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You guys. I have a confession to make. I do NOT like cooking.
Please don’t judge me.
I really, really, have never liked to cook. I used to tell my mom that I would just have to marry a guy who could cook when I grew up because I just didn’t like doing it. That isn’t easy to admit, but … it’s true. And no, not the part about marrying a guy that likes to cook. The sad part of it is we are both pretty bad cooks.
I do love to bake, and that is a subject for another day. Not only do I not like to cook … when I do, I’m not very good at it.
Ok, now that I am thoroughly ashamed… I want to share something with you that you might not know: I started freezer cooking last year using Erin Chase’s website MyFreezEasy and it transformed my cooking.
I realized that I wasn’t such a bad cook. Everybody in our house LOVES my cooking when I use MyFreezEasy.
The recipes are not complicated. They are simple and you can double and triple them to make even more!
A shopping list is provided for the entire session of freezer cooking. This saves me TONS of time.
You can adjust how much food you make. You never have to guess how much to make. Look, we are a big family and we are able to use recipes that serve 8 (which for now is perfect for us). No doubling up on a recipe just so it feeds us. I can adjust it before I print it out.
Now … if you ask me to make something for dinner without having a plan, it’s not going to happen.
Ummm…nope. The truth is if I have to actually open a cookbook, find a recipe, then get the ingredients, prepare and cook it, I’m STILL a bad cook.
However, IF, (and this is a big if) I have prepared one of her freezer meals in advance I actually appear to be a good cook. I’m not just saying that — even my hubby admits it. (Last year, after I started using her meal plans, he walked up to some random friends at church and told them how awesome these freezer meals are! Yup! Totally embarrassing).
So… I tell you all that to say, I’ve been slacking. Ever since the move happened a few months ago I got out of the habit of freezer cooking. After the last few weeks of scrambling to make food or hitting up the fast food drive thru, I made my decision. I am diving back in this week.
If you have tried freezer cooking in the past, I can tell you that this is different than anything I’ve tried. The food is simple to prep, easy to cook, and it actually tastes good. It is also healthy (which is a super big YES in my book). How else can you create 10 healthy meals in 1 hour? I really don’t know. I do know that with the use of ziplock bags and buying in bulk – not only is this possible it is actually doable.
There are so many good things about these meal plans but this one might be the best: You can create your own meal plan!
Even though Erin creates a meal plan for each month for various ingredients and styles. (Chicken on sale at the grocery store? No problem – just prepare chicken. Only into clean eating? Great! There is a plan for you!) she also allows you to pick your favorite recipes to create your own meal plan. This is perfect for our family because we have one child with a peanut allergy, another that is gluten-free, and also some food sensitivities. We can avoid the stuff we do not eat (which is usually impossible for us to do).
Here are the MyFreezEasy Meal Plans that you can choose from (or create your own!)
- Gluten Free
- Slow Cooker
- Clean Eats
- All Chicken Meals
- All Ground Beef Meals
- All Pork Meals
- 20 Meals
- Or Create Your Own
For more info on how it works check out this graphic:
Ok, guys, I’m freezer cooking this week!!! Who is going to join me?
P.S. If you need a good meal planning page, feel free to download mine here —>>> Meal Planning Free Printable