Freezer Meals

This is the conversation I have almost every night with my husband:

Me: “What do you want to have for dinner tomorrow night?”

Hubby: “Good question.  I have no idea.”

Me: “Me neither.  I’ll figure it out in the morning.”

And then morning comes and the craziness begins and dinner becomes one of the last things on my mind.  So this week I decided to try some of the “freezer meals” I have been seeing all over social media lately.  I found two websites where mom’s posted things like “40 freezer meals in 4 hours” or “Make 50 freezer meals in a day.”  Being a freezer meal rookie, those numbers scared me! I decided to start small with two crockpot freezer meals and some freezer cookie dough.  I also choose recipes that included ingredients I already had at home so I spent no extra money and cleaned out some things from my pantry (bonus!)  Now the next time I have nothing planned for dinner or need a quick dessert, I’ll just head to the freezer and try one of these out!  If all goes well, maybe next time I’ll try to make 4 or 5 meals at a time- I’m not quite ready for 40 or 50 yet!

The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies 

2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1/4 sugar
3/4 brown sugar
1 package vanilla pudding
1 tsp vanilla

Mix above ingredients together
Add and mix
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Stir in 12 oz. bag chocolate chips
Chill dough in fridge.  Then roll into little balls.  Freeze on cookie sheets.  After they freeze put in freezer bag.

Bake from frozen.  350 for 11-13 minutes.


Sweet & Sour Chicken

8 ounce Catalina Dressing
1 envelope of MSG-free Onion Soup Mix
1 can of whole cranberries
4 chicken pieces

Dump in freezer bag and mix. On serving day, thaw completely. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Serve over rice. Can also grill or throw in crock pot.



Black Bean Taco Soup

1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey works too!)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package mild taco seasoning mix
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
1 (16 oz) can black beans drained and rinsed (you could use kidney beans or pinto beans)
2 (14 oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies

Brown meat and onion, drain. Let meat cool for a minute, then dump into a gallon-sized freezer bag.  Dump the remaining ingredients into the bag, mix together, and zip bag closed.

When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or LOW for 2-3 1/2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream.

Disclosure: I have not actually tasted these meals yet, except for the cookies and those get two thumbs up!



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