Do you utilize your freezer? Did you know that it can literally save your life?! And time? Maybe not literally, but it can help make life so much easier. Let me make my case as to why you need to keep a well stocked freezer and if you aren’t convinced, then we can talk.

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KITCHEN HACK #1: WHY UTILIZING YOUR FREEZER WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Heeeeyyyy Friends.

Now, your life will not literally be saved if you utilize your freezer, but it’s going to be a heck of  lot easier. My Hubs gets all whatever with me, if I misuse the word literally. He all like, ‘Babe, really? Is the literally the best show you’ve ever seen or best batch of popcorn you’ve ever made?! C’mon.’

Men. And grammer freaks.

Anyway, today we are talking freezers. Weird topic for a blog post, yes. But, by the end, I want to convince you that if you utilize your freezer, you will save time and energy, while still eating healthy and nourishing your body.

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Raise your hand if you have a busy schedule. Raise your hand if you want to eat healthy, but don’t always have the time or energy to cook a meal. Raise your hand if you want more time to enjoy during the week doing the things you love and spending time with the people you care about.

You can’t see my hands, but both are raised. On more than one occasion, I’ve been caught up with work, immediately go to teach a class and come home for dinner, only to have nothing made. Yes, any Food Prep Master would have been prepared, but let’s be honest, life doesn’t always work that way.

So, I get home and find rice made, a small food prep victory. The Hubs will eat stir fry or spaghetti any day of the week. Luckily, I have some chicken sausage in the freezer, a bag of frozen veggies (thank you Kroger) and a bottle of Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry Sauce. Dinner is ready in under 20 minutes.

When your freezer is stocked with meals that you can whip out and take little time to prepare, you get to spend more time {insert something fun and relaxing here –> watching Psych with your Hubs}!

The Top 5 Things That Are Always in My Freezer (and help make stress free meals)

  1. Frozen Vegetables: I am all about fresh veggies, but frozen come in handy more times than not. Kroger is my go-to place for frozen veggies because most bags are usually $1 – $1.50. I went yesterday and came out with about 10 bags of a variety of veggies including stir-fry, broccoli, spinach, peppers & onions and my favorite, green peas. Use frozen veggies for stir-fry’s, curry’s, loaded eggs, soups or add to already prepared sweet potato soup.
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  2. Ziplock baggies of soup: On food prep day, especially in the winter, I try to make a big batch of sweet potato or butternut squash soup (It’s so #stupidsimple and I need to share a recipe with you next week. oh, maybe to email subscribers!). Individual servings get added to freezer bags and on days when I’m short on time or don’t feel like cooking, I’ll pull out a bag. I tend to make a thick soup, so I’ll add a few ice cubes of bone broth to thin it out, along with a sprinkling of frozen veggies and chicken sausage. It takes all of 5 minutes or less to make. Even less if I freeze an already made soup – all I have to do is warm it up!
  3. Chicken Sausage, or other meats like ground turkey or chicken thighs: When places like Earthfare have meat on sale, I like to stock up and freeze. I also stock up and freeze when I make a Trader Joe’s run, and it’s usually with their chicken sausage. Having meats on hand and frozen makes it super easy to do meal planning. And chicken sausage is one of those things that is incredibly versatile and since it’s already cooked, it cuts prep time down even more.
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  4. Homemade paleo waffles, banana bread or Morning Glory Muffins: I am pretty much obsessed with Brittany Angel’s coconut flour waffles. I serious give the recipe to all my clients. Not only are these waffles just amazingly tasty, but they freeze well. Meaning, I make a batch, let them cool, wrap them in saran wrap, add to a ziplock bag and pop one out whenever I’m short on time or don’t want to cook. Slather with nut butter, alongside a cup of superfood greens and you got the breakfast of champions. I also have a Morning Glory Muffin recipe that does so well in the freezer, so it’s perfect for a quick snack!
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  5. Frozen Fruit: I love smoothies. I also love smoothies with frozen fruit because it adds a bit of sweetness and provides a consistency more like a milkshake. Blueberries, strawberries (mostly for The Hubs) and bananas are the three we usually always have. In addition to smoothies, I use blueberries in oatmeal, strawberries to make chia jam and bananas for nice cream!

Honorable Mentions: chocolate peanut butter cups, homemade bone broth cubes, occasionally Nature’s Path GF Waffles and/or Udi’s Bread.

The bottom line is that if you utilize your freezer, be strategic about the meals you prepare and the items you keep stocked, incorporate a little food prep at the beginning of each week, you can create simple, easy, stress-free and nutritious meals in a short amount of time.

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Ya’ll, I’m pumped to give you more Kitchen Hacks! And Food Prep Tips. Don’t forget you can get a jump start on the food prepping by grabbing a copy of my Ultimate Food Prep Guide.

Do you utilize your freezer?
Do you have a good kitchen hack I need to know about?!

XOXO,
Jen

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