There's nothing better than wondering what's for dinner and opening up the freezer to find just what you need. That's why we like to keep our freezer stocked with a few essentials that are perfect for quick weeknight meals, and some can even be used as a main dish or a side dish. The freezer is for more than just ice!
Here are the staples that we always keep in our freezer:
1. Ore-Ida Steak Fries
Or Crinkle Fries. I prefer the Crinkle Fries, but my husband likes the Steak Fries. Whichever one we end up getting, these are a wonderful accompaniment to the chicken tenders listed above or the turkey burgers listed below. We cook them in our toaster oven and it works great.
2. Perdue Simply Smart Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders
Frequently, our grocery store puts these babies on sale, and I always make sure to grab a bag. These are great and very quick to cook up if you need something easy on a weeknight.
3. Against the Grain gluten-free baguettes
These are kind of expensive (I've never seen a coupon), but it really is my favorite gluten-free baguette. We like baking up half of one baguette to accompany pasta, but sometimes we cut one baguette into two halves and use them for Gluten-free French Bread Pizza.
4. Jennie-O Turkey Burgers
This one is another that is rather expensive, but you get a lot of turkey burger patties in one box, so it lasts you through several meals. And sometimes you can find coupons for Jennie-O products at Coupons.com. We cook these up on our George Foreman grill. Doesn't take very long and tastes good.
5. Ground Beef, Chicken Breasts, etc.
Any time that bulk meat is on sale, we buy it. We then open the package it comes in and separate it into multiple Ziploc freezer bags. For ground beef, we try to divvy up a three-pound package into three freezer bags with one pound of ground beef in each. And for chicken, I try to do two chicken breasts per freezer bag. Meat and poultry keep great in the freezer, and even though buying the larger portions can be expensive, you're getting more than one meal out of it, so it does end up being worth it in the end. Plus, our grocery store is always having sales on the bulk meat.
What do you guys keep in your freezer?