The New year is approaching so be prepared to start seeing all the commercials for loosing weight and getting in shape! “you can have the best body of 2016” don’t you just love hearing that?! We never see commercials for getting our minds in shape,( mentally, physically and spiritually) our budgets, or our schedules, etc… I firmly believe that if we get our budgets in shape, our homes organized and running properly, our meals laid out and organized as well, it will be a start in helping us on our journey to healthier eating and healthier lifestyle overall.
I promised Quick meal recipes and freezer meals, I am hear to tell you that meals can be affordable and look like you spend a lot of time and money. As we know we are short on both of those these days, Since you have been working on that new budget and organization is just around the corner, you will want to put this post to good use and start stocking your freezer with meals for those days your busy organizing or your kids are back in their routines of school and appointments. Oh, how nice it is to pull out a meal and put it in the crock pot, turn it on a forget it! *now, be prepared to put in a little work up front in order to reap the benefits of it in the end*
** I would strongly encourage a list of foods needed and meals your going to prepare, make several of the same recipes for easier purchasing of items, and spend a whole day chopping, bagging, etc…**
Breakfast foods- Hint… Cook up sausage patties and crumbles and freeze in baggies for quick use.
Waffles or pancakes- cook up, wrap in saran and put in freezer bags pull out what you need and pop in toaster or microwave.
Sausage and egg burritos- roll up cooked sausage, eggs and cheese into flour tortillas and wrap in saran and put into freezer bags.
Hash brown casserole- put in crockpot for weekend morning start to your day.
- Frozen diced potatoes (simply potatoes) spray the crock pot first!!!
- 1-lb sausage- your flavor and brand
- 1/2 c. milk
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 6 eggs
- veggies if you like to add them- bell peppers, mushrooms, cilantro, etc..
- 1 cup or more of cheese 🙂
Cook Sausage and drain, after spraying crock pot, layer potatoes, cheese, veggies until all used up, whisk milk and eggs together and pour over your layers add the butter to the top and put lid on and cook on low for 3-4 hours, depending on your crock pot and if you doubled the recipe, you will have to cook longer.
* Any of the soups from my previous post can be frozen or prepared ahead and put into crock pot. 😉
Tex- Mex Chicken and Rice
- Boneless skinless chicken breast, or thighs cubed (you can save money with thighs and get lots of flavor too)
- 1- can of Mexican style corn
- 1 pkg taco seasoning or southwest mix
- 2- cups of instant rice
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1-1/2 cups of salsa verde
- toppings: fresh cilantro, shredded cheese
- * you can caramelize your corn prior to adding if you like for a sweeter flavor and a pop of color or better yet, you could grill and cut off cob and freeze for quick use.
Add all items except # 4 and #7 to the crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours, prior to serving cook the instant rice and set out your toppings. You can make this in the skillet for under 30 mins. Everything is able to prep and freeze.
Chicken-Bacon Ranch Quesadillas-20 minute meal
- 1- pkg of Flour Tortillas
- 2- Chicken breast cooked and shredded or 1-can of chicken breast drained
- 1- cup of bacon crumbles
- 2tsp dry ranch powder
- 1-2 cups of shredded cheese
Mix # 2-5 in a bowl place 1/4-1/2 cup mixture on tortilla and top with another spread some butter or light spray oil and cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve with sour cream, salsa and avocado add a small side salad and dinner is served!
Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo
*Keep Bags of Frozen shrimp in your freezer, it thaws quickly and makes meals in minutes.
- 1-Bag of medium size shrimp
- 1- jar of Alfredo Sauce or make your own with this recipe here
- 1- box of Fettuccini noodles or noodles of choice.
Get your pot of water boiling for your pasta, add pasta and cook as directed. meanwhile; heat up or make alfredo sauce and add shrimp, cook shrimp until pink, but please don’t over cook, it will be like rubber! Drain noodles when done and add to sauce and shrimp, serve with a salad, veggies, or garlic bread and your dinner is Served!
Pork Tacos * add bell peppers and change up with chicken or beef for variety.
- Pork Tenderloin cut into strips about 1-2 inches thick. (I like to marinate mine in freezer bags and pull out to thaw prior to use)
- 1- garlic clove grated
- 2- tbsp. chili powder
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 2-3 tsp. olive oil
- 1-tsp. salt
- corn tortillas 8-10
- toppings: Salsa, avocado, chopped onions, lime wedges, and sour cream
If your marinating meat use first 6 ingredients and marinate over night or freeze meat with marinade in the bag. cook meat in skillet till done, or grill, heat tortillas and add meat and toppings as desired.
Pork BBQ sandwiches with slaw alternate meal, Pork BBQ Baked Potatoes.
- Pork Tenderloin ( you choose what feeds your family)
- 2 cups of your favorite bbq sauce
Add your pork to your crock pot and add sauce, cook on low for 6 or more hours, depending on the size of your pork.
I use a bag of slaw mix, and add the following:
3 tbsp. mayo
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients and let set in fridge while pork is cooking. Add to the top of your pork when on your sandwich bun or to the side, Whichever is your preference. 🙂
Ok are you ready for something a little mind and calorie blowing! Bake up some large baking potatoes ( I wrap mine in foil and cook on 450 degrees until done abt 1 hour) slice them in middle and pack with bbq pork and top with slaw! can you say southern YUM!!!!
These are just a few recipes to get you started, remember you can make chili and freeze it for those nights you need to make Chili pie aka Frito pie aka Chili, chips and cheese, whatever you call it, it’s simple, and quick and yummy. You can cook up and freeze lasagnas, taco meat, meatballs, meatloaf. there are several things with meatballs you can make and with the meatballs made ahead you have the hard part taken care of!
From past experience, spend one day shopping and one day prepping, use your prep day to eat out or make a meal in crock pot while your making your other meals. These come in handy for busy days, sick days and of course all those upcoming organizing days ahead! If you have a group of friends that want to stock their freezer you can do a meal/freezer party, (ex: four friends and yourself=5 people, you make 5 of the same freezer meal one for yourself and each friend, they each do the same but different meals and you have a luncheon and do the swap with recipe attached.) buy same ingredients and prepare once! go home with a weeks worth of meals. obviously the more the better, or you can choose to do two recipes each and have more meals. here is a site that lays out the meal party a little better. here