freezer friendly meals

June 7, 2012

Every year I go through the same cycle of making sure I have food prepared and ready to go for the week. It starts in August with me being bound and determined to have some meals ready in the fridge or freezer so I don’t have to cook when I get home from work. I spend a few months using some times on Sunday afternoons to prepare different dishes (including cookies for my husband — always) and am proud of myself for actually accomplishing something. Then as the year wears on, I spend less and less time in the kitchen, slowly relying on take out or simple meals that don’t take a lot of time or preparation. By the time the year ends, my husband is eating scrambled eggs or whatever else I can throw together in a skillet within fifteen minutes. Some days, it’s just not pretty. Seriously.

This year is the same thing — right about now I’m banking on the fact that the grill is my saving grace and I can grill just about anything. But what about when it rains? Uhh… problem right there.

As part of the Tastemaker program, I was given the opportunity from Foodbuzz to try out some new Glad FreezerWare recently. I was especially excited about this opportunity because I do a lot of freezing of meals, especially since I do a lot of cooking for the blog (well not recently, but you get it). One thing I hate about freezing food is using plastic bags or other plastic containers. Not only do the plastic containers crack, but the food is always freezer burnt. That’s the absolute worst.

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I received a variety of sizes of the FreezerWare — small containers and large containers. I spent some time a few days ago cooking up a storm and freezing some meals so it would be easy to pull out and defrost and heat up when I am short on time.

I made a double batch of my marinara sauce, baked beans, and lentil jambalaya (recipe to come!).

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I already defrosted and ate the lentil jambalaya for dinner/lunch the other day and it was so convenient. I knew I would be gone all day doing curriculum work and running errands, so before I left I put the container that had the jambalaya in the fridge. When I got home, all I had to do was heat up the defrosted food and serve it! You can definitely just pull it from the freezer and microwave it right away, but I figured it would take less time to heat up if I had defrosted it beforehand.

And just because I love you all, I’m going to give two readers the opportunity to win some FreezerWare! Two readers will win 1 package of small containers as well as 1 package of large containers.

This is going to be a fast giveaway — to enter leave a comment on this post with your favorite freezer friendly meal. A winner will be chosen tonight and the winners will be announced tomorrow morning.

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