Easy Chicken Freezer Meal Mini Session
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and the grocery deals right now are simply stellar! This is one of my favorite times of year for grocery sales, because so many items go on sale for rock-bottom prices in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States! I love to stock up on the great …
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and the grocery deals right now are simply stellar! This is one of my favorite times of year for grocery sales, because so many items go on sale for rock-bottom prices in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States! I love to stock up on the great deals, and then use those items in freezer meals for my family. I don’t like to do big once-a-month cooking sessions, because they exhaust me and I’m just not organized enough to put them together. Not to mention I cannot find all the ingredients for that many meals all on sale all at the same time. And let’s face it, I’m a
cheapskate deal diva, so I hate paying full price for anything. Even grocery items.
I’ve been tracking the grocery deals for a local neighborhood group, so we can compare which stores have the best prices and save a little money as we prepare for the big meal. And the deals are just too good to pass up! I’ve been waiting for chicken to go on sale for what seems like months now, and finally, finally we’ve got some great prices! I love to take advantage of sales like this by stocking up and making a bunch of freezer meals to preserve not only the food for later meals, but also preserve the savings!
I typically do my freezer sessions in “mini” form. I make 10-12 meals at once, all using the same main protein (which I always get on sale), and find as many other ingredients on sale as I possibly can. Sometimes they aren’t, so that’s when I use items I have bought on sale and stored extra of in my pantry. Like cranberry sauce. It goes on deep sale only once a year. So right before Thanksgiving, when it is at its lowest price, I buy enough to tide me over until the next year. (The stuff has a yearlong shelf-life.) That way, I can still make recipes using the ingredient, but I don’t have to pay full price for it when the time comes because I already bought it on sale and stashed a few extras away.
There are a bunch of items that are either on sale right now or will go on sale in the next week, so I’ve pulled together five recipes that feature some of these items so you can take advantage of these savings as well! I’ve also chosen a mix of different types of meals, to give you an introduction to freezer meals. These should give you an idea of the types of meals you can make and the variety you can achieve. It isn’t all slow cooker protein and sauce meals.
If you have a Kroger affiliate store near you, then you are in for great savings! Chicken, diced tomatoes, salad dressing, flour tortillas, butter and pasta are all on sale this week at amazing prices! And if you look around at some of your other local grocery chains, you’ll most likely find sales on whipping cream, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and cream cheese at other stores either this week or starting next week.
I’ve put together a mix of five recipes, making each one twice, for a total of ten meals! Two are casseroles, one is baked in the oven from frozen (super easy!), and the other two can be made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot/pressure cooker. There are only two that required any pre-cooking, and there is hardly any prepping!! I’ve also included a shopping list for everything you’ll to make the meals, and some basic instructions for how to put them all together. I hope you will love these meals as much as my family does, and I hope this will get you excited about getting into freezer meals!!
Monday 24th of January 2022
Candi, my wife and I are starting the Optavia program. I would like to get a copy of your lean and green meals. They look great!! Also, my wife isn't a green eater at all. Do you have any ideas for her. Currently lettuce is about all she will eat that is green.
Monday 7th of June 2021
Hello Candi! I would love to be email the lean and green freezer meals as well! I've subbed to your newsletter but also wasn't able to get the pdf for it. Me and my husband are on it and I'd appreciate it greatly! thank you in advance.
Sunday 2nd of May 2021
I'm so confused. I have signed up in every box available and still cannot find how I get access. I'm trying to get the Lean & Green meals. Please help!
Saturday 3rd of September 2022
@Candi, I would love the PDF as well please. Thanks so much!
Monday 3rd of May 2021
As I mentioned in the post on the Lean & Green Meals, the original plan was removed because it didn't in fact contain Lean & Green meals. I have now developed several Lean & Green freezer meals that adhere to the Optavia plan. However, as I also mentioned, I have not posted them yet because of concerns about how they will be used. I will type up a PDF with the recipes and email it to you directly. I ask that they be used for personal use only and not shared on social media. If others would like the recipes, they may contact me for them.