7 Budget Friendly Freezer Meals! [FILL YOUR FREEZER]

7 Budget Friendly Freezer Meals! [FILL YOUR FREEZER]

Welcome to my 7 Budget Friendly Freezer Meals Video – helping you to fill your freezer!

Freezer meal preparation can come in handy during the most busy of times! I have always freezer meal prepped for the postpartum, and also for extra busy times, such as when I’ve been studying and working long hours. In the past, I’ve also enjpyed having a well-stocked freezer for the school holidays. Particularly in Summer, it has been so handy to put a meal in the slow cooker and go out to enjoy the sun for the day, coming home to the smell of dinner bubbling away! (Slow cookers are particularly helpful in Summer, as they don’t heat up the house).
Today I am sharing with you 7 budget-friendly freezer meals that you can enjoy immediately, or use to stock your freezer. These meals are all adaptable – you can switch-up the vegetables to make them seasonally appropriate to your climate, or even swap the meat for something cheaper in your area. You can also enjoy these meals in a number of different ways, and with a number of different sides. I discuss some of the options in my video.

Most importantly, these meals had to be budget-friendly! You can find my grocery haul where I purchased the ingredients for these recipes here:
As you will see, I came in way under budget for the fortnight!

Whether you choose to enjoy these recipes immediately, or stock your freezer with them, they are all delicious, family-friendly, and economical. If you want to stock your freezer, you can do so over one day, or gradually, by incorporating it into your nightly dinner routine. There is always flexibility!

I’ve included vegetarian, fish, pork, chicken and beef recipes among the seven recipes, t=so there is great variety if you choose to double, triple, or even quadruple them for your freezer!

The meals I share for you today are my own recipes, but for one. I had never made Falafel before, so I went with a tried and true recipe I found on the internet. It was wonderful – you can find it here:

The rest of the recipes are discussed throughout the video, but I will list the ingredient here – Please note, I am giving portions to feed 8 HUNGRY adults (I have a family of 11, including small children), decrease or increase the quantities as it suits the size of your family and – if you are freezing batches – the size of your freezer!

Happy cooking!

Beef & Beans:
– 1kg (2.2lb) minced (ground) beef
– 2 onions
– 3-4 cloves garlic
– 2 small cans tomatoes
– 2 small cans black beans
– 2 small cans cannellini beans
– Taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought), to taste
– salt, to taste
(see video for serving suggestions)

Chicken and Chorizo Stew (made in the Slow Cooker):

– 3kg (6.6lb) chicken drumsticks
– 2 red onions
– 4 garlic cloves
– 2 small cans tomatoes
– 200g sundried tomatoes
– 300ml chicken stock
– 2-4 teaspoons paprika
– 2 lemons, to serve
(see video for serving suggestions)

Cottage Pie:

– 1kg (2.2lb) minced (ground) beef
– 1kg (2.2lb) mixed and diced frozen veg (or you can use whatever fresh veg you want)
– 2 onions
– 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (the thick stuff)
– salt and pepper, to taste
– Worcestershire sauce
– thyme – 1 Tablespoon
– 500ml beef stock, or 2 stock cubes, plus water

– Mash potato ingredients for topping
OR diced potato and cheese sauce ingredients if you want to make it as I did (instructions in video)
– parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top

Vegetarian Pasta (super-easy!) Made in slow cooker:

– Diced veg of choice (even frozen is fine)
– 2 small cans tomatoes
– large jar tomato paste (the thick stuff)
– Italian herb mix – 3 Tablespoons
– salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– 3 teaspoons thyme
– water for consistency
– Optional – sour cream or cream cheese to give a little creaminess
– grated cheese to serve
– pasta of choice, to serve

Fried Rice:

– Pre-cooked (absorption method – you want it light and fluffy) and cooled basmati rice (about 5 cups uncooked/10 cups once cooked)
– Oil that takes a high temperature (sesame/grape seed/coconut – you’ll need about 1 quarter of a cup)
– 3 Tablespoons tomato paste (optional)
– Soy sauce – to taste (you’ll need about 1/3 to half a cup)
– Chine five spice – 1 Tablespoon
– Diced carrot (about 4)
– 2 diced bell peppers
– 2 onions
– 1 can corn kernels
– 200g peas
– 500g (1lb) bacon, diced
– 4-6 eggs

Salmon Mac n Cheese:

for the cheese sauce –
– 2 onions, diced
– 3 tablespoons oil
– 1 stick (about 30g) butter
– about 30g flour of choice
– around 1.2 litres milk
– about 300g cheese

Add:
– 2 large cans red salmon, mashed
– 700g macaroni, cooked
– bread crumbs and parmesan for sprinkling

Join me as I feed my tribe of 11 nutritious and delicious meals, share budgeting tips and large family logistics!

Liana & Anthony
Jack, 15
Ava, 13
Isabelle, 12
Samuel, 10
James, 8
Layla, 6
Josephine, 4
Isaac, 2
Daniel, 1
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