Then I started to cook and freeze. And forgot about removing them from the freezer to thaw on the fridge overnight. And when I remember, the food didn’t taste that fresh. Because, well, I cooked and froze them.
1 | Choose the recipes
Are you the type of person that doesn’t like to eat the same thing every day? Then you have to think about 7 meals per week, or 5 if you want to eat out on weekends.
Every recipe I choose must be enough for me and my husband eat for 2 days. And the recipes I pick are the main course, the meat.
Also, I have a standing freezer but the drawers are not big, so I can’t make 30 meals to freeze.
Make a list of all the ingredients, then make a shopping list and go buy the ingredients.
2 | Choose your containers
I also like to use Ziplocs because it’s a nice way to marinate a meat without touching anything. Just throw the ingredients in the bag, close it and shake it.
(Keep in mind that spices accentuate their flavor while frozen)
3 | Assembling
You’re not going to cook on the freeze day. You’re only going to cook on the day you remove the pack from the freezer. And the pack will go straight to the Instant Pot 😍. If the plastic is stuck, just leave it in a bow with hot water for a few minutes.
The Assembling day is the day to make your kitchen looks like a mess because you’re going to need the many hands available to make stations.
The veggies cuts stations, the meat clean and cut stations, the recipe assemble station.
Make a Pinterest board, or Trello board, or print all the recipes you are going to freeze this day. Don’t skip this step or you’re going to hate yourself in the future. As I reuse Ziplocs I don’t
To assemble you will need something to hold the Ziploc in place. I put the heaviest item first and then, I add all the other ingredients later. If there is more than one sauce in the recipe, what I do is putting the 2nd sauce on a different Ziploc and then adding that inside the bigger one.
If there is no sauce on the recipe, remember that on the Cooking day, you must add water or broth to the Instant Pot. The amount of liquid must be specified in the recipe.
4 | Side Dishes Meal Prep
- Cooked rice – up to 4 days
- Lettuce – up to 8 days
I noticed that if I mix the salad, the produce goes bad earlier than if each one has its own container. I was at the Superstore last year and I found this container that makes vegetables, legumes, and berries last longer. It’s amazing🤩. I found a similar one, same brand here.