Freezer Meals for Supper & Weekend Wrap-Up

Monday, March 7, 2016

If you know me even a little, you know I am crazy about my crock pot.  With 3 kids and a husband we are on the go all.the.time.  Literally.  My crock pots are a sure fire way for me to have dinner on the table every night.  I have wanted to do this all year forever and Friday afternoon I got the itch pretty heavy.  I sat down, dove through my recipes, calculated, made a list, and headed for the grocery store.   Freezer meals have always enticed me, but intimidated me at the same time.  I'm not going to lie, if you're looking for savings and freezing meal tips, you've come to the wrong girl.  While I do love a good deal, convenience was my driving force for this experiment (although I did find my grocery bill to not be much higher than it normally would be for a weekly trip)

Saturday morning, I leisurely woke up, made breakfast for the girls, and started in on preparing meals while the girls soaked up the gorgeous and free weekend!  I spent about 5 hours in the kitchen, but my finished product was a freezer full of yummy suppers.  

16 to be exact!  

Here are our family’s favorite meals (turned freezer suppers):

I actually use a recipe in my head for this, but if you are looking for a good lasagna recipe, here's one.  Lasagna is one of my family's favorite meals.  My hubby always says if he's ever on death row, he wants it to be his last meal.  But only my lasagna will do.  I make lasagna often because it gives me the big head.  ha!  And I don't fear him ever being on death row.

photo cred:  Good Cheap Eats
I read on a few other blogs not to cook the noodles prior to freezing.  I allowed the meals to fully cool in the refrigerator before placing them in the freezer.  I also used smaller pans, 8 X 8.  My assumption was I would split the meals instead of reheating them to eat leftovers.  I was able to make 4 lasagnas this was opposed to just 2. 

Sloppy Joes
 Sloppy Joes are another family fav.  We love this sloppy joe recipe from Mix and Match Mama.  I doubled the recipe to get two suppers, placed in labeled quart sized freezer bags and boom.  2 more meals added to the freezer! #halllajuah The night before I serve, I'll pull a bag out and allow it to thaw in the fridge, reheat in the skillet, add to bread and eat!

Spaghetti Sauce  
Again this is a recipe in my head (I'll share one day, maybe, it just changes every time).  My sauce is pretty versatile.  If your lasagna and your spaghetti sauce are similar, you can do what I did and make it all together (saving you time).  With the spaghetti sauce I separated in 4 labeled quart sized freezer bags.  I can pull a bag out the night before, thaw, and then reheat in a skillet the next day serving over noodles OR cheese ravioli (another one of our favs).

Crock-Pot Chicken Fajitas 
The chicken fajitas were probably my favorite to make.  Maybe because it was the easiest?!  Or the fact that I just love cutting up fresh veggies.  

For real tho.  I cut up a red, yellow, and orange pepper, a whole white onion, added a pkg of fajita seasoning, and 3 chicken breasts tp a gallon sized ziplock bag and shook it up.  Done.  2 more meals in the freezer.  So I am getting the best of both worlds here!  

Freezer Meal + Crock pot 

I will add this to my crockpot, cook on low for 8-10 hours OR high for 4-5.  Shred the chicken, add to a tortilla with our favorite cheeses and sour cream.  

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Another family favorite is this Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas recipe from Courtney Westlake.  I have to admit her blog post Friday kindled my fire to make some meals this weekend.  And I am not SO glad I did.  I doubled this recipe and added 2 more meals to the freezer!

Chicken Broccoli Supreme

And this is probably hands down my families FAVORITE Chicken and Broccoli casserole.  If you haven't tried this recipe from Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake, you are missing out my friends.  Anna Claire asks for this at least 3 times a month.  So I doubled this recipe and added 2 more meals to the freezer.

Now that I know it's not as intimidating as it seems, this will occur on a bi-monthly basis (I hope).   I think I can get a little more brave with recipes now, but wanted to start with some basics (and not burn myself out).  It was surprisingly fun and I'm feeling pretty stinkin' accomplished.  I might actually get some laundry folded today!  And all God's children said AMEN!

To recap I made:
4 lasagnas
2 sloppy joes
2 chicken fajitas
4 spaghetti meat sauce
2 sour cream chicken enchiladas
2 chicken and broccoli supreme  
Now on to the rest of the weekend!

Our weekend was pretty fabulous.  I spent most of Saturday in my pj's, we played outside, I had dinner with friends Saturday night (yay for Mom's night out), Sunday we had church, played outside again, and the girls went fishing Sunday afternoon with friends.  I could get use to a weekend like this and it was much welcomed considering the last few have been crazy and the next few months ahead are looking to be be pretty full.  That's the nature of this time of year.  Time flies from spring break to the end of school.

Saturday morning Barbie session with little sister!

Hopscotch for days!

She loves outside!

Sunday afternoon picnics after church.

Bike ride with my big A!
Fishing with friends!
I hope you had an incredible weekend and your week is even better!



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