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Great Freezer Meals and Glad Give Away

Lately life seems to be getting busier and busier, and although I love to cook I find myself needing quick meals all the time. Sometimes for lunch, sometimes for dinner, and even sometimes for breakfast. And though sometimes I do reach for a quick packaged solution, I would much rather reach for something I made myself and isn’t full of processed foods. That’s where the freezer comes in – perfect for storing quick and healthy meals without all the added calories and fat. Here are some of my favorites and also a give-away for Glad Freezerware at the bottom, which were features in Friday’s post on Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers, which I ate this morning right out of the freezer.

1. Burgers: Whenever I make burgers I always make double or triple the batch so that I can freeze them for later use. They make a great, quick lunch or dinner and couldn’t be more satisfying. My favorite burgers for freezing right now are Salmon Dill Burgers(4P+) and Cowboy Turkey Burgers(6 points plus) I also highly recommend these Spicy Black Bean burgers for a vegetarian option.

2. Smoothie Packets: If you use Pinterest you know both how addicting it can be. Hours can be lost on that site without even realizing it. However you will walk out with tons of new ideas. One of my favorite is making smoothie packets in ziploc bags. You just load up a bunch of ziploc bags with enough fruits and veggies for one smoothie and store in the freezer. When you are ready for one, pop the fruit and veggies into the blender, add your liquid and any supplements, and it’s ready. No cutting, peeling, or portioning needed. Lately I have been drinking this Kale, Spinach, and Apple smoothie. (3 P+)

3. Meatballs: Meatballs are a no brainer for me in terms of frozen meals. I always make a double or triple batch when I make meatballs and like to store some of them as individual servings and some as a meal. Then you just pop them out and reheat them with a little sauce and they make a perfect, quick meal. My favorites are Chipotle meatballs(6 P+) for tacos and these yummy Asian meatballs. (5 P+)

4. Beef Stew: There are few soups other than beef stew and chili that I truly can at as an entire meal. Don’t get me wrong – I love having soup as a main dish but almost always need some other stuff on the side as well. However not with this delicious beef stew recipe. (5 P+) It is hearty, delicious, and packed with hearty ingredients to keep you full all day. Just make up a big batch when you cook it and freeze in individual portions.

5. Oatmeal: Many people don’t think about freezing oatmeal but it can be a great way to have a quick hearty breakfast on hand and get the benefits of real oats. I usually cook my oatmeal and then either freeze it in small, individual freezer safe containers or in a silicone muffin tin. When I use the silicone muffin tin once the oatmeal is frozen, I pop them out and into a large container or bag. When you are ready to eat, just pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stir, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Add in a splash or milk or yogurt. I especially like this Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. (6 P+)

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75 Response to Great Freezer Meals and Glad Give Away

  1. Michelle Pearson on June 11, 2012

    My fave freezer meal is Turkey Bean Veggie Chili!!!!

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  2. Michelle Pearson on June 11, 2012

    I have now subscribed to your recipes!!

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  3. Michelle Pearson on June 11, 2012

    Fan on Facebook:)

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  4. Michelle Pearson on June 11, 2012

    and follow you on Pinterest

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  5. Christi on June 11, 2012

    My husband works out of town all week, and we are on Weight Watchers. Ouch, we were afraid this was going to be a challenge. Instead I cook during the week while he is gone and freeze, freeze, freeze. I make enchildas, quesadilla casserole, broccoli mac & cheese, and lots of other main dishes. Also freeze special WW desserts so he isn’t feeling deprived. I freeze everything in single serving packages, this way each serving is already measured or weighed properly. Haha, hoping I am doing such a good job, by the end of the summer, I have earned a new freezer.

