How often do you realize it’s 5 p.m. and you haven’t yet made dinner plans? If you’re like me, this happens fairly often and you find yourself scrambling to get something on the table. When I cook, I often make an extra meal or two for the freezer, but have never tried out a serious freezer meal prep plan. Frankly, spending half a day or more in the kitchen just sounds exhausting, even if I do end up with 10 or 20 meals for the freezer. MyFreezEasy has taken the freezer plan cooking concept and simplified it greatly. In only an hour, the user can prepare and put 10 meals into the freezer for later use.
I received a MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership to try and found that the program has greatly simplified my daily meal preparation!
How does MyFreezEasy work?
A membership to MyFreezEasy provides the user with eight different meal plan options each month: traditional, gluten-free, all chicken, all ground beef, slow cooker, “clean eats,” 20 meal plan, and all pork chops. Each plan includes 5 recipes. Following the plan will yield two meals to serve four for each of the five recipes. Each meal plan includes recipes, shopping lists, and directions for freezer prep. for 5 recipes. A basic monthly membership costs $7 a month or $77 a year.
Although the regular membership offers ready-to-use menus for every taste, the Premium monthly membership ($10 monthly or $95) a month adds a lot of versatility to menu planning, allowing the user to customize serving sizes, customize existing meal plans or even create her own meal plans from dozens of meal options. Just choose your meals and number of servings for each, and the program will automatically create shopping lists, directions, recipes, and even labels for the meals!
The first thing I did was to browse the monthly recipe plans. I decided to try the traditional plan for the month and to also take advantage of the premium membership feature to create my own plan. The meals in the traditional plan for September were Slow Cooker Spicy Mango Tacos, Chicken Fajita Bake, Lazy Lasagna Bake, Slow cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, and Slow Cooker Spanish Rice. I substituted Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef soup for the Spanish Rice, which my premium membership easily allowed me to do. The recipes I selected with the Build Your Own Meal Plan feature were Baked Crunchy Coconut Tilapia, Corn Chicken Chili, Dutch Oven Italian Chicken and Potatoes, Lemon Dijon Salmon, and Stovetop Taco Soup.
Once a meal plan was chosen, all I had to do was click “print,” and I had a complete shopping list, individual recipes, a freezer prep plan, and even stick-on labels for each dish. Super easy!
I checked my pantry and evaluated what I still needed to purchase from the shopping list, made a quick trip to the store and was ready to start!
Even with Emily’s help, it took about 2 hours to get all the meals ready for the freezer. That’s more than advertised, but still pretty good for having 10 meals ready to pop into the oven or slow cooker on a busy day.
The following day, I did the prep for the next set of meals. Again, the process took about 2 hours, including kitchen clean-up. This time, I put one of the two vegetable soup recipes straight into the slow cooker instead of a freezer bag for dinner that night.
Most recipes go into gallon-sized freezer bags, which will stack easily in the freezer, although some recipes require disposable baking pans. (I used regular pans or casserole dishes.) I was able to use quart-sized bags for a few of the meals.
Here are the results of 2 cooking sessions:
I loved the printable labels for each recipe. They include the post-freezer cooking instructions, so there’s no need to look up the recipe or do any guesswork about heating time.
I love having so many meals in my freezer. All I have to do is pull one out early in the day to thaw. Then, following the directions on the label, I just have to put the prepared meal into the slow cooker, oven or stovetop for the specified amount of time and prepare a side dish such as rice or salad. Most of the meals so far have been quite good. I didn’t care for one recipe that included carrots and potatoes. Freezing the raw vegetables, then cooking them, really reduced the quality. I think that if I make anything with carrots or potatoes, I’ll cut them up and add them on the cooking day. The Chicken Fajita Bake and Crunchy Coconut Tilapia were fabulous and I’ll definitely be adding them to the list again. We found that serving sizes were generous, leaving us with leftovers, which we always enjoy for lunches.
Here are a few of the finished meals.
I’m looking forward to preparing a new batch of meals as soon as I finish more of the 20 meals from my overstuffed freezer! MyFreezEasy has been a hit in our home!