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Every now and again, I get the urge to stock my freezer with meals. When the urge comes, I am afraid to ignore it lest it never revisit.
After having it since its release (SHAMED!), I finally opened Survive Before 5, my cousin Tricia‘s ebook for cooking toddler meals. As I should have expected, it’s absolutely amazing. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks; and Tricia thought of absolutely everything to help moms plan meals, cook them, and even let your toddlers help in the kitchen!
The recipes all show measurements for 1, 2, 4, or 6 kids; there are “toddler tasks” on each recipe card; and a grocery list, instructions, and labels all accompany the recipes. Not to mention sweet pictures of Isaac and Tessa, my cousins-once-removed. (Right? Never can remember the technical term there.)
I am really not an ebook person, honestly, and I don’t promote them much. But if you have toddlers and would like to have simple meals on hand that they will probably eat, you NEED Survive Before 5!
I am making a majority of the recipes from the cookbook along with a few other things to stock our freezer and deliver to friends. I thought I’d share our plan in case you’re searching for a good freezer meal to make.
(And yes, keeping the oven on all day when it’s 100 degrees is ridiculous … but I am hopeful this will save me from turning it on for the rest of August!)
From the ebook:
toddler french toast sticks
homemade spaghetti o’s
individual mac & cheese cups
homemade cheesy rice
apple chicken nuggets
peanut butter banana yogurt pops
peanut butter granola bars
And a few more things:
Batter-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Easy Taco Bake (ate one, one for freezer)
Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling
Bacon and Egg Biscuit Cups
Summer Vegetable Chowder (with kielbasa instead of hot dogs)
A pork loin recipe from How to Cook Everything
I am hoping all of this will fit in my little above-the-fridge freezer!
Have you done any freezer cooking lately? What are your favorite recipes for freezing?