Freezer Meal Planning Workbook

As I mentioned last week, I wanted to offer you some help for getting your freezer stocked with ready-to-go meals to keep you out of the drive-thru. Let’s hear it for saving some dough. 😉

freezer_meal_planning_workbookWorkbook

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Grocery List

Here’s how I use these forms. After I select my 10 meals, I make a list of all the ingredients I will need to purchase on the grocery list form. I try to shop 1 or 2 days before assembling the freezer meals so that I don’t have to freeze the meat, and the produce is nice and fresh. For the very simple meals that I use, the main part of most of my menus is proteins and veggies. Occasionally, the recipes will call for jarred items such as artichoke hearts or sun-dried tomatoes. Or perhaps oats and eggs for meatloaf. Be sure to add these to the shopping list.

Freezer Meal Worksheet

I use the next page is on the meal assembly day: The Freezer Meal Worksheet. Here I list all the meals, and then I label freezer bags with the corresponding number so I don’t get mixed up. Next, I take a few minutes to read over all my recipes to find out what all chopping, slicing, and dicing I may need to do and record that on my chart. So for example, let’s say 3 of my recipes need onions. But some should be in chunks to put on skewers for grilling, some should be finely diced for that meatloaf, and some are in slices for fajitas. I will mark it on the chart like this.

Veggies Preparation Amount Bag
Onions Sliced 1 medium 2
Diced ½ medium 5
Chunks 2 medium 8

I complete the chart with all my veggies and proteins. Assembling and clean up are much quicker since I handle all the onions at once. (Along with a few tissues to wipe away onion tears). Then I move on the next veggie, cutting, sorting, on so on.

Freezer Inventory

The last chart page you will place in your planner or on your freezer. This will remind you of what you have in your freezer. The chart also includes things you might need to finish out your meals (like buns for sloppy joes or spaghetti for bolognese).

I sure hope you find this helpful. If so, please let me know in the comments below.