Fill the freezer with premade meals in order to save money on groceries as well as time and effort throughout the month.
If there’s something easy for the kids to prepare, I’ll be less tempted to buy costly convenience food items.
If there’s something quick to prepare, I’ll be less likely to make a run for the border.
If there’s something yummy to eat, I’ll be less likely to want to go out to a restaurant.
When I’ve got easy, quick, healthy, and yummy recipes all prepared in the freezer, well, that’s like striking gold! We eat more healthfully; we spend less on groceries; and we stick to eating at home. WIN win
Freezer Meal Recipes
Meatballs (3 dinners)
Seasoned Taco Meat (4 dinners)
Hamburger Patties (3 dinners)
Pulled Chicken (3 dinners)
Grilled Chicken (2 dinners)
Marinated Chicken (2 dinners)
Seasoned Pinto Beans (4 dinners)
Red Sauce (4 dinners)
Burritos (20 burritos)
Lasagna (2 dinners)
Enchiladas (3 dinners)
Granola (2 batches)
If you’d like to make the above, print out the recipes that are linked above. Here’s the groceries that you’ll need:
The amounts are approximate. Check each recipe and compare its ingredients list to what you already have at home. You can click the print button at the bottom of this post, if you’d like to print the list. You can make adjustments as to your family size and likes..
15 pounds ground beef
10 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
5 pounds dried pinto beans
10 cups chopped onion
2 heads garlic
3 dozen corn tortillas
5 pounds cheddar cheese
20 flour tortillas
#10 can crushed tomatoes
ingredients for your favorite chicken marinades
crushed red pepper
Here’s the method I followed:
chop onions and garlic
1. Sort the beans and rinse. Soak according to package directions. I soaked them in the evening and let them cook overnight. The next day, I divided the mixture into freezer-safe containers. Cooled the beans to room temperature, and chilled in the fridge before freezing.
2. Cook four pounds ground beef. Season with taco seasoning mix. Portion into meal-sized containers. Cool to room temperature. Chill in the fridge before freezing.
3. Form four pounds of ground beef into hamburger patties. (We like quarter-pounders.) Wrap, label, and freeze.
4. Start the red sauce on the stovetop. After it cooks for an hour, divide the sauce into meal-sized portions, cool, label, and chill in the fridge before freezing.
5. Make a bulk batch of meatballs (4 pounds) and get them started in the oven. Set the timer. When it rings, pull them out and allow them to cool to room temperature. Divide into meal-sized portions, label, and chill in the fridge before freezing.
6. Poach three pounds chicken. When done, shred, season, and allow the chicken to cool to room temperature. Divide into meal-sized portions, label, and chill in the fridge before freezing.
7. Prepare the marinated chicken in ziptop freezer bags. Freeze.
8. Season the chicken for grilling with a spice rub, like this one. Grill the chicken. Cool to room temperature. Divide into meal-sized portions, label, and chill in the fridge before freezing.
9. Prepare the granola. Set the timer. When it’s done, let the granola cool completely before packaging.
10. Cook the last three pounds of ground beef. Use it for the lasagnas and for burrito filling.
11. Assemble the lasagnas. Chill before freezing.
12. Assemble the burritos. Chill before freezing.
13. Assemble the enchiladas. Chill before freezing.
Time: two afternoons, so realistically, one FULL day
Money:Cost @ $300 for the ingredients to make about 30 meals to feed 8 people