I mentioned in my menu plan last week that I was planning to do some freezer cooking as well as a meal swap with friends. I am so pleased with how well it went!
For the freezer cooking, I just doubled the recipe for some of the dinners I was already making. This way we got dinner for that night plus an extra for the freezer.
When you double your meals, it saves in SO many ways! You use about half the dishes (use your skillet once for both meals instead of using and washing it twice for two meals on two different days), you are able to streamline your processes (chopping vegetables all at once), and you save so much time (instead of spending 30 minutes each time you make a tamalie pie, make 2 at a time and spend only about 35-40 minutes total)!
I also made five of two of the meals for a meal swap. I got together with three friends and we decided to each make two different dinners for each person. The meals I chose were Tuna Fettucine and Tamalie Pie. I made one of each for our dinner those nights, one for our freezer, plus one for each of my friends. Then we all swapped. I traded my six meals for six different meals from the others. A great way to get some variety! We all agreed to just do one meal next week though because two was a little much for us.
I only spent approximately 2.5 extra hours cooking last week. For my efforts I now have 30 meals in the freezer! All of the meals are actually enough for us to make 2 or more dinners (so each meal you see in the picture will give us 2 or more dinners), so I was able to get many more meals than I expected.
Here are the meals I now have in my freezer
- Chicken Curry – 5
- Tamalie Pie – 3
- Sausage Strata – 3
- Tuna Fettucine – 2
- Lasagna – 3
- Sausage Casserole – 3
- Chicken Wontons – 3
- Country Creole Peas ‘n Corn – 2
- Peppered Steak – 2
- Chicken Penne Pasta – 2
- Burrito Beans – 2
- Mashed Potatoes – 14 (this was something extra I did to use up some potatoes that I purchased in bulk)
Most of the recipes I used were from the Meals in Minutes Cookbook by Sue Gregg. I was VERY pleased with this book and everything we’ve tried has been delicious!! Her recipes use whole foods and are kid-friendly. (PS. This post is in no way sponsored by Sue Gregg. I bought this book at a book fair and loved it so much I had to tell you about it. )
I definitely think freezer cooking is worth it! I won’t be doubling meals every night but I will be doubling them far more often after seeing how easy it is!