Frozen Food Frenzie for Fatigued Families!

Lasagna

You have to make dinner anyway…. why not just make a whole lot of it?

Let’s face it, sometimes you don’t feel like cooking and when those times come its a life saver to know there’s a back up. When energy is low and sanity is in question, a little preparation can go a LONG way.

Spreading tomato sauce

The way to prepare is easy. Double your dinner recipe! Use our weekly menu/grocery list to plan your menu for the week. As you look over your meals just choose one or two that you can double! Make half for your family to eat that night, then freeze the rest in a ziplock freezer bag. Your food will be good for about 2 months in a regular freezer and about 6 months in a deep freeze!

Spreading cheese on lasagna

There is nothing better than being able to pull a home cooked meal out of the freezer and throw it in the oven on a moments notice! You know, like on those days when you don’t know what to cook, how to cook it, why you even cook at ALL, and EvErYoNe is saying “Mom, I’m hungry!!!”… to which you respond, “Knock it off, Napoleon! Make yourself a dang quesadilla!” (Napoleon Dynamite)

This also works great in teams. A friend of mine is pregnant while juggling her 5 kids (which includes her husband). Many times she just doesn’t have the energy to cook by the time dinner rolls around. She called recently and wants to get together every couple of weeks and make a bunch of meals we can freeze. She doesn’t feel good, is tired, and wants some dag-gone sympathy. Now, while she is dealing with screaming kids, morning sickness, home work and goats on the loose in the back yard (no joke), when her husband comes home from work and asks, “Whats for dinner, Woman?” she not only has a nice meal to pull out of the freezer, but a hard object to chuck at his head!

So team up! You don’t have to do this alone. There may be a friend, sister or neighbor that will shout for joy at the idea of making meals to freeze together! Food storage preparation isn’t just about having food and supplies around during a disaster. It’s also about being prepared for what ever life throws at us!

Lasagna in ziplock bags

A few ideas for easy dinners to make extras of are: Spaghetti, lasagna, casseroles, soups, mashed potatoes, rolls, barbequed chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, pancakes (for dinner? – you bet!)

Do you have any ideas or recipes for frozen dinners? Post them in the comments below!

2 Comments

  1. Marjorie W

    Another idea is to do the prep for similar meals at once. When I had to buy hamburger, green peppers and mushrooms, I made hamburger strouganoff, stuffed green peppers, and goulash. If I’d had more time I could have continued, but it wasn’t bad to make all that in under 45 minutes.

    • Jackie

      Great idea! Exactly! Once you’re already working in the kitchen, why not make multiple meals at once? 🙂

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