One of the best ways I ensure that have a healthy dinner prepared is by preparing it WAY ahead of time. You can make a huge crockpot meal, and then portion it up and freeze it! That way, whenever you have a late meeting, or want to be a friendly neighbor, or even if you have a baby on the way, you can prepare this ahead of time, freeze it, and then thaw and reheat for serving!
Here are 5 tips to get started with creating a couple freezer meals:
- Let Food cool first!!!!
- Use “freezer” gallon ziploc bags. It’s important to use the ziploc bags specifically labeled as “freezer” to help prevent freezer burn. The freezer bags are made of much thicker plastic than the traditional ziploc bags.
- Freeze in each bag the desired portions you’ll want for each meal. If you have a family of 4 fill each bag with 4 portions. (Good rule of thumb: 4 portions is typically perfect when you’re giving a meal to a family.) Depending on the size of your family, you may not use all of the bag; that’s OK! It’s better to use less per bag than have to waste part of the meal by thawing out more than you needed.
Here is one of my favorite rump roast recipes, I pre-made this meal (along with about a month’s worth of other meals) and froze it before I gave birth to my second, so when I came home I had a TON of food already made!
Ingredients 3 pound rump roast (or whatever size) (1) 16 oz. jar of Pepper Rings, include the juice from the jar! If you’d like to have more meat with your meal you can increase to a 4 lb. roast) round roast.
Directions Place roast in crockpot. Pour a jar of pepper rings on top, including the juices. You can cook this on high, but I found that roasts tend to get dry if you cook them in the crockpot on high, so cooking on low is best if you and let the juices soak in more. Between the peppers and the meat you should have approximately 7 cups.
Nutritional Information Approximate Calories Per Serving: 300 Serving size: 4oz Servings per Recipe: This will vary depending on the size of your roast. You will have four servings per lb of roast, so if you get a 3lb roast you will have 12 servings.
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