I have a group of very dear friends…. our families camp together, go to church together, and live life together. I text daily with these ladies and my life would be so strange and lonely without them. We are different – have different strengths, different families, different backgrounds, yet we have a tight bond. About a year ago, we started Freezer Meal Party-ing! It takes some organizing, especially with one gluten-free family, one vegan family, and a total of 10 children in the mix who can be picky eaters!
What is it?
The basic idea is that we each bring ingredients for 2 different recipes, 4 batches of each. We aim for a freezer-to-crockpot style for each, but some recipes have a little variation on that theme. Each gal goes home with 8 different meals for the freezer!
Prepping it all together is super fun! We chat and chop and dump and drink margaritas! Last night we were together for about 2.5 hours…. went home with one of each:
- Thai Peanut Chicken
- Vegan Chili
- Red Lentil Soup
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
- Meatball Veggie Soup
- Taco Chicken Bowls
- Mexican Black Bean Soup
- Beef & Broccoli
Where do the Recipes Come From?
Pinterest, cookbooks, Yummly….. we’ve tried them all. The husbands & kids veto or rank the meals as they are eaten, so that defines what is made in future Freezer Meal Parties. For example, one Sweet Potato Stew was a huge bomb….. the black rice in a Chicken-Rice-Soup recipe turned the chicken a gross purple color… but, we love how chili turns out, so we have a chili variation nearly every time.
- Each person can make an extra meal & donate it to a new mom or someone recuperating from surgery.
- Buy jarred minced garlic. It takes too stinkin’ long to do this in quantity production.
- Par-cook veggies – carrots,
- Somebody needs to bring an electric can opener for all of those beans & tomatoes.
- Freeze the ziplock bags in a crockpot-ish shape, not flat like you see on many pretty Pinterest posts…. that way it’ll fit in the crockpot straight from the freezer.
- Buy chicken in bulk for the party & split it 4-5 ways. We’ve done this with Zaycon chicken and it’s very economical.
There is something very comforting about having a freezer full of meals to use for busy days, or evenings when everyone is going in different directions. Look at this great result!
— Dedicated to my Girls – Sandy, Shannon, Stephanie & Carrie