How thrilled I was to be selected to review MyFreezEasy for the Homeschool Review Crew! My family received MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership to use and review. I only have three words to say about this: love, love, love!
…hands down the best freezer meal resource I’ve run across. What is a freezer meal, you ask? A freezer meal is a recipe that you’ve made ahead of time, placed in ziplocs or foil pans, and popped in the freezer. Ideally, you prepare several at a time. Then throughout the week, when both meal creativity and energy might be at a low point, you have all the ingredients for a delicious and healthy meal ready to go. You can either cook it in the evening or put it in the crockpot in the morning. Either way, you have something healthy and delicious to feed your family, but all you have to do is provide heat of some sort!
Erin Chase at MyFreezEasy has created an incredible array of delicious, healthy freezer meal plans. Via subscription, you can access these meal plans, which come in all these different varieties for different taste buds and preferences. With the Basic Plan, you have these meal types available:
- Slow Cooker
- Clean Eats
- and the 20 Meals Plan, which has a variety of protein and meal categories
With the Premium Membership, subscribers have access to the first five plan types, plus the ability to customize their family dinners by adding or subtracting meals. Each month, subscribers get brand-new meals for that month, which also correspond nicely to the seasons the months fall in.
Erin’s meal plans contain the recipes themselves, shopping lists (by recipe, category, or store section), assembly instructions, and actual cooking instructions. Each of these enables home cooks to prepare amazing meals and save money, time and energy!
With the Premium Annual Membership, we had access to *every*single*recipe* on the MyFreezEasy website. (For the current month, that is; menus are rotated, so you’ll want to save each month’s to a file on your own computer so that you can access your faves again.) So to begin, I saved a number of menus for September to our PC: the Clean Eats Plan, the All Chicken Meals Plan and the All Ground Beef Meals Plan. I selected the following 5 meals to prepare for my first week, and printed copies of them so that I had ready access:
- Paleo Minestrone Soup
- Dutch Oven Italian Chicken and Potatoes
- Chicken Fajita Bake
- Peach & Balsamic Chicken Skillet
- Frito Pie filling
- I also threw in soft taco filling
On a Saturday afternoon (which is prime meal prep time for me), I laid out the 5 printed recipes around my kitchen. Next, I got out 5 large bowls or pans. I then got out 6 (remember, the extra taco filling) ziploc freezer bags, wrote the names of the recipes on them in Sharpie (Erin Chase also provides printable labels you can tape onto the bags), and opened them and placed them in the bowls. (This gives me a stable way to fill them and keep the ingredients from spilling out of the bags as I prepare.)
Next, I got out the canned goods and spices that would go in each bag. I chopped any fresh veggies I’d be using (onion, carrots, zucchini, etc.) and got out any frozen fruits and veggies necessary. I opened the cans so that they were ready to go, and pre-measured the spices into ramekins. I browned 3 pounds of ground beef and drained the fat (that was the only protein I had to pre-cook). Then—filling the bags!
Following the recipes’ assembly instructions, I dumped the veggies, the spices, and the proteins into the bags. (Often, I’d leave out any extra liquids to be added at cooking time for two reasons: first, that takes up less freezer space overall; and second, it’s important to add room-temperature liquid to frozen crockpot meals to prevent shock or breakage to the crockery liner.) Once I’d finished filling the bags, I sealed them, squeezed out any excess air, and put them in the freezer. Ta-da! A week’s worth of meals! (It did take me a little over an hour to prep all of these; but I really think that much of that is due to the fact that all these recipes were new to me.)
All I can say is—-delicious!! The process itself is so easy to do and really does save time and money. But all of that would mean nothing if the recipes themselves weren’t tasty.
But they were.
And not just tasty! Delectable. Filling. Full of fiber, protein, veggies. And most definitely tasting like they came out of a great home cook’s kitchen!
Our family’s favorites, so far, were varied. The Dutch Oven Italian Chicken and Potatoes. (What an imaginative use of baby potatoes!) And the Italian Sausage Skillet. (My son’s absolute fave so far; it’s one we’re already repeating.) The Peach & Balsamic Chicken Skillet (because what could be better than balsamic vinegar in a sauce?). Also, the Chicken Fajita Bake. Sadly, the minestrone and the Frito Pie filling had to be pitched before we could eat them, because I discovered that our favorite organic grocery store had sold us some bad ground beef. (Fortunately, I was the only one who ate it…so that’s something!)
But let me tell you what’s on this week’s menu. Slow Cooker Red Pepper Chicken. Italian Sausage Skillet (again). Chicken Fajita Bake (again). Best Meat Loaf Ever. Red and Green Chicken Enchilada Bake. I can’t wait!
After a full day of homeschool, piano, and/or coop classes, I am not as energetic as I was when I woke up at 6:00AM. (Understatement.) So coming up with dinner at 4 or 5PM? Not my best hours, for sure! So, to have a meal plan in which all I have to do is to select the meals, then print the recipes and add the ingredients to the grocery list (my awesome husband is our grocery shopper), then assemble the meals, so that all I have to do on a given day is put them in the crockpot or into the oven? (Or maybe into a skillet on the stovetop.) Most definitely a lifesaver! Here are my top reasons why I love MyFreezEasy….and why I think you will too!
- The meals are healthy! and delicious!
- They are incredibly easy to prepare beforehand
- They help keep our grocery bill low
- They make my family happy
- The variety is interesting and ever-changing
- MyFreezEasy makes meal planning and prep easy and non-stressful
- The meals can be customized for our own family’s needs
I really could go on and on. But I think you get the idea!
Visit MyFreezEasy. Check out Erin Chase’s awesome MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership. It is worth every penny…and then some! You can also read about other Crew members’ experiences with MyFreezEasy. And you can also learn more by stopping by MyFreezEasy‘s social media links!