MyFreezEasy is one review I have been looking forward to all year! I have been fully using the MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership (specifically, the Premium Annual Membership) for the past 4.5 weeks and life has been so much easier with this version of freezer cooking! Please note that affiliate links are used in this post as I’m just so excited to be a part of this wonderful resource.
I have been taking on too much recently and feeling the pressure of it, so when this review opportunity came up, I was tempted to give it a pass – but then I thought that no, maybe it could actually help me. I used to do a lot of cooking for the freezer but I’ve been so far behind in everything lately, that I haven’t been keeping up. So I grabbed this chance to have a deadline for making a meal or two, and I’m so glad I did!
If you’ve ever read any of my reviews, you’ll quickly know that I take them seriously and try to be as thorough as possible…and I’ve definitely done that with this one! I was able to get started right away once I had my subscription activated, just using what I already had in the freezer. That was 10 family meals done with ease.
Okay…maybe I should reign in my excitement and slow down and tell you a little more about MyFreezEasy before I share the 20 new recipes (that made 44 family meals) I’ve made in the past 30 days-I told you I’ve been thorough!
What is Freezer Cooking?
If you’re new to freezer cooking, check out the Free Freezer Cooking 101 Workshop Video; there are lots of great tips in there (even after freezer cooking for 20 years, I’ve learned something new). Essentially, for us busy and frugal folks who don’t have a lot of time to create delicious meals from scratch each day, you simply spend an hour or two in the kitchen the day after grocery shopping and assemble a number of meals all at one time, bag them up, and freeze them.
When you’re ready for a good home-cooked meal, you simply finish off the cooking and you’re good to go. Some meals are done on the stove or in the oven, but many are done in the slow cooker. Pop the contents of your bag in the crock pot in the morning, turn it on, and you have a great meal ready to go for dinner.
How Long Does it Take?
In the past, many of the freezer meals I made required that I pre-cook most things, wait for them to cool, and then bag them up which took a lot of time and effort. I didn’t really look forward to meal-prep days.
The majority of the meals in MyFreezEasy don’t require any cooking for the prep (with the exception of the ground beef recipes), which makes them so much faster to prep, and there are fewer dishes to wash up afterwards 🙂 .
Erin makes 10 meals (5 recipes as you make 2 of each recipe at a time) in an hour. She even has a video each month where you can cook along with her as she makes the meals at home. My first set of 10 meals took me about 85 minutes (not including clean up). They were very simple meals. The next couple of sessions I had took me longer – up to 2.5 hours (for 17 meals). However, the kids were home and were asking questions about homework, wanting to watch and help, and my energy levels have been low. So the time still isn’t not too bad, considering.
What’s Included With A MyFreezEasy Membership?
Each month you’ll have access to 8 new menu plans; each comes with 5 recipes to make a total of 10 meals for the family (with the exception of the 20 Meals Plan):
- Traditional Meal Plan
- Gluten-Free Meal Plan
- Slow Cooker Meal Plan
- Clean Eats Meal Plan
- 20 Meals Plan
- All Chicken Meals Plan
- All Ground Beef Meals Plan
- All Pork Chops Meals Plan
You’ll also have access to many more recipes in the menu swap area, where you’ll find recipes divided by meat, cooking method, and meal plan. There are also dairy-free options, among others.
With each meal plan you choose (there must be 5 recipes in your plan before you can download and print them), you’ll get all of this in your PDF:
- Menu plan cover listing the recipes included.
- Each recipe on its own page
- A page that lists what you need to have ready before you begin (bespoke for each 5-recipe plan).
- A page that tells you what you need to do for prepping all of your chosen meals, and in the order that is the most efficient (ex: start browning your beef before opening your tinned tomatoes or chopping veg).
- 4 grocery lists for easy shopping (divided by section, by recipe, etc.)
- Optional – for each meal plan you choose, you’ll also be able to download and print labels for your freezer bags.
An upcoming feature will be the ability to ‘favorite’ recipes which will then have them show up in their own section of the plan for easy future use.
There are two membership options available; here’s the difference:
What Kind of Recipes Are There?
The MyFreezEasy meal plans, I’m happy to say use many of the staples us frugal Moms usually have in our grocery cart already. Erin has made sauces for the pork chops, and put other meals together in different ways using the same ingredients so they’re new to us.
I took advantage of the menu swapping feature to swap out recipes from the monthly plans and replace them with recipes that had ingredients that worked for us and meals I thought everyone would enjoy. Here are the 20 recipes that have hit my freezer so far:
- Baked Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- Cuban Style Pork Chops
- Crilled Citrus Salmon Packs
- Lemon Dijon Salmon
- Slow Cooker Spanish Rice
- Spicy Sausage & Peppers
- Chicken & Veggie Chili
- Dutch Oven Italian Chicken and Potatoes
- Grilled Garlic Dijon chicken
- Upside Down Nacho Skillet
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Vegetables
- Brown Sugar & Balsamic Pork Chops
- Firecracker Pork Chops
- Eggplant Marinara
- Mediterranean Quinoa Skillet
- Slow Cooker Curried Chickpeas & Vegetables
- Lentil Chili
- Best Meatloaf Ever
- Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos
The MyFreezEasy meals are affordable, but they were still a stretch for my budget, using 2-3 times more meat than I can usually afford. How did I get around this? The same way I usually do…I used smaller portions of meat (cutting chicken breasts into pieces instead of leaving them whole for example), and bulking meals up with more frozen veggies either in the freezer meals themselves, or on the side.
Some of the meals are very generous in portion sizes, so I can make 3 meals instead of 2 using the same ingredients or have enough left over for lunch or dinner the following day.
Don’t let a good sale on meat go by! Stock up and download a complete menu plan of all ground beef, pork, or chicken recipes and prepare several different meals from one meat to keep your meals exciting. Finally, I had ways to serve the salmon that’s been in the freezer since the summer!
I have created an easy way to track your meals in the freezer that I want to share with you…but this post is long enough today, so I’ll share that with you on another day.
What would I change?
I’d love to receive an email when the new menu plans are posted, just as a little reminder for a busy mom. Our paydays are different from most, so I don’t always think to look for a new menu at the start of the month, and I don’t want to miss anything.
We’re quite a spicy family, so I wouldn’t mind a little more flavour to the meals; however I understand that not everyone is the same and that it’s difficult to create recipes that many people will like. It’s easy enough for me to try the recipe once, and if a little extra something needs to be added, just note it on the recipe for next time.
By the time 2:00 rolls around, I’ve had it for the day and the last thing on my mind is what to cook for dinner. I don’t have the energy to make something complicated, or the budget to grocery shop weekly. Now I can easily plan ahead and try out many new recipes that my family enjoys. A few hours a month and I have enough meals in the freezer to do us 4-6 weeks!
Now the kids can decide what’s for dinner by choosing for themselves what to pull out of the freezer during the week. And we even have home made curry for our date-night meals – much healthier and less costly than ordering in or buying ready-meals.
My joy for meal time is returning, and I’m happy that I don’t have to be a slave in my kitchen, and my family is happy that they can enjoy such a variety of recipes during the month, rather than just a few old stand-bys. And they’re fresh-cooked, too!
Now that my freezer is full for the month ahead and we’re spoiled for choice, I’m looking forward to less rushing around and having more time with the kids, enjoying life.
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