If you are looking for a healthy meal plan that can save you both time and money, then I’ve found the perfect solution for you. It’s called, My FreezEasy. My husband and I both work full-time jobs. I’m also going back to nursing school to get my BSN which will be my second degree. We both also work on the blog while trying to work out and eat healthier food. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. It can get stressful when we didn’t plan out our meals for the week. We usually wind up going to the grocery store several times a week or have to eat out because we are starving and can’t wait to cook a meal that night, there’s just no time.
My husband was researching meal planners or healthy meal options when he came across the My FreezEasy meal planner program. He started researching how the program works and then told me that he thought this might be the solution to our problem. The My FreezEasy program would save us both time and money and the meals were all whole food meals that looked delicious.
My FreezEasy Premium Meal Plan
We signed up for the Premium plan and Erin the owner sends 8 new freezer meal plans each month in our inbox. The program shows how to put all the ingredients in freezer bags or disposable trays, put them in the freezer and pull them out when you need something to cook for lunch or dinner. Just pull them out of the freezer, put them on the stove, in the slow cooker or in the oven. The program also offered a drag and drop tool that allows us to swap meal plans if there was a different meal that we preferred. The drag and drop editor made swapping meals a breeze.
Welcome page to My FreezEasy
The first time I started looking at this website, I spent 1 ½ hours exploring to see what the program offered. When I actually started using the meal plans, it only took me 15 minutes to pick the meal plans, click the download link and downloaded the recipes, shopping lists, and step-by-step meal assembly instructions. I printed them off and put them in the page protectors and binder.
We get tired of things going bad in the refrigerator. Our produce was going bad because we would forget what we bought. They were impulse buys at the store. Things get pushed to the back of the refrigerator. With these meal plans, you are preparing everything you buy at the store. The only thing you have to do is make sure you use the meals in the freezer, which can stay there for up to a year.
This website has given me a lot of cool ideas and things I know will save us both time and money. I wanted to do a review so you can see what this website looks like on the inside. Erin is the creator of the website. She creates the meal plans and has been making them for her family for years. The My FreezEasy meal planning program has a number of tutorial videos throughout the website if you have any questions while using it. Erin also gives some great tips and tricks that I thought were very helpful.
My FreezEasy Website Tour
Ok, let’s start with the tour of the website. Once you sign up for the service, you will receive your login information. Once you are logged in to the website, you are brought to the Home screen. There are two ways to get to the meal plans. The first way is, on the left, click the link to this months’ meal plans. The second is by clicking the, “Create” link at the top of the screen.
On the right is a video tutorial where Erin walks you through preparing one of the themed meal plans for the month. She picks one category and walks you through how to prepare and assemble it. Erin walks you through the whole process from start to finish. In this walkthrough video, she starts with her ingredients still in grocery bags and items on the counter and moves on to peeling the carrots and cutting the chives. She doesn’t even have the bowls out on the counter. She shows you how to do everything and how long it will take you to prepare the meals for the freezer. It took her just under an hour to prepare 10 meals. Erin offers some great tidbits and tricks that she has learned through the years while preparing her meals for the freezer.
Here is a walkthrough video showing you inside the My FreezEasy member’s area.
Monthly Meal Plans & How to Videos
Once you decide which plan you want, click on the “Download Meal Plan.” It pulls up a pdf format that gives you a table of contents, recipes, shopping lists and how to assemble meals. The recipes tell you how many servings, how long it takes to prepare it and how long it takes to cook it. The recipes are for one meal but the assembly is for two meals. When you are looking at the shopping list, they are for 2 meals. In the prep directions, it tells you what to put in each freezer bags. Erin even offers on how to freeze and thaw your meals, and dairy-free and gluten-free modifications.
How to Download The Meal Plans & Labels
Erin has put a lot of thought and effort into this website. It is very professional, easy to read and easy to organize. So here is the complete shopping list by recipes. It will tell you what you need for each recipe. It also tells you which sides and garnishments go best with each meal. Most people have rice or (we get a large bag of rice from Sam’s) potatoes in the house.
