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loads of freezer meals + recipes!

by Heather

Yesterday in my list of accomplishments for the week I shared which freezer meals I’ve got all ready for us. I feel so good about the progress I’ve made!

Here what I made this week:

Freezer waffles

I followed my all time favorite waffle recipe and just made a quadruple batch. Normally I don’t fill my waffle iron all the way, but I wanted to get the 4 even squares which will then fit in the freezer nicely.

Why I love these waffles: they are packed with protein from the cottage cheese, eggs and milk + they reheat great

Pre-marinated steaks

While this wasn’t really on my original list, when I saw chuck steak on sale from my favorite local farm I picked up 3 pounds worth. Grilling is definitely going to happen this summer and with these all marinated it will make dinner time even easier –>; Jacob take steaks to grill.

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What’s in the bag?

  • One big 12 ounce steak (which will likely be sliced up to go on salads)
  • Soy-ketchup marinade: 2 tbsp soy sauce + 2 tbsp ketchup + pinch of red pepper flakes (an awesome steak marinade we learned from my aunt and uncle)
  • Garlic-rosemary marinade: 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp dried rosemary + 2 cloves minced garlic

2 steak bags were filled with the soy-ketchup and 2 with the garlic-rosemary

Why I love this: even though making a marinade takes no time, I am all about saving whatever time I can. I don’t know how full my hands will be once our little one arrives. Plus the longer it marinates the tastier it gets. More flavor is always a good thing!

Apple sauce

Again, not on my original plan but apples were a steal at the store, so I stocked up. Apple sauce isn’t something I typically make, but I do love having it on hand for a snack (Jacob likes it too), and also for baked goods (like carrot cake donuts).

This applesauce couldn’t be simpler.

Freezer Applesauce

  1. In a large pot combine over medium heat combine: 1.5 cups orange juice, 7-8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used 5 golden delicious and 3 fuji) and tons of cinnamon (at least 2-3 tbsp)
  2. Cook and stir a few times for 15-20 minutes, or until your apples have softened. Remove from heat, allow to slightly cool then purée in a food processor. Pour into your glass jar of choice and freeze.

This made almost 2 full 32 ounce mason jars worth of apple sauce.

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Why I love this: it’s delicious and saves money!

Shrimp enchiladas verde

If you’ve never had shrimp in your enchiladas before now is the time. This recipe is so easy and I can’t even count the number of times we’ve had it. Definitely a family favorite.

Here’s a link to the recipe.

These are the modifications I made:

  • Use homemade crockpot refried beans
  • Instead of large shrimp, I used shrimp meat (cheaper + I don’t have to chop it)
  • Use sharp cheddar cheese
  • Whole wheat tortillas instead of corn
  • Skipped the cilantro
  • Instead of layering the tortillas I filled and rolled them
  • I doubled the recipe and made 3 smaller casseroles instead of the large size

Not too spicy and super flavorful!

Why I love this: they are super easy and both Jacob and I love-love-love the flavor of them. Plus we don’t eat much shrimp and it’s an easy way to get it in added into our diets

So yes, I made my own refried beans in the crockpot and it could not have been easier. Tastes like I opened up a can too!

Crockpot Refried Beans

In a crockpot combine the following:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 11 cups of water

Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Drain out excess water, then mash the beans/onions with a potato or avocado masher like I did!

Why I love this: not only does it taste like the real deal from a can, it is crazy inexpensive compared to the price per can — plus you skip all the extra sodium!

Now that you have all those refried beans, you can make enchiladas and these bean + cheese burritos too. Or save some for taco pizza like I did last night.

Bean and cheese burritos

For every large whole wheat tortilla mix together 1/2 cup refried beans along with 2 tbsp shredded sharp cheddar. Roll in and freeze in a single layer then place in a bag.

When ready to eat microwave covered with a paper towel for 2-2.5 minutes.

I only had 5 tortillas left over so that’s why only 5 were made for the freezer.

Why I love these: it’s a quick and easy vegetarian meal — top with sliced avocado, chopped tomato and crunchy lettuce to pump up the nutrition some more

Pizza dough

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I absolutely love this recipe for whole wheat pizza dough. I follow it exactly, and just doubled the recipe to make extra for the freezer. It freezes really well, just take it out the day before you want pizza, defrost in the fridge and cook as the directions tell you.

Why I love this: saves me time when I want pizza dough, plus it’s a yummy thin crust pizza Jacob likes too.

