Freezer inventory List

Thursday, October 23, 2014

As some of you already know, one of the big things I have been working on to help me in my weight loss journey, is stocking my freezer with healthy meals that are quick and easy to make. I realized quickly though, that once I get those meals in the freezer, I needed some way to keep track of what was in there so that I actually used them. In the past when I have attempted a few things ahead of time, they go in the freezer never to be seen again. This time is different, I made a lot of meals and I am using them a few times a week for the most part, so I need to keep track. I decided to make a spreadsheet on the computer to do it.

I just made a super simple Excel spreadsheet and it has worked out just fine. The bonus to this spreadsheet is that it has made meal planning so much easier. When I sit down to meal plan, I just open up this file and see what I have down in the freezer and plug into my calendar. I have already meal planned for the entire month of October and it took, maybe 15 minutes!!

The first column is CP meals (crock pot) which I then broke down into Chicken, Pork and Beef. These are mostly the "dump" meals I made in September.
The second column is meal starters. These are items that will start a meal, but are not complete meals like the crock pot ones. In this column you will find things like pizza crusts, chicken tenders and shredded chicken. I make a lot of shredded chicken and it is so great to have on hand! Whenever boneless chicken breast is on sale, I always buy either one or two big packages and throw them in the crockpot with either water or broth for the day. When it has finished cooking, I shred it, separate for different meals in freezer bags and put it in the freezer for later use. I use shredded chicken in tacos, quesadillas, soup, salads.
I make this recipe all the time for Baked BBQ Chicken Tacos from Mix and Match Mama. I take the already shredded chicken out of the freezer, throw it in the microwave, if I didn't give it time to thaw, mix it with BBQ sauce and green onions, stuff the taco, top with cheese and bake for 10 minutes. Literally, dinner is done in 15 minutes! It really couldn't be easier, but if I had to make the chicken on that same night it would take much, much longer.
In this column you will also find some store bought meal starters. We love Trader Joe's for some things to throw in the freezer that feel like we are eating out, but they are cheaper and healthier versions of stuff we like!
The third column is soups, stews and casseroles. Fall is the perfect time to start stocking up on these comfort foods! We tend to stop grilling as often come October and for some reason soup has been sounding really great to me! For October freezer cooking, I made three different soups, meatloaf and lasagna! I am loving everything that is currently in my freezer!
I definitely recommend putting together a list of freezer meals if you are planning to stock your freezer! Check out my freezer, It would be such a pain to try to just come down and decide what I wanted, and I would bet the stuff all the way at the bottom, would never get eaten.
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Anything else you want to know about freezer cooking?
 Let me know in the comments what else you would like me to talk about!
Next month, I plan to make some more chicken tenders, a few of our favorite "dump" meals, and maybe a couple of healthy breakfasts. I am doing some research on breakfast items now!
Haven't read about my past freezer cooking sessions? You should!
For September click here.
For October click here.
Tomorrow, I am doing Friday Favorites and will be highlighting one of Olivia's favorites, just in time to start thinking about Christmas! You will not want to miss this if you have a young girl! Then next Friday, I hit the scale again for How the Jeans Fit Friday! I can't wait to fill you in!

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