Freezer cooking has always sounded like a good idea, but I’ve never gotten more into it than making twice as much as I need when fixing dinner so I can freeze half for another time. However, we’re in a season where it’s essential that I have meals prepped and easy to cook, so I was really excited to get a chance to review the MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership
. I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy, so I don’t always feel up to making (or eating) dinner, but MyFreezEasy
helped me make sure my freezer was full of healthy meals that I can get ready for my family quickly and easily.
Each month, members have access to 8 pre-set meal plans:
Each plan has recipes for 5 meals, with the intent on preparing two of each one so you can get 10 meals into your freezer with about an hour of work. There’s a place to set how many servings you want, and you can also swap meals to customize your plan to fit your family’s preferences. Once you have your meal plan set, you can print it out, complete with shopping lists broken down in various ways, such as by meal or by section in the store, and instructions both for cooking the meal that night or preparing it for the freezer. You can also print out labels with instructions for how to finish the meal when you take it out of the freezer.
There are several videos on the website to help you get started, so I watched those and read through all the information I could find before even glancing at the meal plans themselves. They really helped me understand how to use the program, and plan how I wanted to do my shopping and prep work. I chose to swap several meals and create a customized meal plan with a variety of different foods. I followed the suggested to do my shopping and prepping and different days, which was a good idea since my prep work took me almost two hours. (Maybe it will go faster next time, now that I have a little better idea of what I’m doing.)
I really liked the ease of printing the labels (there’s a link to Amazon to buy the right ones), though I wish they were smaller so they could all fit on one page (or if you could put 6 meals in your plan to fill up two pages rather than wasting two empty labels every time). Not only do they make it easy to know what’s in the bag, they include instructions for cooking and suggested sides for completing the meal.
We’ve had each meal at least once, and while some were more popular than others, for the most part they were well received. Here’s what I chose to make last month:
I’ve never made anything similar to this before, but for some reason it kept catching my eye as I went through the meal plans, so I decided to give it a try. It was good, very sweet (popular with the kids), but ours turned out a little dry. I think when I defrost my second bag of this, I’m going to throw it in the slow cooker to see how that turns out.
Chicken Fajita Bake
The instructions for this meal called for a disposable baking dish, but the next time I make it I think I’ll just put it in a freezer baggie (like all the other meals) and then dump the contents into a regular baking dish. I didn’t even attempt to serve this one to my picky kids, but my husband and I really enjoyed making burritos with it.
Chicken Taco Bake
This recipe combined several ingredients and spices to freeze. When it was time to cook, we just threw everything in a skillet to warm it up, then poured it over tortilla chips, sprinkled cheese on top, and popped it in the oven for ten minutes. So simple, yet it was really good, and I loved having the majority of the ingredients all thrown together when it was time to make dinner.
Cilantro Lime Chicken
This was my least favorite meal of the five we cooked, but it might have been because I had substituted coconut oil for the olive oil called for in the recipe and lime juice from a bottle instead of fresh squeezed limes. It just wasn’t quite as flavorful as I’d been hoping for, even with fresh cilantro, and I think I would have preferred using chicken breasts rather than thighs. Still, everyone ate it without complaint (and my kids are extremely picky eaters, so that’s saying something).
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
I was highly skeptical of this recipe because it called for ground beef instead of stew meat like my mom always used for stroganoff and it just seemed too simple (Mom always used a seasoning packet, which for some reason led me to believe it was complicated to make). However, this turned out to be our favorite meal out of all the ones we tried. I actually made another two bags of sauce for the freezer because it was such a hit. I want to be sure we always have it on hand! Since the meat was cooked before freezing, I’m not sure why it’s labeled as a slow cooker meal. I did it stove top one time and it was still delicious. (I wish I’d gotten a picture of the final product, but we were all too eager to dive in!)
I loved how easy the whole process was, from selecting recipes, to shopping and preparation, and finally getting the meals on the table. When I’ve been pregnant in the past, my family has definitely had to scrape by when it comes to dinner, both in the early months when I struggled with nausea and then toward the end when I was exhausted and struggling to get everything done each day. I’m so excited to have MyFreezEasy this time.
I had ten meals in the freezer before I reached the nausea stage, and soon I’ll have another prep day and get it restocked. We found some new family favorites, and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes this month!