Saturday, July 23, 2016

Back to School Meal Prepping

       Today I spent about 4.5 hours shopping and prepping meals for the next couple months since I go back to work Tuesday. The first couple months back at school tend to be very busy so meal prepping is a HUGE life saver. I prep the meals, freeze them, and cook them in the crockpot as needed. 

       I made 21 meal bags which should translate into about 100 or so meals, give or take. I didn't use exact recipes.. just eye balled and estimated. I don't have an exact recipe for you but I will share what I used and I'm sure you can do the same! Hope these help you save time and help you continue to feed your family health whole food meals! 

       Let me know if you try any of them and what you think. Cost of these worked out to be less than $3.00 a meal! 

**I suggest you brown your turkey prior to adding it to a freezer bag. It will cook in the crockpot, but it won't brown and something about it still being pink makes it inedible for me!** 
  • "Fajita" tacos- about 3/4lb ground turkey, cut up bell pepper; taco seasoning and 1 can black beans  
  • “Fajita” chicken-3-4 chicken breasts, cut up bell pepper, taco seasoning and 1 can black beans 
  • “Unstuffed” peppers-about 1 lb. ground turkey, brown rice, black beans, tomato paste (normally I would also add corn, but I didn't have any and forgot to buy some)
  • Broccoli ranch chicken-cut up broccoli florets, 3-4 chicken breasts, ranch seasoning, 1 can chicken stock 
  • “Pot roast"-about 1 lb. beef, red potatoes diced, carrots-diced  cauliflower, and 1 can chicken stock. Season to preference-pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red paper flakes, etc.
  • BBQ pineapple chicken-1 ½ to 2 cups of pineapple chunks, 3-4 chicken breasts, and BBQ sauce


       I also make sure I label what each bag is, when it was put together, and cooking times--that way if my fiancĂ© has to throw one in, all the directions are right there for him!