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Meal Prepping is not just for the ultra-fitness enthusiast. It’s for everyone!, but especially for tired moms (or dads!) who want to save time in the kitchen but still have tasty meals ready for their families in less than 30 minutes. This always feels like such a tall order, but it’s not. The trick is to prep, because no one wants to ask the question “what’s for dinner?” every day at 4pm. If you’re doing that, you know half the time it’s going to be takeout or drive-through.
However, meal prepping is an excellent way to save money and eat well at home. This simple guide will show you how to plan ahead so that you always have nutritious meals ready when you need them, thanks to the skillful use of your freezer! Think of this as a go-to list of meals when you’re tired of everything—but most of all, tired of wondering what’s for dinner and leaving it to the last minute!
All of these dinners are:
- Under 10 ingredients
- Can be frozen
- Balanced with protein, carbs, starches, and fats
- Portioned for six people
We like meals that are portioned for six people because not everyone has a family of four. Plus, leftovers for lunch the next day? Almost a guarantee. If you’re a carnivore who loves delicious foods, keep reading. These meals are for you. And the key with them, of course, is that you can FREEZE THEM!
A Word About Freezer-Friendly Meals
Many of these meals can be frozen in their entirety, but some of these dishes such as the Hawaiian chicken tenders or the peanut chicken, involve freezing the protein and the sauce. Then, when it’s time to eat dinner, just cook up the veggies that go with, and get a pot of rice going. (Although some of us have leftover rice in the freezer, so you can use that if needed). We especially love the burrito recipe below because the whole thing can go right into the freezer, as is. Some of these recipes, too, can go right in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Substitutions and Alterations
Yes, we know there are quite a few rice recipes here. If desired, feel free to use cauliflower rice or quinoa. Opt for brown rice if that suits your diet better. Perhaps noodles are calling your name. It’s up to you!
Furthermore, if you have a freezer full of veggies, please use them. Whatever you do about the sides, you can rest easy knowing the bulk of the work—prepping the main protein—is out of the way.
If all of this sounds like a good fit for you, by all means, keep reading! Better yet, save this post on your “Dinner Pinterest Board”
One thing to note: If you see that the servings say 4 on the recipe, tap or roll your mouse over the 4 to adjust the quantities.
10 Meal Prep Recipes for Busy Moms:
Freezer Friendly Hawaiian Chicken Tenders
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Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Tempeh
- 12 oz. tempeh sliced into triangles
- 2 cups fresh pineapple diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup sweet white onion chopped
- 2/3 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro for serving
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
- Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Add tempeh, pineapple, onion, and bell pepper to a 1-gallon zip-top bag. Pour sauce over ingredients in a bag and, seal it thoroughly, and marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Transfer to freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours prior to cooking.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Pour sweet and sour tempeh onto a medium baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of brown rice to 4 MPOF black containers and divide sweet and sour tempeh beside brown rice. Top with cilantro and refrigerate until serving.
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What are some of your favorite freezer-friendly meals? Please, share in the comments!