February 10, 2015
Quick Prep Meal Starters for the Freezer + FREE PRINTABLE LIST
I love cooking and baking but figuring out ways to spend less time in the kitchen is important to me. Prepping for meals is easy when I have a couple easy meal starters at the ready in the freezer. This is the best way to simplify busy weeknights and still get a healthy meal on the table for our family. Today’s post is intended to help you think about ways to simplify your meal planning by planning ahead a bit and doing a little quick prep to stock that freezer.
My latest addition is a huge hit in our house and a super yummy one-bowl meal with lots of room for variation. I’ve been making stir fry veggie bags and I have to tell you it’s the perfect quick prep meal starter. Choose your family’s favorite veggies – I like using squash (yellow and green), red onions, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, and snap peas. The options are endless and really depend on your taste and supermarket availability. I use the stir fry veggies as a side dish – tossed with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Better yet, I also add the veggies to a protein like chicken or steak and add a stir fry sauce and serve with rice or Soba noodles. So good and so easy.
If you haven’t tried doing some quick-prep work for the freezer, you’ll find that it’s so much easier than prepping entire meals because you can prep for multiple meals at a time and cut your cooking time down to minutes. Here’s a great list to get you started! Choose one or two things to try in the next week or two to load up your freezer. I like to add a little bit every week and it makes meal planning and preparing so much easier. Enjoy!
If you like this free printable, you’ll love the Everyday Menu Planning Kit in my shop.