So the freezer cooking adventure has come to an end. Let me just say a big, "Hallelujah!!!!" In case you can't tell, I am glad to be done. It was a ton of work, physically exhausting, and at times a little stressful, but it is totally worth it when I look in my freezer and it is fully stocked and we have 6 months of meals (or at least the main dish) done (minus a few nights of prepped raw meat to make an easy meal).
Here's what I made:
13 Meals of Baked Ziti (we are eating one tonight before we officially start the 6 months of freezer eating)
6 Meals of Spaghetti
6 (12) Meals of Meatloaf (each meal yields 2 nights)
6 Meals of Sloppy Joes
6 (12) Meals of Salisbury Steak (each meal yields 2 nights)
6 Meals of Stuffed Peppers
6 Meals of Garlic Beef Bake
6 Meals of Chicken Pot Pie
6 Meals of Chicken Stuffing Pie
6 Meals of Chicken Peppers Pasta
6 Meals of Italian Balsamic Chicken
6 Meals of Pulled Pork Sandwiches
6 Meals of Honey Baked Pork Chops
We also prepped (cut fat off, cut into tenders, and put into 1 lb bags) 18 lbs of chicken and 6 lbs of ground beef or turkey. This will be one meal a week of cooking. This will be for stuff like Chicken Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Chicken with Skillet Gravy, Ginger Chicken Stirfry, Chicken and Dumplings, Goulash, or Homemade Pizza (things that wouldn't freeze well).
With all of this done, I won't have to cook some meals (at least not more than reheating or baking), only will have to make a couple of sides for some meals, have meat prepared to make a full meal once a week, and won't have to grocery shop for meat at all or most of the other ingredients (thus making grocery shopping easier for a big fat pregnant girl).
I am going to post pictures of the process in the next entry.