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Hungry Like The Wolf

If you had asked me 4 months ago if I’d like to spend 8 hours on a Sunday cooking meals that I was going to store away in a freezer for weeks, I would have said, “Nope. There are about 8,000 other things I’d rather do with my time and energy. For instance, gouging my eyes out with a fork or surrendering millions to a Nigerian Prince that was kind enough to e-mail me an offer I can’t refuse.”

However, last Sunday, I did actually factually spend over 8 hours in a kitchen, prepping meals that I was going to freeze for weeks. It wasn’t too long before then that my best friend, Heather, and I had talked about having a Freezer Meal day. We weren’t exactly sure what it was going to look like, but we knew we wanted to try it. We’d read about people doing freezer meals and were curious to see what all the hype was about. So a couple of weeks in advance, we figured out 4 meals that we would both enjoy making and eating and threw in a granola recipe just for the fun of it. Here is what we decided on:

 

Clean Eating Cranberry Maple Granola

(Not) Butter Chicken

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Sun-dried Tomato & Turkey Burgers

and

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Strips!

 

 

So after mapping out our meal plan, we hit up the Safeway and came home with some serious food loot! Luckily, we each had some of the ingredients already that we contributed, and Safeway was having an INCREDIBLE sale on their meat. When all was said and done, we ended up spending about $60 each at the grocery store for all of our groceries!

 

So with our groceries all set, our recipes set, and the Kitchen Tunes bumpin’, we embarked on our Freezer Meal Party adventure!

First on the menu was the Turkey Burgers! What can I say, I like getting my hands dirty. 😉

 

Heather was in charge of the bagging and tagging

 

Next up was the granola—or as Heather likes to call it, Cran-Ginger Granola Awesomeness!

 

My favorite part was opening the oven over and over to catch an even stronger whiff as it baked. Once it was baked and cooled, we used Heather's handy dandy bag holder to bag it up. I really want one of those for my own kitchen!

 

One of our favorite restaurants in Seattle is SAFFRON GRILL. It's delicious Indian food! We could probably eat all of the butter chicken they have if it were up to us . . . and if we had limitless stomachs. Alas, we opted for this healthier take on one of our fave dishes. Also, this recipe introduced me to my new favorite spice: GARAM MASALA! It's such a complex and rich spice!

 

Then we moved on to the turkey meatloaf. My favorite part was making the giant crater in the meat (so I could put the rest of the ingredients in the center to create an even distribution) and mashing it up afterward as if I were a bulldozing company or something. I know, I know. But I can't help it. I still like to play with my food!

 

Since we had some leftover meat after making our full loaves, we decided to take a hint from something we'd seen on Pinterest and we put them in a muffin tin. They were the PERFECT little Loaf Lunchies!! They're so easy to cart around and they're a great size!

 

Next we moved on to the Pecan Crusted Chicken Strips. The chicken marinade for these is INCREDIBLE! I know it looks like a mess here, but it tastes delish! Heather had a fun time mixing the marinade in the pot as if it were paint on a canvas.

 

After everything was cooled, Heather bagged it all up. We looked at it and were so surprised that 1) the time went by so fast, and 2) we really made ALL of that!! :O

 

All in all, we made:

  • 2 bags of Cran-Ginger Granola Awesomeness
  • 2 bags of Loaf Lunchies
  • 2 bags of Whole Wheat Basmati Rice
  • 2 medium-sized & 1 large-sized bag of (Not) Butter Chicken
  • 2 bags of Pecan/Panko coating mix
  • 4 bags of Pecan Crusted Chicken Strips in marinade
  • 4 Pans of Turkey Meatloaf
  • 1 bag of Turkey Meatballs (from the burger mix)
  • 1 bag of Turkey burgers

 

There may not be an "I" in Team, but there is an Amo and a Heather!

 

After slaving over a hot stove, countertop, and sink all day long, we felt very accomplished . . . and very exhausted . . . well, maybe not Jolly. 😉

 

Yeah, so these are gonna last me a while . . . I'm looking forward to doing this again! It was time-consuming and took a lot of prepping, but it's such a great experience. Now I can cut back on my excuses when it comes to "not having healthy food handy in the house!"

 

Many, many thanks to my personal trainer, Josh R. at 24 Hour Fitness Northgate,  for teaching me the importance of nutrition and getting me started in the right direction when it comes to “eating clean” and taking responsibility/ownership of what I’m using to fuel my body.
And many, many thanks to Heather’s hubby, John (“Jolly”), for being our official Taste Tester for all of these recipes and for putting up with our non-stop shenanigans and “That’s What She Said” jokes. 😀

Though, to be fair, we did kinda repay him in food . . . so there's that. 😉