Homemade Frozen Dinners in Bulk
…Inspired by making homemade baby food…
Do you buy convenience, frozen food because you don’t have time to cook on a daily basis? Are your kids starting school or does life just get really busy?
As I’m preparing homemade, organic meals in bulk for my 9-month old daughter, I realize that my adult clients can do the same.
Because she eats less than us, I made them into 1 oz cubes and I mix and match the flavors so she doesn’t get bored. I wanted to make sure I don’t raise a picky eater so I’m exposing her to everything from kale to asparagus, fish, fruits, mushrooms, quinoa, yams, avocado, beans, etc. and adding all sorts of flavors to her palette like basil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, etc. You would NOT be making it into cubes. You’d simply cook a single item, cool it, and put it into a ziplock bag like the picture above.
Here are some suggestions for you that stem from me not having to cook (and blend) baby food on a daily basis.
- Cook large quantities of simple foods that are easy to combine and create a delicious, healthy meal. Some ideas include quinoa, brown rice, cubed and/or shredded chicken, ground turkey, root vegetables, etc.
- Divide them into one meal servings (servings dependent on family size) and label it in a zip-lock bag with item and date. Store laying down flat in freezer. You now have a nice stock pile of key ingredients at your finger tips to make a yummy meal in less than 15 minutes.
- Combine ingredients then add vegetables and spices. For example, you can pull out a bag of quinoa and shredded chicken and saute them with some fresh vegetables, add your favorite spices, and you’ve just made dinner in less than 15 minutes. You can also make salads with the quinoa or chicken and even make soups. You can have some nice assortment of frozen vegetables on hand and add those too if you run out of fresh produce.
This is what I do with my daughter and she gets very different meals on a daily basis and I don’t have to cook for her consistently. We should never sacrifice flavor for health. Enjoying food is so important but feeling great after we eat is also essential. Enjoy!!
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~Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA