Are Freezer Meals the Ultimate Time Suck- or Totally Worth the Effort?

Let’s chat for a second about how modern, busy, working parents don’t have three hours to spend in the kitchen on a Saturday making a bunch of food that’s just going to sit in the freezer.

Because it seems like the elephant in the room when we start talking about batch cooking, right?

“That it’s only something stay-at-home parents, work-from-home parents, homeschooling parents, bored parents, parents with time to spare…. that’s what they can do.

Not me.

I got no time for this.”

Sound familiar?

“I’ve got a meeting to prepare for and kids to pick up from practice and two loads of laundry to fold and kids’ backpacks to go through so all I have time for is to throw together a 20-minute meal for dinner. The last thing I have time for is spending three hours on an otherwise busy Saturday making a ton of meals we don’t even get to eat that day.”

But the thing is, batch cooking is exactly the kind of thing the busiest parent can do in order to free up their time at home.

It gives them more time to spend doing the things that bring them joy; whether that’s hanging with your family, getting some self-care time in, or anything else.

Take it from me, lady: I’ve got two young kids at home with their own school and activity schedules, a side hustle, a day job, no family nearby, a husband who juggles a demanding job, his own side hustle, and just life in general.

We ain’t got no time for anything that takes forever to do with very little return on time investment.

And I’m here to tell you: batch cooking is the ULTIMATE return on investment activity.

I always ignored it, thinking it was something that moms with way more free time were doing. But once I started cycling it into our crazy weekly schedule, it hit me like a ton of bricks:

I am that busy mom who benefits from batch cooking.

Squeezing in the time to make a batch of freezer recipes has saved me so much time and, surprisingly, money that I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Here’s How I Plan Out My Batch Cooking for the Freezer Sessions

I’ll start by collecting a handful of recipes; I can usually find time to make about 5 recipes, maybe 8.

When I’m choosing the recipes I want to make, I try to pair “like with like”, and keep some of the ingredients or cooking styles similar. This saves me energy during the prep by not doing 50 things at once.

Then I’ll buy the ingredients (I almost always buy my groceries online using Instacart), load up my podcasts or playlists to listen to while I cook, shoo my family out of the kitchen, and get to work.

How Do You Find the Recipes?

There are any number of ways you can find the recipes you want to cook; Pinterest, a good ole’ Google search, cookbooks that are aimed at freezer meals (this is a great one). There are also a couple of different platforms and websites you can use; My FreezEasy, The Family Freezer, etc.

But my number one way to find recipes, create a meal plan, and then funnel hat meal plan into some sort of a meal prep plan is to use Once a Month Meals.

What is Once a Month Meals and How Does It Work?

I’ve been using Once a Month Meals to create batch cooking days for about three months now and guys? I’m freaking hooked.

I love how OMM divides its service into recipes, favorites, and my personal menus. This helps me break up my planning into finding, sorting, and plotting.

They also have an extensive video library that covers everything from replays of Live Cook-a-thons, Instant Pot tips and tricks, safe thawing practices, recipe videos, and more.

What’s more, they have a really strong community and live chat feature, so you can always get answers to questions super quick- even when you’re in the middle of cooking and need assistance, stat.

Let’s take a quick tour through the service, shall we?

The video is a 6-minute long walkthrough of what Once a Month Meals is and why I love it so much. They’re currently closed for new enrollment, but if you join the waitlist they’ll let you know as soon as it’s open- and once it is, I recommend you JUMP!

Once a Month Meals has truly changed how I meal plan, how I cook for my family, and just knowing that I have a trove of finished meals in the freezer takes a huge weight off my shoulders.

If you have any questions about Once a Month Meals, drop me a line in the comments or click “contact” up above in my menu of the site to email me directly! I’m more than happy to share my honest thoughts, or point you in the direction of the OMM team to help further.

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