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You may have seen pins on Pinterest regarding freezer meals. What exactly are they? Let me tell you. It’s simply freezing meals or freezing ingredients ahead of time, be it days or weeks in advance. Some meals you prepare the ingredients and dish and then freeze, to cook later. Other meals you cook ahead of time and then freeze. You can do a few meals at a time, to get you through the week. Or try doing several weeks worth of meals at one time.
Can you believe some people cook once a month?!!! Because I live in a small home, with a small freezer, this is not an option for me. Once a month cooking means you do all of your grocery shopping at one time. You then prep and cook all of the meals you need for the month. Wow, what an option. Imagine the time we busy parents could save by doing this!
Why Consider Freezer Meals
Why? How often do you take a frozen, microwavable lunch to work with you? Or tell the kids on the weekends to pop one in the microwave for lunch? I’m guilty of doing this on evenings with my own children, when I know I might be working late. Same concept, except when you prepare the meals yourself YOU’RE in charge of ingredients included. You can ensure the health and quality of the food you’re feeding your family.
It’s important to me to set an example for my children on healthy eating. Freezer meals allow me to do this. It also creates convenience during the busy school and/or work week. Time is something most of us never seem to have enough of. Let me be honest, I definitely identify with the woman who comes home from work, all psyched about cooking dinner on the menu for the night. Yet, you walk through the door, exhausted from work, welcomed by the kids who need attention and help with homework. Immediately the voice says “just go pick something up, it’s quicker and the kids won’t mind”.
Not a thing wrong with this! However, for myself, it doesn’t help my budget/spending for the month and it doesn’t help with my weight loss goals. Nor is it the best choice for my children, who need nourishing meals to do their best on a daily basis in school.
Additional Benefits of Freezer Meals
Freezer cooking is definitely for the busy family, couple or individual. It is a time saver, no doubt! Outside the cooking day, there’s no really huge clean up after the meal. You take the meal out of the freezer, thaw it out in the fridge, heat up and done. You’re only cleaning plates and the dish you used to heat up the meal.
Saving money – another reason to give it a try. How can this possibly save you money, you may be asking? Even on nights you don’t have a meal planned for the evening, all you have to do is thaw out the prepared meal and heat it up. This option will save money by not running out to spend money you don’t have on fast food or eating at a restaurant. Freezer cooking also means you will be buying some of your items in bulk, which also saves money over time.
How Freezer Cooking Helps With Keto Lifestyle – just as mentioned above, freezer cooking saves time and money. It means a calmer evening after a long day at school and/or work. It also provides a reason for planning. Planning = success because it lessens the struggle and temptation to start snacking on anything due to being hungry. Even if just preparing for one week at a time, it is helpful. You buy only ingredients you need for the meals for the week. This prevents you from coming home and mindlessly eating while you try to figure out what’s for dinner. It also means controlling what you eat – knowing what ingredients you’re ingesting. Very important.
Freezer Meal Storage Tools
If you’re working on a tighter budget then you can always consider purchasing items at the Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree also offers the convenience of purchasing items online, such as foil pans, glass storage liquid bowls, and zipper freeze bags- .
I’ve done a roundup of recipes listed below to help you get started. You will notice that the ingredients are listed for each dish- this is for your convenience when trying to meal plan and see what you may already have on hand.
Slow Cooker Low Carb Stuffed Peppers.
Image and recipe courtesy of Fit Slow Cooker Queen.
Ingredients Needed: bell peppers, 1lb ground meat, diced tomatoes, onion, cauliflower, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic cloves
Lemon Pepper Chicken and Green Beans
Recipe courtesy of Once a Month Meals.
Ingredients Needed: chicken thighs, green beans, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper.
Image and recipe courtesy of Savory Lotus.
Ingredients Needed: basil, garlic clove, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, coconut oil, eggs and 2 lbs ground meat.
Low-Carb Beef Stew
Image and recipe courtesy of Low Carb Maven.
