just a little bit of prep work

Yep, I'm pregnant! In case I forget, I have the bump to prove it! *
Yep, I’m pregnant! In case I forget, I have the bump to prove it! *

With only five weeks away (give or take) until little man #2 makes his debut into our lives, there are a few prep tasks I wanted to accomplish.

One of them, with the help of Pinterest, was to prepare freezer meals. Pinterest made it super easy for me to pin, scan, and decide which recipes I would prep and freeze for the weeks’ dinners to come.

Let me just say – I did do one big grocery shopping trip, and I did shop in my pantry first (meaning, I chose these recipes because they sounded good (a few of them I have made before) and I had some or all of the ingredients already on hand).

After my grocery shopping trip, I left the non-perishables out on the counter along with the freezer bags and permanent marker. Here’s why…

I labeled the freezer bags just like all of the different blog’s instructions say to do.

I did NOT spend a whole day – or an entire evening prepping all of these meals at once. Instead, when I had ten minutes here, or fifteen minutes there, I would prep one of the meals. This was just a whole lot easier for me to think through and do.

So, here’s the list of the meals – and their links – that I have prepped and put into the freezer.

Southern Living’s Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Onions

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This recipe was literally a dump-it-all-in recipe. I purchased baby carrots to take the prep work out of that, so the only prep work I had to do was chop the onion. It took maybe 10 minutes to put together and stick into the freezer.

Six Sisters’ Stuff Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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Again, with this meal prep, I literally dumped it all in and stuck the meal-bag in the freezer. I did write on the bag six sisters’ sides suggestions, which I think are salad and rolls.

A Small Snippet’s Crockpot Veggie Soup

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With this meal, I actually made a huge batch of this soup and then froze the rest, which left us with about 3 good serving sizes. I may make cornbread to go along with it… or maybe not. Truthfully, too, I didn’t follow her recipe exactly; I just used what I had on hand, which you can do, too, if you’d like.

The Larson Lingo’s Easiest Dinner Ever

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This meal I have made before – a few times – and it is super easy and super delicious. This recipe also is just a dump it in and go kind of meal. The only reason I froze it all together instead of just keeping the separate ingredients on hand was for me to know that there was one more meal in the freezer ready to go without any prep work for that day.

** All of the meals need to be thawed 24 hrs / the night before. Then, add it to your crock pot and enjoy! The soup can even be just heated on the stovetop.

For a blog post on other really yummy, simple recipes, click here.

To see what other little projects I’ve accomplished, visit my Done! board and my Tasted and Tried board on my Pinterest page.

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