It is getting warmer and outdoor practices are being added to the family calendar, which means that evenings are getting even busier. Freezer meals can be lifesavers, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed and need to eat something healthy without spending hours in the kitchen. And who wouldn't want to feel like a top-quality chef every night of the week? Here are some tips for making your freezer meal stockpile a success:
First, start freezing your leftovers. Don't waste food! Instead, freeze them for later when you're in a hurry. And don't forget to use the right kind of storage. You don't want to experience that dreaded freezer burn. Invest in some airtight containers or freezer bags to keep your meals as fresh as possible.
Batch-cook some hearty and soothing options like chili, veggie, lentil soup, and healthy casseroles. These are great options that reheat well and will keep you and your family satisfied. But remember to avoid freezing crispy foods, as they won't reheat well.
Pasta never freezes well unless it's in something like a lasagna. So, keep that in mind when planning your meals. And the golden rule of freezing meals for later is that they should be cooked in liquids. This will help them maintain the same texture and flavor when you heat them again.
Label your containers or bags with what's inside and the date, and move older items to the front of the freezer so you'll choose them before they're past their prime. And don't forget to have fun with it! Whenever you have a few minutes to spare, search "Freezer Meals" on Pinterest and save several that look tasty to you. There are plenty of recipes out there, and many of them come with very detailed plans and grocery lists, so you'll know precisely what to do, step-by-step.
Commit to adding one new freezer meal to your stockpile every week for a month or two, and you should have a nice stash ready and waiting for you when you need it. And who knows, maybe you'll discover a new favorite recipe you'll want to make over and over again. Are you ready to start your freezer stockpile today, and say goodbye to the stress of those busy nights?
Show off your creations in my Vibrant Health Power Community. Take pictures of your freezer meals and share them with us in my free Facebook Group where I will share health and wellness tips and you get to ask me questions about your own health journey during live events. I’ll see you there.