Freebie Friday!

Freezer Meal Planning Workbook

As I mentioned last week, I wanted] to offer you some help for getting your freezer stocked with ready-to-go meals to keep you out of the drive-thru. Let’s hear it for saving some dough. 😉

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Freezer Meal Planning Workbook

Here’s how I use these forms. After selecting my 10 meals, I make a list of all the ingredients I will need to purchase on the grocery list form. I try to shop 1 or 2 days before assembling the freezer meals so that I don’t have to freeze the meat and the produce is nice and fresh. For the very simple meals that I use, the main part of most of my menus is proteins and veggies. There are occasionally jarred items such as artichoke hearts or sun-dried tomatoes. Or perhaps oats and eggs for meatloaf. Be sure to add these to the shopping list.

The next page is for the assembly day. The Freezer Meal Worksheet. Here I list all the meals, and label freezer bags with the corresponding number. Then I take a few minutes to read over all my recipes to find out what all chopping, slicing, and dicing I may need to do. So for example, let’s say 3 of my recipes need onions. But some should be in chunks to put on skewers for grilling, some should be finely diced for that meatloaf, and some are in slices for fajitas. I will mark it on the chart like this.

Veggies Preparation Amount Bag
Onions Sliced 1 medium 2
Diced ½ medium 5
Chunks 2 medium 8

I complete the chart with all my veggies and proteins. This makes assembling and clean up so much quicker since I handle all the onions at once (along with a few tissues to wipe away onion tears). Then I move on the next veggie, get it cut and sorted, and so on.

The last chart page is for you to keep in your planner or on your freezer to remind you of what you have in your freezer, as well as a checklist for things you might need to finish out your meals (like buns for sloppy joes or spaghetti for bolognese).

I sure hope you find this helpful. If so, please let me know in the comments below.