Freezer Meals Make Grocery Shopping Last

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While trying to limit time at the grocery store, you may also be thinking about how you can enjoy fresh, tasty meals while staying inside our apartments in Jessup, MD. With a few freezer meals in your repertoire, you can make your sporadic trips to the store last. Here are five of our favorite freezable recipes to try.

Hearty Steak Soup

This soup from Taste of Home is comforting, delicious, and simple to prepare in bulk for freezing. Start with beef broth and add in the potatoes, onion, veggies of your choice and stew meat. Then, add flavor with steak sauce, fresh or dried parsley, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper for spice. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, or stovetop pot on low, and cook until the steak and potatoes are tender. This recipe will stew for about 8-10 hours, so prepare in the morning to be ready for dinner time.

Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas

After stocking up on canned goods, there’s a strong possibility you have at least one can of chickpeas in your apartment. This recipe from Pinch of Yum gives protein-packed chickpeas a kick of flavor. Take two cans of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) and fire-roasted diced tomatoes and pour them in a freezer bag. Add the olive oil, onions, garlic and spices, and close the bag, shake together and freeze. When you’re in the mood for chickpeas, empty the bag into an Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, or stovetop pot and cook until tender.

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This Creole favorite is an impressive dish, even from the freezer. The Southern Living recipe calls for chicken thighs and smoked sausage. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or pot and cook the meat together, stirring frequently until brown. Remove the meat and sauté the pepper, celery, garlic, and seasonings until the vegetables are tender. Then, stir in the rice, chicken broth, tomatoes, and meat, and simmer until the rice is tender. Enjoy a bowl for dinner, and then freeze the rest for a meal next week.

Easy Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is an easy dish to make as dressed up or pared down as you like, and it’s easy to freeze. This Love & Lemons recipe outlines a fairly simple dish to prepare. Start with ziti pasta or substitute other pastas like penne. Spread marinara sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, and prepare the ricotta cheese topping. Cook the pasta, toss with remaining marinara sauce and add it to the baking dish. Finish with dollops of the ricotta cheese and bake. Keep the entire dish in the freezer until you’re ready to defrost and eat.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Opt for shredded or cubed chicken for this recipe from Thriving Home. Layer the chicken in the bottom of the baking dish and cover with marinara sauce and mix. Then, top with both cheese to fully cover the chicken. Season the bread crumbs with olive oil and herbs, and sprinkle over the cheese. Finally, bake until the bread crumbs are golden, and serve or freeze!

With freezer meals like these, you can easily reduce the number of times you’ll need to visit a grocery store. For more at-home inspiration and ideas, visit The Elms at Shannon’s Glen blog. Contact us to learn more about our luxury apartments in Howard County, MD.

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