Many times when I help my clients organize their kitchens and refrigerators, I notice that they don’t have their freezers stocked properly. They either don’t have anything in it or it is stocked so full that they can’t get anything out. The key to using your freezer effectively is having it organized properly so you know what you have so you can pop it out and prepare a meal in an instant. Make sure to keep like items together (fruit, veggies, soups, desserts, breads, dinners, etc.). Go through your freezer on a regular basis, try to toss any of the items that have freezer burn and make a list of items you need. Try to buy things when they go on sale, you will save money at the register and down the road when you aren’t ordering take-out a couple times per week.
Even though I love to cook, there are some nights that I just don’t feel like it. Instead of ordering out which is expensive and typically unhealthy, I like to stay organized by stocking our freezer with some of our store bought favorites. I thought I would share what is in my freezer right now…
I love these little pastry bites from Trader Joe’s. They are so handy when
I have a few people over and I need a quick appetizer. Chris and I
also have them for dinner along side a big salad, they are so good!
I always grab a few Stouffer’s Lasagna’s when I see them on sale. They
are a bargain for only $7! It is a simple and easy dinner option on chilly
winter nights. Mix up a salad and warm up some bread for a complete meal.
I love Amy’s Mac & Cheese, I make it when Chris isn’t around
for dinner. It is rich and creamy, Yum!
Whole Food’s often has Rising Moon organic pasta on sale
for 2 for $6. My favorite thing about this brand is that
it doesn’t have to be thawed before you make it which
is so handy when you need to make dinner fast! All of their
flavors are tasty, I especially love the 4 cheese tortellini.
Pizza delivery can be pricey and full of calories. I like
to have a frozen pizza on hand just in case there
is a pizza craving in the house. Red Fork has the best
margherita pizza plus all of their ingredients are natural,
can you say that about the ingredients from Domino’s?
Frozen fruit is so great to have on hand, I use it for desserts
and smoothies all of the time. I love Trader Joe’s Fancy Medley.
It is a great value at only $2.50 a bag.
The new Bertolli frozen pasta meals are pretty tasty.
They typically go on sale for $6 per bag and they
heat up fast on the stove top. They also don’t contain
high fructose corn syrup which is rare for most brands.
I hope you enjoyed a trip through my freezer. I always freeze homemade items like bread, muffins, jam, soup, and leftovers that I can pull out when I am in a pinch. What are your favorite freezer foods? Please leave me a comment and let me know!