What do I mean by flexible freezer meals?

It’s no secret that I love my freezer meals. The comfort of a stocked freezer brings me to a state of absolute zen. Unless I’m out of one of the necessary ingredients to complete one of my lovingly prepared meals. (Are you all aware of how quickly menu-zen can vaporize? It’s like one of those tiny wispy clouds on a summer morning just before the sun comes up. At which point it completely vanishes and you wonder if you really saw it or just imagined it. Yeah, like that.)

So, for example, one of the meals I prepared this month was Chipotle Lime Burgers. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Except…. no buns. We had everything else we needed: lettuce, tomato, cheese. But we’re not low-carb over here, so yeah. We need buns for our burgers.

No buns, hmmm. Just prepare a different meal, right? Well, at this point in the month, I needed to purchase extra ingredients for ALL of the freezer meals currently in my freezer. I know. I need to go to the store. But not at 6:00 when dinner needs to be ready by 6:30. So other than pull out all of my hair, what can I DO?!

Let’s adapt!

A little creativity and flexibility go a long way toward making the most of the freezer meals. So, in lieu of hamburger buns? Tortillas! What was supposed to be Chipotle Lime Burgers turned out to be one of the BEST recipes for taco meat I’ve ever made.

So, tonight, kids, you get a two-for-one recipe giving you a couple of flexible freezer meals! You can stash this delicious meet mixture in your fridge to emerge as either burgers OR taco meat. Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And if you DO happen to be a low-carber, you can always use lettuce cups in place of tortillas. Enjoy!

 

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Chipotle Lime Burgers OR Taco Meat
This recipe was created by and tested with Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop products. I love Wildtree for their all-natural ingredients. They never include any fillers or unpronounceable chemicals in their blends. On top of that, they taste AMAZING! However, I have also included items that you can find at the grocery store to substitute for the Wildtree products. While I can't make any guarantees regarding the health of these products, I understand the need to save money where you can. The substitutions suggested should approximate the flavor, but amounts of seasoning and salt may need to be adjusted.
flexible freezer meals
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southwest
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 4 Hours to freeze
Servings
- 8 Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southwest
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 4 Hours to freeze
Servings
- 8 Servings
Ingredients
flexible freezer meals
Instructions
Freezer Prep
  1. Mix together all ingredients in a gallon freezer zipper bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, label, and lay flat in freezer to freeze.
Hamburgers
  1. Defrost bag in refrigerator overnight. Pre-heat grill to medium high heat. Shape meat mixture into 1/2 to 1/3-pound patties.
  2. Grill patties for 5 minutes on first side, and 3 minutes on second side. Check for doneness.
  3. Serve hamburgers on buns with toppings of choice. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives, tomatillo salsa, and ranch dressing are some of our faves!
    flexible freezer meals
Soft Tacos
  1. Defrost bag in refrigerator overnight. Brown taco meat in skillet and drain any fat from cooked meat.
  2. Serve on tortillas with toppings of your choice. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives, tomatillo salsa, and ranch dressing are some of our faves!
    flexible freezer meals
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