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10 Meals in an Hour part 4 | Freezer Cooking | Freezer Meals | Meal Planning | Food Made Simple

Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together. As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as part of a Sunday Prep plan. My goal is to spend less time in the kitchen, not more, but I still want to be able to provide tasty meals that my family loves!

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This list of ingredients creates ten meals in one hour. Don’t stress about what you are going to serve your family for dinner tonight. With just a bit of planning, you can create 10 meals for your family in just 1 hour.

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Over the past year we have shared three different 10 Meals in an Hour™ plans, which have each included 5 great freezer recipes that can be prepared together in about sixty minutes. (You can find those plans part 1 , part 2 and part 3.)  They have been a huge hit, not only with our own families, but with many of your families as well, and we’ve absolutely loved hearing how much you all are enjoying these tasty recipes!

Today I am super excited to share this Winter Classics Edition of 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour, which includes five delicious home-cooked meals that are the perfect remedy to the chill!

As usual, in order to make the cut, each recipe must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband (plus additional testers!)
  • No pre-cooking required (aside from browning ground beef)
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples

In this one post you will find everything you need to prep 10 awesome freezer meals in about an hour of hands-on time (not including grocery shopping.)   Just think, in just one quick weekend session you could have almost two weeks worth of absolutely delicious, family-friendly meals all ready to go!

Before you begin, you will need to gather your tools & supplies and also make sure that you have all your groceries on hand. I find it is easiest to go grocery shopping the day before I do my cooking. To save time unloading, only put away the items that need to be refrigerated. Finally, make sure your kitchen counters are cleared of clutter and sanitized and empty your dishwasher and sink of any dishes. (Check out this post for more tips on freezer cooking like a pro!)

These dinner recipes from cheesy chicken and rice casserole to balsamic roast beef are delicious.

Here are the five recipes we will be making:

Here are the supplies you will need:

10 gallon size zipper freezer bags
labels or permanent marker
large mixing bowl
cutting board
sharp knife
garlic press
can opener
dry measuring cups
liquid measuring cups
dry measuring spoons
liquid measuring spoons
12 inch frying pan
stand or hand mixer

  Assemble all your ingredients and pantry staples on the counter before beginning to cook.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

Produce
2 bunches green onions
4 large carrots
4 large celery ribs
3 large sweet onions
2 16oz bags baby carrots (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
4 pounds baby red potatoes (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
 
Pantry Staples
Olive oil
Brown sugar
Soy sauce
Apple cider vinegar
Minced Garlic (the kind in a jar)
Rice (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
Black pepper
Salt
Chili Powder
Bay Leaf
Seasoned salt
Garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce
Honey
Cayenne pepper
 
Canned/Dry Goods
2 cups pineapple juice
Chili garlic sauce
3 15oz cans great northern beans
3 15oz cans navy beans
12 cups chicken broth
4 cans condensed cream of broccoli soup
2 10oz packages yellow rice
2 cans whole cranberry sauce
1 8oz bottle French dressing or Raspberry Vinaigrette
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cups beef broth
 
Dairy
2 cups milk
1 16oz container sour cream
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
 
Meat
6-8 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 pounds fully cooked ham (enough to make 4 cups cubed)
2-3-4 pound chuck roasts
 
Deli
1 rotisserie chicken
 
Frozen
1 16oz bag frozen broccoli

These 10 recipes all come together in just one hour.

PRINT

Be sure to print the following pages before getting started. You can get them HERE.

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Be sure to also print the following recipes:

 

PREP

  1. Prep your bags—either print labels using these ready-made printable labels or use a permanent marker to label each bag with the name of the recipe, date prepared, and cooking instructions. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!  While you might think that you’ll remember what is in every bag, I promise you will forget!
  2. Chop ham and set aside
  3. Chop rotisserie chicken and set aside
  4. Chop onion and set aside
  5. Chop 4 whole carrots and set aside
  6. Chop 4 celery ribs and set aside
  7. Prep raw chicken if necessary

Marinade balsamic roast beef in freezer bags.

PREPARE

  1. Prep Chicken & Rice Casserole using instructions found here. Divide mixture into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  2. Prep Ham & Bean Soup using instructions found here. Divide mixture into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  3. Prep Balsamic Roast Beef using instructions found here. Place meat into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  4. Prep Simple Cranberry Chicken using instructions found here. Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  5. Prep Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken using instructions found here. Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  6. Once all prep is complete, place all bags in freezer until needed. After you’ve made your meal plan for the coming week, consider setting an alert on your phone to remind you to take your bag out to thaw the day before you plan to make it!

Have you tried making 10 meals in an hour yet? What tricks or tips can you share?

P.S. The new Living Well Planner™ has a  SIMPLIFIED MEAL PLANNING section. It gives you the option to plan just one meal a day, or all three. Check it out HERE.

Use these recipes to cook ten meals in one hour.