Food for the Freezer

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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
corndog muffins
homemade cheesy rice
apple chicken nuggets
individual pizzas
homemade yogurt
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?

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4 thoughts on “Food for the Freezer

  1. I tend to make big batches of soup to freeze as single servings. Easy to grab to take to work for lunch. My Italian Hamburger/Barley soup (slow cooker) works well, as the barley stands up under freezing. Need to make another batch this weekend.

    Cook's Illustrated devoted an issue two years ago to cooking for the freezer, and there are a couple of great recipes I've tried, one for twice baked potatoes and one for a chicken/rice/cheese casserole. I divided the casserole into 2 1-serving dishes, 1 2-serving pan and 1 4-serving pan (er, I ate one serving for dinner the night I made it!). Good stuff.

  2. I haven't ever made freezer meals. This may be a dumb question, but do you cook the meal completely before freezing it and then just reheat it? Thanks!

  3. Vanessa, It just depends on the meal. A lot of slow-cooker meals, I won't cook beforehand, just throw the stuff in a bag and then cook it the day we need it. Some casseroles you can cook or not cook. Feel free to email me jessie at vanderbiltwife dot com and we can talk about it and some resources!

  4. Awesome list! I did my freezer cooking for August yesterday – ended up with a bunch of meatballs, soup, cookie dough balls, cinnamon rolls, spinach and artichoke lasagna, pesto chicken, smoothie packs, 3 varieties of dump chicken, sausage and spinach calzone filling and I'm finishing up some baked chicken burgers today. My freezer is stuffed to the gills! I chose the summer veggie chowder too, though I omitted the meat entirely. It was really good!

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