Freezer Meal: Sweet Pineapple Lime Chicken

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Sweet Lime Chicken is a recipe my kids love, probably because they're absolute maniacs when it comes to anything sweet. This recipe uses honey for the sweetener and is both sweet and tangy at the same time, thanks to the honey and lime. If you'd like to make it a Paleo meal, swap the soy sauce for coconut aminos and the cornstarch for 1 teaspoon of coconut flour. I've tried it both ways and it's equally good both ways.

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Freezer Recipe: Easy Vegetable Chowder

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Vegetable soup has always bored me to death. There are only so many ways you can combine carrots, potatoes, onions and celery and they all seem a bit mundane. This vegetable chowder, on the other hand, combines bell peppers, green beans and a handful of other vegetables to create a vegetable soup that's a far shot from what you're used to. It's easy to make, freezes well and tastes just as good when reheated as it did fresh.

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Freezer Recipe: Freezer Chicken Enchiladas

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These chicken enchiladas are a proven winner in my household. They're packed full of delicious shredded chicken and cheese and are topped with a homemade sauce made from completely natural ingredients. I suppose you could use store-bought green or red sauce on these enchiladas, but once you try them with the homemade sauce, you probably aren't going to want to.

Enchiladas are a little more work than the average freezer meal because you have to spend time rolling them up individually. To speed things up, I  lay all of the tortillas out on my counter at once and then fill them. After filling all of the tortillas, I roll the enchiladas and place them into baking tins. It's like my own little assembly line.

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Are Freezer Meals Worth the Effort?

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I've helped quite a few people get started cooking freezer meals over the course of the last few years and there's one question that keep coming up. This question usually comes up sometime during the first frantic week of planning, shopping for and preparing freezer meals. The person will look up at me with a completely lost look in their eyes and will ask, "Are freezer meals really worth all this work?"

If you're looking for a method of cooking that requires no work at all, freezer meals aren't that method. There is no magic freezer meal fairy who will sneak into your house at night and fill your freezer with delicious meals. Making large batches of multiple meals in a single day requires a lot of planning, preparation and, yes, a good deal of actual work.

The Main Benefit of Freezer Meals

While freezer meals do require work, I would say they are indeed worth the effort because they require significantly less work when it matters most. You spend one day cooking a week, every couple of weeks or even once a month, once you get good at it, and you'll be able to go on cruise control in the kitchen until it's time for another cook day. Instead of spending an hour in front of the stove preparing food every night, a few hours of work on the weekend affords you the ability to pull a meal from the freezer, toss it in the slow cooker, a pot on the stove or the oven and have it ready with minimal effort the rest of the week.

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