Meal prep is the number one way I’m able to stay on track with my eating, it also starts my week off with a healthy, fresh mind set and saves me so much time cooking during the work week.
I recently started following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating and it has taken me a few weeks to get adjusted and it has also thrown my meal prep out of whack. I’m finally feeling more confident with the plan and I’m ready to put my meal prep skills back to work.
While doing some online recipe idea research, I came across the Working from Homeschool blog written by Jen and her Trim Healthy Mama Freezer Cooking Session. 15 meals that can be prepared in under 2 hours? Sign me up!
She has a large family, so if I followed her instructions and divided them out, I could make 30 meals! Since I have not tried any of these recipes yet, I decided to half her instructions which yielded 10 meals (even with omitting the BLT Frittata,) just in case there was something we didn’t like, but I doubt it. Even if you don’t follow the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, with a few tweaks, you can still incorporate these into your meal rotation. They are real food recipes, gluten free and sugar free.
Not only did this session only take me an hour and a half to put together, it only cost $56.08. That averages about $5.61 per meal for my family of 3, which is pretty great for healthy main dishes. However, that does not include a lot of the staples which were already in my pantry or the side dishes, like brown rice or a vegetable to go along with the meal.
A few notes about this freezer cooking session:
- At the bottom of this post you’ll find the links to download your freezer cooking packet.
- All recipes are from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. If you are not familiar with this way of eating I highly encourage you to check it out. The plan encourages real food eating, good proteins, healthy fats, better carbs and no sugar. Food freedom as they call it! It’s also a great way of eating if you need to eat gluten free.
- Some of the specific Trim Healthy Mama ingredients these recipes call for are THM Sweet Blend, pure stevia and THM Baking Blend. I did use the THM specific products this time, but I will be using my own DIY version of their products for the future. Jen recommends using a mix of 1/2 coconut flour and 1/2 almond flour for the meatloaf recipe and she states that it works fairly well as a substitute.
- I followed the recipes as is in the cook book and each recipe made two meals for my family.
- At first I wasn’t sure about setting up prep stations as Jen suggests, but I’m happy I did as it did save time from going back and forth to the pantry.
- I used my homemade salsa recipe instead of store bought salsa.
- I used this handy kitchen tool when adding all of my ingredients to the ziploc bags.
- I prefer to use ziploc vacuum bags to ensure no freezer burn (even though we’ll eat all of these meals before that could even happen!)
- I labeled all of the ziplocs with the recipe name, page number and cooking instructions.
- The day before, be sure to take out the recipe you want to make so that it has time to defrost in the refrigerator.
- Be sure to check your food labels! The biggest take away from the THM way of eating is no sugar. Or at least no sugar that is not in a food naturally. When I went to make my salsa, I noticed that there was added sugar in the can stewed tomatoes. Boo! I’ll need to be more careful next time.
That’s it! 10 freezer meals! All you will need to do is download the packet below and decide what side dish to make with your meal!
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