After timing my meal prep last week I wanted to up my game and restock my freezer. I had cleaned them out last week and had some room.
I like to think of freezer space as valuable money saving real estate. It is one of the best tools we have in the kitchen for saving us both time and money.
Some of the things I like to keep in my freezer:
- Black beans
- Chicken stock
- Chicken soup
- Cookie dough
- Taco meat
- Chopped Veggies
- Vegetables for making bone broth
I try to cook from scratch as much as possible and keeping my freezer full is one of the ways I can do this. It’s helpful to have both fully cooked meals and the ingredients on hand.
It’s important to know what’s in your freezer. So if your freezer is packed full take some time each year to go through everything and make a list of what needs to be used. Since I’m done with this step I made a plan to do a big grocery shop on Saturday.
I wanted to stock up on cheese, pork and chopped veggies for use in future recipes. I knew my food processor was going to get a lot of use this weekend.
Food processor <3
My food processor is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It lets me quickly get things chopped, mixed or shredded.
While I love it for all it can do, one thing I don’t like is how many pieces there are to clean. In order to make all that cleaning worthwhile I like to do several different tasks when I’m using the food processor.
I was feeling ambitious so made a plan to prepare several foods to freeze.
Freezer Stock up list:
- Shred Cheddar
- Shred Mozzarella
- Chopping onions
- Chopping peppers
- Chopping celery
- Chopping carrots
- Make breadcrumbs
I’m making some breadcrumbs first since I need the food processor to be dry to make them. For normal bread I start with super dry bread. I pulled a few slices of bread out of the bag and left them in an unsealed container overnight.
Break up the slices into smaller pieces and us the blade to pulverize the bread.
Since I am eating low-carb I made ‘breadcrumbs’ out of pork rinds. This is a good substitute for the breadcrumbs that I use in my meatball recipe and also to use as breading for chicken or pork.
In my house we go through a lot of shredded cheese. Half the recipes I make it seem to have some sort of shredded cheese in them. And we’re also big fans of tacos.
I prefer shredding my own cheese versus buying it pre-shredded. When you buy a bag of shredded cheese it has extra ingredients in it to make it not stick together.
When selecting a cheese to shred I try and go for a harder, more firm cheese. Cheddar that we want to get extra sharp and for mozzarella I’ll buy the low moisture cheese. These are the best types of cheese to shred since they won’t gum up shredder.
I shredding several blocks at once and keeping them in a big bowl.
When I shred cheese I use a food scale to separate the cheese into six ounce bags. This seems to be a good amount for my family of three a six ounce bag of mozzarella is the perfect amount for pizza.
I stack these flat in the freezer and once they are frozen I can stack them upright or put them in a big shopping bag or basket.
A lot of the recipes I make start with chopped onions and garlic. And more often than not it also requires some chopped bell pepper, celery or carrot. So while I had the food processor out I decided to chop up some of these veggies. Storing chopped veggies in the freezer cuts down on my meal prep time.
I started with the celery and carrots and then did the bell pepper and onion last because they have the strongest smell.
For the meatball recipe that I was making, I also needed to chop some onions.
Meatballs are one of those meals that I will cook a giant batch of and freeze them. It’s great for a quick meal of spaghetti and meatballs or in my case zucchinis and meatballs.
They’re all so good if we if my daughters been super picky for dinner. It takes just a few minutes to frost them in the microwave.
My husband will see use them as a late night snack sometimes. I made meatballs because we ate them all! It’s the best problem to have, eating all the food we prepare ahead of time.
This was a busier weekly meal prep than normal. On top of all my food process
Weekly Meal Prep
- 10 Salads for lunch
- Crock pot meal for Monday
- Steamed Broccoli
- Steamed Greenbeans
I’m planning on including more crock pot meals into my meal plan. It’s a great feeling coming home to a hot meal ready to go.
With life being as busy as it is this time of year my meal plan is a life line. I feel like I’m in the pro level adulting league.
Thank you so much for reading my weekly meal prep and meal plans. If you like these kind of posts let me know in the comments! Have a great week!