4 No-Cook Freezer Meals: Week 2

Ok friends! If you’ve been tracking with me then you already enjoyed the 4 No-Cook Freezer Meals: Week 1, and you are as excited as me to dive into 4 new recipes to rock this week!!!

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These recipes are all meant to be shopped for and prepared to be doubled! So instead of just making one of each meal, you’re going to make TWO. One you will cook and eat that week of course. And the other is yours to do as you please! You can give it as a gift to a family with a new baby, save it in an extra freezer for an emergency meal, or heck you can make it again the same week! My personal favorite is to save up all the extra meals and then basically get to skip an entire month of meal shopping and prepping! Also, because I’m no professional chef (hence my quest for the easiest no-cook meals in existence), I honestly never think about buying carrots in terms of lbs or cans in terms of ounces. I included some exact measurements, but I much prefer a more laid back approach to these delicious meals. That being said, don’t take the recipe too seriously if you don’t want to. Basically, if the recipe calls for 1lb of something, just get a big bag and eyeball what looks right. Like if you’d rather think in terms of “one big can o’ tomatoes, two spoons’a garlic, half a’ block of ground beef, etc” just go for it! These meals are hard to mess up. The second week I made these, I added an onion to almost every meal just because I had a bag given to me. It was still delish!

Last note, the measurement of meat in each of these recipes is what I consider the “generous ideal” amount. But depending on how our budget is unfolding that month, I may stretch the meat reeeeeally thin and split one recipe’s amount of meat between two bags so that I can still double the meal without having to double the price of the meat. Honestly, even when I have stretched the meat, I’ve never really noticed. Ok, enough for the novel intro, let’s get down to the recipes! (Shopping list below–remember the shopping list is enough to prepare 2 of each recipe!)


Zuppa Toscana Soup
Zuppa Toscana
In a gallon size freezer bag, dump and freeze the following:

  • 5 Italian sausage links (remove from casing and dump in whole)
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes diced into bite sizes
  • 4 oz (4 large hands full) chopped kale
  • *Seasonings: 11/2 tsp fennel seeds, 1 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

Write the following steps on the freezer bag along with the name of the meal so you know exactly how to cook it when you’re ready to pull it out of the freezer.

  1. Thaw and cook on low for 6-8 hrs -OR- Cook from frozen for 9 hrs
  2. Break up saussage into tiny bite sized crumbles & return to crock pot
  3. Stir in 2 12 oz cans coconut milk

Black Bean & Beef Chili

Beef & Black Bean Chili
In a gallon size freezer bag, dump and freeze the following:

  • 1lb ground beef (KEY here is to mush & break up the ground beef really well while it’s raw before you freeze it with the meal. This helps it break down and separate with the other ingredients while cooking.)
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 28 oz can undrained diced tomatoes
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • *Seasonings: 1/4 tsp salt + 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tbsp chili powder, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano

Write the following steps on the freezer bag along with the name of the meal so you know exactly how to cook it when you’re ready to pull it out of the freezer.

  1. Thaw and cook on low for 6 hrs -OR- Cook from frozen for 8 hrs
  2. Break up the meat along the way or once cooked if needed.
  3. Optional: Top w/ shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, tortilla chips

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
In a gallon size freezer bag, dump and freeze the following:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (I usually use 2 chicken breasts)
  • 3-5 carrots (or half an Aldi bag of whole carrots) sliced into bite size rounds
  • 3-5 celery ribs (or half an Aldi bag of whole celery stalk) sliced into bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 cup dry wild rice
  • *Seasonings: 1 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp thyme

Write the following steps on the freezer bag along with the name of the meal so you know exactly how to cook it when you’re ready to pull it out of the freezer.

  1. Thaw and cook on low for 6 hrs -OR- Cook from frozen for 8 hrs
  2. Before cooking, pour 64 oz chicken broth in the crock pot with the freezer meal
  3. Shred chicken and stir in

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili
In a gallon size freezer bag, dump and freeze the following:

  • 1 lb chicken (I use 2 chicken breasts)
  • 2 cans Great Northern beans
  • 10 oz can tomatoes w/ green chillis
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • *Seasonings: 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1/4 tsp cayenne

Write the following steps on the freezer bag along with the name of the meal so you know exactly how to cook it when you’re ready to pull it out of the freezer.

  1. Thaw freezer meal and cook on low for 6 hrs -OR- Cook from frozen for 8 hrs
  2. Before cooking, pour 34 oz chicken broth in the crock pot with the freezer meal
  3. Shred Chicken & stir
  4. Stir in 8 oz room temperature cream cheese (let melt over 10 min while stirring occasionally until creamy and mixed well)
  5. *Optional: Delicious served over white rice–OR–with warmed Naan bread!

Shopping List: Week 2

SHOPPING LIST – Prepares 2 of each meal (Remember, don’t be afraid to experiment with stretching the meat if your budget it really really tight–it will still be delicious and there’s lots of yummy goodness besides meat to carry the meal!) I also included where I personally buy each of these ingredients here in Tennessee. Most of these items are spices and regular pantry items you probably already have.

  • 1 box of gallon size ziplock bags (at least 8) | Aldi
  • Marker for writing on the bags | I have a ton of Sharpie’s already
  • 4 lb chicken breast (or 8 breasts) | In bulk at Costco
  • 2 packs of 5 Italian Sausage links| Aldi
  • 2 lb ground beef | Aldi
  • Wild Rice | Publix
  • 2 bags frozen corn | Aldi
  • 1 bag of whole raw carrots | Aldi
  • 1 bag of whole raw celery stalk | Aldi
  • 4 yellow onions | Aldi
  • 6 sweet potatoes | Aldi
  • 1 large bag chopped kale | Aldi
  • 1 jar minced garlic | Aldi
  • 4 cans black beans | Aldi
  • 4 cans Great Northern beans | Aldi
  • 2 10oz cans tomatoes with green chilles | Aldi
  • 4 8oz cans tomato sauce | Aldi
  • 2 28oz cans diced tomatoes | Aldi
  • 8 32 oz boxes of chicken broth | Aldi
  • 2 cans coconut milk | Aldi
  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese | Aldi
  • Dried Thyme | Aldi
  • Dried Fennel seeds | Publix
  • Paprika | Aldi
  • Onion Powder | Aldi
  • Garlic powder | Aldi
  • Salt | Aldi
  • Pepper | Aldi

Optional:

  • Shredded cheese + sour cream + cilantro + tortilla chips (for Beef & Black Bean Chili)
  • White Rice or Naan bread (for White Chicken Chili)

2 Comments on 4 No-Cook Freezer Meals: Week 2

  1. Mary Joseph
    March 19, 2018 at 6:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello! Thank you so much for sharing these! They look amazing and so simple! I just have a clarifying question: the zuppa toscana recipe says to add 2 12 oz cans of coconut milk, and then your shopping list has just 2 cans of coconut milk on it. Since the shopping list includes ingredients for double portions of the recipe, should the shopping list have 4 cans of coconut milk? Or should the recipe say 1 12 oz can?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Amber
      March 19, 2018 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Good catch! Thank you! The shopping list should say 4 cans of coconut milk 🙂

      Reply

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