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Prepare for Christmas NOW – Freezer Meals

 

November and December are the craziest months of the year for our family. It’s easy to forget to have meals prepared for every day of the week.  I typically try to plan my meals every Sunday night then head to the grocery store to buy the groceries for the week.  When the busy holiday season sneaks up on me all of my good planing goes out the window.

“Kids do you want cereal for dinner?”

This. Heard weekly in our house during busy seasons.   ~ Just keeping it real.

I’ve found that one way to avoid this is to plan some freezer-friendly meals to have on hand.  I’ve done once-a-month cooking in the past and enjoyed weeks of ready-to-grab meals.  Preparing freezer meals doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming.  You can even start to do this today by simply doubling your recipes.

If you’d rather set aside some time and whip up several freezer meals take some time and do your research.

The following websites are great resources for once-a-month cooking:

Once A Month Mom

Annie’s Eats

Taste of Home

Life as Mom

You can read more about my experience with Once A Month cooking and even watch a video Simply Rebekah and I made.  Read the post here. 

 

Some of my favorite freezer meals:

Honey chicken, lasagna, baked spaghetti, stuffed chicken breasts, cooked taco meat, chicken pot pie, soups, stews and chilis.

Freezer cooking is a huge Time Saver:

When I have plenty of meals in the freezer I’m able to plan our menu out two weeks at a time.  I try to plan 2 freezer meals each week.  I also try to include one Crockpot meal each week.  Planning this way frees up so much time for our family during this busy season.

More than just dinner:

Don’t limit your freezer cooking to dinners.  I like to keep pancakes, waffles, muffins, cookies, brownies, breakfast burritos, rice, black beans, and cooked chopped meats in the freezer. Knowing that i have food ready in the freezer takes the stress out of meal planning during the holidays.

 

 

You can find all of the posts in the Prepare for Christmas Series HERE

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