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If you are anything like me, you are very busy yet still have to eat. As a frugal person who spends way to much money on growing her empire and her Starbucks habit saving money in other areas is super important. An added goal is eating healthy, since those college 15 are still alive and well.
After a dear friend reinforced the need for healthy living meals, which are totally the best, that got me thinking about creating my own freezer meals. These are meals I could eat for lunch or dinner. Since my husband was going to be gone for 10 months I invested in reusable glass cups. Perfect for while he was away and great for lunches when he was home.
These are the cups I bought:
I loved them because they had tops. After the entree was cooked I put the tops on saving the need for foil or anything else. I bought mine from both Target and Amazon.
I filled them up with the enough to fill them without over flowing. The shepherd’s pie didn’t need to be cooked again but the quiche did. Once they were cooked and cooled. I put the top on.
If they were still hot I was careful not to put a hot dish on top of the plastic tops in the freezer. Once they were cold I stacked them on top of each other in the freezer.
When I was ready to eat them I would take the lid off stick them in the cold oven and heat it to 300 degrees. (Note: I put them in cold so it didn’t “shock” the frozen dinners. Although it has worked both ways, letting it preheat with the meal in it has been my preference.). It would take 20-30 minutes or so. When he was deployed I would come home, turn the oven on, stick the meal in the oven and then take a shower and change. When I was ready so was dinner! Perfect combination!
I am always looking for more recipe suggestions. What other recipes do would you recommend to try out for this freezer method?
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These would be great for creating a healthy and quick breakfast for me even when the kids are having poptarts!
Elizabeth Bennett Colegrove says
I totally agree!
Jeez, don’t let them eat pop tarts.
Penny Price says
I also like re-using mason jars to make single-serve salads for the week…still fresh and tasty; only one round of prep.
Sandy Keys says
Would mason jars work for freezing meals??