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Processed-Free Freezer Meals

Hello everyone! Wow, the weeks are just flying by!!! I have been so busy lately and it’s awesome. I’m working until 7:30 most nights of the week now and am out the door by 8am every day. I completed my last session of teacher a couple of weeks ago so it’s nice to have my weekends back again. Last Saturday I went to another arm balance workshop. I can’t do too many fancy things yet, and I’m okay with that. However, Kristin’s workshop was AMAZING and I was able to do get my body into some really cool poses that it never had before! Tripod headstand being one…handstands/forearm stands were never ever an issue for me. But headstand, and then getting my legs up!? No way—especially with all of my neck issues. So I was pretty excited! The car accident last September set me back a lot in my practice, but I finally am starting to feel strong again! And backbends are not as uncomfortable as they were a couple of months ago!

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I am in LOVE with teaching. It is hard missing Ella and not being able to have as many meals with her but it’s not like I am out of the house all day every day. I do still get a nice chunk of a break that allows me to prep meals and spend some time with the Weez. before I go back out at night. For me, there’s really no other option than eating whole, unprocessed foods. No matter how inconvenient it may be and how time consuming. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to take! There are ways of making it easier, however. On those nights I get home late, want a quick meal before I have to get E’s bedtime routine started the freezer is my best friend.

Healthy Freezer Meals

Processed-Free March Freezer Meals

Pick one day a week, maybe it’s a Sunday to just prep food. You know what they say? Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Always having something healthy around to throw together is key! A staple in our house is having frozen chicken and veggies for a quick, easy stir fry. This is key for Ella mostly for times I am at work, or don’t have leftovers to send as her lunch, and especially when I was at teacher training all day on the weekends for Mike to cook and feed her. You could do a couple of things here

Chicken Broccoli Stiry Fry

Freezing Chicken Breast:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless organic chicken breast (the thick kind, not cutlets)
  • 1-2 TBSP grass-fed, organic butter (I like Kerrygold)
  • Borsari seasoning (I use this for EVERTHING!)

Line whole breast on a cookie sheet, coat with seasoning and add a little butter around the top of the breast. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cooked through. once it is completely cooked slice in either strips or small portions (I do 2-3 ounce portions for Ella) and use as needed!

I always keep frozen broccoli and other veggies around for a quick stir fry. I’’ll defrost the chicken and veggies overnight in the fridge and send Ella to my dad’s with it along with a side of olive oil and garlic. You could also just microwave it if you work in an office! SO simple!

You could also freeze some spinach basil pesto to go with the chicken! If stir frying isn’t an option, this would be great to throw on top to prevent it from being really dry! Pesto is an awesome option all together to throw on zucchini pasta, squash, chicken,

Spinach Basil Pesto

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I know spring is on the way, but the best, cheapest meals to freeze are soups and stews. I have quite a few on my recipe page but here are a few that are super easy to freeze in a large gallon freezer bag. Defrost in the fridge the night before you want to use it and toss it in a pot!

Minestrone Soup (nix the noodles and maybe add cabbage noodles or extra veg to make it completely processed/grain-free)

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

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Lentil soup also freezes very well. I thought I had a beef stew recipe on here, I will have to get it up soon. I just don’t see myself making it again unless it stays cold! It’s really good so if you want it give me a shout!

I asked via social media for your recommendations. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to round up a ton from others for you guys. I wanted to see what recipes you all loved, because, well, I am one person and I eat a lot of the same things! I don’t get a chance to test a lot of recipes! My friend Kristin sent this one that I know Melissa will probably love Smile

Autumn Lamb Stew

sounds amazing, right??

Speaking of lamb, I had it for the first time ever a few months ago. I made meatballs to freeze with organic, grass-fed beef and lamb. The recipe is not blog-worthy yet, and I haven’t played with it again (trying to do grain-free-meatballs is tough, they were good but a little too airy-watery). But I wanted to throw it out there that meatballs are an AWESOME freezer meal! You re-heat them in sauce or in the microwave in a shallow dish with water or sauce

Colleen sent me this via facebook and I am so glad she did! It sounds amazing! I can not wait to try it!: Zucchini Feta Casserole. To make sure it’s processed-free make sure you choose organic, block cheeses—none of that shredded Kraft garbage.

Melanie sent me a link to 11 healthy, inexpensive freezer meals. Check it out!

Then of course like I’ve said before, I always freeze waffles and muffins for a quick easy breakfast in the AM.

Grain-Free Waffles

these grain-free waffles are a staple—you can sub the chocolate chips for 1 cup of blueberries, a ripe banana or two with some nuts, mixed berries, etc!

This grain-free banana nut chip cake can be tripled/quadrupled and baked in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes in muffin tins (minis take 9-11 minutes). Freeze them up, pop them in the microwave in the AM, done and done!

You know what else makes a great freezer meal….PIZZA!

