Two months in a row, I’ve been at or hosted a Prep Freeze Cook freezer meal party. Basically, the woman that runs it brings all the food prepped and ready to go, and we spend two hours assembling ten meals (that, for us, feed us for two nights). $120 later, my freezer is stocked for the better part of the month (I use them on all weekdays, so I just cook on weekends) with no mess or fuss.
I got to wondering how it would be to do it myself one go around. How much money would I save? How long would it take? Etc. My friend Carrie hopped in with me so I wasn’t completely on my own and we made two sets of meals…
First a Troy and Cass Sunday photo for you 🙂
Last night, I did all the shopping for our two sets of meals. I went to three stores in just under two hours (with Cass in tow, even) and was done. Below, more chicken than I’ve ever bought in my entire life! Thank you, GFS Marketplace!
Most of the canned goods/pantry items, nearly all from Aldi.
Let the games begin! Time to make some meals! Photo credits to Carrie for the pic she snapped below. I was having fun 🙂 As much work as it is, I really enjoy this kind of thing in the kitchen. Even more so when I realized I had a nearly perfect shopping trip with not too much and not too little (with some very minor exceptions).
Below, Carrie’s meals all ready to leave (mine were already jammed in the freezer). She has a two week old baby so these will surely be handy! Meals made were: chicken broccoli rice casserole, pork carnitas, taco chili, white chicken chili, chicken cacciatore, steak fajitas, creamy italian chicken, and black bean chicken. Some were inspired by the prep freeze cook party and some were Cunningham family favs just turned into freezer meals!
Afterwards, the kitchen. Oh, the mess! Troy was told to stay OUT until it was all cleaned up!