Freezer Meals

I am not very good about keeping up with writing!  I can’t believe 3 weeks have gone by!  I have been keeping very busy.  Three girls are practicing for The Nutcracker they will perform in at the end of November and beginning of December.  One in our downtown Opera House and the other two with their studio (which they will be performing at their grandma and grandpa’s Living Community!).  They are super excited!  This is on top of their normal classes 5 times a week!  It’s all very exciting!

I basically ran out my freezer meal and started more.  I want to share how I do my meals.

I start out with an App on my iPhone called MealBoard.  I plan about 2-3 weeks of meals and then check my grocery list it generates for me to see which items I need to purchase.  Have I mentioned that I love this App?  I plan my meals according to the type of day I have.  On days that are particularly busy I plan a meal I can plop in the crock pot or pull out of the freezer and whip up quickly.  On days when I have more time, I may cook something that takes a little more effort (it may be a freezer meal but takes a little longer to cook up).

After  I check my list and see what I need, I then get my groceries and split up the cooking into sections and days.  I cook all the meat for the meals one day and then another day may cook the breakfast items.  One day I will cook the sides, etc.  I find this helpful and less tiring to split it up!  Yesterday I took a 6lb pork tenderloin and split it into 3 sections and froze them with a very good balsamic-rosemary marinade.  It’s really delicious!  I also made my taco meat, chili meat and meat with sauce for my crock pot lasagna (which is so tasty!!).  I also cooked up 4 lbs of bacon and then cooked hamburger on a cookie sheet for 18 minutes and cut them into squares for cheeseburgers the girls can warm up in the microwave.  Today I made 4 batches of cinnamon pancakes and 15 egg burritos.  Somehow I squeezed everything into my freezers!  I think I may have to break down and buy a chest freezer to have more room!  For the sides, it depends on what it is as to whether I make it up ahead of time.  Most of them can be made that day as I know I have the ingredients and can whip it together.  If you would like some of my recipes I use, check out my Pinterest page under Shelly Boynton.  I have accumulated a lot of recipes from there and AllRecipes.com and then from my own cookbooks!  If you would ever like some recipes i will be happy to share them!

Happy cooking!

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