Last night I posted this picture on Instagram while in the middle of a paleo freezer meal frenzy. Since then I’ve been inundated with messages & posts asking for recipes & how we went about it! I started writing a post a few months ago but I ended up too overwhelmed & never finished it. This will be short & sweet & to the point!
If you want to make freezer meals with friends, here are a few tips:
1) Find one friend that eats very similar to you. I’ve done it with one friend & I’ve done it with four. It can totally be done with four, but for starting out, just stick with one. It’s important that they eat like you so the recipes & ingredients can be shared. Instead of making a batch with organic meat & one without, you can make a double batch & then split it. In this case, both our families eat mostly organic & paleo (don’t worry, my two year old doesn’t eat paleo).
2) Find 4 recipes, and block out about 6 hours. Most likely you’ll be done much sooner, but at least you won’t be rushed. It took us 3.5 hours and we made 4-8 batches of each. It’s easier to pick fewer recipes & make 8 of each.
3) Split the shopping list. This can go several ways. Yesterday, we each picked two recipes and shopped for each other on those recipes. I’ve also done it where we each buy enough for our own end result. It depends on how expensive each recipe will end up being. Or you can shop together… or one person can shop & split the bill. Don’t forget pans or freezer bags if you need them!
4) Figure out which recipes to start with. Since we had each picked out two recipes & shopped for those recipes, we each ended up preparing those recipes ourselves. She had one that needed to cook, so she made all batches of that & as they were cooking she made the other recipe. That way you’re not waiting on everything to cook at the very end.
I’ve included links below to each of the recipes we made last night. If this all looks too hard, or you want to test the waters first without heading it up yourself, then you might want to check out the Pampered Chef Freezer Meal Workshop! One of my good friends totally rocks them & does a few each month. She does all the hard work of planning & you show up with the supplies & put it all together! You can call or text her at (seven five seven) 952-4199 or check out her website here!Here are the meals we made last night! We got all the recipes from Once a Month Meals. They are fantastic with freezer meals and offer meal planning as well! They have special menus if you have allergies or choose to eat paleo, low fat, etc. But they also have traditional meals & even baby food menus! Every one of their recipes that I’ve tried have been delicious & cooked well.Paleo Bacon Wrapped MeatloafPaleo Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast CasserolePaleo Crock Pot MeatballsPaleo Taco SaladWhat do you think? Have you tried freezer meals before? What are your tips?