To start off I have to tell you one key fact that defines my methods when freezer cooking...
I am lazy when it comes to freezer meals :) I don't like freezer meal recipes that required a lot of pre-cooking. I am not a fan of recipes that require me to spend hours in my kitchen. That never sounds fun to me. I like things to be quick and easy. That's my cooking love language, so keep it in mind as you check out the recipes I did this month. These require very little prep work, so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with that family of ours :)
To get my freezer meal prep under way, I ordered 40 lbs of chicken from Zaycon Foods (that's a referral link) back in February. I spent $67.60 on the chicken. That made the chicken $1.69/pound. I haven't been able to snag chicken for under $1.99 here in forever. My midwife had told me about Zaycon foods and then I asked you all about it on the Blissful and Domestic Facebook Page. You guys raved about it, so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad that I did.
I picked up my chicken last Thursday morning. The night before I had made a list of what freezer meals I wanted to make. I based my meals off of things I already had on hand, which needed to be used up. I was finally able to use up my molasses, Alfredo seasoning, canned corn and few other things that were really needing to be used this month. Basing my freezer meals off of things I already had, really helped me to keep my costs down. I also shopped earlier in the month to make sure all my pantry staples were in stock. Keeping our pantry staples always in stock really helps when meal prep time comes around.
Before assembling my meals, I made sure that any items I needed were pulled out and ready to go. I also had my onions all chopped. The kids were able to help me with this one. I used my quick and easy technique with my food processor. Once all my items were out and ready to go, I got started.
The chicken breasts from Zaycon were HUGE friends. I ended up using 1 to 1 1/2 chicken breasts per freezer bag. If you are a bigger meat eater, you may want to do more. I started out by making my sweet salsa chicken. This recipe is pretty similar to my sweet salsa pork.
(the blue bag in the sink is my chicken. I placed it in there, while getting everything together)
I also made another vinaigrette chicken recipe, just like the one above. This one I used red pepper dressing that needed to be used up. I also made a batch of teriyaki chicken.
The last meal I put together was for Hawaiian Haystacks. We love making this at least once a month. It's a comfort food for us and taste so dang good. I got this recipe out of the same book I made the teriyaki chicken from.
While I made all of these meals, I had a crockpot going filled to the top with chicken breasts, onions, and seasoning salt. When these were done cooking, I placed 2 cup portions of shredded chicken into freezer bags. These will be used in casseroles, pizza, salads, etc. I also left 4 cups of shredded chicken in my fridge and we are using them in some recipes this week.
All together I made 27 freezer meals. Not mentioned above is the four pounds of ground turkey I used to make my oven baked meatballs. These I placed in bags with either tomato sauce, Alfredo sauce, or BBQ sauce.
I hope you are all having a fabulous Monday. Let me know what you guys are up to this week :)