The prep day list, tells you what you need to prepare this recipe for freezing. The prep day list by category can help you pick things out of the refrigerator, the pantry, etc. The meal assembly tells you things from how to label the bags to remind you to pull all ingredients onto the counter. Then she tells you what you need to precook and what you need to pre-prepare or chop. For example, in the nacho recipe, you want to make sure you brown the ground beef and let it cool because you don’t want to put hot meat in the bag and then freeze right away. This is an example of the different tidbits she gives you. She tells you in order what you need to prep. The next section is what to put in each bag by the recipe.
The labels are predesigned with the instructions on thawing, cooking and what to put with it. So you don’t have to pull something out of the freezer and then go back to the recipe to find out how to cook it. There is also a date field. There are two labels for each recipe. She tells you that the Avery #6874 labels fit the pdf for individual labels. Another option is to get a sheet that is one label and cut them. You can also print on regular paper, cut up and tape to bags.
Assembly by Recipe
Ok, back to the website!
The second way is to click the “Create.” There are 20 different categories. Pick a category. For example, pick the slow cooker. You will be brought to the software. Click and drag recipes to the box on the right. You can change serving size if you know you are having a party or having a lot of kids over. So, you don’t want all your meals to be slow cooker, click “Back to search categories” then click on another category. For example, click one-dish meals, get recipes and drag over to total 5. Only put 5 meals in the box or you can’t see the review and print button.
The concept of the website is to get 2 weeks of meals. Most people don’t have longer than 1 hour to prepare. Once you have your recipes in the box, click review and print. Click print my meal plan, it will download it as a pdf. Click print labels and it creates a pdf. You can also email it to the email on the account. My FreezEasy also comes with a mobile app that is available for Android and iOS phones and tablets, so you can see it on your phone.
Now you can open the pdf’s and see the pdf for the meal plan you created. Recipes, shopping lists, and assembly instructions are all included just like with the monthly meal plans.
Inside the member’s area, we were able to pick from several lifestyle choices in planning our meals. We could select from the following categories:
My FreezEasy Categories:
- Traditional Plan – 10 meals: mix of different types of meals
- Gluten-Free Plan – 10 meals: completely gluten-free including sides
- Slow Cooker Plan – 10 meals: all freezer to slow cooker style
- Clean Eats Plan – 10 meals: all “clean ingredients”
- 20 Meals Plan – 20 meals: mix of different types of meals
- All Chicken Plan – 10 meals: all recipes using chicken breasts/chicken thighs, so you can get the chicken on sale and stock your freezer
- The All Ground Beef Plan – 10 meals: all recipes using ground beef so you can get the ground beef on sale and stock your freezer
- All Pork Chops Plan – 10 meals: all recipes using pork chops or pork tenderloin so you can get the pork on sale and stock your freezer
We couldn’t believe the choices the My FreezEasy plan offered. We could now select healthy, whole food meals and never get tired of eating the same old recipes that other recipe programs offer. There are so many choices in the My FreezEasy meal planner. Check out some of these delicious meals!
- Skillet Chicken Cacciatore
- Cashew & Curry Chicken Wraps
- Slow Cooker Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff
- Russian Shredded Beef Sandwiches
- Chipotle Chili
- Layered Taco Bake
- Slow Cooker Cubano Sandwiches
- Skillet Jamaican Pork Chops
- Sunshine Salmon
- Crunchy Dijon Cod
- Skillet Jamaican Pork Chops
- Sunshine Salmon
- Layered Enchiladas
- Asian Wings
- Ropa Vieja
- Honey Garlic Chicken
- Cubano Sandwiches
Shopping the Aisles Saved Us Money
I combined the shopping list which tells you all the ingredients and the amounts needed to prepare those meals which saved me at least $100 on my shopping trip. When I went shopping I picked only the ingredients needed to prepare the meals. We usually aren’t organized and shop the aisles to see if something good pops out at us. This is where most of our waste came in. Our produce would go bad because we would forget what we bought.
We also enjoyed using the shopping by sections of the grocery store outlined in the program. We picked up all the meats for all the meals while in the meat department, then all the produce for all the meals while in the produce section, and so on. This shopping trip saved me approximately an hour. We usually go to our SAMS club and then the grocery store. I only needed to go to the grocery store which took me about 45 minutes from the time I left our home to when I returned.
