I started by looking
Next, I printed out the recipes and made a grocery list. This is a no joke shopping list people! It's a full page long! I'm pretty sure my shopping cart has never been so full. But...Meijer was also having 10 for $10 sales and they had chicken/hamburger on sale, which certainly helped my wallet!
Anyway, the next step was to chop all the veggies. 5 green peppers, 3 red peppers, 4 potatoes, a million baby carrots, 5 onions and lots of tears and stinging eyes later, I was done! I wish I had timed this part...it felt like I chopped for hours, but it made it really nice and easy to put the meals together! Totally worth it!
I chose to chop the chicken as I prepared each recipe rather than all of it ahead of time because I didn't want it to sit on the counter that long. Doing it as I went along meant more hand-washing but it kept the chicken cold!
Next, I just jumped in! I started with the first recipe, wrote the name of the dish and the cook time on a freezer bag (make sure you get the kind with write on labels) and if I needed to add anything to it before cooking I also wrote that on the bag. Then I added all the ingredients to the bag! I started with the meat on the bottom and dumped everything in on top. After everything was in and zipped closed I mashed it around a bit to mix things together. A few bags were really full so I double bagged them just to be safe. I don't enjoy cleaning my freezer very much!
I made 17 meals - from chop to freezer - in exactly 5 hours. I had another soup recipe I wanted to make but forgot one ingredient. Wouldn't you know it? No biggie...I will make that one this week.
So, what did I make?
From Ring Around the Rosies I made:
Sweet and Tangy Meatballs (makes 2 bags)
Sausage and Peppers (makes 2 bags)
From 6 Cents :
Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches (makes 2 bags)
Salsa Chicken (makes 2 bags)
From Stick a Fork In It :
Crock Pot Chicken and Rice (for this one, I left out the cream cheese and will add when cooking)
From Six Sister's Stuff :
Black Bean Taco Soup (double bag this one!)
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Hearty Beef Stew (double bag this one!)
From Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour :
Crock Pot Potato Soup (this is the one I haven't made yet)
From Allergy Free Cooking :
From Squidoo :
Chili (for this one I decreased the beans by half and added 1 lb. of hamburger) (double bag!)
I will say...I have not actually tried any of these recipes except Crock Pot Chicken and Rice from Stick a Fork In It, which we all loved!
So there you have it! Five hours, 17 meals done, 1 more to finish...whew! Enjoy!