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    • wendy on August 5, 2012

      Hi christi

      Some of your freezer meaLS SOUND GREAT CAN YOU SHARE SOME OF YOUR BEST RECIPES FOR THE FREEZER. IM TRYING DESPERATELY TO LOOSE AND I THINK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE MIGHT ALSO WORK WELL FOR ME

      THANKS WENDY

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  6. Krista on June 11, 2012

    Spicy black bean burgers are my fav freezer meal – 4pts. I already subscribe to your email, follow you on facebook and just added you to twitter :)

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  7. [email protected] on June 11, 2012

    My favorite freezer recipe is BROTH! Sounds silly, I know, but I make my own vegetable broth. This way, I can control the amount of salt (none if I choose!), seasonings, etc. Also, I can make it for basically NO cost because it’s the parts that I would normally throw out. :) Here is my recipe and instructions:

    1. Start a 1 gallon size ziploc type baggy in your freezer. Mark it well, so that your family doesn’t attempt to use it for something that is NOT broth.
    2. Throw in the (washed!) skins and end pieces of your vegetables from everyday cooking. You know, the parts that you normally throw away? Yep, those.
    3. Also add any vegetables you find in your fridge that aren’t *bad* (mushrooms starting to dry too much, bell peppers getting too dried/wrinkly, for example) but aren’t ones you necessarily want to feed to your family so you would normally throw them out.
    4. When you have 2 one gallon freezer bags full and frozen, you have enough to make veggie broth.
    5. Fill a pot (yes, you can do this in your slow cooker instead), with about 25 cups of water and add your frozen vegetables and bring both to a boil.
    6. Turn down your heat to a simmer.
    7. Simmer for approximately 2 hours.
    8. Turn it off and let it sit for another 2 hours, or unil cool enough to suit you. (Yes, you are basically infusing your water!)
    9. Strain, pour into containers, freezer bags, etc.

    Special Notes:
    ~ I have often heard that if you will add 2-4 TBSPs of vinegar to a batch of broth that it will help keep it from spoiling. I have made it both with and without. I can’t tell you if it helps, because we tend to go through A LOT of broth at our house, so none ever spoils.

    ~ I use my pasta pot with the insert. This way I can immediately strain out the larger pieces of cooked vegetable and begin measuring and pouring into containers immediately.

    ~ Freeze and store in containers that are the approximate amounts (or some derivative there of) that you use most often. It just works easier that way for you in the long run. I tend to use either 2 cups, 3 cups or 4 cups at a time, so all of mine get frozen into 2 and 3 cup size containers. :)

    ~ What vegetables can you use? Pretty much any and all. My broth the last time I made it time had: all colors of bell peppers, red and yellow onions, green onions and leeks, mushrooms, zucchini skins, spinach and kale stems, parsley, cauliflower pieces, broccoli pieces and basil. I seasoned it with lemon pepper seasoning, turmeric, paprika, rosemary, garlic and a bit of salt (although not much!)

    Enjoy!
    Janece Suarez

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    • Karen on June 11, 2012

      Though I make tasty chicken and beef stock, my veggie stock is lacking. Thank you for all the veggie broth advice–love the straining and freezing tips. How’d ya’ll know I’ve been looking for freezer friendly WW recipes?
      Great comments, great site!

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  8. [email protected] on June 11, 2012

    I thought I was subscribed to get your recipes, etc already, but it accepted it when I tried just now, SO either I am subscribed twice, I am subscribed through two different accounts or I am just senile and never subscribed when I thought I did in the past! lol! All better. :)

    Janece Suarez

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  9. [email protected] on June 11, 2012

    I have been a fan on Facebook for awhile! That’s where I saw the posting about this blog entry.

    Janece Suarez

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  10. [email protected] on June 11, 2012

    I also follow you on Twitter! (entry #4, correct?) I am @gourmetmama on Twitter.

    Janece Suarez

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  11. [email protected] on June 11, 2012

    And finally, I even signed up for Pinterest JUST to follow you there! Feeling special? lol!

    Thank you for the freezer food information. I had never thought to freeze oatmeal before!! Now I must try that. :)

    Janece Suarez

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  12. Nicole on June 11, 2012

    I follow on pinterest!

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  13. Nicole on June 11, 2012

    i subscibe to your emails!

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  14. Nicole on June 11, 2012

    i love making soups (usually in the crockpot) and then freezing what i left. WW baked potato is one of my favorites! it’s always nice to have soup on hand!

