Guest Post from Sharon at the Virtuous Mother.
During the last month of my pregnancy I experimented with freezer cooking for the first time. I knew the next month was going to be very busy as I welcomed my seventh child into the world. I was drawn to the promise of peace that freezer cooking would bring to my life during the busy mealtime hour, but I was also scared about all the planning, work, and energy it would take to pull this off (not to mention finding a creative way to keep all my little helpers busy but still let them participate.
With that being set I jumped right in feet first and just started “doing” so that I wouldn’t have time to be overwhelmed and it worked! With a little bit of organization I was able to double three dinner meals for a total of six meals to put into my freezer plus flash freeze two bags of meatballs!
See the list below for the recipes I used!
CROCKPOT HEARTY BEEF STEW x 2
- Large pack of stew meat
- Two cans sliced carrots, drained
- Eight potatoes peeled and diced
- Two cans of tomato paste
- Two cans of cream of mushroom soup
Half all ingredients listed above and place into two separate large ziplock bags. For example, divide stew meat portion in half placing each half in a separate bag, then throw a can of peas, and carrots into each bag etc. Going down the ingredient list. Mark bags “Stew” with a sharpie and freeze. To cook stew, place ziplock bag in a bowl in the fridge to defrost overnight. Then next morning throw into a crock pot on low and you will have a nice meal by dinner time! Add beef broth and seasoning to taste.
HAM AND POTATO SOUP x 2
Items to place in large ziplock bag: (this makes two bags worth)
- 12 potatoes peeled and diced
- One package of diced ham
- Two large cans of cream of potato soup
Half all ingredients listed above and place into two separate large ziplock bags.
To cook soup, place ziplock bag in a bowl in the fridge to defrost overnight. The next morning throw into crock pot on low and you will have a nice meal by dinner time! Add chicken broth, cream cheese and seasoning to taste.
CHEESY PEPPERONI MEATBALL CROCKPOT DUMP X 2
Items to place in large ziplock bag:
- Forty meatballs
- One large package of sliced mini pepperoni
- Four cups of mozzarella cheese
- Two jars of spaghetti sauce
To cook Cheesy Pepperoni Meatball Crockpot Dump, place ziplock bag in a bowl in the fridge to defrost overnight. The next morning throw into crock pot on low and you will have a nice meal by dinner time! Serve over egg noodles.
For more recipes like these, head over to Sharon’s website, The Virtuous Mother.
If you would like to guest post a recipe, please send me an email at thisgagirl at gmail.com.