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:
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!
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
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. 😀