Our recent Homeschool Crew review has not been for a homeschool curriculum resource. It has been for an amazing meal planning resource about which I'm not really joking when I say it has revolutionized "What's for dinner?. We were given a MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership from MyFreezEasy. We received the Premium annual subscription.
Now, I can imagine that some of you are beginning to shake your heads. "Ah, freezer cooking," you scoff, "I've tried that, and it didn't work for me." So had I. Years ago, as a young mom who struggled with the "What's for dinner?" question because I've never been a very apt cook, I borrowed a book on once-a-month freezer cooking. I was determined that I would do this. I would prepare all these meals, and we would never be running to McDonalds at five thirty in the evening with starving kids and no food prepared in the kitchen. (Not that I would ever stoop to McDonalds, of course. This is just...hypothetical.)
So I read this freezer cooking book. And, oh my goodness. To do this thing, I had to buy about five hundred dollars worth of groceries and work for about six hours on a Saturday to get these meals ready and in the freezer. And I had to make enough freezer space to store them. And, of course, there were duplicates of meals. And my wise husband had the question, "What if you spend all that money and make five of one meal that we just don't like?" Um...So I put the freezer meals book down and stepped away. Far away.
And then I began to see information popping up about MyFreezEasy. And I began to think about freezer cooking again. Because this looked doable. This looked like a method that just might work.
MyFreezEasyThe MyFreezEasy meal planning system is designed by Erin Chase. I've followed her online for some time because she originally had the $5 Dinners blog. I loved to pop over to her site and find simple recipes now and again when I actually remembered to plan what was for dinner. Later the $5 Meal Plan followed, and I tried it briefly. It was a pretty good meal planning system and worked pretty well for our family. But...like all meal planning systems, this one failed in a key aspect. It didn't actually cook dinner for me.
And then I saw Erin's FreezEasy meal plans. These are freezer cooking meal plans that you can choose and purchase as a one time thing from her shop. The idea was pretty cool. You can go into the shop, pick out a bundle of meal plans and purchase them to download. Okay. This freezer cooking thing stirred my interest again. But then it got even better.
MyFreezEasy is a monthly subscription plan. The basic membership gives members eight new meal plans a month, including recipes, shopping lists, prep instructions, and printable labels. Sounds good, right? But then there's the PREMIUM membership.
With the premium membership, you still get the eight freezer plans available every single month. They include:
- A traditional plan of ten meals
- A gluten-free plan of ten meals
- A slow-cooker plan of ten meals
- A clean eats pan of ten meals
- An only chicken plan of ten meals
- An only ground beef plan of ten meals
- An all pork chops plan of ten meals
- A twenty meal plan of...twenty meals
- Chicken recipes
- Slow-cooker recipes
- Ground beef recipes
- Dutch-oven or saucepan recipes
- Gluten-free recipes
- Other beef recipes
- Baked recipes
- Dairy-free recipes
- Pork Chop recipes
- Gluten-dairy-soy free recipes
- Skillet recipes
- Other pork recipes
- Grilled recipes
- Paleo/Whole 30 recipes
- Seafood recipes
- Vegetarian recipes
- One-dish meals
- Top 8 allergy free recipes
- A cover sheet details the recipes you'll find inside as well as the other contents
- Five recipes give step-by-step instructions for preparing each meal- from scratch or from frozen- This feature was great because on the afternoons I did meal prep, I cooked one of my ten meals as I was prepping and freezing the others. This left us with nine freezer meals and dinner for the evening. And it was a good use of my kitchen time because I was already in the kitchen for freezer meal prep. Why not make supper?
- A complete shopping list by store section- This makes it really easy when I'm walking through the store to make sure I don't forget anything.
- A complete shopping list by recipe- Why two lists? On my first meal plan store trip, I decided chicken was too expensive to buy the amount listed. So I looked through the items by recipe and decided which chicken recipe to eliminate for the time being. Then I could make sure I didn't buy the other ingredients for that recipe.
- Freezer meal prep day shopping list by recipe- This list shows you exactly what you need to sit out on the counter to have ready.
- Freezer meal prep day shopping list by store section- Did you forget any last minute items? Send your son to the store for them, and this list will help him know where to look.
- A page with meal assembly and pre-cook/chop instructions- These are the things you need to get ready before you're actually ready to load up your meals into your bags and pans.
- An assembly by recipe section- This section guides you through exactly what you need to put in to each bag or foil pan.