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Some freezing tips I’ve learned

  • Freeze your food before covering it or placing it in a bag – with the enchiladas and quiche I froze it, then covered it with foil. Once it was frozen I could stack them for better storage.
  • Date all your foods.
  • Label all your freezer foods.
  • With foods you want to put in a plastic bag (burritos, waffles), freeze first in a single layer, then once frozen put in the bag. This will prevent them from sticking together.
  • Don’t fill your glass jars all the way full – it will expand. Also, wait until the food is fully frozen to place lids on top.

Already in the freezer:

Sausage and french sorrel quiche

Meatballs

I’m totally on a freezer meal making kick. Cooking up 1-2 extra meals when I make dinner is a total time saver too.

Tomorrow I’m making some chicken dishes for the freezer and then trying up get my freezer a bit more organized too. It’s so full!

Have a wonderful Friday. The weekend is so close 🙂

Any fun plans?

Heather

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23 comments

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 4, 2012 - 10:24 am

whoa girl, nice work! it looks like you have plenty of food for awhile! 😉 i want to try out those shrimp enchiladas… they sound SO good!

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Fit Mama May 4, 2012 - 1:30 pm

They are delish!

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Kath May 4, 2012 - 10:29 am

Great post! You are so on the ball. I am NOT a fan of freezer meals but these look very approachable!!

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Fit Mama May 4, 2012 - 1:31 pm

I’ve definitely been overwhelmed by freezer meals before, so keeping them pretty simple was key for it actually happening.

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Erica May 4, 2012 - 10:36 am

GREAT job! Everything looks so good- especially those waffles. Yum 🙂 I’m coming over for breakfast. Have a fabulous weekend

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Fit Mama May 4, 2012 - 1:32 pm

I hope you do!

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Lauren May 4, 2012 - 11:53 am

Girl you are all set to eat well for the next 3 months! Not to mention the many meals I imagine you will get from friends and family. This will be so nice to have when the baby comes!

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Fit Mama May 4, 2012 - 1:32 pm

I sure hope they bring meals too!

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Elisabeth May 4, 2012 - 1:55 pm

My only suggestion is that if you plan to nurse be very careful with the amounts of cheeses, dairy products, bean, greens, and onions you consume. They can make for a VERY cranky baby. I gave up nearly all of that with my 3rd (finally learned my lesson!) and she was as perfect a baby as anyone could ask for. Oh, and caffeine 🙁

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Fit Mama May 5, 2012 - 3:20 pm

That’s sometime I totally didn’t even think about by have read a lot about!

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Elisabeth May 14, 2012 - 5:24 pm

And I forgot to mention an other easy way to make applesauce is to chop your apples and throw them in the crockpot and just check on them every couple of hours until you have the consistency you want. It is the only way I make applesauce anymore. One time I had 3 crockpots (I borrowed an extra, but am back down to 1 now) going at the same time 🙂

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Fit Mama May 14, 2012 - 8:38 pm

I LOVE how easy that sounds!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 4, 2012 - 2:59 pm

What a wonderful idea! It’s funny to see all those waffles, it’s like a little restaurant you have there!!

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Lacey May 6, 2012 - 1:13 pm

How do you store the left over re-fried beans?
Going to make some today! 😀

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Fit Mama May 6, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Once they cooled I just put them in a Tupperware in the fridge. Since I used them all up within 3 days I didn’t worry about freezing, but if I was going to freeze them I’m probably do it in individual ziplock bags.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 7, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Holy! You are going to be so prepared!!

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colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess July 16, 2012 - 10:17 am

Hi Heather! I made your beans and burritos for today’s SRC reveal. They were fantastic (and we still have burritos in the freezer)

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Katey August 12, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I’ve been doing a wide array of freezer meals this weekend to prep for when my husband and I are both in school and working full-time in a few weeks. I’ve used a few of your ideas… can’t wait to taste them in the coming months! I can’t quite make out the writing on the foil of the shrimp enchiladas, how long do you suggest baking them? Do you thaw first, or go straight from frozen?
Thank You!

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Fit Mama August 13, 2012 - 6:56 am

Hey Katey!

I try to thaw them in the fridge at least overnight before baking. Then they take about 40-45 minutes. If you need to go straight from the freezer though I think they’d take a good 1.25-1.5 hours. Totally frozen casseroles take a long time to bake. Luckily with this one everything is already cooked so you just need to get it nice n warm to eat.

Nice work with all the freezer meals!

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Katey August 15, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Thank you Heather! My freezer is full and I am looking forward to eating these soon!

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Fit Mama August 20, 2012 - 8:48 am

Enjoy them!

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