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Well, here we are again, my friends! I've completed another freezer cooking batch in under 2 hours, and it's been awesome. You do need the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook for this freezer cooking session, but I have other freezer cooking sessions available here on my Freezer Cooking Page if you don't have it. If you want to buy the book, or you can't find at the library, you can get it here: Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.
This Trim Healthy Mama Freezer Cooking session is even awesomer (I know that's not a word) than the last one (15 Freezer Meals Round 1), because I put together a really comprehensive printable pack that includes:
– Two shopping lists (you can choose whichever fits your shopping habits);
– Blank Freezer Inventory Sheet;
– Completed Inventory Sheet;
– Directions to prepare for your cooking session;
– Directions to set up Prep Stations;
– Directions for your cooking session (2 pages)
The secret to keeping all of your laundry done all the time (just kidding – I have a load of laundry going now and six baskets waiting to be folded, but if I ever figure that one out, I'll let you know).
Let me warn you that this freezer cooking session was hazardous for me. I burned my finger and had to stop halfway through because my toddler wiped her nose on my jeans (that wasn't so bad, but it got worse). I thought, “Gross, but I'm timing myself, so I'll keep going” – but then – THEN! – I dropped the biggest, goopiest glob of really cold meatloaf mixture all over the front of myself, and my dog decided she wanted to help herself to it. My dog is a 70 pound German Shepherd. It was time to stop the timer and go rescue myself, so I had to plop the baby on my normally very helpful tween, hustle for a change of clothes, put the dog outside, and pray for help. Help didn't come in any tangible ways, but I did get back to the kitchen and restart the timer without any permanent damage done (except for the shirt – that was a goner). So, please, don't be like me, and try to keep the food where it belongs.
After the last freezer cooking session, many people asked me how much I spent on the ingredients, so I kept my receipts. Please keep in mind that I had to pry both of these out of the hands of a teething 1-year-old, so…enough said. I went to Costco and my local grocery store and spent $135.58 total except for several staples (mostly seasonings) that I already had on hand. That averages about $9 per meal for my family of 7, which is pretty great for healthy, gluten-free main dishes – especially considering that after eating most of these meals we had leftovers for lunch the next day!
Now here's what you need to know about this freezer cooking session:
- Scroll down to the bottom of the post to the blue button to download your Freezer Cooking Packet.
- This freezer cooking session uses 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” ingredients you need are THM Sweet Blend and pure stevia and THM Baking Blend, and I do recommend those products for the best results, but you could always use another stevia that you have on hand or try to substitute a mix of 1/2 coconut flour and 1/2 almond flour (this usually works fairly well in meatloaf and meatballs).
- It took me 90 minutes to make these freezer meals (aside from my little detour with the meatloaf), but 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.
- I strongly dislike freezer cooking in batches, as you may already know, so I have a few 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. I also have a previous freezer cooking session (one of my most popular posts here at workingathomeschool.com) – 15 Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes.
- I made the meals, froze them, and cooked them again to make sure they tasted great and I was very, very pleased with the results. I did have to tweak the meatloaf, so there are notes about that in the downloadable pack below.
- 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.
- That's it! I tried to do the bulk of the work for you, so you just need to print, shop, and spend about 2 hours in the kitchen. Then you get to enjoy the full freezer, without the dog slobber and the ruined shirt and the time it takes to plan it all out. I hope this is helpful to you!
15 Freezer Meals in Under 2 Hours
P.S. – This is the Instant Pot I mentioned in the freezer cooking session. It's one of my favorite time-saving kitchen tools, but you can definitely just make your rice in a pot if you want to!
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