Sometimes a term of school can pass by in a blur of lunches to be made, emails to be returned, washing to be hung out, and children to be ferried to football practise or dance lessons. Finding the time to cook the evening meal after a busy day of work, school and extra-curricular activities can be near impossible, but the other option, takeaway, can be expensive and unhealthy. That’s why I’ve put together this “fill your freezer” meal plan. The way it works is simple… Over the next two weeks of school holidays, make one of the following meals over 10 days. For every meal you make, make a double batch. Enjoy one half of the meal the same evening, and freeze the other half for later. The result is that for each of the 10 weeks of term 2, you will have one meal already prepared in the freezer. Simply heat it in the oven and serve! These recipes are created by Amanda by Simple Home Cook, and her recipe book is a MUST for families (you can find it here). If you want to follow on, I’ll post the progress of the daily meal goals on the Be A Fun Mum Facebook page.
- Have containers in the cupboard (either reusable or disposable) for the freezer meals. Nothing worse than having a freezer meal ready to go and nothing to put it in!
- You’ll need a few large containers for things like pies. Use a section of baking paper to seperate the layers in the containers.
1. Creamy chicken and leek parcels
Utterly delicious and easy to make ahead of time. Find the recipe here: Tuna & Fettuccini Bake.
2. Tuna and fettuccini bake
Tuna is something you can keep in the pantry so this is super quick to whip up. Find the recipe here: Tuna & Fettuccini Bake.
This recipe has been a HUGE hit all over the web. There are two recipes you can pick which one suits:
4. Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin soup is a winner at this time of year when the weather gets chilly. There are two different recipes you can try.
- Super easy 4 ingredient recipe you can do on the stove top: 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Soup
- Flavoursome slow cooker pumpkin soup: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup.
5. Apricot Chicken
One of Simple Home Cook’s favourite recipe and so quick and easy. Find the recipe here: Apricot Chicken (in a hurry).
6. Cheesy meatballs
Meatballs are family friendly food option and it’s easy to make heaps of them in one sitting. There are two recipes you can try:
7. Savoury mince
Savoury mince is one of those super quick whip up meals that freeze well. Find the recipe here: Savoury Mince Recipe
8. Slow cooker chicken korma
This is one of Kelly’s favourite recipes from Simple Home Cook. Just enough flavour but mild enough for the entire family. Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker Chicken Korma Recipe
9. Beef and vegetable pasties
Another crowd pleaser meal. Find the recipe here: Beef & Vegetable Pies.
10. Satay sauce (with Chicken Skewers)
If you haven’t made your own Satay Sauce before, here’s an easy recipe to serve with chicken skewers (or choice of meat): Satay Sauce.
Below is a general list of items you’ll need to make these meals. Please note this is made to the first recipe when there is more than one option. There’s a printable at the end, simply press the image for the PDF file.
Please note: this ingredient guide is for one batch only. If you want to do a double batch, you’ll need double the ingredients.
- 5 onions
- 11 cloves garlic
- 1 leek
- 4 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 4kg Jap or Kent pumpkin, peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 3 cups diced/grated vegetables: (carrot, capsicum, celery, beans, snow peas, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli)
- 400g fettuccine pasta
- 425g tinned tuna in brine
- 1200g bottle pasta sauce
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbspn apricot jam
- 1 tbspn fruit chutney
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 45g pkt chicken noodle soup
- 2 tsp green curry paste
- curry powder
- 1 cup white rice (uncooked)
- ¾ cup beef stock
- tomato sauce
- worcestershire sauce
- 3 x 400g tins crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup Korma paste
- 7 cups chicken stock
- 400ml coconut cream
- 1 ½ Tbspn soy sauce
- 1 ½ Tbspn sweet chili sauce
- 5 Tbspn crunchy peanut butter
- dried parsley
- dried oregano
Dairy and eggs
- 1 ½ cups cottage cheese
- 250ml thickened cream
- 3 cups grated cheese
- 40g butter
- 1 cup cream
- 6 eggs
- 250g cream cheese
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 1kg chicken breast fillets
- 3kg lean beef mince
- 100g ham
- 1kg chicken thigh fillets
- 150g bacon pieces
- Chicken skewers (or other meat to serve with Satay Sauce)
- 8 sheets puff pastry
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables