Category Archives: Meal Plan

31 Freezer Meals For A Busy Month

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I LOVE a good freezer meal. I mean, dinner in the freezer > eating at Chick-fil-a multiple nights a week. *PLUS* since I started using Plan To Eat as my meal planner, grocery list maker and freezer stockpile organizer, I actually remember to defrost the meal the night before. Plan To Eat = me winning at life. Now if only the  Walmart 1 mile from my house delivered groceries…

Here are my favorite freezer meals all in one place so that you too can win at life…or at least win at the dinner hour. Almost all of these recipes are the kind you dump ingredients into a bag and freeze, then defrost and cook all day in the crock pot. Let me know if you have questions! denigris5

31 Freezer Meals For A Busy Month

  1. Mexican Chili With Cornbread Topping
  2. Cashew Chicken With Broccoli
  3. Baked Penne With Sun-dried Tomatoes
  4. Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
  5. Bruschetta Chicken
  6. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
  7. Maple Balsamic Dijon Pork Tenderloin (Pictured above)
  8. Easy Spaghetti Bake
  9. Easy Tenderloin Broil
  10. Mississippi Roast
  11. Oven Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  12. Slow Cooked Jerk Pork With Caribbean Salsa
  13. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork
  14. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
  15. Stuffed Shells With Meat Sauce
  16. Taco Chicken Bowls
  17. Spinach and Cheese Manicotti
  18. Amazing Loaded Potato Soup
  19. Potato, Bacon and Corn Chowder
  20. Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup
  21. Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup
  22. Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
  23. White Chicken Chili
  24. Cheesy Beefy Tortellini
  25. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki 
  26. Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice
  27. Chicken and Sweet Potato Bake 
  28. Chicken Fajitas
  29. Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms
  30. Slow Cooker Sweet Fire Chicken
  31. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Here are a few more posts about freezer meal cooking. (Freezer Meal Fails To Avoid, 40 Freezer Meals In About 4 Hours, Type A Freezer Meal Cooking)

What freezer meal recipes are your favorites?

How To Eat Dinner As A Family Without Losing Your Mind

Oh, family dinners.

You know, the ones that I’ve idealized in my mind since, forever? The ones where my grateful children sit with hands folded delicately over the napkins in their laps as they await the well-balanced meal I’ve worked so hard to prepare? That ideal, my friend, is what mocks me when 5 o’clock rolls around and my kids are convinced that dinner smells like “lamb’s blood” (???). And that, my friend, is why the thought of trying to train my children to act less than a fool at the dinner table makes me want to strap everyone in the car and speed to the nearest restaurant with a play place.

The desire of my heart is to create a warm atmosphere of consistent family dinners. I want to foster an environment for my people to connect deeply. I want our table to be a sacred space, a sanctuary of sorts. Because it’s over warm dinner rolls and spilled cups of milk that a heritage of memories, a legacy of laughter and the practice of forgiveness are formed.

After all, families that supper together, stay together; at least that’s what the stats say. And I sure do want those stats to be true of my clan, but daggumit, it takes a large helping of grit smothered in grace to make it through even ONE dinner at my house, let alone a lifetime. So, how can a tired momma be intentional in creating a rich family life around the table? How can an atmosphere of acceptance, gratitude, love and inquisitiveness be forged over plastic forks and sippy cups?

“When you offer peace instead of division, when you offer faith instead of fear, when you offer someone a place at your table instead of keeping them out because they’re different or messy or wrong somehow, you represent the heart of Christ.” -Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine 

How To Eat Dinner As A Family Without Losing Your Mind


How To Eat Dinner As A Family Without Losing Your Mind: 

1. Proper Perspective:

There I was, fussing at my 8-year-old who had come undone and was acting out of the exhaustion we all felt. I lost my patience and ashamedly said, “No one with THAT kind of attitude is welcome at MY dinner table!” There ya go, mom. A little shaming can go a long way, right? False. Why not just give him a hug and usher him to the table for nourishment with a large helping of forgiveness? The Holy Spirit pricked my heart and reminded me that HE is the one who continually invites ME and my bad attitudes to His banquetting table. In fact, because my life is hidden in Christ, His banner over me is love, regardless of my attitudes or actions. Man, how good does that feel? I need that in same hospitable heart in my mothering. 

“We don’t come to the table to fight or to defend. We don’t come to prove or to conquer, to draw lines in the sand or to stir up trouble. We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with a need, with fragility, with an admission of our humanity. The table is the great equalizer, the level playing field many of us have been looking everywhere for. The table is the place where the doing stops, the trying stops, the masks are removed, and we allow ourselves to be nourished, like children. We allow someone else to meet our need. In a world that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity, where we are allowed to be as fragile as we feel.” -Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine

Let’s ask God for the perspective we need to invite the weak and weary to our banquet, farmhouse or card table, because, His banner over us is love

2. Paper or Plastic:

So, hopefully now we have the right perspective. Namely, people don’t need to perform in order to join us in community around our tables. But, since we’ve got attitudes and time schedules to manage, let’s ask ourselves how can we can make the meal and table prep as easy on ourselves as possible?

First things first, skip the fussy table cloth and roll out butcher paper so kids can color while momma finalizes the meal. Then, let’s ask one child to set the table with some paper plates and plastic spoons so you can be free from dishes later. Hand another child a small vase and get them to run out in the yard and find some greenery. Dig out an old candle and bam! Pinterest-worthy ambiance and everyone helped! And if you throw on some instrumental hymns (or instrumental hip hop for that matter) the atmosphere will be even more elegant! Let’s make disciples even in and especially in the kitchen. 

3. Prayerful Playfulness and Perseverance:

Okay, your perspective is on point, you’re working smarter not harder by delegating and making things easier on yourself, but by now someone has inevitably spilled something and/or turned their nose at the English peas hidden in the Chicken Alfredo. Breathe a breath prayer and ask God to make you creatively patient. It’s time to get playful. Perhaps you need to play a rousing game of “Don’t You Eat That” where you beg the child (or husband) NOT to eat the peas. Whatever they do, PULEASSEE do not put even a one pea in their mouth! “NOOO! Don’t you dare do it!!” Reverse psycology at it’s finest. In our house it works every time. Or maybe play like my mother always did, by saying, “Okay, we are going to pretend that the President of the United States of America has invited you for supper this evening…” and playfully incorporate the desired manners. Whatever it is, so many bad attitudes can be laughed off if we prayerfully practice joyful hospitality to those ALREADY in our homes as much treating them the way we would those INVITE to come in

And, when we practice our ideals over and over, they will eventually become our reality. Let’s consistently involve our children in mealtime preparations, constantly attempt to sit and ask each other meaningful questions and let’s faithfully show up to lay down our rights so that we can create rich family time around the table. 

“I always wanted to be a hero–to sacrifice my life in a big way one time–and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.” -Sally Clarkson, Own Your Life

What tips and tools do you have to share about creating rich family time around the table? I so wish you and your crew could come over for supper at our (crazy) house tonight, but in the meantime, let’s swap recipes and talk motherhood @kitty_hurdle on Instagram or sign up for my newsletter and you can download “100 Table Talk Conversation Starters” for free.