Total Basset Case: Freezer Cooking

Feb 2, 2012

Freezer Cooking

This past weekend Bethany and I did some freezer cooking.
(We've only been talking about doing this for a year).

As much as I love meal planning, sometimes life happens and our dinner plans do not work out as, well, planned.
Just knowing that I have a few extra meals in our freezer helps to make me feel less stressed.
 
Here's what we whipped up:
Breakfast Burritos (we each got 15)

 Pineapple Lemon Chicken - not the exact recipe we used but similar
(I'm sorry but you do not get a picture of this meal- I hate raw meat and did not figure you really wanted to see a photo of raw chicken).

So between the 2 of us for (approximately) $70
and about 4 hours one afternoon, we were able to stock our freezers with:
3 meals (that each serve at least 4)
and
15 breakfast burritos

I think this is great considering there are times when I spend $70 at the grocery store for one week alone!

Accomplishing freezer cooking was one item on my resolution list and I am so happy to have it crossed off. 
I feel so accomplished from this one afternoon of cooking that I am hoping to repeat this again every couple of months.

Recommendations and Resources:
- Do cook and split the meals with a friend: this really cut the cooking time and costs down
-Plan ahead and check your fridge for ingredients (remember you will be doubling a lot of items)
-Purchase disposable pans/dishes to freeze meals in
-Write the date and instructions for cooking on the container
-Don't Panic Dinner is in the Freezer, Freezer Pleasers, What's Cookin Chicago?

And a funny story to end on...
On Sunday I asked the Mister what he wanted this week for dinner as I was preparing my meal plan
He looked at me strangely and said, 'why are you asking me? You just made all food yesterday!'
Oh silly boys! Ha!

Have you ever done any freezer cooking?

16 comments:

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I would like to try this idea as well, if I ever have the time. Yours sounds delicious, I'm sure you are really going to love that you did it! Love the hub's response:)

Bethany said...

We are trying the pesto chicken stuffed shells tonight!

Lindsey said...

I have not ever done any freezer cooking but it sounds like a genius idea. And I'm lazy, so this would be perfect for me. I totally need to make the freezer breakfast burritos. Maybe I will do that Sunday! Oh and those shells look so good!

Nicole said...

I have never tried this before but I have heard of it before. This def looks so easy and stress free I must def try this soon!!

Jayme and Mendi said...

These are great tips! I've never done freezer cooking, because when I get home at 6:30 every night, I don't always feel like slaving over the stove! ;) The Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells really caught my eye...adding this one to my next cooking session.

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Wendy Mac said...

I frequently frrezer cook! Some of my favorites are soups, lasagna and quiche. Whenever I make these, I always just double the recipe and freeze half!

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megan said...

I definitely need to start doing this, especially since we started going to the gym after work again.

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

This is awesome! What a great idea for those nights when there is no time for dinner!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Such a great idea! I need to try this!

Meg {henninglove} said...

haha silly boys indeed!! i have never done freezer cooking but your post has inspired me to grab a girlfriend and cook together so we can be prepared wives with meals on hand!

Caitlin said...

I love this idea! So smart to do it with a friend. Now I just need to make some friends in my new town...

pam {simple details} said...

What a fun surprise reading this, my friend, Vanda, is one of the authors of Don't Panic It's in the Freezer! (Depending on which one you have, I think I have a few recipes in it.) I love the idea of freezing meals - saves so much time & $$!

Married...with a Pup said...

You are seriously so impressive!!! I've never done freezer cooking but your meals sounds fantastic. Maybe I'll give this a try. Hope you have a great weekend!

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

I'm so impressed! Nice job!

Brandi said...

This is such a smart idea! I need to make the time to do something like this. Thanks for sharing.

Savannah said...

I have wanted to try freezer cooking FOREVER! Thanks for the inspiration!