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My freezer was empty, and my lovely readers have asked for more freezer cooking sessions (love you guys, but it took me awhile because this is not my favorite thing to do), so I made 15 freezer meals in 90 minutes. We are LOVING the recipes from the new THM cookbook, so this freezer cooking session is a little different, because I didn't include any recipes. Instead, I gave you the cookbook page numbers AND directions to make 15 meals to freeze in 90 minutes. I included a printable Freezer Inventory Sheet, a blank Freezer Inventory Sheet, my Cooking Directions, and a Printable Shopping List – all for FREE and downloadable below. The reason that I was able to do these so quickly is that it's just 5 recipes, tripled, and for several of them the most time-consuming part is measuring out the ingredients three times into three separate bags. I was moving quickly, but not rushing, so while I have to post the disclaimer that I can't guarantee you'll do these in 90 minutes, know that it's doable! I love that I got so much done in such a short amount of time! These 15 Trim Healthy Mama freezer meals took me 90 minutes, and during those 90 minutes I also:
- calmed a cranky baby
- stopped my son from gluing things to the dog
- unloaded half of the dishwasher (I only did half because I remembered that I was timing myself for this blog post, so I had to jump back into cooking action)
- listened to a dramatic, irrelevant story from my 3-year-old
If I could make these 15 frozen dinners in 90 minutes, you may be able to do it faster. If you have a smaller family, you could divide each meal into six bags, instead of three, and end up with 30 freezer meals that serve 3-4 instead of 15 freezer meals that serve 6-8.
If you've been visiting Working at Homeschool for awhile, you're probably aware that I find freezer cooking
loathsome distasteful. I am not a fan. I don't have time (or energy, really) to spend all day in the kitchen, while I'm homeschooling 5 kids and working two jobs from home. I greatly admire the women who make freezer cooking a routine part of their lives, and if you are one of those women, I wish I was you and will you please come to my house and cook for me.
Just kidding. Kind of.
Since I'm not a fan of all-day-long cooking sessions, I've had to come up with shorter, more doable freezer cooking options. So far, we've done 24 Freezer Meals, and How to Fill Your Freezer without Spending Hours in the Kitchen.
Now, I've used the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (I'm sorry if you don't have it, but I strongly recommend buying it if you don't! Or you could get it from your library, but you'll probably want to buy it once you see it, anyway). This freezer cooking session is a special treat for my THM readers, but ANYONE can make and enjoy this recipes, as they are all gluten-free and delicious. One of my favorite things about these recipes is that the only “special” ingredient you need is THM Sweet Blend or pure stevia, but you could always use another stevia that you have on hand.
I made them, froze them, and cooked them again to make sure they tasted great and I was very, very pleased with the results. If you really, really want the book, you're in luck, because I'll be giving one away next week, so check back for that!
As I'm getting feedback from this menu, some mamas are doing it faster, and some are doing it slower. The shortest I've heard is 1 hour and 10 minutes, and the longest I've heard is 3 hours. I feel bad that it's taken longer for some people, so I just want to warn you that you may need additional time. You're not really chopping veggies, the time is mostly spent measuring ingredients.
**One way to save some time is to set up the three ziplock freezer bags and measure one spice at a time. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tsp salt, you would measure 1 tsp of salt into each bag. Then if the recipe called for one can of tomatoes, you would open and dump 1 can of tomatoes into each bag. I pulled out all of my spices and seasonings ahead of time so that they were within easy reach to measure into each bag. **
Download your printables here, and let me know how your cooking session goes! Download
These are the recipes you'll be making:
Wipe Your Mouth BBQ x 3 (page 43)
Lemon Herb Drummies x 3 (page 51)
Slim Sloppy Joes x 3 (page 63)
Cowboy Grub x 3 (page 59)
Crispy Lickin’ Chicken x 3 (page 163)
These page numbers and recipe names are included on the Freezer Inventory printable and the Cooking Directions, too.
Included in your download is a Printable Shopping List, Cooking Notes (please note that these recipes belong to the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, so I'm not including anything from their cookbook here. You really do need to have the cookbook, or this won't make sense. But I included notes on how I made these meals, and in what order, to get it all done in 90 minutes or less), and two Freezer Inventory Sheets.
P.S. If you need more help with kitchen prep, my new resource Perpetually Prepped Kitchen: The Simple Method for Meals in Minutes can help you get dinner on the table FAST for those nights that you don't feel like cooking! This method has eliminated the drive thru costs from our budget!