Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Freezer Meals

It's always nice to have a long weekend, but they're always so busy so it doesn't really feel like it's very long. Friday I worked on VBS things with Mom. Saturday morning was spent pulling weeds and cleaning the bathroom. Then we went to my little brother's for his birthday and finally we went to mass for Lucas' Grandfather. Sunday was the calmest day. We went to church and then relaxed a little and I made a freezer meal plan. Monday I made all the freezer meals and then we went to the in-law's for supper.

For the freezer meals I used meals from 2 different blogs that I found via Pinterest:

The total grocery bill for all of this and my weekly lunches/fruit was $155.72. That's insane! I was able to make 11 freezer meals. We will be able to make 20 meals out of it. When choosing recipes I used the Weight Watchers recipe builder to figure out the points and wrote this information as well as cooking information on each package. 

Here's the specific recipes that I used from the blogs I listed above.

Spicy Taco Chicken - Makes 12 Tacos - 4 WW points per taco
   1 c. Salsa
   2 T. Taco sauce
   1 Packet taco seasoning
   1 c. reduced fat shredded cheese
   1 can pinto beans, ground smooth
   4 chicken breasts
  1 /2 c. sour cream
   Taco Shells

   Mix spices, cheese, salsa, taco sauce and beans in a bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken. Serve in shells with sour cream.

Alfredo Chicken - Makes 4 Servings - 13 WW points per serving (includes pasta)
   1 jar reduced fat alfredo sauce
   1 T. garlic
   1 c. green beans
   1/2 onion, chopped
   4 chicken breasts
   Whole grain pasta

   Combine sauce, garlic, green beans and onion in bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Serve over one serving of pasta.

Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops - Makes 4 servings - 4 WW points per serving
   1 c. applesauce
   3 T. cinnamon
   4 pork chops

   Mix applesauce and cinnamon in bag. Add pork chops. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Applesauce Barbecue Chicken - Makes 4 servings - 7 WW points per serving
   4 chicken breasts
   1/2 tsp. ground pepper
   2/3 c. chunky applesauce
   2/3 c. barbecue sauce
   2 T. brown sugar
   1 tsp. chili powder

   Combine all ingredients in bag. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Ziti - 8 Servings (4 per pan) - 13 WW points per serving
   1 lb. whole grain ziti
   1 onion
   1 lb. lean ground beef
   2 jars reduced fat spaghetti sauce
   8 slices reduced fat provolone
   6 oz. reduced fat mozzarella shredded
   2 T. Parmesan
   1 1/2 c. sour cream

   Boil pasta, brown beef and onion. Add sauce to meat and simmer. Spray 2 8x8 pans with cooking spray. Layer in each pan: 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce, 4 slices cheese, 1/2 of sour cream, 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce and top with cheese. When ready to cook, thaw for 24 hours. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

Manicotti - Makes 8 servings (2 per pan - 4 pans) - 13 WW points per serving
   2 eggs lightly beaten
   3 c. shredded reduced fat mozzarella
   1 c. shredded reduced fat Parmesan
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1/2 tsp. pepper
   16 oz. manicotti shells, uncooked
   12 c. marinara

   Mix cheese, eggs, salt and pepper. Stuff shells with mixture. Spread 1/2 c. marinara in each 8x8 dish. Place 6-7 shells in each an cover with sauce. When ready to cook, bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

Post any links you have to other sites with freezer meals or any you've created on your own!

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