SparkPeople Freezer Queens Team Messageboard Freezer Queens is for busy women who find the Question "What's For Dinner" a nightmare! Here at Freezer Queens, we use our freezers to stock up on homemade healthy meals to use during the week. SparkPeople Freezer Queens Team Messageboard Hello 2016! We have had several new members join our team, I want to welcome you all and say hello to all our current members. <BR> <BR> I love using my freezer. I make healthier choices when I have healthy food on hand. If the healthy choice isn't there, it is very easy for me to make choose unhealthy things. I am always looking for new ways to use my freezer. I have also found using my freezer makes life a whole lot easier! <BR> <BR> How does using your freezer help you make healthy choices? Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:47:21 EST Freezer Cleaning/O Organizing Challenge Greetings Fellow Freezer Queens and Kings! <BR> <BR> I am making Spark People a priority again because I am a healthier person when I have the Spark in my corner. Reminding me to put down the ice cream and eat some veggies instead. <BR> <BR> I know that I am a healthier eater when my pantry and freezer are also organized and full of healthy choices. I will be cleaning and organizing both of them over the next 2 weeks. Throwing out expired items, using things that are about to expire, throw... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:27:05 EST OAMC I have been freezer cooking for years. Normally when I cook something I'll double it and freeze the rest. Today for the first time I cooked for the entire month! WOW, my dogs are barking! I mostly focused on dinners, I did do a couple soups for lunch and some muffins for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to how many of you OAMC and do cook ALL your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) of do you just pick one meal and focus on that? Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:54:12 EST Simplify! <link><BR>-simplify-freezer-cooking.html </link> <BR> <BR> Could be a good idea if you have anybody to share to job with! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:53:54 EST Egg Whites I purchase eggs whites in a container from the store. I then make a number of poached eggs and freeze them. Just heat and serve in the mornings. <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:52:26 EST Freezer French Dip Sandwiches Ingredients <BR> 2-3 lb beef chuck roast <BR> 2 cans (14.5 oz each) beef consomme (next to soups & broths) <BR> 6-8 hoagie buns (or buns of choice) <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> Place roast in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and pour beef consomme on top. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge 24 hours. Cook on low for 8-11 hours. Remove roast from slow cooker and save extra juice for dipping. With 2 forks, shred roast and serve meat on buns. <BR> <BR> Optional: Melt P... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:36:16 EST Freezer Chicken Cacciatore Ingredients... <BR> 1 lb. chicken breasts <BR> 1 (26 oz) jar of chunky vegetable style spaghetti sauce <BR> 1 zucchini, chopped <BR> 1 green pepper, chopped <BR> 1 sweet onion, chopped <BR> <BR> Directions... <BR> Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon sized freezer bag and mix together. Garnish with chopped black olives, shredded Parmesan cheese. <BR> <BR> When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with cooked spaghetti no... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:35:02 EST Freezer Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken Ingredients: <BR> 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts <BR> 1 cup Dijon mustard <BR> 1/2 cup maple syrup <BR> 2 T. red wine vinegar <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours). Sprinkle with fresh or dried rosemary for serving. <BR> <BR> Serve with vegetables. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:07:05 EST Free Freezer Cooking Class I have no idea if this class is any good but in case your interested..... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I read about this from another newsletter it looks interesting and I do plan to sign up. Just thought I'd pass it on! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:48:26 EST Freezing Whole Tomatos I haven't tried this yet, but will tomorrow! Has anybody else had any luck or failure with freezing whole tomato's? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-recipes/freezing-whole-tomatoes-for-<BR>super-quick-marinara-sauce.php </link> <BR> <BR> I don't have quite enought to make canning them worthwhile, this method of keeping tomatos sounds amazing! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:01:44 EST Slow Cooker Freezer Meals I love the idea of freezing the meal in a ziplock, pulling it out from the freezer, dumping it into to slow cooker in the morning and having dinner on the table a few hours later. <BR> <BR> I've tried a few different recipes and can't say I cared for any of them. Just stumbled across this blog and I think I'm going to try a few of her ideas. LOVE the ideas of having 5 meals ready to go in 1 hour! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-hour-1-mess-5-crock-pot-meals/ </lin... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:22:52 EST Has anyone tried this? I am thinking about getting the mason jars that are freezer approved - doing single serve meals for myself and my daughter and doing ours that way - can reuse instead of throwing away baggies/tin foil things...comments? ideas? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:24:18 EST Great Article This was shared on another Spark Team and I thought it was worth sharing on this board to. