Winter Convenience: Healthy Freezer Meals

Need a hearty winter meal?

I love frozen dinners. They’ve come a long way since I was a kid, and they’re a really easy, fast way to eat consistent portion sizes and diet-friendly food.  That is, if I make them at home with ingredients I can control.  I am not saying that store bought frozen meals can’t be healthy… but many of the “healthy” ones have tons of added ingredients that I can’t pronounce!  The healthiest ones, like the ones I can find at Whole Foods, are expensive!  For the cost of two-three individual single meals I can make my own large pot that will feed my family dinner and I will have several servings of leftovers!

I’ve mentioned here, here and here that since I’ve begun my MOMables™ challenge I’ve lost weight, I feel good about what I feed my family, and I’ve become more educated on what it’s in my food.  So, how can I eat healthy foods without going overboard and eating too much, or spending too much money when Christmas is right around the corner?

I’ve discovered the answer: make my own. I can make a big batch of a healthy meal and freeze or refrigerate portions that are quick to heat up when I need them. It’s so much cheaper, and I know exactly what ingredients are  going into them.

Some of my favorites are chicken chili, MOMables™ chicken and rice soup (from the subscription meal plan), homemade macaroni and cheese, or cheese ravioli with a broccoli alfredo sauce (one of my favorite store-bought freezer meals, made at home).

 

When I’ve made a batch of these meals and divided them up, I can grab them when I’m ready to eat (before I get so hungry that I feel like I need to snack on everything in the house), take them in the car (so I don’t need to stop for fast food), and spend the money I’ve saved on the kids’ Christmas gifts or shoes for myself.

Do you do make-ahead freezer meals? If so, do you have a favorite recipe?

 

 

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About MOMables

Laura Fuentes is the CEO & Chief MOM at MOMables™. A wife, mother of 3 and a lunch enthusiast who insists on healthy, wholesome food for her family. 
She’s on a mission to help busy parents overcome the difficulties of packing fresh school lunches. On her personal blog, SuperGlueMom.com, she writes about motherhood, deadlines, healthier living, and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair. She’s also a food contributor and published weekly in numerous sites.