Ingredients Needed: beef chuck roast, mushrooms, celery root, pearl onions, celery, garlic, tomato paste, olive oil or avocado oil, beef broth, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper.
Zoodles With Browned Butter & Mizithra Cheese
Image and recipe courtesy of Ketogasm.
Ingredients Needed: Zucchini, butter, salt and mizithra cheese (in the specialty cheese area of your grocery store).
Paleo Beef With Broccoli
Image and recipe courtesy of I Heart Umami.
Ingredients Needed: 1 lb beef, broccoli, garlic cloves, ginger, coconut aminos, sea salt, sesame oil, black pepper, arrowroot powder, baking soda and red boat fish sauce.
Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Image and recipe courtesy of Hey Keto Mama.
Ingredients Needed: butter, white onion, garlic, chicken broth, broccoli, cream cheese, salt and pepper, heavy whipping cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and xantham gum.
Easy Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole
Image and recipe courtesy of Wholesome Yum.
Ingredients Needed: Avocado oil, garlic, ground beef, salt, pepper, cauliflower, Italian seasoning, cabbage, marinara sauce (no sugar added) and mozzarella cheese.
Bacon Covered Meatloaf
Image and recipe courtesy of Ditch the Carbs.
Ingredients Needed: garlic clove, spring onion, ground beef, ground pork, eggs, fresh parsley, fresh basil, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.
Crockpot Southwest Flank Steak
Image and recipe courtesy of Stockpiling Moms.
Ingredients Needed: flank steak (or substitute with round steak), onion, garlic cloves, chunky salsa, chili powder, salt, pepper, red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper.
Mediterranean Boneless Pork Chops With Veggies
Image and recipe courtesy of Skinny Taste.
Ingredients Needed: boneless pork chops, Montreal chicken seasoning, zucchini, yellow squash, grape tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic cloves, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, lemon and lemon rind.
Chicken Bacon Chowder
Image and recipe courtesy of Peace, Love and Low Carb.
Ingredients Needed: chicken breasts, bacon, mushrooms, onion, leek, garlic clove, celery, butter, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, sea salt, pepper, thyme and garlic powder.
Turkey, Broccoli & Mashed Cauliflower Layered Casserole
Image and recipe courtesy of Living Loving Paleo.
Ingredients Needed: turkey breasts, ghee, onion, celery, garlic cloves, broccoli florets, mayonnaise, eggs, cauliflower, poultry seasoning, onion powder, dried sage, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.
Chicken Parmesan Soup
Image and recipe courtesy of Low Carb Crock.
Ingredients Needed: chicken broth or stock (or try bone broth!), onion, zucchini, celery, parsley, poultry seasoning, Better than Bouillon beef base, chicken breasts, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Mushroom Spinach Frittata
Image and recipe courtesy of My Productive Backyard.
Ingredients Needed: ground sausage, any color pepper, onion, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, Monterey Jack Cheese (or cheddar), Ranch dressing, salt and pepper to taste.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Image and recipe courtesy of My Life Cookbook.
Ingredients Needed: Ground beef, cauliflower, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, salt and pepper, garlic powder, diced tomatoes with chiles, zucchini and bell peppers.
Low Carb Hamburger Casserole
Image and recipe courtesy of Grass Fed Girl.
Ingredients Needed: Cauliflower, ground beef, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper to taste, coconut milk or heavy whipping cream, bone broth, eggs, and sliced almonds.
Image and recipe courtesy of Health, Home & Happiness.
Ingredients Needed: Boneless chicken thighs, Anaheim chiles or sweet peppers, bacon, paprika, salt & pepper.
Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Image and recipe courtesy of Sweet Peas and Saffron.
Ingredients Needed: Portobello mushrooms, olive oil, marina sauce, ricotta, salt, eggs, spinach, basil and mozzarella.
Cauliflower Rice Prep and Freeze
Image and instructions courtesy of The Pinning Mama.