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1365 </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:16:15 EST Frozen Pizzas Pizza is a easy to please meal for the entire family I love to order pizza, however I don't like th $$ and the other not so healthy extra's that come along with it. <BR> <BR> I do make my own whole wheat pizza dough and the family will eat it, however it is kind of pain. I really like the convenience of frozen pizza's, but again not as healthy as I'd like. We do eat them sometimes but in my quest to be processed food free they don't fit. <BR> <BR> I would LOVE to hear from anybody who freez... Thu, 10 May 2012 22:26:19 EST Freezer Inspiration I had to share this blog<BR>reezer-meals-on-cheap.html I was blown away by how much she prepared in such little time and so little money. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 May 2012 22:24:31 EST Starting off SLOW I'm a planner. I love to plan. I plan all day long. The problem with that is I'm not a "do"er. I don't DO anything I plan. I just like to plan! LOL <BR> <BR> So I've decided to tackle this freezer menu business SLOWLY. I bought LOTS of bananas and am freezing them. I bought lots of veggies that I know I can freeze to add in my dishes like celery, onions, bell peppers, etc. <BR> <BR> I ordered some special plates that go from the freezer to the microwave (enough for a full month's worth, ho... Tue, 1 May 2012 18:10:21 EST Good Website Greetings everybody! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share a new website I've been following. She is VERY freezer friendly, prepares healthy food and is practical in her cooking. I personally agree with her food philosophy and have like the recipes that I have tried (so far). I thought maybe some of you would enjoy her to! I think her logo say's it all “Where motherhood makes friends with healthy eating and weight loss". Even if you aren't a mom, life is busy and she has some great suggestions! <... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:22:44 EST Freezing after the holidays? So, who freezes holiday leftovers? How do you prepare your goodies for freezing? Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:47:13 EST Side Dishes Just wondering if anybody has any suggestions or recipes for healthy freezer friendly side dishes? I already freeze brown rice and a few other unhealthy sides but I'd like to have more sides in my freezer selection. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:13:35 EST Freezer Queen Daily Chat Hellooooooo....... Can anybody hear me? I feel like I'm calling up from the bottom of my freezer. <BR> I'd like to open this topic up to general chat. Anything to get some threads linked, people connected, ideas flowing. <BR> <BR> As for me, I was housebound today--didn't feel like (and didn't have to) get out in the snow and cold. Had a pretty good day just taking it easy, browsing the computer, and watching cartoons with my 5-year-olds. It's great to have an excuse to watch cartoons! That... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 23:24:13 EST Help Support Military Families in One Second Your vote in Harlequin's More Than Words will mean direct support for the military families Home Front Hearts serves. Please vote, FB and Tweet daily from now through November 11th and spread the word! And I solemnly vow to never ask anyone to vote for anything again :) Love a proud Army spouse of a currently deployed soldier... Randi <BR> <BR> <link><BR>randi-cairns/ </link> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 09:44:35 EST How Do YOU use your Freezer? I am curious to how all my other Freezer Fan's use their freezer? Do you use it just to stock up on freezer foods that are on sale? Do you use it to preserve veggies/fruits from your garden? Do you cook for an entire day and eat for the month? <BR> <BR> I love using my freezer and I am I always looking for new ways to use it! <BR> <BR> I use mine to stock up on really great deals, this is my first year I froze a lot of veggies from my garden and I don't cook so I can eat for a month but I a... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:51:52 EST Favorite Spark Recipe's Greetings Everybdody! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite, freezable recipes from Spark recipes? Please share how you freeze it and any tips/idea's on keeping it healthy. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:02:50 EST Can you freeze eggs? Busy mom here trying to make healthy meals. I've been exploring healthy cookbooks and they have some yummy breakfast recipes. But in order for it to work for me I have to be able to freeze many of my meals. <BR> <BR> Have you frozen any egg meals? If so what did you freeze? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Nydia <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:08:08 EST Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes? With summer knocking on the door I am looking for some new recipes so I don't have to turn my oven on! I love using my slow cooker and would love to find some recipes so I can prepare the meal, freeze it and then cook it in my slow cooker. <BR> <BR> Anybody have any great and healthy recipes that they would like to share that is freezer and slow cooker friendly? <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 May 2011 08:25:48 EST I need your pork recipes! My freezer was getting low, I've been trying to use stuff up - out with the old, in with the new. Yesterday my local WalMart had whole pork loins on sale for $1 per pound so I bought 3! So now I have 30 pounds of pork to cut up and freeze. I don't have that many pork recipes. Anyone care to share their favorites? Thanks! