Freezer Cooking Recipes, Benefits, and Tips

I have a confession… I hate meal planning. No really. I hate thinking about what to make for dinner, as it usually dawns on me at about 5:30 that people are hungry. It’s not fun.

I don’t like that question, “What’s for dinner?”. I usually answer it by saying, “I don’t know – what are you making?”. Do you feel the same way?

What happens on nights like these – when you haven’t planned, and you’re too pooped to come up with some meal? You go grab some take-out, right? I must say that we were becoming regulars at Domino’s, McDonald’s, Papa Murphys and Panda Express (oh I miss you Panda!).

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However, I knew something needed to change. Getting takeout so often wasn’t good for our budget, or for my waistline.

How Freezer Meal Cooking Saved Me

When I was working to get out of debt, one of the first things I did was start cutting unnecessary expenses. One of the first things to go, of course, was weeknight eating out. (Ahem, I still get my weekly DATE NIGHT though!).

So what does this mean for me – a mommy who doesn’t excel at menu planning and cooking? I found the PERFECT solution. It’s perfect for me (and I think you’ll love it too!). A day of freezer cooking recipes.

Now, don’t give up on me yet. This isn’t just cooking up a storm all by yourself once a month. This is FUN STUFF I’m talking about!

Just like you’re more likely to exercise if you have a buddy, you’re more likely to do mass cooking if you do it with FRIENDS! In fact, YOU WILL DO IT! Because they’ll be counting on you!

Starting my own freezer meal group and sticking to it is one of the best things that has happened to me. I am a much happier woman, and my family’s tummy’s are full.

After starting freezer meal prepping, I paid only $85 for 12 meals. An average of $7 per meal. These are nice meals too like BBQ Chicken Pizza with fresh cilantro, Calzones, Manicotti, and Chicken Enchiladas to name a few. AND we had leftovers nearly every night!

And what do you think happened as a result of having all these meals on hand? I SHOPPED LESS and I SAVED MONEY!

I spent a total of $275 on groceries the first month I started prepping freezer meals. This INCLUDES the formula for my baby! I fed my large family for a month for only $275 (this includes the $85 for freezer meals).

What You Need to Know

Now I’ll be honest, it can get a little crazy the week of the cooking group – especially if you are the shopper/host. But we’re going to lay it all out for you. AND we’ll give you some freezer meal recipes WITH pictures!

Are you already doing this? Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or email us!

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Posts to Check Out

Starting a Freezer Meal Group

Everything is better together! Learn how to start your own freezer meal group so that you can cook more meals, have more fun, and save more money!

All About Shopping

Once you’ve either got your freezer meal group together or decided to go solo (No shame in going solo!) it’s time to figure out a shopping strategy. Figure out all the supplies you need and how to manage your shopping day.

If you’re in a group, you’ll need to assign roles! Organization is important if you want to save as much time as possible.

Cooking Day!

The big day! If you want everything to go super smoothly you’ll need to be prepared! You need to:

  • Know what supplies to bring
  • Have your recipes prepared
  • Figure out how to split the bill
  • and more!

It definitely will get easier as you get more experience, but if it’s your first cook day this post will help a ton.

What Foods Don’t Freeze Well

This is just good to know when you’re cooking up freezer meals. The last thing we want is for food to go to waste, we’re trying to save money here not throw it away!

24 Freezer Cooking Tips

Get some actionable freezer meal planning and preparation tips, as well as cooking and freezing tips.

Some of Our Favorite Freezer Cooking Recipes

We’ve been posting all sorts of different freezer cooking recipes for quite some time now, so we’ve got a massive index of over 100 recipes for you to check out. Here are just a handful of our favorites:

Those are some really good ones for you to start out with! Remember, you can view all our freezer meals here where you’ll find a huge variety of different options. There are healthy recipes, quick ones, easy ones, and of course, they’re all delicious ones!

Or, if you want to save the most time and make this whole process even easier on yourself, check out our Freezer Meal eBook! This fabulous guide will show you how to prepare 20 delicious freezer meals in just 3 hours! How amazing is that?

Meal Type: Tips
Categories: DIY, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal

Comments & Reviews

  • Jenn Gold

    I am trying to get a group of women together for freezer cooking, and it is going together pretty good, but i am still confused about how many meals your group makes of one recipe?
    since you make 5 recipes, do you make3 of each x 6?

    • Monica

      We make about 12-15 different recipes. Usually each family gets one. So we would multiply by 5 for our group because we have 5 people.

      We have too larger familes in our group so we decided to multiply by six and have the two big families split the 6th meal to make their meals bigger.

      Does that make sense?

  • Lisa Taylor

    I have been freezer cooking for about 10 years! I absolutely love it! I have taught hundreds of women how to do this and I finally put together a step by step ebook teaching ladies how to save money, save time, save on clean up!!! (www.grandecooking.com)
    We often have 4-7 women together and we have ‘assembled’ as many as 160 meals in ONE DAY!!!
    We have it down pretty good, but we are always learning tons of shortcuts (like putting your ziplock bag into a large cottage cheese or sour cream container, the 50oz ones, to make it easier to fill the bags)! I usually make about 40 meals for my family so we only have to do Grande Cooking (our name for it) every three months. We also usually do about 15 recipes (doing multiple of each one depending on your choices.)
    Glad you you are sharing your ideas and success with this type of cooking!
    I love being able to help so many mommies out!!!

  • Kelly

    Would these recipes be enough to split into 2 meals for a family of 4 (2 young kids)?

  • Sunshine

    I just recently started freezer cooking, I was looking at your recipes. They are labeled for 1 family and 6 families. What is the serving size for 1 family, so I can adjust for mine. We have 8 in my household and I usually cook 10 servings per meal. Thanks

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