The Plan ~ Getting Ready for Freezer Cooking, Week Four – Meatless Meals

I love meat.  My body doesn’t function well when I go too long (you know, like an entire day and a half) without eating animal protein.  Beyond that, sometimes, fish or chicken just isn’t enough.  There are days my body needs beef and ain’t nothin’ else gonna cut it.  I think this has something to do with my tendency to become anemic and the iron red meat provides.  I truly do not feel well when I’m not eating enough beef, and on the contrary, I feel very, very well and much more energetic when I am eating plenty of cow.

Therefore, when some of you suggested that we do a freezer challenge that consisted entirely of meatless meals, I was like, “What? Why would we do that? Don’t you know that meatless meals don’t have any meat in them?”

Then, I (had a hamburger) and realized that these lovely ladies who made the meatless suggestion were actually brilliant.  Meatless meals are a huge money saver, and good gravy – it’s not like I need meat at every meal.  I just need it at least once every day.  Meatless meals rock.  Let’s make some for the freezer, shall we?

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We’ve taken a couple weeks off from freezer cooking challenges, and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to hit it again.  We’ve slowly been working our way through the {beef, chicken, and breakfast} meals I put into the freezer during the March/April challenges.  The meatless freezer meal ideas I came up with are going to go together quickly and make for some super easy lunches on busy days during the next few weeks.

Here’s what is so great about the freezer cooking I plan to do:  I’ll be making a double batch of each recipe.  That way, I can serve one portion of it to my family the very day I make it.  Then, I’ll freeze the other portion to pull out another day.  Work once, eat twice – it’s my favorite way to get ahead!

Join me!!!  I want you to see how easy it is to get ahead in your real food kitchen.  You’ll save money, effort, energy, time, and brain power.

Here’s what I’m planning to make, one at a time, during the next few days:

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The Grocery List

  • 32 ounces whole grain spaghetti noodles
  • 5 cups whole grain pasta – any shape
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (16 ounces) parmesan cheese
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 6 cups cooked black or pinto beans (or a combination of both)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) salsa
  • 16-20 whole wheat tortillas (we like homemade tortillas)
  • 10 cups whole wheat flour
  • 9 teaspoons yeast
  • 3-4 cups pizza sauce (depending on how saucy you want your calzones)
  • veggies, olives, and other fillings for calzones
  • sea salt and pepper

I’ve created a downloadable and printable grocery list for you here:  Freezer Cooking Grocery List Four

 Who’s going to join me?

To help you out if you’re interested in some of the above recipes, the Let’s Do This! eCourse and {Healthy} Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook are discounted to just $5 for the whole package.  The recipes included in that package are some that we use all the time at our house to get ahead!

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m in! (although there will likely end up being a few pounds of chicken and beef used in my versions…since my family doesn’t support meatless efforts other than broccoli soup…)

    The calzones and burritos will be GREAT fast lunches and weekend grab-and-go snacks as well! With summer coming on, I need to test out a few recipes that will help me be ready for those growing boy appetites!

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  2. says

    I am excited to do this! My husband has to leave for a few weeks for the army here soon so I am excited to have freezer meals. Going to the store today so I can get what I need!

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  3. Julie says

    We try to have a meatless dinner at least once a week. It helps stretch the budget. I’m in!

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  4. Lana says

    When you start craving beef and feeling rundown try taking yellow dock tincture. This stuff is like a miracle for me and gets me going much quicker than tanking up on beef.

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  5. Tammy says

    So excited!! We do a meatless meal every week and it helps us afford our grass fed meat we love the other days. It has made such a difference in our food budget and hubby’s cholesterol. Thank you!

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  6. Stacy M says

    Lol, Laura. I’m with you on your first thought. If it doesn’t have meat, it’s really not even worth getting out the fork, right? I’m a meat and potatoes girl. I know that is very unhealthy. Try as I might, I CAN”T like veggies. It’s a wonder I don’t weigh 900 pounds!

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