10 Whole Food Freezer Meals to Simplify your Life
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10 Whole Food Freezer Meals to Simplify your Life

abykm91 January 22, 2014

So as any mom can attest too…it’s tough getting a healthy meal on the table at times.  We switched to a whole foods diet and have found that while it does require more prep, we are all reaping the benefits of tastier food, more nutrients, more energy, and fewer carb cravings.  “Fake” food, the processed stuff…just doesn’t taste good anymore. Simplify dinnertime with whole food freezer meals!

So what about all the freezer meals you see people make?  Does it work with whole foods?  YES!  So here is a rundown of 10 of my favorite simple recipes.  I recommend a couple things before you get started.  Make a grocery list and collect all the vegetables and spices you need.  Then call a butcher ahead and have him prep the meat for you.  This saves you oodles of time and does not cost any extra.  Even chain grocery stores can do this if you call ahead.  I use a local butcher and get a higher quality meat, prepped, at a low cost.  Some of these meals are just partially prepped and you add in what you need but it still saves a lot of time!  These meals serve four with some leftovers.

sauce

Meal 1:  Spaghetti with Italian Sausage

  • 4 lbs. Italian sausage (ground up), fried, and drained.  (you can get the wrapped sausages and chop in food processor afterwards) *IMPORTANT…BEFORE YOU ADD TO THE SAUSAGE TO THE SAUCE SPLIT THE MEAT IN HALF TO USE FOR MEAL #4!!!!
  • 3 jars Natural Sugar Free Spaghetti Sauce (I use Kirkland Brand from Costco)
  • 1 bag Black Bean Spaghetti noodles (you could use spaghetti squash, or spiral cut zucchini too).

While prepping other meals, bake or fry the sausage.  Grind it if not already done, then add to spaghetti sauce.  Simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes to meld flavors.  Then divide into 3 gallon freezer bags once cool.  One will be used for spaghetti and the others will be used for two more meals.  Save dried noodles for when you serve.  I add some frozen veggies as well to round it out.

grain-free pizza

Meal 2:  Grain-Free Pizza

  • Unrefined Kitchen pizza crust click here
  • Italian Sausage spaghetti sauce
  • Nitrite/Nitrate free pepperoni
  • Shredded mozzarella

I prepare the crust as the link describes but for freezer meals I only bake the crust, leave it without toppings, and freeze them as is.  On pizza day, I take out the crust, add my sauce and toppings and bake at 425 F for the last 10-15 minutes.  Voîla…pizza!  This Paleo crust tastes like the real deal!  I make mini pizzas so we each have our own personal pan pizza when all is said and done.

Meal 3: Tomato Soup

  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter (Olive oil works well instead)
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 qt tomatoes
  • 1/8 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 tsp. sugar (I used honey)
  • 1/4 cup flour (I skipped the flour or used some arrowroot starch..2 TBSP.) 

Saute celery, onion, carrot, and pepper. Add butter and broth. Add tomatoes, thyme, marjoram, salt, pepper, sugar, and flour. Heat to a boil. Puree in blender then return to heat and simmer 20 minutes.I didn’t chop the veggies a ton.  Just big chunks and then pureed in my Vitamix blender.

Meal 4:  Italian Soup

  • 1 jar natural spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cartons of natural chicken stock (I make my own but that would be another post!)
  • 2 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 2 lbs. Italian sausage (taken from MEAL 1 BEFORE YOU ADD TO THE SAUCE!)
  • 2 cans white beans washed and drained
  • 2 zucchini cut in chunks
  • 2 yellow summer squash cut in chunks
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • Salt to taste
Dump ingredients into pot, simmer 30 minutes to combine flavors and then cool and freeze in freezer bags.
tilapia and asparagus