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 06:36:10 EST 2010 coming to an end... Wishing everyone much happiness in 2011!! Sat, 25 Dec 2010 19:55:40 EST looking for support and accountability Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm a military wife and mother of four (15, 14, 7 and 5). I'm the founder and executive director of Home Front Hearts - a 501(C)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to serve the families that serve our country by: providing support and resources to the families of service members, increasing public awareness of the struggles and sacrifices of military families, and engaging both individuals and businesses in building communities that are responsive to the needs of these families... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 06:40:57 EST favorite freezer recipes whats your favorite dish to freeze? what your kidz or husbands favorite freezer dish? Sun, 5 Sep 2010 18:49:05 EST Nutritional Information I make several things in bulk and freeze them in individual servings for easy lunches. I have for years. It's just easier this way. <BR> <BR> However, I never gave much thought to the calories, carbs, protiens, fats, etc. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how to calculate the nutritional information of a meal, then record same for individual servings? <BR> <BR> It would go a long way toward helping me track my intake. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 10:16:21 EST Greetings from the "Frozen North" No, not that far north. I'm in Saskatchewan. <BR> <BR> I would like to find information on making single sizes I can prepare in bulk and put in my freezer. I have to carry lunch to work and cooking a little bit at a time is a pain. <BR> <BR> I would also like some information on how to determine the nutritional information available on what I cook so I can more readily track what I eat. <BR> <BR> Anyone that can offer assistance would be very helpful, indeed. <BR> <BR> Thanks much! Mon, 17 May 2010 09:48:02 EST hello everyone! My name is Shannon and I am mom to 2 boys ages 3 and 4. I have been married to my hubby for 5 years in november!! I am really looking forward to learning about freezer cooking! Talk to you soon! <BR> Shannon Thu, 8 Oct 2009 21:03:15 EST Flying in to say Hello Hi there, I am 29 years old and have been the same steady 155lbs for the past few years....this is not the weight I grew up with. I am not looking for any crazy miraculous changes, just to lose a few pounds on the journey to becoming a healthier. <BR> I LOVE food....obviously a downfall here. I love all food; the good, the bad and the ugly. To help me with this uphill climb I have joined Sparks. So far the tracking of my intake is helping already. <BR> Good luck to all who I have joined on ... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:36:15 EST Meal ideas/recipes to have on hand Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to have found this SP group as I am have a 40+ hour a week job and comute a little over an hour each day. When I get home I dont want to think of what I need to cook and would really like to have something prepared and in the freezer ready to pull out and heat up. Do you have any good recipes for meals? Thanks for the help and input. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:12:18 EST Greetings! Greetings Fellow Freezer Queens! <BR> <BR> I LOVE to freeze foods in advance. I just had a baby so I spent a great deal of time cooking and freezing to prepare for her arrival. I love the convenience and ease of all my hard work when it comes time to eat - and freezer meals have saved my sanity on many nights when I haven't been able to cook a full meal. I am always looking for new recipes and great ideas. I look forward to learning from this group and getting to know you all. <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:20:40 EST New from Texas Hello, I'm Kim from Fort Worth. I've always wanted to learn how to make the most of my freezer. Right now, I'm trying to eat most of the stuff in there so I can start from scratch and fill it with healthier meals. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learning how to make freezer meals happen at our house. Fri, 29 May 2009 21:28:06 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi Everyone, <BR> I was looking for threads on freezing foods and found this group. I love the name!! <BR> <BR> I don't really enjoy cooking, but can handle weekend bouts of making stews and soups and freezing individual microwave portions. Then I won't have any more excuses to eat expensive, fatty foods at restaurants cuz I'm "too tired to cook". <em>30</em> Happy freezing! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:44:17 EST Airless freezing?? Is airless freezing even possible at home? I bought a Seal-A-Meal many years ago, and I could never get the "hot bar" to make even one complete seal across the plastic. <BR> <BR> I just bought the Reynolds Handy-Vac at Kroger's, but it's going in the Donate pile. I got it to set up small bags of dry cat food that would stay fresh -- my picky cats won't eat the kibble after awhile because air gets to it from the box being opened every day. However, HALF of the Reynolds bags got air in them... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:33:09 EST tortillas can you freeze store bought tortillas Fri, 10 Apr 2009 11:53:45 EST Friendly Freezer Fruit Bars I found these on <BR> <BR> Fruit bars-makes 32. <BR> <BR> 2 cups flour <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> 3/4 cup butter <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1 cup shredded coconut <BR> 1 cup pecans <BR> 38oz fruit preserves <BR> <BR> Mix flour,sugar, butter and salt together until crumbly. Add coconut and pecans. Press 1/2 mixture in the bottom of a 13x9x2 in pan. Top with preserves. Top with remainder of crumbs, patting them gently to press them onto the preserves. Bake at 325 degrees ... