Bandwagon, here I come! Yes, I have succumbed to the ever-increasingly popular freezer meals. My mom flew across the country to do it with my sister, and when she returned, she made me do them, too. Well, that's what I thought at the beginning. By the time we finished, I was enjoying myself way more than I had imagined possible in the kitchen. Let's just get this picture out of the way first, shall we? :-)
Shopping was fun, except the Aldi we went to was arranged completely different than I'm used to...When we got to my mom's house, we got busy arranging the ingredients. I am aware that this is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as most other freezer-meal-makers.
We bought too many diced tomatoes and not enough tomato sauce, so we blended some cans and fixed that problem. I have a can drainer, but we had to use my mom's tuna fish drainer. :-) It was a little small, but a whole lot better than using a colander and bean by bean replacing them back into the can.
Zucchini, carrots, and potatoes. Plus onions for my mom because I'm allergic.
We made about 20 meals. It took about 4 hours, but we didn't both work together during that entire time. I'd say if we hadn't gotten distracted as many times as we did, we could have finished in 3 hours. Also, if we do this again, it should take shorter because then I'll at least have some clue as to what I'm doing. These are the ones I brought home. I have more in my mom's deep freezer that I'll get later.
I made this one tonight except without the onion and pepper:
I didn't brown the hamburger first, but I did have it in a separate freezer bag. I also cooked it on high for 4 hours. I think it turned out delicious!
We ate it on tortillas with cheese. It was SO good!
Lots of leftovers, but that's okay. I can't wait to try the other meals we made. I told my husband that we have to have a smoothie-making party in the summer.
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In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.