination of sweet and sour. The hint of lime perfectly balances with the sweetness of the sauce, creating a dish that's bound to become a family favorite.

The Chicken Penne Pasta Bake requires a bit of upfront work, since you have to boil the noodles on preparation day, but it's well-worth it since all you have to do when you want to cook it is toss it in the oven. Make 4 to 5 of these bakes at once and toss them in the freezer and you'll have dinner ready in a jiffy during the week.

cajun chicken and sausage

Cajun Chicken and Sausage will add a little spice to your life. Heat things up with this spicy Cajun recipe.

 breakfast burrito stamp

Breakfast burritos are a fast and easy choice for breakfast in the morning. They're an entire meal stuffed into a burrito. Unwrap several of these, toss them into the microwave and breakfast is covered in a matter of minutes.

 

 

All Apples Are Not Equal: The Apple Buyer's Guide

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If you're anything like the average person, you recognize the difference between a red and green apple and have heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," but don't know the intricacies of the fine fruit known as the apple. You know apples are good for you, but haven't been properly trained as to why they're so good and have no clue what varieties of apples provide the most bang for your buck.

Things All Apples Have in Common

You'd be hard-pressed to buy an apple from the store that's bad for you. All apples are packed with fiber and are filled with beneficial phytonutrients like quercetin that are believed to lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and promote better overall health. Apples carry a low caloric load and are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

While most apples carry at least some health value, all apples are not created equally and some are better for you than others. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples, so it would be impossible to list all of the apples and their health benefits in this article, but there are some general guidelines you can use to make sure you're buying the healthiest apples.

Organic vs. Conventional Apples

Apples sit atop the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits that are most contaminated with pesticides, so when given a choice, it's best to purchase organic apples. To put it simply, conventionally-grown apples are one of the most contaminated crops when it comes to pesticides and herbicides.

Tractors travel through apple orchards and spray the trees with pesticides, coating the leaves and the fruit with chemicals. These chemicals stick to the outside of the apple and eventually make their way into the fruit. You can wash some of the chemicals off of apples, but there's no way to wash it all away.

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Save Time With a Freezer Meal Group

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Once you've learned how to cook freezer meals, joining a freezer meal group, or a freezer meal exchange group as it's known in some circles, can save you even more time. A freezer meal group is a group of people, usually friends and/or family members, who join together and agree to cook a certain number of meals to swap with other members of the group.

Here's how most freezer meal groups are set up:

  1. A single meal (or a type of meal) is assigned to each member of the group. The number of servings that need to be made for each meal is also predetermined. 
  2. Each member makes the assigned number of meals for the meal they've chosen (or been assigned). 
  3. The members exchange meals, so that each member of the group gets one of each meal. 

This benefits the members of the freezer meal group because they only have to cook one type of meal, but end up getting a variety of freezer meals. The premise is it's much easier to prepare large amounts of a single meal than it is to cook multiple meals.

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Freezer Meals: How to Save Time and Money with Make-Ahead Meals

 

I've got a confession to make. Although I've published several well-regarded cookbooks, I have days where I really don't feel like cooking. I have days when I've been running around all day running the kids to and from school, football practice, ice skating, karate, gymnastics and any number of other activities they're involved in, all while working a full-time job and trying to keep the house clean.

By the time dinner rolls around, I don't feel like even thinking about dinner, let alone standing in front of a hot stove while cooking a traditional meal.

I'm sure many of you out there can relate. Regardless of why you're busy, be it kids, work, school or any number of other time-vortexes in your life, it remains a fact that most of us simply don't have time to cook full meals. Every precious minute saved cooking is a minute we could spend on other more important tasks. You know, like downing a glass of wine while catching up on one of those shows we've had sitting on the DVR for the last 5 years.

Freezer meals have been a blessing around my household. They save me a ton of time and, as an added bonus, they save a bit of money as well.

Read more: Freezer Meals: How to Save Time and Money with Make-Ahead Meals

Freezer meals save you time and money. Cook once and have multiple meals ready when you need them.