A Week of Meals in Hopkins Homeschool

It is the new year, and a great time to work on new goals. I shared what some of mine were in my last post, but another one is to get my kids eating healthier. We eat well, but I know that I can get more healthy options in them. So what do I do? I plan on doing more freezer meals!

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Why Freezer Meals?

I love doing freezer meals. I can take one day and get all my shopping and meals done and spend the rest of my days actively enjoying or at least participating with the family and what we need to do. I grab recipes from Pinterest, as well as from MyFreezEasy, and will have 2 weeks plus of home-cooked meals ready for me in my freezer.

With freezer meals, all my hard work is done after they are done. So I can take the meal out of the freezer, put it in the crockpot, oven, or instant pot, and forget about it, kind of. I am not hurrying through the day trying to get everything done so that I can focus on cooking supper. I am now able to focus on making something for lunch, or adding some healthy extras to the meal. 

What About Taste?

I know that sometimes people tend to worry about taste when it comes to freezer meals and using the crockpot. I know I wondered at first. But, there is no issue with the taste. I actually feel that this helps the taste come out better. Yes, we have found some meals that come out bland, but those are very rare. We have found way more tasteful meals while using the freezer meals.

How Many at One Time?

When starting the freezer meals, I would recommend starting small. Make one while you are making a current meal. Work your way up. I have done up to 14-20 meals at once, but that was working with my mom and both of us prepping them. This last time a few days ago, I got ten meals made in under 3 hours. Plus, I had my groceries delivered via InstaCart. I know, this kind of defeats my money-saving from making the freezer meals, but it is really cold, so I opted to stay home.

What Did I Make

I sat down and looked through the monthly meals plans on MyFreezEasy. I printed up a few of them, but you can also customize your own monthly plan by looking through all the recipes.

I made the Sausage Ragu (times 2), Rosemary Garlic Pork chops, Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwiches (times 2), Chicken Tortellini, French Onion Chicken, Beef and Bean Burritos (times 2), and Mongolian Beef. That is ten meals, prepped and ready to through in the crockpot, Instant pot, or oven. Now all I have to worry about is making the sides to go with each meal.

Making freezer meals is one of my goals for this new year. I hope that with these I will be able to feed my family and picky eaters healthy meals that don’t make me spend hours in the kitchen each night.

Do you like to make freezer meals? Or do you have any questions about making them? I would love to hear from you in the comments.