My Freezer after 5 insane hours with help from my amazing fiance!
For months now I’ve been trying to cut down on how much money we spend on groceries every month. Finding so many interesting articles and posts on how to freeze meals for the whole month had definitely caught my eye, so that was my next search.
Now, there are so many good and bad articles out there in reference to freezer meals, I will say that finding these two articles were very helpful and had very delicious recipes.
This article was fantastic and full of knowledge to pick apart. Also, not to worry they have 8 interesting and very delicious recipes. I will say, like most people, I changed up a few of the recipes to the way my family enjoys to eat. For example, Lasagna we tend to eat differently, I make my own lasagna rolls. Lasagna rolls are made the same way lasagna is made but in each roll. Rolls make it easier to freeze and take out one by one it also serves good one per person (I made 20 rolls).
So I didn’t use the “Meat Marinara Recipe”, so you will have to decide if you like that without my review due to not trying it myself. Other then that I followed all the other recipes the way it’s written. I will say be careful making the rice, I made TOO much. The recipes call for 8 cups of rice in one recipe and 5 cups for another. I started with a total of 13 cups of rice and ended up with about 20 cups of rice, which is okay if you have a BIG pot or two…..or three pots (if you want to freeze the rice as a side that works too). Just take into account that the rice will suck up the water and become 20 cups of rice if you put in 13 cups. I would suggest making 8 cups of rice and go from there.
This article even helps you save time writing out all the ingredients you will need by conveniently providing a shopping list you can print out and bring with you to the grocery store.
This article is very good for breakfast foods, considering the first article was mainly for Lunches/Dinners. I had made 6 Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches, and they are very good to have stocked up for when you are running late/rushing out of the house. It takes 1 minute on each side in the microwave to finish (basically the time it takes for your coffee to be done) and then you’re off to all your adventures of insanity for the day.
Last bit of advice,
-Make sure your kitchen is cleaned ahead of time.
-Prepare your freezer before you go shopping.
-Have designated spots in your kitchen for certain tasks and keep them that way the whole time so there is no confusion.
-Half way done, do not give up, it’s exhausting, your feet and back will hurt. But just remember when it’s all over you will have saved so much more time and energy for the rest of your month!
The total meals I was able to cook and freeze is as follows…
Cheeseburger Casserole 17 Slices (1 Slice per person (3 people) 5 Meals
Tex Mex One Container for 3 people 9 Meals
Chicken Casserole One Container for 3 people 7 Meals
Lasagna Rolls 17 pieces (1 per person(3 People) 5 Meals
Chicken & Dressing One Container for 3 people 3 Meals
Broccoli Chicken Pasta One Container for 3 people 8 Meals
Chili One Container for 3 people 6 Meals
Broccoli & Cheese One Container for 3 People 1 Meal
Total Meals (Lunch/Dinner) 44 Meals
Breakfast Sandwich One per person for 3 people 6 Meals
Tostones (fried platains) One Bag for 3 people 9 Meals
Total bfest/sides 15 Meals
So the question left would be how much did all of this cost?
The answer is after the $200 freezer meals, chips, drinks, snacks, breakfast sandwiches.
$280 was my total! With $20 left for my Grocery budget. Score 🙂
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