freezer meals

i have been making freezer meals for quite some time now. they are such a wonderful thing!

don’t feel like cooking? – freezer meal

short on time? – freezer meal

want a home cooked meal? – freezer meal

need a gift for new parents/homeowners/someone sick? – freezer meal!

this is my fourth batch i have made, they get easier and easier each time. some recipes i have found take longer then others but then you have to think about all the time you are saving when you actually cook/eat the meal!

here is my list of meals i went with this time…

cafe rio crockpot chicken

creamy chicken italian-o

swiss chicken

lasagna

million dollar spaghetti

mexican lasagna

chicken bacon ranch sandwiches

swedish meatballs with homemade meatballs

slow cooker ravioli

pesto ranch chicken

margarita chicken

freezer meal 3  i put together all the recipes to create a shopping list. leaving out the items (spices, beef, noodles, etc.) i knew i already had and this is what i came up with…

34 chicken breasts

10oz bacon

28oz meatballs

2 bags frozen ravioli

½ bottle Italian dressing

4 packet dry ranch dressing

1 packet dry Italian seasoning

stove top stuffing mix

2 packages of taco seasoning

32oz cream cheese

6 slices swiss cheese

1 container ricotta cheese

5 cups mozzarella shredded (plus handful for top)

1 cup fresh shaved parmesan (plus handful for top)

1 ¼ cup sour cream

½ pound cottage cheese

8  cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken

1 can cream chicken

3 jars spaghetti sauce

4 cans re-fried beans

10 small tortillas

1 can cream of mushroom

2 cups beef broth

1 cup sliced mushrooms

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

6 oz can tomato paste

1 small jar pesto

¼ cup milk

¼ cup melted butter + stick

2 eggs

3 chopped onion

4 green onions

4 roma tomatoes

cilantro

2 packages margarita mix

i found it helpful to categorize my shopping list as well… all produce together, dairy together, canned good together etc. makes the trip to the store with a big list a little less overwhelming. with all the items listed + items we needed for the week we came in right around $200. so if we take at least $40 off for non freezer meal items, we are getting all these meals for $160. (remember i did have some of the items…spices, butter, and all the ground beef)

freezer meal 2

i always portion the meals for two people (or a little more for nick for lunch the next day)  since it’s just me and him, i don’t want to make a huge casserole and have left overs all week. so i portion it out differently then most of the recipes talk about.

so in the end i came out with 31 meals for $160.00 = $5.16 a meal!

freezer meal 1



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