The point of meal prepping is to to help you save time during the week and also save you some money! I am ALL about saving TIME. We are super busy with the kids starting soccer practice, archery and our regular church activities that we have during the week. In order to keep from spending a lot of money on eating out I spend an hour or so prepping all of my dinners for the week on the weekend.
Now this doesn't mean that you have to cook everything ahead of time. I have an even better way to save you time. Slow cooker freezer meals! All except for 1 ingredient will go in the bag uncooked. So I took 5 different meals and chopped my veggies, added the meat, and put the spices in the bag together and then freeze them. If the recipe called for broth or cream of coconut then I left that out and will add to the crockpot the day of cooking. The night before all you do is put the meal you want to have in the fridge to thaw so before you leave in the morning you will pour the ingredients into your slow cooker and follow the directions that you wrote on the outside of the bag. Super easy! Dinner will be ready when you get home. 🙂
Here are the recipes that I decided to create this week. I basically took the ingredients for each recipe and placed in a gallon size freezer bag with a couple of exceptions. You don't want to add the chicken stock, beef stock, cream of coconut, or kale to the bags. Oh and the guacamole you will make ahead and just place in the fridge. I decided this was going to be my first meal of the week. 😉
You will want to write yourself instructions on your freezer bag what you will need the day of, so on the Zuppa Toscana recipe I wrote: Add 4 cups chicken stock to slow cooker - Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once cooked add coconut cream (fat at the top of coconut milk) to slow cooker and simmer about 5 minutes. Serve with crumbled bacon on top.
Give yourself the directions of what you need to add the day of in case you misplace your recipe or don't use the meal until later on down the road included quantities of each item needing to be added. Write the date you made the meal and how long it will take to cook in the slow cooker.
Serve this Beef Stroganoff over cauliflower rice and I am adding broccoli and you have a wonderful meal! On freezer bag write: Cook on low 6 hours, Add 1 1/4 cup beef broth, After cooked add coconut cream and mix 3 T arrowroot starch with 2 T water together then add to slow cooker and simmer for 30 minutes before serving.
I think you get the point on how I wrote instructions on the freezer bags. You don't need to cook any food ahead of time. This will save you a ton of time and you won't have to worry about what you are going to have for dinner at all! Most of these meals will serve 4-6 and you can have leftovers for lunch as well.
The other two recipes I made are linked below.
I hope you enjoy the meals and experience how much easier it is to prep your meals before your week starts. All the headaches and time you saved by doing so and you will be rewarded for it.
Enjoy the meals and let me know if you have any questions!