I was fortunate enough to have MLK Jr. Day off from work last Monday, and since I had basically been a hermit the entire weekend (which was so nice by the way), Avery and I ventured out to my sister-in-law’s house for a day of freezer cooking!
The first time that Christina and I did this together we did a bunch of crock pot dinners….they were..okay. Nothing completely terrible, but nothing that wowed us either. I might make a couple of them again, but that’s still up for debate. So this time around instead of crock pot meals we decided to go the casserole route. No highly technical research was done in the process of selecting said casserole recipes; I just typed “Freezer Casseroles” into Pinterest and picked a few that sounded yummy!
If I had thought more about it at the time, I would have taken more pictures during the shopping and cooking part, but I didn’t. So I’m just going to share the finished meals and recipes with you and tell you a little about how it went.
Before we went to the grocery store I made a nice long list. Because duh. But, instead of writing down the ingredients by recipe, I went through all the recipes and calculated how much of each item we would need in total…here’s what it looked like. I put the items into categories: Dairy, Meat, Veggies, etc.
….Obviously it was front and back.
We were lucky enough to be able to get all of the ingredients on our list from Aldi, except for the disposable foil pans that were used to freeze the meals in. Those we picked up from Wal-Mart.
The prepping/cooking process itself was pretty easy and painless; we just went through and made it casserole, multi-tasking as the recipes allowed. I’ll link each recipe below and show you a picture of the finished product!
For this recipe, we cooked the chicken and the noodles, and then mixed those with the rest of the ingredients and the sauces. Put it in the pan, topped with cheese, and then covered it with foil. Done!
Similar to the first one, we cooked the rice and the ground beef first. Then combined it with the rest of the ingredients and topped with cheese. Add some foil to the top and this one is ready for the freezer too. The great thing about this recipe was that it made two 9×13 pans! Score!
Out of all of the recipes we made this one took probably the most time; only because the meatballs have to be made before you can assemble the casserole. So we made and cooked the meatballs, then combined those with some cooked noodles and pasta sauce. Topped with cheese…see a pattern forming here.. and cover with foil.
The only ingredient that needs to be cooked for this casserole was the potatoes. That is unless you’re making this to eat and not freeze. We chopped and boiled the potatoes, and then added those to the cream cheese, butter, and onion mixture. Then tossed in the cubed ham and broccoli. We just used a bag of frozen steamable broccoli and added it in frozen. Like I said though, we were putting this straight into the freezer. If you’re making this to eat that night, you might want to steam the broccoli before adding it in. Don’t forget to top this baby with some bacon…and cheese of course!
Ok so I kind of feel like I’m repeating myself, but for this one we cooked the chicken and the noodles and the mixed them with the cream soups, onion, and mixed veggies. We topped this one with a little bit of breadcrumbs and then some shredded cheese.
And there you have it! Five casseroles (technically 6 because there are two of the taco) that are done and ready to be frozen and pulled out on a busy night when you don’t have time…or a lazy night when you don’t feel like doing anything. It’s whatever.
In total, I think this took us about 5 hours, but that’s including the grocery shopping, travel time, unpacking all the stuff, and then cooking and assembling it all. And there might have been some chatting mixed in there too!
This was super fun and I felt totally productive and prepared for life when we were finished! I love the feeling of filling up my freezer! Now keep in mind, I haven’t tried any of these yet, so I can’t confirm their deliciousness…but they are casseroles..and they all have cheese…so I’m not anticipating any of them turning out disgusting! 🙂
I linked all the recipe if you’re interested in trying them out yourself! Or if you’ve got great freezer recipes, feel free to share them with me so I can use them on our next freezer cooking day!