Freezer Meal Prep Sessions 1 and 2
If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Snapchat for any period of time, you’ll know I’m pregnant and due in the next 2 weeks. I had planned, for months, to do some freezer meal prep sessions but just didn’t feel like it. I either didn’t feel like putting together the ideas or I didn’t feel like actually doing all that chopping. I love cooking, but prepping a bunch of meals at once hasn’t been that enjoyable for me in the past.
All that said, I know that the payoff is great. I know that it feels really nice (and I feel pretty cool) when I have a bunch of food already prepped or cooked, and I just have to do the final steps. It’s pretty awesome having a freezer filled with meals. That way, I won’t resort to prepackaged foods or pizza delivery. While I love a good prepackaged meal and pizza is my favorite food, I know that I’ll appreciate the effort I put in now. And my husband, a bigger health nut than I’ve ever been, will definitely appreciate the effort.
I got some suggestions from you guys, I used my brain a little, and I found some excellent freezer prep sessions online. (The blog New Leaf Wellness is so great for freezer cooking. She has this whole post with freezer meal prep sessions.) I’ve linked to a few specific sessions since I didn’t actually follow her prep sessions; I just picked out what I wanted, based on our diet and preferences.
I’ve only completed one freezer prep session, and I’ve got the second one planned (I’ll do it in a few days).
I made some labels for the freezer bags, and I wrote out what needs to be done the day you actually want the meal. Below, I linked to each recipe I used. Plus there’s a printable PDF of the labels for the first two sessions (minus the quiche because, seriously, I couldn’t figure out how the heck to add a 3rd page to the labels document…)
The first session — COMPLETED in 3-4 hours*
- 4 x Southwestern Chicken Chili (page 9 HERE)
- 4 x Pizza Spaghetti Pie (HERE)
- 2 x Beef Fajitas (page 1 HERE)
That time included cooking the spaghetti squash (40 minutes), chopping everything, getting Alexander down for a nap, cleanup, Snapchatting the whole time….
The second session
- 5 x Breakfast Quiche**
- 4 x Buffalo Chicken Casserole (HERE)
- 4 x Turkey Black Bean Chili (page 2 HERE)
There are several meals I would like to prep but I haven’t planned them out.
**The Quiche! What I’m going to do for the quiche is put chopped bacon, chopped green onion, frozen broccoli, cheese, and seasoning into some quart-sized bags (not the gallon-sized). Then, the day before, I’ll move a bag to the fridge. The morning I want the quiche, I’ll add 1/4 cup milk and 6 eggs, dump everything into a frozen pie crust, and bake it at 375F for 40 minutes. It’ll last 2 mornings, at least.
I could also just pour the goods into a pie pan (without crust) and cook it that way instead.
And CLICK HERE for the bag labels I used.