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We’ve made it through the first month of 2018 and hopefully your New Year’s resolutions are still going strong. If you’re still on track with your wellness goals at this point, why not start adding to them? You’ve probably been trying to eat healthier this year, but that gets hard when you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to cook! It’s the times when we are busiest that we’re most likely to reach for a processed pre-packaged snack or stop by the drive through, right? One way to avoid these pitfalls is to make sure your freezer is always stocked with healthy snacks and meals for when you’re short on time. It requires a little planning and effort, but the payoff is worth it! Here’s what you need to know to get started.
The first thing you need to start your freezer meal prep is some time. It may seem painful to set aside a couple of hours on a weekend, but it will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you’re just starting out, don’t feel like you have to have your entire freezer stocked in one weekend. Set aside a little bit of time for a few weekends in a row and you’ll have a healthy fully-stocked freezer in no time.
You’re also going to need some supplies. Stock up on plastic wrap, tin foil, disposable pans and freezer-safe storage bags. Like the time, this is an investment (although not a big one). You may be tempted to use pans you already own but, remember, whatever you use will be out of commission for a while. Also, don’t try to cut corners by buying non-freezer-safe bags. They won’t hold up to the cold temperatures and your food will get freezer burn.
Lastly, you need some inspiration! Freezer meals and staples come in all shapes and sizes. Take some time to think about what will fit your needs best. Casserole-type meals are usually pre-cooked and just need to be thawed and reheated before eating. You will usually make and assemble this ahead of time and store it in a disposable pan. Slow-cooker freezer meals are usually even easier to prepare than casseroles because you don’t actually cook them ahead of time – just through all of the ingredients (raw) into a freezer-safe storage bag and you’re good to go! When it’s time to eat, just dump it in the crock pot to cook for a few hours. Pre-cooked soups can also be stored in freezer-safe storage bags to save on space. Here are some recipes you might want to try!
- Easy Spinach Lasagna from 100 Days of Real Food
- Creamy Spinach and Cheese Green Chile Enchiladas from Two Peas and their Pod
- 20 Minute Tuscan Pasta from Six Sisters Stuff
- Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken from Sweet Peas and Saffron
Besides having full meals available, you might also want to have some snacks and breakfast items in your freezer.
- Breakfast Burritos from Damn Delicious
- Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes from 100 Days of Real Food
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce from the Pioneer Woman
Plan some time this weekend to make at least one extra meal to add to your freezer! A healthy freezer is a happy freezer. 🙂
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