Cooking healthy meals sounds great in theory, but in reality, it takes a lot of preparation, time, and patience. If you live a busy lifestyle, you might find that it is easier to throw a frozen pizza in the oven or drive thru a local fast food restaurant. Unfortunately, these are not the healthiest options, so it is best to avoid them. There is a third option, which is to prepare and cook many of your week’s meals on one day, so that the rest of the week the meals are ready to go without too much work needing to be done. This is exactly what the book Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family will teach you.
The Fix, Freeze, Feast book was written by Lindsay Tkacsik and Kati Neville, two women who are avid grocery shoppers, cooks, and meal preppers. The book includes 125 different recipes that help you understand which meals work best with cooking or prepping them beforehand. Some meals can actually be cooked ahead of time, then frozen in the casserole dish, so that all you need to do is pop it in the oven to reheat it. Others will be prepped only, such as chopping vegetables, and putting grains and other ingredients in bags so that they’re ready to go for the night of cooking.
This meal prepping book not only has the detailed recipes, but it includes a lot of valuable information to teach you proper meal prepping techniques. You will learn what foods freeze well and which ones don’t, how to prepare meal-sized containers, what containers to use, and the proper way to stock your refrigerator and freezer. You also get tips on saving money at the grocery store for healthy, home-cooked meals.
This book’s recipes aren’t just for the coming week either; they also include some main dishes, side dishes, snacks and desserts that keep for a few weeks in the freezer. One busy day of prepping and cooking is nothing when you consider how many meals you can make ahead of time.
A drawback to the book is that some of the recipes seem more like meals you would have just one time, and wouldn’t necessarily want to repeat for lunch leftovers or have for multiple dinners throughout the week or month. This may or may not be true for you, so it is worth having a browse at some of the recipes before you purchase the book.