Fill the Freezer with DIY Convenience

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Up until now in the DIY Convenience series, I’ve shared recipes. Today, I wanted to make a plug for one of the biggest time-saving, money-saving, convenience food-avoiding methods I know: freezer cooking.

Fill the freezer with DIY convenience

This morning, I spent about an hour making a double batch of granola and a batch of breakfast bars. It didn’t take long. All the ingredients were things I had on hand.

The results? Several days of breakfast premade and ready to go. I avoid commercial boxed cereal, and know exactly what’s going in my family’s meals. This is particularly important with my daughter’s food allergies when now so many foods are suspect due to cross-contamination issues.

Making a big batch of something and freezing it for later is the best way to have your own “convenience” foods and save money and a few calories to boot. (Chances are whatever you make is going to be more healthful than its commercial counterpart.)

NYM Make-Ahead and Freeze CV 450 Remember I wrote the book on freezer cooking. Sort of.

Grab your copy for the 411 on how to make dishes in advance and freeze them for later. The book includes extensive freezer education, 10 cooking plans, and over 200 recipes that taste great before and after freezing.

If you’ve already got the book — thank you for your support — be sure to download the  extra freezer cooking plans that I’ve developed since the book’s publication last year.

Have YOU started freezer cooking yet?

What’s holding you back?

diy-convenience-150This is part of the DIY Convenience Foods series.

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I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. So true. I’m going to do something similar today.

    PS Love your book

  2. Harriet says

    I’d be lost without freezer cooking! I am not sure how I got along without it for so many years.

  3. Janet says

    I do not think there is any doubt that making it at home is almost always more healthful. As for saving calories, I have found it is hard to make low calorie meals using natural ingredients that my family will eat.

    • Well, it’s rare that we max out our calories at home, but one meal at Chipotle can do that for the whole day.

  4. Rebecca says

    Those breakfast bars look great! Do you have the recipe? I didn’t see it in your book.
    I too find it hard to make lower calorie foods, so I am trying to load my plate with more veggies or salad. Although not so easy since it’s gotten more rainy and cold here in UK 🙁

    • I used the Breakfast Cookie recipe and made it into bars. I’m not sure how I like it. I think I like the cookie format better.

  5. Donna says

    I’m actually doing the same thing here today… breakfast energy balls, homemade cookies for bag lunches this week, clean out the crisper drawer soup. All homemade… so I know what is in it!!

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