Erin suggests in her easy to follow step-by-step videos to plan your shopping for one day and then package your freezer meals the next. We were behind on meals for the week so I decided to prep our weekly meals when I got home from the store.
I got all the ingredients separated as I watched her instructional assembly video as she walks you through putting the meals together and placing them in the freezer bags. After picking 5 meal plans I made 10 meals in just under one hour, which she states on her website. Wow, I wasn’t sure it could be done that quickly but sure enough, I did it. I printed out the printable labels for the meal bags, so I’ll know exactly what’s in each meal bag, making it easy to see what you want to eat for that day.
- We saved 2 hours by only making one trip to one store for the week
- Saved 1 hour by only shopping for the ingredients needed for the week
- Saved 3 hours prepping multiple meals we would have had to make for the week
- We saved $100 from purchasing just the items needed to make the meals for the week
- Saved $10 in gas by only shopping one time instead of multiple times for the week
- Saved $25 for the week by not throwing away food that usually spoiled by forgetting it in the refrigerator or veggie drawer
- Future savings, approximately $100-$200 per month by purchasing the ingredients we need in bulk and/or watching for specials and sale items for our meals
So I did my first total meal preparation today. The first thing I did was clear everything off my counter before I started. Then I followed the list for the prep day and put everything I need on the counter. We decided to cook one of the meals because we were hungry. Being it was my first time of preparing these meals, it took a little longer than if I was simply putting all the ingredients into the freezer bags.
Next, I used the assembly instructions at the end of the pdf to figure out what I needed to chop and cook in advance. I did change the recipe order because I wanted to cook one of the recipes for my family’s dinner. I went back to the first recipe and continued to the end.
Nicely Laid Out and Easy To Follow Meal Plans
The meal plans were laid out very well and were easy to follow. I even got interrupted a couple of times but had no trouble picking up where I left off. Actually, I used Erin’s tip for the slow cooker meals which was putting the bag inside a bowl that will fit inside your slow cooker so you don’t have to thaw everything entirely for it to fit. I also used a box so that the soup recipe bags would stand upright. In fact, I was afraid that with the pressure of all the liquid and the temperature, the seal might break.
I was surprised at how compact the meals that will be cooked on the stove were and how little space they took up in our freezer. Most of the meals laid flat and could be stacked on each other. I placed them into a box which made it easy to pull out and look through. All the meals only took up about half of one shelf in our freezer, so we could easily do 20 meals next time and cut down on our shopping time per month and save even more money by purchasing items on sale.
For the next week, we simply picked the type of meal we wanted and placed it into the slow cooker or oven for the suggested time. After cooking a weeks worth of meals I can tell you they were delicious and wasn’t sure how they would turn out. My somewhat picky husband approved of each of the meal we had selected for the week. The meals were are all juicy and tender. You could taste the flavors of the foods, spices, and other ingredients the meal plan suggested.
The only complaint my husband had when we made the soup was he was hungry within an hour. So, if you have any hungry guys in your family you might want to select the hardier meal plans. He recovered the next evening when he put the soup with the lemon chicken we had earlier in the week and that totally satisfied his big appetite.
I thought the night was a complete success. My family loved the first recipe I cooked so that’s a very good start. We will be using these meal plans since I don’t have to do it every day!
My FreezEasy Wrapup
So we feel that our overall experience with MyFreezEasy was awesome, stupendous and exhilarating! I can see how the My FreezEasy meal planner will save you money on groceries. It will also save you time with preparation! We will be trying new meals each week, building a list of staple quick and easy to prepare meals. I can’t wait to see new recipes coming in March.
In conclusion, the My FreezEasy meal planner is an amazing tool that can save you both time and money. If you are anything like me with little time to cook and prepare healthy meals for your family, then you should give the My FreezEasy meal planner a try. I think you’ll be amazed at how easy this program actually is and how much free time you’ll have to do other important things during your week. When we cut those dreadful hours of running to the stores and cooking multiple times per week, we were able to spend more time together as a family, study more for my tests, and start exercising again.
If you have never tried Freezer Cooking before, I’m sure you are about to fall in love with it! I know I sure did! You can check it out and get started by visiting My FreezEasy.
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