Eat at Home Habit #3 – Stock Your Freezer

We’re in the midst of a series on 7 Habits of Eating at Home. The first week we talked about working your meal plan around your calendar instead of the other way around. And last week we shared some quick and simple grocery shopping tips.

Today is all about how to stock your freezer, with links to our recent series and all kinds of recipes and ideas to simplify life. And when the dinner hour is simplified so that there’s less stress involved in getting dinner ready, then family time can really be enjoyed around the table!

Habit #3 – Stock Your Freezer

We talk a lot about stocking the freezer here on the blog because it’s such a great way to ensure you’ve got dinner covered, even if your day doesn’t go as planned.  It really puts my mind at ease to know I have options, and I can’t tell you how many times having a freezer meal or protein I can grab and go.

If you are brand new to the idea of freezer cooking, don’t let that stop you! It’s a great way to maximize your time and effort and it is so rewarding–and simple, too! This post covers all the basics and will get you started on the right track.  Last month we talked about

Last month we talked about cooking meats for your freezer using the Instant Pot. If you have a pressure cooker, using it to cook up batches of meat to freeze is a GREAT way to get a head start on dinnertime.  You can also prep and bulk cook meats in your slow cooker!

Here’s one of my favorite things, though. Every month as part of the Slow Cooker plan, Eat at Home Meal Plan members get recipes for 6 meals that can be assembled in an hour, then frozen to use in the slow cooker later. I absolutely love having these recipes and a plan made out for me. My freezer is almost always stocked with something now, and I love having options! The freezer meals have saved dinner more times than I can count.

If you are curious about what the freezer plans are like, I cooked through the May Slow Cooker Freezer plan on Facebook Live.  You can watch the video here and see what I made and what a freezer cooking day looks like.

This post about making 7 Slow Cooker meals in 1 hour  and this older one of 6 slow cooker recipes in an hour are always favorite resource of mine and of many of you on the blog. These recipes are delicious, and some of our family favorites so it’s no wonder these posts are so popular!

Ready to get started on your own freezer cooking adventure? Enjoy it and the peace of mind it brings when it comes to making dinner time easy!

Here are some other posts on freezer cooking that you may find helpful.


Free Weekly Menu + Grocery List – Year 3 Week 47

The menu this week could be a great opportunity to stock the freezer.  Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells make enough to freeze a pan and have a pan to eat.

Both the Reuben Calzone and Mel’s Diner Chili will freeze well.  You’ll need to double the ingredients for these, if you want to have enough to eat once and still freeze some for later.

And, of course the Cheddar Chive Biscuits are great to put away in the freezer.

Here’s the full menu for this week:

Reuben Calzone, Quick Cole Slaw

Skillet Chicken, Peppers and Tomatoes, salad

Mel’s Diner Chili, Cheddar Chive Freezer Biscuits

Salmon Patties, Mac & Cheese, favorite green veggie

Crockpot Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken over rice

Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells, salad

Hot Fudge and Caramel Chocolate Poke Cake

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week 47



4 Freezer Marinades for Lazy People

If you’re a lazy cook like me, you are going to love this idea!

I grill a lot of chicken.  Usually, I just throw the boneless breasts or tenders on the grill frozen.  Sometimes, I go all out and sprinkle them with salt and pepper or homemade seasoned salt.  That works fine.  But I really prefer the taste of marinated chicken.

However, I’m too lazy and usually in too much of a hurry to remember to thaw the chicken and get it in the marinade with time for it to sit before cooking.

But I’ve got a true short cut for you!  It turns out, you can put the marinade over frozen chicken.  Pop it back in the freezer and then when you’re ready pop it on the grill.  Super simple and it tastes great and makes the chicken tender too.

This idea came to me when GLAD sent me some of their new Freezerware containers.

I used the large size.  They are big enough for 1/2 a bag of chicken tenders to fit with room to spare for shaking to coat the meat with marinade.  [Read more…]


Freezer Cooking – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Storing Food in the Freezer

Have you ever wanted to try Freezer Cooking but not been sure exactly how to do it? Alison, an Eat at Home reader, sent me an email asking a few questions about how to store food in the freezer.  She’s hoping to stock up her freezer to help get ready for a new baby.  I thought I would answer her questions here in a post since others may have the same questions. Freezer cooking really is a smart way to make sure that no matter what goes on, you always have a plan b. This is my easy guide to how I stock up my freezer and save myself a lot of stress when life gets crazy.


Freezer Cooking Supplies

There are a few items you will want to have on hand to store foods in the freezer. Before you start any big freezer cooking day, make sure you have stocked up on all of these so you don’t have to worry about it when you’re in the cooking zone! 

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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Year 2, Week 6

I think you’re going to like this menu.  First of all, soup is back!  I love soup and I’m glad the weather is finally cooling off so I can fix it again frequently.

The menu this week includes some quick meals, some slow cooker meals and two meals that make enough to stock the freezer.

Because you’ll be stocking up the freezer with extra dinners, there is more meat to buy than usual.  It will be worth it though to have Hamburger Vegetable Soup and Tamale Pork Sandwiches ready to go on a busy day.

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what is on the menu for this week:

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This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at  You’ll find lots of menu inspiration there.