Food Porn Friday – Time Saving Freezer Recipes

Time saving. Easy. Organized. Stress-reducer.

That’s what I think when I see the above picture. Also a wee bit of envy. I’d love to have a freezer like the one in the picture to store different food items. I had to sell  my freezer a few years ago when I had to “downsize” my living arrangements. A freezer, I believe,  is one of the best investments you can make.

Batch cooking and freezing meals is something I’ve done for years. It was so stress-free to look in the freezer and, depending on what I felt like having for lunch that day, put together a healthy meal before I left for work. Having some meals in the freezer also made for an easier time when I came home from work didn’t feel like cooking.

Along with different main course foods such as lasagna, pork tenderloin and chicken, I would also have a few bags of frozen vegetables I bought at the grocery store as well as some roasted potatoes and carrots in freezer bags. Add a salad as an option and I would have a healthy, balanced meal.

As someone with a chronic illness, there are days that going to the kitchen to prepare and cook a healthy meal is out of the question. Eating something that is easy to make such as a sandwich, cereal or tortilla chips, salsa and melted cheese (I regret nothing!) is fine the odd time, as is having something delivered. But when you need all the healthy food and nutrients you can get, you deserve better, healthier meals that so many times is cheaper than what you find in the frozen food section of the grocery store.

There is a variety of sites that have frozen meal ideas and recipes. Once A Month Meals  offer a variety of options such as traditional, paleo, gluten-free and baby recipes. Some people love frozen meals so much they have organized a freezer meal swap so that they have a variety of meals that they didn’t have to make. Feeling adventurous? Here are some freezer meal swap tips if you would like to be involved in a group.

Another option is slow cooker recipes. You prepare the ingredients, put them in freezer bags or reusable containers and store them in the freezer until you are ready to cook. Jami at Life’s Little Moments has done a post about how she planned the recipes she was going to do and the prep work involved. She did this shortly before her 2nd baby was born so that her family would have meals for a month. You can adjust the types and number of recipes you want to try according to your needs and lifestyle.

But, sometimes a simple sandwich is the best. Do you enjoy bacon but don’t want to cook the whole package or deal with the grease and splatter? I do my bacon in the oven now, using baking pans and racks so the grease drips onto the foil-lined pan and I cook a package of bacon at the same time.  It’s easy, quick, freezes well and still tastes great. I also cook my sausages the same way and, like bacon, only takes 15 – 20 minutes to cook.

Bon appetit!

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2 comments

  1. Some great ideas, maybe we can get a freezer at some point! Right now I’m wondering what we are going to do with all the stuff we have in our little freezer when we move.

    We do bigger batches of spaghetti sauce, soups…..any crock pot meal and put some in the freezer. I love that we always have Chicken Soup in there, if I don’t feel good, just cook up some noodles and heat up the soup! Instant goodness. (oh, since I’m not eating meat I wonder what will be my go to soup when I’m sick? I’ll figure it out, plus I’m not a staunch vegetarian…if the chicken was raised well and treated ethically I might indulge.)

    great post, glad to have you back.

    1. Well, you can have vegetable soup instead of chicken. Soup is one thing I keep saying I’ll make and put in the freezer. What I always do is boil some water in the kettle, put powdered soup stock in a cup and add peas and corn so I have veggies. My poor tummy can’t handle too much “cream of” types of soup anymore or tomato soup Those were my go to soups when I had a cold.

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