As a new mom, I’ve become addicted to two things: my crockpot and freezer cooking. This week’s meal plan is focused on stocking up my freezer. What’s so great about freezer cooking you ask? By making large batches of various meals you will have food ready when you need it without all the prep time. Just pop the food into the fridge and cook (if needed) when it’s defrosted or just enjoy once not frozen. Great for a busy mom or anyone that is running a little short on time. Here’s a sample of some of my favorite freezer meals.
PALEO BREAKFAST MUFFINS– Gal On A Mission
These little egg muffins are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Just pop a few of these muffins into the fridge the night before you want to enjoy them and you’ve got breakfast ready for the next morning. I like to add a side of fruit and some coffee along with my egg muffins.
*Feel free to get creative with the ingredients in these breakfast muffins. Spinach, spicy sausage, bacon, onions, and steak are great alternatives for these muffins.
CHORIZO AND SHREDDED SWEET POTATO HASH – Our Fifth House
Carmel from My Fifth House is a busy mom of two and according to her not a morning person. Because of this, she shares my love of freezer cooking. Carmel makes up two weeks of breakfast meals and freezes them for easy, no stress breakfasts. This chorizo and sweet potato hash is delicious. Simply brown the chorizo, shred 2-3 sweet potatoes, and combine the two together with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then divide the mix into freezer bags. Once you’re ready to serve, pop the mix into a pan on the stove and reheat. You can serve with a fried egg on top or simply by itself.
PALEO ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP RECIPE – Gluten Free Paleo Cooking
I love Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup and (who are we kidding???) their endless salad and breadsticks ;), but none of these fit into my Paleo lifestyle. Luckily we don’t have an
OG near us to tempt me. This Paleo-friendly Zuppa Toscana is delicious and a great freezer meal that can easily be reheated in my other favorite kitchen tool, the crockpot. Make the soup according to the recipe, allow to cool, and place in a freezer safe container. When ready to eat, simply defrost the soup and pop into your crockpot for 4-6 hours on low to reheat.
ASIAN-STYLE MEATBALLS WITH CILANTRO AND GREEN ONIONS – Savory Lotus
Meatballs are great for the freezer. I like to make 2-3 batches of meatballs at a time. These Asian-style meatballs are a great alternative to the traditional Italian meatball. They are great served by themselves, with cauliflower rice, or in a chicken broth base similar to miso soup.
DRIP BEEF – Ree Drummond
This drip beef recipe is to die for! It is so easy, delicious, and bonus I make it in my crockpot instead of on the stove. You can brown the roast on the stove along with 1-diced onion before transferring to a crockpot if you have time, if not then just dump all the
ingredients into the crockpot and set to low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Ree serves this drip beef on bread as a sandwich, which obviously doesn’t work for Paleo. I like to serve the beef on a sweet potato or as a topping on a salad. So delicious! The meat is so tender and the pepperoncini have the best flavor.
*This is a great freezer dish. Simply prepare the drip beef, portion it out into freezer-safe containers, let cool in the refrigerator before placing in the freezer. To reheat, take out of freezer and put into a small pot on the stove. Heat until fully thawed and reheated.
SLOW COOKER KALUA PORK – A Girl Worth Saving
This slow cooker pork is so simple, yet so versatile. This can be served so many different ways: on a salad, on a sweet potato, with cauliflower mash, with sweet potato mash, with sautéed squash and zucchini, with roasted garlic and carrots, and even as an omelet topping just to name a few. Freeze leftovers for an easy meal later in the month.
APPLE CIDER GLAZED TURKEY MEATBALLS – Preppy Paleo
You just can’t go wrong with meatballs for lunch or dinner. They are great for the freezer and reheat quickly. I tend to keep several different types of meatballs in my freezer and this is another great variation to the traditional meatball. Serve with zoodles (zucchini noodles), in a lettuce wrap, or with any other Paleo-approved side dish.
PRIMAL SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM – A Girl Worth Saving
And no freezer meal plan would be complete without a little Paleo ice cream. I love caramel anything! I can’t wait to give this one a try.