Pre-Baby Freezer Meals: Beef Roast

For more information abut how we made more than a month’s worth of meals in two days see my other posts: Pre-baby Freezer Meals: chicken and Pre-baby Freezer Meals: Ground Beef

Luke and I bought a large roast from Costco, although it seemed expensive, for the cost per pound, and for how many meals it provided, it was a worth while investment. Luke carved up about half of the roast for freezer meals we had planned. But then we had half a roast left. What to do with it? Easy, cut into two and make pot roasts of it!

After all the meal prep for the weekend, I realized I had potatoes and carrots leftover. So I filled up two ziploc bags prepped with raw potatoes and carrots to go with the roasts.  Suddenly we had more meals for the freezer than I had planned.

Luke cuts roast meat three different ways: one way for our latin meals,  for our asian meals, and last for stew meat. It is part of our normal routine to buy a smaller roast and split the meat into portions like this; so it was not that much more work to do it for a larger roast.

As stated in my other pre-baby freezer meal posts I will not be sharing recipes now, but depending how they turn out once enjoyed post-baby I may share a few.

Hint 3: Label and List: Stina and I bought large printable sheets of labels with enough room to write the cooking/heating instructions as well as what to serve with each of the meals. Later the next week I printed a “menu” list of all the meals that included what items needed to be bought or added in order to complete the meal-most items are in the pantry ready to go. I stuck this list on the top of the freezer with a magnet. Anyway to make everything as easy as possible for other people to help us with dinner.

 

Beef Roast Meals:

Beef stew

-crockpot meal

-serve with corn bread

Fajitas

-crockpot meal

-serve with tortillas, black beans, and sour cream

Beef and broccoli

-crockpot meal

-serve with brown rice

 

Pot roast

-in crock pot or oven in roast pan

Bonus: Lentil stew=no meat

-crockpot meal

-serve with pita bread

The actual recipe for this meal is already on my blog! For more see:Lentil Stew: a vegetarian meal

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Pre-baby Freezer Meals: Chicken

A couple of weekends ago my brother and sister-in-law came to visit us for the weekend. While Luke and my brother Matt did yard work Stina and I did major meal prep.

I started research into typical freezer meal recipes via pintrest but quickly realized many of the meals are not in our normal routine. I decided instead I would convert our normal meals into freezer meals.

Now this may seem like a lot of work but post-baby we will be adjusting to new life changes. A sense of familiarity in our diet could be beneficial for everyone, including Baby Greene. With a little research it didn’t take long to change stove top meals into oven or crockpot options instead.

The deep freeze arrived on Thursday; Luke and I went to Costco before family arrived on Friday. The next day Stina and I got to work. We found it best to categorize meals by the type of meat; so that is what I will do to share these meals with all of you.

We bought bulk chicken breasts of which a few were whole or cubed and left raw to go in a crockpot. The rest were cooked in crockpots on high. The meat was so tender and moist that it took little effort with a few forks to shred it when done.

I am not going to provide the recipes for all of these meals, many of them are already easy to find online. Once we actually defrost them and cook them up, I will see what worked well and possibly write up recipes and instructions then. But I will give tips and hints along the way.

Hint 1: add dairy products later: other than cheese, it is best to add sour cream, Alfredo, etc. to the meal once it’s cooked for awhile in the crockpot, just as dairy can curdle if it gets too hot, the contents can separate in the freezer as well.

 Chicken Meals:

Broccoli Alfredo and shredded chicken:

-crockpot meal

– Alfredo added later

-to be served with pasta or over a baked potato

Buffalo shredded chicken:

-crockpot meal

-sour cream added later

-to be served with baked potato or as part of a salad

Shredded chicken enchilada soup

-crockpot meal

– sour cream added later

Shredded chicken, spinach, and cheese enchiladas

-oven meal

Cubed chicken curry

– crockpot meal

-coconut/milk to be added later

-to be served with rice

Mustard chicken breasts:

-crockpot

-to be served with salad

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