Welcome to Part 2 of Tuesday’s post about using a slow cooker.
Back when I was getting my master’s degree, I learned that convenience was the top indicator for food choice in the United States. I would have thought it would have been cost, but it makes sense that convenience has surpassed the financial aspect of our food choices. That was back in 2009 so I’m not sure if it has changed since then.
I’m a dietitian and I spend all day focused on nutrition. But I can completely relate to the daily struggles of the average person when it comes to food choices. Whether it’s because I’m running late in the morning, came to work unprepared for the afternoon munchies or I’m just dead tired in the evening, I have certainly made poor food choices because they were the more convenient option.
This is where your freezer comes in to play.
You can easily freeze pre-prepared meals or leftovers to have quick and convenient meals when you’re running short on time.
Remember that crock pot chicken I made the other night?
That dish turned into the perfect freezer meal. I just divided leftovers up into individual servings and froze each one in a freezer bag.
Some other items I love to prep/cook and freeze:
– Chili and other stews
– Pork roast
– Smoothie bags (just freeze all of your ingredients together so they’re ready to dump in the blender)
Here are some tips I’ve found for some great freezer meals:
- If you know you’re going to freeze something, freeze it right after you’ve cooked it. Letting it sit in the fridge for a few days creates a food safety issue. If a bacteria has already started growing in your food in the fridge then freezing will NOT kill it.
- After 1 month, food quality begins to decline. I like to date my items so I can keep track of this.
- Always keep plenty of sauce or liquid with the item when you’re freezing it.
- Cooked pasta doesn’t really freeze and thaw very well (hey, ya live and ya learn)
- I prefer to freeze items in individual servings so that I don’t get sick of an item
Do you like to freeze meals in advance? If so, any favorite dishes?