Make  up mini pizzas and freeze them ahead! Wrap them up really well, and heat them in the oven as if you would a store-bought frozen pizza. I have a few recipes on my recipe page…but I have a NEW crust recipe that is sitting on my counter right now! If it’s good enough I will post it next week!

So if anyone reads this blog still let me know what your favorite tips/recipes are for freezer meals. I expect to not get a huge response since I am not as active in the blog community—but again I am doing this challenge for the people that still read, and my clients who have been struggling with busy schedules and healthy convenience  foods! Thanks!

I really hope to keep up with the blogging too.This is something I have had to sacrifice (writing AND reading). Then when I DO try, E is all over me. Not even worth it. Not complaining, just stating the facts. I am lucky I don’t work from home much anymore on my computer (long distance clients) because that would be almost impossible (since I still have to go to bed with her, still hard to sneak out—don’t ask).  I don’t know how other working moms do the blog thing?? Thank God for iPhones so I can at least get back to emails/post to FB and insta to keep up with my fitness blogging hobby in SOME way….I enjoy it too much to give up completely Smile

I will definitely get another post up for processed-free March next week! Keep the instagram pics coming of your meals  because I will be posting more on here soon as well!

How’s this month going for you??

-L

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11 Comments

  • Reply Mollie K

    Even though you might not be as active you are still one of my favorite blogs and I love the processed free challenge! To be honest, I don’t do much in terms of freezer preparation except when I make soups or homemade red sauce filled with every kind of chopped veggie in the world…I typically double the recipe to have plenty of jars on hand! Most of my food prep occurs on Sundays and I just refrigerate it all (roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, chopped veggies, spaghetti squash) and I just mix and match all week with different spices etc. Kind of boring, but I enjoy it!

    March 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much, Mollie! That means a lo to me!!! I don’t do as many freezer “meals” as I do like snacks, breakfast or just back ups. I am like you, I make extra of everything so I have more for lunches and things! Having the chicken and muffins are so awesome for E though! Really helps budget-wise AND to make sure she eats well at home 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment!

      March 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Colleen

    You may feel like you don’t post often, but when you do, your posts are extremely informative and well-written. I would much rather have the quality of information than “This is what I ate today” fluff posts. You are extremely knowledgeable about food and nutrition, and I always appreciate reading your insights!

    March 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much, Colleen! I would rather put out informative posts anyway than the “what I ate” posts…so glad you like them!

      March 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Laury, I agree with Mollie and Colleen — I love your posts, and I truly appreciate your focus on eating real foods. We met at HLS in 2011 and have traded occasional e-mails. Because we live not too far from each other, I’d love to also hear about local events and purchases too, if you wouldn’t mind. I’d love to buy local more, but I’m not sure where to go. – Thanks for what you do!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Lauren!! I hope this post didn’t come across the wrong way! I just love blogging but at the same time have had to sacrifice how much time I put into it as a whole 🙂

      I can definitely blog more about local things! It’s definitely something that I should focus on more. You should come to one of my yoga classes in Conshohocken 🙂 March 29th is an open house free classes all day–I teach at 9:30! I’ll be making yummy treats too…and I have a nutrition seminar planned for May! Thanks again, Lauren!

      March 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    I always enjoy your posts. Sometimes you might be more extreme then I feel is necessary to follow in my life, but we are all different.
    In the future when I have a child I will certainly reference your blog for toddler eats!

    March 15, 2013 at 11:20 am
    • Reply laury

      Hey Stacey! Thank you I am happy you enjoy them! Oh I promise you I am probably not as extreme as I come across 😉 I think on here I need to get my point across as bold and as loud as I can! Overall I do practice moderation…we eat out a lot and I definitely enjoy life. I don’t think being any extreme is practical or even overall healthy. It is too exhausting! My husband and Ella keep me in line just like I do them 😉

      March 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    This is so helpful for me Laury! I really appreciate it.
    I’m actually pretty bad at meal planning meals, for some reason it’s just not my thing, but I know I need to do it otherwise I’ll just end up eating, well not the healthiest of options. It’s so easy to prepare, I just need to suck it up;)
    Especially since I start pilates teacher training in a few weeks, and I’ll be out of the house from 7 AM – 7 PM so I’m going to really need to buckle down and prep my butt off. I still want to eat healthy meals/snacks while I’m there, since it’s important to me. You are seriously impressing me a lot with your schedule, husband, and kiddo. Kudos to you my friend! I agree with everyone above, you’re always so informative I love it!

    March 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place (@misathemeb)

    yum! i just bookmarked that recipe bc we just got 30lbs of lamb and keeping 15lbs of it! i have shank, leg, shoulder, heart, liver, ground, chops and stew meat! it’s from a local farm and it’s sustainable PA agriculture as well! cheers to eating well! x

    March 16, 2013 at 11:07 am
    • Reply laury

      Wow! That’s a lot of lamb!

      March 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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