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  15. Nicole on June 11, 2012

    you are “liked” on facebook! :)

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  16. Connie on June 11, 2012

    I follow on FB and Pinterest – my fav freezer meal is currently Veggie Lasagne

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  17. Sasha on June 11, 2012

    Baked brocolli mac & cheese! I actually just subscribed last night to receive your emails :). Thanks!!

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  18. Suzanne on June 11, 2012

    Never froze anything but I will start now! Thanks for the info.

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  19. paula on June 11, 2012

    already a subscriber. Freeze just about anything, including Angel food cupcakes 2 points each. Makes a nice treat on the weekend with berries and a little cool whip

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  20. Andrea on June 11, 2012

    My favorite thing for the freezer is Italian beef. My recipe makes a huge batch, so I always freeze at least half. It has about 300 calories per serving.

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  21. Andrea on June 11, 2012

    I already subscribe to your emails and love them!

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  22. Sandy on June 11, 2012

    One of my favorite freezer meals is Pizza! I make 4 pizza doughs and store each separately in freezer bags. I also store many of our favorite toppings in separate freezer bags.

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  23. Sandy on June 11, 2012

    I subscribe to your emails!

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  24. San on June 11, 2012

    Subscibing to your emails already.

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  25. Sue on June 11, 2012

    Turkey Chili! About 4 points +. I subscribe to your website.

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  26. Jenny C. on June 11, 2012

    My fave freezer meal is your Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes. at 2 points each. They freeze and reheat really well!

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  27. Jenny C. on June 11, 2012

    I’m already a subscriber to your website.

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  28. Jenny C. on June 11, 2012

    I already follow you on Facebook!

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  29. Jenny C. on June 11, 2012

    I now follow you on Pinterest!

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  30. Barbara on June 11, 2012

    I like doing all kinds of Mini meals for lunches. Since I am the only one home. It could be just the leftovers from dinner the nite before.
    I am subscribe to your newsletter and I am going to facebook now.
    Pininterst is new to me But I will go and look for you
    thank you

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  31. Paolina on June 11, 2012

    I love freezing all kinds of burgers – buffalo turkey burgers, swordfish burgers and chickpea/black bean burgers for a quick vegetarian meal! I LOVE the idea of freezing oatmeal and the smoothie packets are an AWESOME idea!! I can never have enough tupperware!

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  32. Paolina on June 11, 2012

    Subscribed to your blog!

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  33. Jennifer on June 11, 2012

    I always freeze slow cooked shredded pork and chicken taco meat. We use them for yummy street tacos or throw them on a corn tortilla with scrambled eggs and salsa for a quick breakfast.

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  34. leslie on June 11, 2012

    I subscribe to your emails

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  35. Janice on June 11, 2012

    I already subscribe. My favorite meals are meatballs like you said- flashfreeze first, then pack in bags to get out just the right amount I need (or my son does this when he gets hungry after school-LOL). I also do spinach balls and crabmeat balls- great around the holidays! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  36. Janice on June 11, 2012

    My son is a boy scout and they love to make “omlets in a bag”. When they go on a campout, they take eggs and place them and whatever else they want in their “omlet” and put in a bag, shake, and place in a pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes- presto a 1 pot meal. And no cleanup (I think that’s what they really like about it).

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  37. Christine on June 11, 2012

    My favorite freezer meal is chili.

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  38. Susan C. on June 11, 2012

    I subscribe to get your recipes.

    My latest favorite meal to freeze is Jennifer Hudson’s Veggie Lasagna…yum!
    5 points.
    I need to see how well spaghetti squash freezes. I made a delicious 1 point meal with that :-).

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  39. Jessica Y on June 12, 2012

    My favorite meal to freeze is a turkey bean chili and it is 7p+ per serving…yum!

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  40. Lucy Hollie on June 12, 2012

    I am a big fan of your recipes. I follow you on Face Book and I get your delicious recipes email them to me daily.

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  41. Amy on June 12, 2012

    favorite freezer meal: oatmeal!

