I know I usually write about teaching. But do you guys know what else I love? I really love food. I do not skip meals. But I do eat breakfast in my car on the way to school. When I first started teaching, I would buy a bunch of frozen breakfasts and lunches. I gave Lean Cuisine and Chef Boyardee and Hot Pockets a whole bunch of money. Then it occurred to me (with some help from Pinterest, of course) that I could just freeze leftovers from my dinner and eat it later. I also started making big breakfasts on the weekends and freezing those leftovers. This has actually saved me money and I get tons of yummy food to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
So here are some of my favorite meals to make & freeze:
This dish has it all- pasta, chicken, veggies, wine, CHEESE. And all you need is 1 pot. It does take a little time to make, but it makes a huge amount of food. I fed this to my family the other night and still had enough leftover to freeze 4 servings!
You know what I love about this one? Not only is it creamy & delicious, it’s a crock pot soup. Which means I come home and dinner is done (and my house smells amazing!). I just dump all the ingredients in the crock pot the night before, throw the whole pot in the fridge, and then take it out and turn it on before I leave in the morning. You seriously have to try this recipe. It is soooo good. And it’s just as good when you thaw it and have it for lunch!
Writing this post is really making me realize how much I love pasta. And Chicken. I’m ok with that. This one is pretty easy to whip up and doesn’t take much time. I also make a bunch of bacon every Sunday and then throw it in the fridge for the rest of the week. So it’s one less step to complete when cooking up this pasta dish. It’s great!
This one is great because it can actually be frozen twice- once before it’s cooked and then again after! It is one of my go-to’s anytime a friend has a baby and I’m bringing them a frozen meal. Put it all together in a pan and then they can thaw/cook whenever they want it. No pasta this time, but crunchy stuffing topping!
Onto breakfast….. I keep it pretty simple. I make massive quantities of scrambled eggs and freeze individual portions. I made a bunch of bacon and throw it in the fridge. In the morning, I can take a few pieces and microwave them for about 15 seconds and I’m ready to go. I have even frozen individual portions of hollandaise sauce to pour over eggs with an english muffin cut up on top. I love them all. But here are some specials that I make from time to time….
I am a huge fan of baking eggs. This is where that all started for me. The little pie crusts give the eggs a delicious little package and are so much easier than trying to make breakfast sandwiches. You can also switch up the ingredients for whatever makes you happy. I love chopping up some green pepper and adding that in.
When they’re done cooking, I individually wrap them in plastic wrap and throw them all in a bag. Keep it simple!
These are a great way to get some fruit and some sweets while still eating pretty healthy! My kids also love to get in on the prepping with these. I let them pick their own toppings and they think that’s great! Cook ’em, freeze ’em, thaw ’em, eat ’em. SO GOOD. And easy to eat in the car. =)
Use glass containers to freeze your food, not plastic. This way when you thaw it and throw it in the microwave, they don’t melt. Even the microwave safe plastic ones start to break down pretty quick. Sure, the glass ones are a little more expensive… but I promise you they will last so much longer. And don’t be tempted to buy huge containers, keep them in individual portions. That way all you have to do is take it out of the freezer a day or two before you want to eat it (I actually pull 3 or 4 out each Sunday night), throw it in the fridge, then grab and go on the day of. Something like this should do just fine.
If you have other freezer meals you love, please share in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by. =)