Do you ever have one of those days? The one where you don’t know how you’re going to make it through the rest of the day. It’s only 9 am, yet you can already tell it’s going to be one of those days. By lunch time you’re counting the minutes until bedtime. Make that seconds.
That was my day today. They don’t happen often, but when they do, yuck. I think it’s PMS. TMI? Honestly, this particular hormone phase is now foreign to me. I have been carrying and/or nursing children for the last decade, which I think has kept my hormones pretty steady. Now, let the fun begin:-)
By 1:00 I realized that I needed to DO something. Anything! I knew if I didn’t do something, I would continue to wallow the rest of the day. I don’t like wallowing. Nope. Besides, a good project always makes the day speed by.
So, I did what any hormonal mama would do.
I made freezer meals.
I told you the other day how I had lost my cooking mojo. Well, since I still haven’t found it, freezer meals are becoming a necessity. One quick google search later, I was rounding up my crew and heading to Aldi.
I can’t believe how easy it was to throw these meals together! Even in my somewhat foggy state. I just followed the directions and now I have a week’s worth of freezer meals ready to go!
Here is what I used:
- The meals all looked like meals my family would enjoy.
- They are all allergy-friendly, or easy to tweak.
- They came with a printable grocery list.
- It was free!
It was seriously so easy. I just printed the grocery list, ran to the store, came home and threw the meals together. The actual meal prep took me a little over an hour from start to finish. Even with all of my kiddos running around. It could totally be done in less time if you are distraction free.
Here are the meals I prepped:
- Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (2)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (2)
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Chili (2)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos (1)
The meals also include Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki. I ran out of chicken before I got to the Teriyaki:-) I think it was because my chicken was in such large pieces. Even though I purchased the proper amount (pound-wise), I ended up putting a little extra chicken in each bag. This will work fine for our larger family. However, it does mean that I didn’t make all ten bags.
I am so pumped that I got myself moving instead of wallowing. It is a good feeling to know that I have freezer meals on hand, and I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was able to get them done.
Now, I’m off to eat a couple of chocolate chip cookies. To celebrate a day recovered:-)
Do you have any favorite freezer meals? Or tips for turning a bad day around?