I've been on a personal journey to learn how to be healthy and cook for over ten years now, and it's been a long and arduous process. I used to watch The Food Network and get inspired to get off the couch and try a recipe, but the end result was usually something even my dog wouldn't eat. Then about six years ago, I bought a slow cooker and it changed my life.
When my daughter was born, I needed to save even more time and needed an efficient way to make lots of slow cooker meals at the same time. So I combined my old love of slow cooking and my new love of freezer cooking into something that was incredibly time saving, manageable and most importantly, healthy.
In about two hours, I chop all my meat and vegetables, and put them in a ziploc freezer bag. Then I add my spice combinations and mix it up a bit. I get all the air out of the bag and lay it flat like a brick, so it takes up less space in my freezer.
In the morning, if I want a homecooked, healthy meal later that evening, I take a bag out of my freezer and dump it into my slow cooker, totally frozen. By dinner time, a healthy and nourishing meal awaits me and my family.
This way of cooking solved my problem of scrambling to figure out a plan for dinner. It freed up time so that I can enjoy my afternoon and early evening with my family, so instead of muttering to myself in the kitchen, with resentment coming out of my ears, I am chilling with my family, most likely with a glass of red wine in hand and giving myself a little pat on the back, because the made-from-scratch meal I'm about to put on the table took hardly any effort at all.
Here are some of my favorite slow cooker freezer recipes, and you can find many more in my cookbook, From Your Freezer To Your Family.
Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken