Best Tips for Freezer Prep

sweet potato kale beef stew

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Kale and Beef Stew

This week I shared with you the best thing I did to prep for a healthier postpartum- that is, to freezer prep a whole bunch of meals so we had dinner with ease in those early postpartum weeks. I shared my plan for getting it all done without a ton of extra hours in the kitchen or a huge blow to your budget. But freezer cooking is obviously not the same as meal prepping- there is the consideration that you are going to freeze the things you are making, so I thought I would share some of my best tips for freezer prep. (Want more like it? Check out Healthy Mama Meal Prep).

Tip # 1: Choose meals with similar ingredients to reduce cost and cooking time.

Tip # 2: Combine ingredients when prepping to make life easier; and double or triple recipes for convenience and efficiency

white chicken chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Tip # 3: Have all the supplies you need ahead of time: containers, foil pans, aluminum foil, freezer bags, sharpies

Tip # 5: Use an assembly line style prep when you are cooking multiple meals and cook ingredients first, before combining (another reason why choosing similar ingredients is helpful!)

Tip # 6: Choose foods that freeze and reheat well: avoid vegetables and fruit with high water content (raw celery, cucumber, watermelon, etc), dairy-based dishes and starch-heavy entrees (potatoes, rice, pasta).

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Tip # 7: Simplify freezer prep with slow cooker meals (add all the ingredients to a gallon-size bag to add to the slow cooker and cook!)

Tip # 8: Allow all foods to cool COMPLETELY before freezing.

Tip # 9: Label ingredients AND how to reheat EVERY meal!

Tip # 10: Make sure to use foods within 3-6 months and keep an inventory list of what's in your freezer ON your fridge- and check it off as you go!

10 freezer-friendly meal prep recipes:

1. Sweet Potato, Kale and Beef Stew

2. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili 3. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

4. Cassava Flour Muffins

5. Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

6. Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

7. Tex Mex Turkey Taco Pie

8. Freezer-friendly einkorn waffles

9. Asian Chicken Meatballs

10. Sweet Potato Black Bean Cocoa Chili

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