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  42. Amy on June 12, 2012

    liked on Facebook

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  43. Amy on June 12, 2012

    already email subscriber

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  44. Amy on June 12, 2012

    now following on Pintrest!

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  45. LaDawn Holland on June 12, 2012

    fan on facebook!!!

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  46. LaDawn Holland on June 12, 2012

    following on Pinterest!!!

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  47. LaDawn Holland on June 12, 2012

    subscribed to your feed on my homepage at Yahoo!!!!!!

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  48. Amy on June 12, 2012

    now following on Twitter!

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  49. Kristin on June 12, 2012

    One of our favorite freezer “meals” isthe ham/cheese/egg breakfast burritos I make for my husband to take to work with him for breakfast. they are also a tasty snack!

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  50. Kristin on June 12, 2012

    I just subscribed via reader. My husband wants to start the WW program , so your blog looks perfect for us! Thanks!

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  51. Kristin on June 12, 2012

    I already follow you on FB, I heard about you from a friend of mine.

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  52. Kristin on June 12, 2012

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  53. Amanda on June 12, 2012

    I love this turkey chili with white beans from epicurious
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Turkey-Chili-with-White-Beans-3090
    it’s soooo good!

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  54. Amanda on June 12, 2012

    I follow your rss feed

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  55. Amanda on June 12, 2012

    And I follow your pinterest!

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  56. LisaT on June 12, 2012

    My favorite freezer meal is Gumbo With Italian sausage.

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  57. Cathy Kelleher on June 12, 2012

    Hi Kristen! I love your website, and have subsribed, liked and am floowing on FB & Twitter! My fave freezer meal is Skinny Chicken Enchiladas – 4 Points Plus per enchilada…..I make a batch, freeze them in pairs, and serve them up with a nice salad & veggies on the side! Makes a great, quick summertime dinner!

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  58. Kara on June 12, 2012

    I love a good lasagna!

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  59. Kara on June 12, 2012

    And I follow you via Google RSS.

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  60. Shelley Anderson on June 13, 2012

    My favorite freezer meal is my mother’s lasagna recipe. I always make a double or triple batch to freeze. It’s also a great freezer meal to share with friends who are sick, maternity leave, etc!

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  61. Shelley Anderson on June 13, 2012

    I’ve become a fan on Facebook :)

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  62. Julie H on June 15, 2012

    My favorite freezer meal is homemade pizza kits. I make whole wheat dough, crockpot marinara, and portion out some shredded mozzarella and then freeze in separate bags. We eat this usually once a week. Sorry, don’t have points.

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  63. Julie H on June 15, 2012

    I follow on Facebook.

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  64. Bobbi on June 15, 2012

    I love freezer lasagna. It is such a pain to make so it i just smart to make extra. I believe the points are 8 per serving. :)

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  65. Bobbi D Dougherty on June 15, 2012

    I am a FB friend. :)

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  66. Bobbi D Dougherty on June 15, 2012

    I subscribe in a RSS ([email protected])

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  67. Bobbi D Dougherty on June 15, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest. :) (dollwood Farms)

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  68. misty on June 15, 2012

    Not a meal but a condiment. I make huge amounts of a colombian salsa like dish every september and freeze enough for winter. It is just sliced tomatoes, scallions and red onions. Saute and cook on low for 20 minutes. I add a huge amount of adobo bitter orange seasoning (goya) and some stevia. I freeze in gallon bags. 0 points! It is awesome cold with chips or warm on eggs, pasta, veggies. Bitter orange sounds gross but it is. Not bitter at all.

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  69. Sta*Licious on June 15, 2012

    My fave frozen meal is smoothie mix blueberries grapes banana yum love it

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  70. Mary on June 15, 2012

    Spicy black bean burgers!! 4 pts

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  71. Mary on June 15, 2012

    I like you on facebook!

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  72. Mary on June 15, 2012

    I follow you on pintrest!

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  73. Carol on June 27, 2014

    Even though I am retired, I love to cook one time and freeze for later.

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