Meal 5:  Herb Crusted Tilapia and Roasted Asparagus

Tilapia Ingredients
  • 6 frozen Tilapia filets
  • 2 TBSP dried parsley
  • 2-3 TBSP. choice of oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
Mix above Tilapia ingredients in a freezer bag until Tilapia is well coated.  Label bag.  On day of meal, thaw completely on counter or in cool water.  Fry on medium until both sides are golden brown and the fish flakes apart.
Roasted Asparagus Ingredients
  • Frozen asparagus (1 bag)
  • Olive oil to coat
  • 1/2 tsp.
  • Parmesan to coat
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic

For the Asparagus, mix ingredients in a freezer bag.  Label Bag.  On the day of the meal, lay on a lined pan in a single layer.  Roast at 400 F for 15 -20 minutes or until tender. 

Meal 6:  Tacos

  • Taco Seasoning (enough for 2 lbs meat)  I use Wildtree Organics
  • 2 lbs. ground grass fed beef (I use half beef and half venison)
Mix the seasoning and meat well.  On the day of the meal, thaw meat and fry up.  Serve as a taco salad over spinach with salsa and guacamole (my husband and me) or serve in non-GMO shells (our boys preference).

Meal 7: Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower

Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 2 tsp. olive oil or oil of choice
Mix above ingredients well in a freezer bag.  Label bag.  On day of slow cook in crock pot for 4-5 hours or roast in oven at 425 for 45 minutes or until no longer pink.
Garlic and Herb Cauliflower Ingredients:
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
Mix above ingredients well in freezer bag.  Label bag.  On day of roast in oven on a lined sheet pan at 425 for 15 minutes or until tender.

Meal 8:  Fajitas

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast cut in strips (remember to have your butcher prep this!!!)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 TBSP. Wildtree Organic Taco Seasoning (or seasoning of choice)
Mix above ingredients in a freezer bag.  On the day of, thaw and sauté until done.  Remove from pan and add sliced bell peppers, sliced onions, and we like sliced mushrooms to the pan to sauté until done.  We serve as veggies and meat but our sons eat it with tortillas.
superman boy
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Meal 9:  Seasoned Pork Chops and Roasted Broccoli

Seasoned Pork Chops Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. porkchops
  • 2 TBSP. Olive oil
  • 2 TBSP. Emeril’s Original Essence (recipe here)  I mix a bunch and save in the pantry.  You can buy it in stores too.
Mix above ingredients in freezer bag.  Label bag.  On the day of, fry up in pan on medium heat until each size is golden and no longer pink.
Roasted Broccoli Ingredients:
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (I use the jar stuff)
  • 2 TBSP. Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. black olives sliced (again I used the pre-sliced jar ones)
Mix above ingredients in a freezer bag.  Label bag.  On the day of roast broccoli mixture on a lined sheet pan at 400 F for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Meal 10:  Greek Chicken Burgers served with Veggies and dill dip

  • 2 lbs. ground chicken or meat of choice (venison has worked well for me too)
  • 1/3 cup roasted bell peppers minced
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely minced red onion
  • 3 TBSP. Greek Seasoning (Buy some here) or (Make some here)
  • 2 TBSP. Olive oil 
Add the day you make:
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oats or bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese
Mix above ingredients until very well blended in the bag.  Label bag.  On the day you make add the remaining ingredients and blend well.  Fry on a medium pan until fully cooked.  Serve with buns if preferred and fresh raw veggies and dip.
Dill Dip Recipe
  • 1 eight ounce container of sour cream
  • 1 TBSP. dried parsley
  • 1 TBSP. dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp. dried onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
Mix above ingredients together well and serve with burgers and raw vegetables.
I know the menu looks overwhelming but with an hour or two of prep you can have ten meals done.  The grocery store and butcher visit are the most important.  I have even had my sons or husband mix the bags while I continue prepping and they watch t.v. or play a game.  It saves me time and they’re in on the prep.  I hope you enjoy the recipes and stop by my blog for more.  I know it’s saved me a lot of stress by prepping several meals in advance.  Not only that, it has also saved us a lot of money because I actually have a plan for dinner every night!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite whole food freezer meal?

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