A few weeks ago I shared an instagram post of my shopping list for all the freezer meals I plan to have prepped and ready to go for the month after we have the baby. I know how important it will be to make sure I’m still eating well and still eating enough, so I knew that making these meals ahead of time for me to just pop in the crockpot or the oven or on the grill will make life so much easier! After I shared that post, a lot of people were asking what meals I made and what the recipes were, so I decided today would be a good day to share that list and links with you all!
I did a lot of looking around on Pinterest to find recipes that I thought Steven and I would both enjoy. Overall, I have 14 meals prepped and ready to go in the freezer. It took me about 3.5 hours from start to finish because I actually had to sit down a few times and take 10-15 minute breaks because I was too hot.
- Slow Cooker Beef + Broccoli Teriyaki (crockpot)
- Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and black beans tacos (crockpot)
- Chicken Broccoli Alfredo (crockpot)
- Burgers – I just bought 2 lbs of beef and made burger patties with my own seasonings added to it and put four patties in each container with wax paper in between them (grill)
- Marinated chicken – just a ranch packet, oil, garlic, lemon juice, and some water with 3-4 chicken breasts (for the grill or the crockpot)
- Chicken noodle casserole x2 ; I have two recipes for this, but this time I took the “lazy” recipe; mix about 8-12 oz of cooked egg noodles with 2-3 cut up cooked chicken breasts, a can of cream of mushroom soup, can of cream of chicken soup, and 8 oz sour cream; I usually add veggies like carrots, corn and spinach to the casserole as well; cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and for the last 10 minutes sprinkle the top with crushed crackers and cheese. (oven)
- Chicken pot pie filling x2 (oven)
- Smoky Turkey + Sweet Potato Chili (crockpot)
- Teriyaki Chicken, quinoa + veggies (crockpot)
- Mexican black bean chili (crockpot)
- Honey Dijon Chicken + Red Potatoes (crockpot)
- Chicken fajitas – cut up orange/yellow/red peppers, one onion, and chicken breasts; put it into a freezer bag with a little bit of oil, during the last 45 minutes of the crockpot time I plan to just add fajita sauce! (crockpot/stovetop)
Some of these recipes came from the same place, as you’ll see from the links. Once I had all my meals picked out, I made an ingredients list for EACH recipe, all on the same paper. Then I created my grocery list (separated by produce, frozen, canned, etc) from that ingredients list! I seriously can’t wait to eat these meals! 🙂 Everything came to $160 at Hannaford, including tin pans, tupperware, and freezer bags. I will have to buy some extra ingredients for toppings and whatnot for some of the meals as we decide to eat them, which isn’t really a big deal to me, and not a whole lot of extra money!