Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How to Stock Your Freezer With Meals


Photo by Ella Olsson from Pexels

Stocking up on meals takes me to a happy place in my own mind and saves me frustration, money, and time. If you have meals already prepared and frozen, ready to pop in the oven, you won’t be seeing the pizza guy on a weekly basis or going out for fast food when you’ve resolved to feed your family more healthy meals. 

The reward comes when you can pull something out of the freezer in the morning to thaw, knowing dinner will be ready to slip in the oven as you rush off to after-school ball practice or swim lessons.

I don't think we've ever had to call appliance repair on this commercial freezer in over 15 years (but we have had plenty of other appliances that didn't even last a year before needing some work).

1. Check out My Grocery Deals before you head to the grocery store. Enter your zip code and instantly get your local grocery store deals for the week. This helps you save money while you also fill your freezer. Also head for the stock-up stores like Aldi, Sam’s Club and Costco.

2. I have the book “Once-a-Month Cooking: A ProvenSystem for Spending Less Time in the Kitchen and Enjoying Delicious, HomemadeMeals Everyday” by Mary Beth Lagerborg and Mimi Wilson and loved their two-week plan. It should take about five hours to pack your freezer with fourteen meals. Also check out "30 Day Gourmet's BIG Book of Freezer Cooking" on Amazon.

3. Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Home Chef are fantastic if you need a little extra help with recipes and meal assembly. Spend time with your spouse, friends, or children while learning how to cook healthy meals!

4. Consider ordering from a delivery service like Schwan’s. You can order online, and they offer prepared meals like chicken enchiladas, six-cheese tortellini and sliced beef with mashed potatoes, as well as side dishes and, of course, dessert. They even have 100-, 200- and 300-calorie products, as well as a $1 per serving menu and 30-minute meals.

5. Market Day is an exciting concept that lets you choose from over 160 restaurant-quality foods like kid-friendly snacks, entrees and desserts. The neat part is that a portion of your purchase goes toward helping out a local school or organization. Finally, a fundraiser with something a busy parent (or anyone, really!) can actually use – food.

Level up!