Hey everyone! It’s been a really busy summer and things are about to get even crazier! Trevor works full-time as a geologist, which is really not a local business. While we’ve had him home for most of the summer, he has to travel quite a bit for his job. We’re gearing up for a two-week trip soon so I’ll be stocking our freezer with some delicious meals that I’ve made ahead of time so cooking dinner at night is a cinch.

I don’t know about you, but my kids are super crabby around dinner time; cooking dinner can kind of be a dramatic scene. A Food Saver (or any other kind of vacuum-seal machine) is kind of key for really mass-producing freezer meals. I use mine pretty regularly when we buy meat in bulk or cook up some of these freezer meals, and its worth the investment.

Turkey Meatballs simmering in a panSo here’s what I’ll be cooking to keep the tears (theirs and mine) to a minimum: 

  • These Turkey, Kale and Quinoa Meatballs look great (and are super healthy!). I’m going to cook them ahead of time (by baking a large batch in the oven) and freeze them into a couple dinner-sized portions. (photo and recipe is from The Lo Down
  • A lot of great meal ideas are on Pinterest, and these Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Breasts look amazing. Enough said. (I’ll prep the whole thing then freeze uncooked)
  • Broccoli, Cheddar and Egg Hash Browns (Serve with a side of bacon)
  • Chicken Pot Pie from Ina Garten – this one is a staple freezer meal for us. I make the chicken filling and freeze in the Food Saver bags. When its time for dinner, I made a quick biscuit and pour the hot filling over the top. (so not a full pot pie, but still the flavors)

Also, follow me on Pinterest to see what recipes I’m scoping out and what’s coming up on the blog!