One of my secrets to quick meals is having cooked meat in the freezer. This is by far the biggest time saver you can do for your meal prep.
Keep cooked meat in 1-2 cup quantities and you’re just a few minutes away from having your meal ready. Cooking meat is usually the longest part of making dinner. This way, you can thaw the cooked meat quickly in the microwave and then add it to soups, casseroles, tacos, enchiladas…
Don’t forget to label the freezer bag with the type of meat and the date.
You can cook ground beef (or ground chicken, pork, sausage etc) on the stove-top. Or use this trick to do it in the slow cooker.
If it’s nice out, fire up the grill and cook the chicken outside. Slice and freeze. The smokey flavor will bring summer to your winter meals.
If you’re not in the mood to cook it yourself, grab several rotisserie chickens. Pull the meat off the bones and freeze it. You can find meal possibilities here and 10 more meal ideas here. Costco even sells chicken that’s already pulled from the bone.
Or bake a chicken yourself. Use the slow cooker or do several at once in the oven.
Freezer Friendly Meatballs
Meatballs are so versatile for quick meals. I have this recipe that includes rice to stretch the ground beef and make it go further. Or try this more classic meatball recipe that still makes a bunch.
You can get a lot of meat off a turkey breast. It’s a great deal if you find a sale.
Pulled Pork is always good to have stashed away in the freezer for quick meals. Serve it as sandwiches. Add pineapple and cheese for a Hawaiian version. Serve it over rice, like haystacks. Lots of possibilities.
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