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:05:25 EST My Favorite Freezer Cookbook I picked up Fix, Freeze, Feast at the library and I love it! They are mostly meat in marinade uncooked. Then when you want to fix one, just pull out the bag, defrost, cook. <BR> <BR> So far I have tried: Tequila Lime Chicken, Lasagne, pork chops 2 different ways, breakfast burritos, beef and bean burritos, garlic chicken. <BR> <BR> They have all been good! <em>250</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:33:26 EST Introduction Hello my name is JoAnne I am from Corry PA. and I got a new food saver for Christmas and can't wait to put it to good use. I also am very interested in learmng everything there is about this whole thing. <BR> <BR> JoAnne Fri, 2 Jan 2009 22:05:14 EST What are your favorite recipes to freeze? What are your favorite recipes to freeze that are low fat, for instance "dump" chicken recipes? <BR> <BR> Mine is Italian chicken. It is a dump chicken recipe. Take boneless skinless chicken put in a freezer bag, dump italian dressing over it and freeze. When you want to eat it, take it out put in a oven safe dish and bake at 350 until done. Tue, 23 Dec 2008 15:43:24 EST what kind of freezer is sustable for apartments? I'm moving to a new apartment in two months I am hopping to get a storage place with it and would like to put a freezer in it to save food in especially manager specials. Since I live on a fix income and food stamps. I was wondering if any one knows if it is possible to fit a freezer in a apartment storage unite and what kind? Sun, 21 Sep 2008 16:43:21 EST Vote and show your Sparklove! Business Week is conducting a poll on health & fitness websites. If you haven't already, vote for Sparkpeople and show your Sparklove! Spread the word! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ofweb2 </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 02:51:22 EST another new person Hello all, <BR> I am Jeanette. I live in Wisconsin and my husband and I fill the freezer this time of year, mostly with fruits. I look forward to hearing about all the things you all do. Sat, 2 Aug 2008 15:40:51 EST Potatoes I am wanting to throw together a stew package but am not sure how to do the potatoes. I know I'll have to cook them so they don't turn brown but does anyone know how and for how long? The end result I want is to be able to take bag out of freezer and throw it in crock. Thanks :) Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:00:32 EST Hello & Howdy! Hi Everyone! I'm looking for ideas for bulk cooking & freezing. There are days that I don't have time to cook for the family & need to just pull out of the freezer & reheat. Can't wait to share ideas. becky Wed, 5 Mar 2008 16:23:39 EST Hi All from Washington State! I'm 36, married to wonderful husband and have to adorable kids. I found this team on MommaTaurus' page and thought would be fun. I've been trying to sneak up on freezer cooking since fall as a way to avoid ordering out dinner when I don't feel much like cooking. So far the only thing I've managed to do consistently is mix up some taco meat each week for husband to make the kids while I'm at work - but it's better than nothing. Looking forward to all the wonderful tips I'll pick up from you al... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:30:15 EST Greetings from CT! LOL! My name is Jen and I swear I am not stalking Scrappylouisa but she is in some really great teams lol! I think this team will help me to better manage my time and have healthier options available and ready quicker! I am excited to read some of these posts! I can't wait to go home and freeze a banana!!! <BR> <BR> :) Mon, 4 Feb 2008 03:57:12 EST meals for one ideas Hi! <BR> Because it's only me at the house, I choose one day a week and make a couple of big meals and freeze. For instance a big pot of beans, soup, taco meat, spaghetti. But, I'm getting tired of the same things. I'm a regular kinda girl, not a fancy eater, but I'll try anything at least once. Give me some ideas! Fri, 25 Jan 2008 15:53:55 EST Hello THRITY Ladies! Glad to be here ..... Visit my sparkspage to find out more about me. I joined this page because I depend on our freezer quit a bit. I can't imagine NOT having that appliance. Tue, 15 Jan 2008 21:11:06 EST A question on freezing cookies for the holidays. I like to give cookies out for gifts for Christmas but wanted to know if anyone's had any success at baking ahead of time & freezing. Do they still taste as fresh as when you made them or are they dry & cracking? Also what methods do you use to freeze them in/with? Thanks. Marla Sun, 28 Oct 2007 08:53:10 EST How Do You Organize Your Freezer? I noticed that in other sections of the Freezer Queen's forum, team members were talking about how they organize and use their freezers to stock up for their families. Here you can post your ideas about how to organize your freezer. Thu, 4 Oct 2007 05:01:21 EST Hello To All New Members!!!!! Welcome to Team Freezer Queen!!! As the creator of this new team, I welcome you with open arms. I hope you find the information posted friendly and helpful in your everyday life. <BR> The reason this team was created was to help other women like myself with busy lives take the edge off by having a freezer full of healthy homemade meals ready any day of the week. I know what it's like to have screaming children, a messy house and most of all a hungry husband all after you at th... Fri, 14 Sep 2007 07:55:30 EST