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20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals For Busy Days

Happy New Year! If this is the year you plan to incorporate more healthy food into your diets, this post is for you! My freezer is empty and I need more healthy make-ahead freezer meals. Here are 20 recipes I either have tried, or am excited to try!

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

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Having prepared meals in my freezer saves me more often than I can tell you. When I don’t have meals in the freezer, take-out pizza and other unhealthy options rule. Take a few extra minutes when preparing a meal and double the recipe. Put one in the freezer, and voila! Another meal for a busy day with minimal effort = drive through avoided!

Unfortunately, even thought I KNOW that freezer meals save me big, I’ve gotten off the bandwagon in the last year and have been pretty lazy in the kitchen. This January, I’m taking it back. Staring this week, I will double at least ONE recipe and put at least ONE meal a week into my freezer. Here are the recipes I’m considering this first week in January.

20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

Life is always busy. Having easy freezer meals at my disposal makes life so much better! If you're looking for delicious and healthier meals to add to your freezer stash, here's a collection of our favorite!


What are you waiting for? Check out these recipes and start cooking for your freezer! If you want more freezer friendly recipes, I’ve got a whole category of tried and true freezer friendly recipes!
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printable labels for freezer meals

How about printable labels for your lovely freezer meals? Download them free here. Print them on 4″ x 5″ labels like these and them sick them on your containers! Easy-peasy. Get your healthy eating back on track with this collection of 5 make ahead healthy freezer meals! Make one for dinner and another to freeze. A quick and easy way to fill your freezer.

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals
Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

¬†Have you thought about making French Onion Soup from scratch but have been scared away by chopping and cooking all those onions? What if I told you that you don’t actually have to do any of that to get a fabulous soup? YUP! I have the solution and a giveaway to make it happen. You’re welcome. ūüôā

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

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French Onion Soup from Scratch

A while back, I recieved a Bellini Kitchen Master to try out. Honestly, it’s been sitting in my kitchen for weeks collecting dust because #1, I was intimidated by it, and #2, I didn’t think I would like it, and #3, I’ve just been dang busy, you guys. Busy travel schedule, fourth quarter blogging craziness, and kid activities on steroids – it’s just been a bit much. I admit it.

But I knew I had to try that thing out because the company wants me to give one to a lucky reader!, and honestly, all of the excuses I just listed mean I REALLY need to use the Bellini that much more. Because it is seriously easy and does a great job as a kitchen helper, especially for the lazy cook like me. After perusing through the cookbooks that came with the machine, I finally decided to make French Onion Soup.

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

French Onion Soup is something my husband has been begging me to make for quite some time, but I never made it for him before. Honestly, the thought of chopping and cooking all of those onions just makes me cringe. But the Bellini promised minimal effort on my part, so it’s the recipe I chose. And boy was it easy! And Delicious!!!

To make this soup:

bellini makes french onion soup from scratch super easy by chopping the onions for you.

Peel and quarter onions and throw them with some butter into the Bellini. Chop them in the Bellini.¬†(it takes 25 seconds). No crying. No running mascara. No hurting hands. Onion chopping bliss. ūüėÄ

Cook the French Onion Soup from scratchin the Bellini by Cedar Lane

Cook the chopped onion and the butter for an hour (not once do you have to stir them because the machine does it for you), add the liquids and herbs and cook again for 45 minutes.

Top French Onion Soup with bread and cheese and melt in the oven.

Top with bread and cheese and melt in the oven. DONE! Restaurant quality French Onion Soup from scratch for seriously ridiculous lack of effort. WIN!

Now if you don’t have a Bellini, you can still make this recipe. Just chop those onions by hand, throw them in a pot and stir and stir and stir. Add the liquids, and stir and stir some more. Then top with bread and cheese, melt, and enjoy. Not a big deal to make this recipe even by hand, honestly. But the Bellini makes this recipe oh so easy.

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

By the way, you can cook this soup ahead of time and store it in your fridge for three days. You can also freeze it for up to six months. It’s my new favorite lunch recipe.

How about a printable recipe?

Yield: 4 servings

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

A rich, homemade, and EFFORTLESS French Onion Soup!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), quarted
  • 1 teaspoon REAL Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups homemade beef broth or good quality store-bought beef broth

For the bread

  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • garlic clove
  • 1 cup (or more) shredded Gruyere Cheese

Instructions

  1. Add butter and quartered onions to the Bellini and chop on speed 1 for 15 seconds. Make sure the lid is secured on your machine or it won't turn on.
  2. Turn the heat on to 100 C and cook for one hour on speed 1. Remove the measuring cap from the lid.
  3. Next add the wine, beef broth, spices, and flour, and cook 45 more minutes at 100 C on speed 1.
  4. While it's cooking, slice up a nice French bread, two pieces per bowl. Place in 400 degree oven and cook for 1 minute per side, until the bread is dry but not brown. Rub a garlic clove over one side of the bread and set aside.
  5. Once the Bellini has finished cooking, ladle soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Top the soup with bread and shredded Gruyere cheese.
  7. Transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes.
  8. If you don't have oven safe bowls, you can put the bread on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven, then top the soup with the bread.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142 Total Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 12g

Curious about the Bellini by Cedarlane?

This incredible machine mixes, blends, weighs, steams, stirs, whips, emulsifies, grinds, heats, cooks, chops AND kneads your freshest ingredients.It can even brew fresh coffee – although I haven’t tried that.

Following is a short video you can watch if you’d like to see it in action.

