freezer cooking

Grain-Free Orange Teriyaki Meatballs {Instant Pot Recipe}

Grain-Free Orange Teriyaki Meatballs {Instant Pot Recipe}

I love having meatballs stashed away in the freezer - it's so easy to throw together a quick weeknight meal when I have some on hand. Once a month or so I try to prep a 6-pound pack of ground beef into meatloaf and meatballs so I can save time during the week. That hour on Sunday afternoon is well worth the effort when I am crunched for time and still want to get a meal on the table quickly.

This simple recipe for orange teriyaki meatballs (using grain-free meatballs so it's perfect for your wheat free, grain free, gluten-free, or paleo diet) comes together so quickly - especially if you have an Instant Pot!



Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe: Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe: Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Meatloaf is a simple choice for freezer cooking. I buy a large package of ground beef from our local wholesale club and make one huge batch of meatloaf mix (which is also great for meatballs, by the way).

Once it's all mixed up, I divide it into family-sized portions, package, and freeze.

I thaw the mix the day before I want to cook it, then all I need to do is form it into a loaf, add a savory topping, and bake it in the oven (or in my Instant Pot).

So, instead of the mess of having to make meatloaf four times, I only had to do the messy work once and still end up with four meals. One mess but four easy make ahead freezer meals - love that!



4 Freezer Cooking Tips for Busy Families

4 Freezer Cooking Tips for Busy Families

Family life is busy! Between activities, working, homeschooling, and keeping up with housework, it's easy to slip into a fast-food rut to avoid cooking and meal planning. But shopping, meal planning, and cooking doesn't have to be a huge task. Freezer cooking can be a great way to prepare for busy times and with these freezer cooking tips for busy families, your freezer will be stocked in a flash!



Freezer Cooking: {almost} One-Pan Ground Pork Plan

Freezer Cooking: {almost} One-Pan Ground Pork Plan

Freezer cooking doesn't need to take all day or use up a wallet full of cash. The easiest way to begin freezer cooking is with 'batch cooking with club packs'.  Basically, when large packages of meat are on sale at your local grocery store or Costco, buy a package and cook it or prep it for quick meals. It won't take you a whole weekend, just an hour or two in an afternoon, and you'll have a bag full of breakfast sausage and 3 meals of sweet-and-sour meatballs in the freezer (or some other fabulous meal!).



Filling the Freezer: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Filling the Freezer: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

There's just something that happens around the beginning of September. I get a strong urge to fill my freezer with comfort food and warm casseroles. Freezer cooking is a staple at our house. Between homeschooling, work, and other responsibilities, I like to save time where I can. So a freezer full of prepped ingredients or ready-to-prepare meals is an important part of  our meal planning routine.