Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Here in Minnesota it was the fishing opener…which is a big deal to a lot of people from MN. Usually we spend some time at the cabin with Brandon’s family, but with the baby only 5 weeks or so away we decided to stay home and tackle more house stuff. Brandon did yard work and we did a ton of cleaning around the house again. I also devoted a big chunk of the weekend to prepping freezer meals for when our little baby girl finally arrives.
I plan to prep a couple of different freezer meals each week until the baby comes. The schedule of tending to a newborn is demanding enough and on top of that I plan to breastfeed. This means two things…I will be busy AND more importantly, I will be hungry! Or so I hear from my mama friends that nurse their babies. Brandon and I are really good about making meals at home and not relying on going out to eat or ordering food in. I want to keep up with that once the baby arrives. It is so much healthier to eat at home and I feel better when I eat meals that we prepare versus going out.
On top of the freezer meals I will have prepared, Brandon and I have a half share in a CSA this summer. I am so excited about this because if there are weeks I don’t make it to the farmers market we will still have tons of fresh produce around too!
Below you will find the list of freezer meals I worked on this weekend. The titles are all links to the websites where the recipes came from. In total, I made 1 – 9×13 casserole, 5 – 8×8 casseroles, and 1 slow cooker freezer meal. Oh and I forgot to mention one other important detail…I made like 6 dozen gluten free chocolate chip cookies. I can’t help it…my friend Sheila from Beyond the Grain Gluten Free had me stocked up on her cookie mix. When I don’t feel like baking all summer because I am too busy snuggling the baby I will be able to cure a sweet tooth any time!
This recipe looked amazing. I actually wanted to bake some right away rather than putting it into my freezer! I did modify this recipe slightly. I used a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes and a jar of marinara sauce. I also only used 1 pound of ground meat instead to 2. Since this recipe is a little more rich…wait until you see how much cheese is in it…I divided this into 3 smaller pans and then cooled and covered them before freezing.
I made this recipe to the directions with the exception of using dried thyme instead of fresh. I placed it into a 9×13 disposable baking dish and let it cool before covering and freezing.
This whole post is awesome. She includes a shopping list if you want to make all of the recipes. All of the recipes look great, but I only chose to tackle the Cheesy Taco Bake since I had other recipes in mind already. I made a few modifications to this as well. I subbed ground turkey for the beef. I used 2 cups of rice instead of 1. I also used a Mrs. Dash Taco seasoning packet in place of the spices. I didn’t add any cheese into the meat and rice mixture. I divided this recipe into 2 pans (8×8 size). I cooled and covered these before freezing and will add cheese to the top before baking.
I have frozen lots of meals in the disposable baking dishes, but I am new to doing these gallon freezer bag meals for the slow cooker. This post has a free printable with directions and a shopping list for all of the recipes. I made some modifications to the recipe I made. I cut my pork chops into small pieces instead of leaving them whole. I couldn’t find a sweet and sour sauce that was gluten free so I used a teriyaki sauce from a gluten free brand that I like. I didn’t use any of the other sauce ingredients called for in this recipe with the exception of the corn starch.
Leave a comment with your favorite freezer meals and the links please!! I am still looking for more yummy ideas and I don’t just want a freezer full of lasagna! Have a fabulous week.