The Bellini Kitchen Master retails for between $500-$600 at Best Buy, Kohls, Walmart, and more, but you can buy one for $379.05 on Amazon right now! I’m also giving one away…

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French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

This recipe for muffin mixes for the freezer makes homebaked muffins that much faster! Spent 15 extra minutes making several mixes, and you can easily fill your freezer and feed your family at the same time!

These easy muffin mixes for the freezer mean quick homemade baked goods on busy mornings. Make extra mixes the same day you serve this to fill your freezer!

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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

Quick, nutritious breakfasts make my life a lot easier. But sometimes I get in a rut so I’m always on the look-out for quick breakfast ideas. Not too long ago, I got the the idea for muffin baking mixes from Life As Mom’s blog. She’s got a lot of fabulous ideas. But, her Mix-and-Match Muffin recipe never really worked for me because it calls for yogurt. Yogurt in my house lasts all of about 4.5 seconds and I never had it when I needed it.

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But I really like idea of muffin mixes in my freezer as I’ve done the same thing with scones for a while and wanted something different!¬†So, I searched for an alternative in my handy handy Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Limited Edition: Prizewinning Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens Plaid). Their basic muffin recipe is easy and delicious and works well for the freezer and I love to make a batch of muffins for breakfast on the weekend and also make a bunch of muffin mixes at the same time. It only takes 15-20 extra minutes and makes quick muffins easier on subsequent days.

My time saving spin:

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Take out at least 5 large bowls and mix all of the dry ingredients into 5 separate bowls so you make 5 different mixes.¬† I set this up assembly-line style, adding the flour to all the bowls, then the sugar, then the baking powder and so on. As long as you can keep track of what you’ve put in each bowl, it works like a charm.

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Mix everything up, put the dry ingredients in freezer bags, and label like so. Then freeze for warm muffins on busy days.

To Make the Muffins

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In the morning, simply pull out a bagged mix, combine¬†the wet ingredients, add your mix-ins, and bake. Super quick, delicious muffins in a snap! I suggest the first time you make these to make the blueberry muffins so you can get a feel for the desired batter consistency.¬†Our family favorite is Banana Chocolate Chip. I use organic pumpkin seed oil from Ellyndale Organics (I first tried this when I visited NOW Foods earlier in the summer and it’s amazing!)

I also really love my angled measuring cups for measuring out liquids. I got mine from Pampered Chef, but you can order a similar set from OXO on Amazon. I like to use a big size and measure all of my wet ingredients and mix right inside it! Saves on clean up by messing up fewer dishes.

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These easy muffin mixes for the freezer mean quick homemade baked goods on busy mornings. Make extra mixes the same day you serve this to fill your freezer! Plus, get 15 ideas for different types of muffins you can make using this mix.

 

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour (I use freshly milled hard white wheat)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I use raw sugar)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • For blueberry muffins: add 3/4 cup blueberries.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients.
  3. Mix wet ingredients.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into flour mix and stir just until moistened.
  5. Add 3/4 cup mix-ins.
  6. Bake at 400F for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1034 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 1803mg Carbohydrates: 216g Sugar: 21g Protein: 37g

Here are my 15 different types of mix-in ideas for unlimited muffin fun!

  • Rhubarb (increase sugar to 2/3¬†cup)
  • Blueberry
  • Apple Walnut
  • Banana Nut (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup banana and 1/4 cup chopped nuts)
  • Banana Chocolate Chip¬†(reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup banana and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips)
  • Apple Carrot
  • Apple Cranberry
  • Apple Pear
  • Pumpkin¬†(reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup zucchini)
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip¬†(reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup pumpkin¬†and 1/4 cup chopped nuts)
  • Zucchini
  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip
  • Cranberry (add 2 more tbs sugar and 1 cup coarsely chopped unsweetened cranberries)
  • Oatmeal (reduce flour to 1 1/3 cup and add 3/4 cup rolled oats)
  • Savory ¬†Cheese (add 1/2 cup shredded cheese)

You are limited only by your imagination!!

Which type of muffins would you make using this homemade mix?

*This post was first published in 2011 with horrible photography. I hope you enjoy the new and improved version.

Kid Approved Italian Stuffed Peppers in 5 Easy Steps

Make these kid approved Italian Stuffed Peppers in only 5 easy steps! They’re healthy, delicious, easy to make and they freeze well too! Made with fresh sweet peppers, orzo, and Ragu’s Homestyle Sauce, these stuffed peppers are sure to be a hit for your next family dinner.

Italian Stuffed Peppers with Orzo and Ragu Homestyle Sauce

I’ve spent many years living and traveling overseas – over nine total years in Germany as a child and college student and another three in Japan as an adult. Travel within Europe is so easy and everything is relatively close so you can image that we didn’t just stay put in Germany {or Japan for that matter}. Although I loved visiting¬†every place I’ve been¬†in Europe and Asia, Italy holds a special place in my heart.

When I was only eight or nine years old, my family drove our brown and white VW bus to Italy with my grandparents and my Great Uncle Edgar.¬†While I don’t have too many vivid memories of that trip,¬†I do remember bits and pieces and I have a couple of fun pictures to share with you from¬†that¬†great Italian vacation, like this one of us in a gondola in Venice. I’m the blondie with the bangs and the big cheeks sitting on my grandma’s lap, and I’m half hidden behind my Great Uncle Edgar. My dad’s got the killer mustache, and¬†my red-headed sister Amy is¬†sitting on my mom’s lap. ūüėÄ


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