Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Freezer Meals

Now that it's June, it's officially summer in my book! When the temperatures start to rise, I don't want to be slaving over a hot stove if I can help it. We try hard to keep the oven off as much as possible. That's when I like to rely on the crock pot, grilling outside, no cook dinners or simple meals that can be heated quickly.

Today I've rounded up a few of my favorite freezer meals to have on hand for summertime. Keep these in your stash and you'll be thankful. Whether you're busy with baseball games at night or just plain tired after working all day, these will help your evenings go by much smoother.

Crock pot chicken tacos - Throw a couple bags of this easy chicken mixture into the freezer and let it cook all day in the crock pot. It doesn't get much easier than that. You can serve on tortilla shells or large lettuce leaves and top with your favorite toppings.

Meatloaf burgers - Or really any of your favorite burger recipes. Patties are great to have on hand for the grilling season. We love having hamburgers for dinner and this is one of my favorite recipes.

DIY frozen pizzas - Just because it's summer doesn't mean we have to give up pizza, right? You can certainly bake these in the oven, using one of those pizza pizzazz or on the grill. I love having these in my freezer and you can use any of your favorite toppings.

Zesty Italian melts - Another great sandwich and so simple to make. These reheat quickly in the microwave or oven.

 Burritos - These were a staple in our house growing up. Mom was always adding these to the freezer for us. They reheat quickly in the microwave, or if you like a crunchier texture use the oven.

Marinated Chicken- You'll want to have some different types of these on hand for quick and easy meals. Round out the grilled meat with salads and your favorite garden veggies. Even having fully cooked grilled breasts on hand make for easy sandwiches or wraps. Feel free to use your own favorite marinades, essentially all you will need to do is pour the marinade over the meat once placed into a freezer bag. When you thaw the meat, you'll have a delicious supper all ready to grill up.

Cilantro lime chicken
Zesty grilled chicken
Chicken breasts marinated in Italian dressing
Precooked grilled chicken breasts

I hope I leave you feeling inspired when it comes to summertime meal planning. Remember, it doesn't have to be complicated. Taking a little bit of time on the weekends to meal prep can make a huge difference for the upcoming week!


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