Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freezer Meals For Those Who Hate Cooking

I really hate cooking. Ok so maybe hate is a strong word but honestly I don't like it and most of the time I don't have time for it

Before Boston was born I remember my mom coming over to our house and looking in our pantry, which before was always pretty bare, and saying something like "What in the world do you guys eat? You know you're going to have to cook for that boy don't you?". She was also pretty shocked to discover that I didn't even have a set of measuring spoons... Yes you read that right. We had been married for 4 years and I hadn't even used a measuring spoon. Yikes. I knew my cooking style was pretty lazy but I guess I hadn't realized how bad it was. (And it's even worse now because of this cute little stinker right here.)
Here's how most nights went...
Me: What do you want for dinner?
D: I don't care. What do you want?
Me: Well we've got chicken and veggies, chicken and rice, or pizza.


Poor Dustin. But my argument was that I didn't feel like cooking after a full day of work and he didn't either. So those were the options unless he wanted to make something else (which of course he never did). And so chicken or pizza it was unless we stopped for food on the way home.

But that changed towards the end of my pregnancy when I starting the nesting period. All of the sudden I had a really strong urge to stock up our pantry and our freezer with easy meals I could throw in the oven once we were home. I made a few different meals that I found on Pinterest and honestly that was one of the best things I could have done.

We had a few people offer to bring food over after we returned home from the hospital but I had a pretty bad case of the "Baby Blues" and entertaining people was the last thing I wanted to do. So I turned down most of the offers and grabbed a meal from the freezer instead. Since then I have been such a huge fan of the Freezer Meals. I can normally muster up enough motivation to cook for a few hours once every month or two and we are good for dinners for a while.

My main criteria for choosing meals is they can't have too many ingredients, they can't require a ton of prep, and they need to be pretty low calorie. So here are some of my favorite meals right now...

- Buffalo Cream Cheese Chicken (I used reduced fat cream cheese to make it lower calorie)
- Honey Garlic Chicken (I throw in a package of stir-fry veggie mix before putting it in the freezer)
- Meatballs (can be served in spaghetti, in a sandwich, or with teriyaki and stir-fry veggies)

I'd love some new recipes to try so if you have anything you love and is easy, feel free to post the link in the comments!

Simply,
Summer Ann

26 comments:

  1. You are making me hungry! So trying all of these! I've been meaning to tell you, I made the low fat chicken pot pie, umm amazing!! Trey and Hank loved it too! I've made it twice now :)

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    1. Yay!! So glad you liked it! It's one of our favorites!! And you'll be so thankful once that second one goes that you have some meals already made :D

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  2. Yummy!!! Do you put foil over the chicken so the shredded cheese doesn't burn, or is it just fine without? :) I love these daily blogs Sunmer!

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    1. Yes! The dishes that need to be placed in baking dishes like the pot pie and the peach crisp need foil over top. The others I just put in gallon size freezer bags.

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  3. Yay! Gotta love things that you can cook in bulk and store in the freezer! :] I can't wait to try that honey garlic chicken!

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    1. That one is Dustin's favorite! It sounds weird to mix ketchup and honey but it's so good!

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  4. Honey Garlic Chicken sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing this list.

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  5. YUM! I need to do some of these. I'm tired of eating the same thing every night!

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    1. Girl that is how I was! These are really simple!

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  6. I love spending a day prepping freezer meals- it is a lot of effort but I love the weeks after of NO STRESS about dinner!

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    1. Same here!! I am tempted to do a "Freezer Meal Party" with some girlfriends to make it feel like less work :)

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  7. Great list of recipes! I'm a dietitian and a huge foodie so I love stumbling across new recipes to try!

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    1. Thank you! Most of these are pretty healthy too!

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  8. That honey garlic chicken and buffalo cream cheese chicken sound amazing!

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    1. The Buffalo Cream Cheese is my absolute favorite!!

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  9. These all sound soo amazing! I LOVE rice pilaf!

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    1. It is really good! I hope you like it!

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  10. I really need to start freezing some meals ahead, too! We just moved to a new house that's almost 25 minutes to the nearest store, so the days of running there for a quick dinner are over! :)

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    1. Sounds like these would be perfect for you! You will love not having to worry about dinner every evening!

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  11. freezing meals ahead is something i need to start doing. by the way, love the dress!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was from Gap last season.

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  12. Hi Summer, This is an easy recipe. It tastes a bit like pizza, but much healthier.
    http://www.glutenfreeyummy.com/italian-pesto-balsamic-zucchini-boats/

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much! I love pesto.

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  13. I also use often (with a husband and a daughter), frozen foods, useful for many recipes. I'll try the ones we have proposed!

    B.

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