So does anyone else ever come home from work and look in the refrigerator for something to fix for dinner and either nothing looks good to eat or you have the thought… “There’s nothing in here to eat!” ? 🙂 I am sure we all have done that. Sometimes I wait a while, then open the refrigerator door to see if anything has suddenly appeared that looks delectable… but nope… nothing changed! Sigh!! 🙂 We live in such a fast paced world, the fast food industry makes it too easy to swing by and pick up a meal. You will save money by having meals made ahead in the freezer, plus you will have more nutritional value in the meals!
Today (on Tuesday) I decided to do something about that and made some food for the freezer. I had a long list of food ideas to fix and was very surprised how quickly I got all but a few things completed! Here are some ideas for you to fix for the freezer and have an instant healthy meal prepared that will only need heated or baked but could also assist with completing a meal!
Grilled chicken breasts Grilled hamburgers Pulled BBQ Chicken Breakfast Burritoes Beef & Barley Soup Cheesy Baked Pasta
- Meatballs or Mini Meatloaves
- Chia Seed Energy Bars
- Avocado Grasshopper Bars
I accomplished the crossed out items and froze them. I also made 2 Crustless Coconut Pies, made one recipe of Homemade Ketchup and 2 recipes of Homemade BBQ Sauce! 😀 When I got up, I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot with some water and turned on high. Then using a Indoor Grill (like a George Foreman), I grilled the chicken and hamburgers. (I had thawed the ground beef the day before, then formed into patties today). Third, I started frying the onions, peppers and chicken sausage for the breakfast burritoes as the grilling was almost completed. After I made the Ketchup and BBQ sauce, I finished pulling the chicken and mixed with BBQ sauce. Then, using the chicken broth left behind in the crockpot, I poured in the beef & barley soup ingredients and turned it on high. I mixed up the Cheesy Pasta Bake last and then made the coconut pies ( I will share the recipe next week) 🙂 . SO hard to stop nibbling on it… just has a hint of sweetness and yummy coconut flavor! 🙂 (Are you drooling yet??) 😉
Today was an extra profitable and prosperous day… not my typical day in the kitchen.. but I am excited to have some go-to meals now!
A tip I strongly suggest- have hot dish water in the sink and wash dishes as you go to avoid a huge mess later. I don’t have a lot of extra dishes and kitchen utensils, so this actually really helps me to keep my dishes washed to use on the next recipe! 🙂
Another tip you could (and should) consider if you don’t have the time, energy or if you have little children to take care of- consider hiring Coach Shannon to make freezer food for you! I can provide my own recipes, or you can give me your recipes and I can make them. 😀 Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and times we can get together to discuss what works best for both our schedules. 🙂 I also have meals already in the freezer, so if you just want to try a dish, ask me what I already have available to sell.
I look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to forward this email to your friends who may benefit from some prepared healthy meals. 🙂
2 thoughts on “Make a meal ahead!”
Busy girl! You are quite motivating! Excellent planning for the “there is nothing to eat” fact or syndrome. Hope you people out there take advantage of this yummy offer. Great for elderly and shut ins, new moms, etc.
It is great to have food in the freezer. Lately if I am cooking a meal, I will double or triple it, and we will eat some and freeze the rest. Not much extra work, because I am cooking the meal already, and have everything already out for it.
Also, I make those avocado-grasshopper bars too, and they are a favorite that I keep going back to!