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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

12 Fast & Fresh Freezer Meals

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by Natalie McLaury at Foodie.com

I'm straying from my normal weekly schedule and popping in on a Tuesday, but it's for a good reason (and I'll resume regular posting tomorrow with another MINT recipe!)! When Mode Media, my advertising company, started looking for contributors to talk this month about quick family meals, I knew I had to share. I tell you guys all the time that I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy meals, especially now since I prefer to spend my evenings with Brecken rather than in the kitchen. 
BBQ Beer Chicken is perfect to freeze and reheat!
My saving grace lately? Freezer Meals! I've always tried to have at least a few meals stockpiled in the freezer to pull out on busy weeknights, but they've become even more essential in the last few months. I did a marathon freezer meal prep session while I was pregnant and we're finally finishing up the last few of those. Now I'm in the midst of planning another giant session with my sister and two of my best friends. In two Sundays we're getting together to knock out 10 different recipes (plus each bringing a breakfast and dessert item for the freezer!), so I've been on the hunt for meals that are easy to prepare and then freeze. 
I love having Quinoa Granola Bars frozen and ready to grab fo

We're hoping if all goes well in a few weeks we can make this a semi-regular thing, thus eliminating a lot of the stress around cooking during the week. I realize that a long day in the kitchen doesn't exactly equate to "quick family meals", but it does if you're willing to work hard for one day and then reap the benefits many evenings to come. There is no better feeling than coming home from work and knowing you just need to pop dinner in the oven or reheat something on the stovetop. The collection above includes a few of my favorites (like Nacho Black Bean Burgers and BBQ Beer Chicken), as well as some new ones we plan to try, after researching how well they'll freeze, such as the Turkey Tetrazinni

Check out the entire collection of 10 Fast & Fresh Freezer Meals for some of your own freezer inspiration and leave a comment with your favorite freezer-friendly meals that we can add to our next marathon cook day!

This post is sponsored by Mode Media & Foodie, but all thoughts & opinions are my own!