Brian and I have been really enjoying our freezer cooking bounties! I have been making 1-2(ish) meals each weekend and adding them to the freezer. We still haven’t pulled the trigger on an additional freezer yet, but that is in the plan for next year (after the sectional sofa, and boxes upon boxes of flooring get ordered – my main goal for 2013).
Most weekends I make at least two loaves of the Primal Meat loaf, which ends up getting devoured before the week is half over. Originally I was chopping all the veggies by hand, but after a bit of experimenting we found that the flavour was more even once the veggies were PULVERISED in the food processor. However you choose to cooke this meatloaf, just cook it – it’s amazingly delicious, simple and quick to make, freezes well and is perfect for dinner or taking to work for lunch.
So here we have all the ingredients (minus the chook boobs that are in the plastic bags to the left) for the following meals:
- Hearty Beef Stew – we have made this several times now. It’s sooooo yummy, and probably the quickest easiest freezer meal to create. Everything just gets dumped in the bag, the only
- Coconut Tofu Curry – This is a new recipe for us, but it looked so DELICIOUS that I just had to try it. Both Brian and I had a little taste of the curry once it came out of the blender and it was incredible. I’m really looking forward to dumping this all over some rice.
- Greek Chicken Pita – this is a new recipe for us too. This time around I was looking for some alternate low fat, but filling, recipes to try out. I love, love, love me some pita pockets. Not only should this be a great dinner option, but leftovers for work lunch will be easy to take too.
- Spiced Lentil Soup – I have included the recipe for this below. I made two of these this time as it is definitely a favourite in our house. Low fat, but chock full of yummy veggies and tasty spices. It’s a tummy pleaser for sure!
I spy with my little eye…two fat bags of Lentil SOOP!
Beef stew on the bottom and hidden on top is the coconut tofu curry – the separate bag of tofu is hidden in the freezer door.
Spiced Lentil Soup
1 cup lentils (rinsed – I normally use 1/2 cup of red lentils and 1/2 cup green)
1x 28oz can stewed tomatoes (add the entire can, juice and all)
2 med potatoes (dice these bad boys)
2 med carrots (cut these up too)
1 med onion (chop, chop, chop)
1 celery stalk (you know the drill)
3 cloves garlic (3? Hah! I actually add 5-6)
3 Tbs curry powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
4 cups lowfat low sodium chook broth (I normally grab the container from Trader Joes – has 4 cups in it, toss the whole lot in!)
So – throw everything in a gallon size freezer bag, squeeze the air out, seal shut and freeze flat. The night before you want to cook this, pull it out of the freezer and sit the entire bag in the crock pot to defrost. Before you head to work in the morning, empty the contents and turn on that sucker for 8-10 hours on low. By the time you get home your house is going to smell delicious and that is some of the most tummy-satisfying soup you can eat!
So…after doing this for a few months now, is freezer cooking worth it? 100%. No longer do we have to worry about finding something to cook and eat after we get home from work. All the hardwork is done and we can spend our evenings relaxing with the zoo and watching Adventure Time!