Have you ever had one of those long and hectic days at work? You’ve been yelled at all day by customers or your supervisor. By the end of the day, your body hurts and your mind is exhausted. You finally make it home and no one has cleaned your house, taken care of the dog/kids, or made you dinner. Adulting can suck!!
I remember back when I first started my personal chef business, friends of mine would wonder what amazing things I made myself for dinner. “Marie, you’re a chef. What did you make for dinner? I need some ideas.” They were always surprised by my answer which was honestly, either cereal or a bean burrito. I was tired and didn’t feel like heading to the store. I think this happens to all of us at some point. We always mean to go to the store but, run out of energy. Thankfully, there are apps now so we can get groceries delivered or have them waiting for us to pick up when we get off work. There are even companies that will deliver packaged meal ingredients to your front door and all you have to do is cook those ingredients in a pan and dinner is served!
When those options do not work, your money is tight, or your family is hungry now, it’s good to have some frozen food available as a back-up.
In my freezer I have bags of mixed frozen fruit, bananas (those that were about to go bad I peeled and sealed in freezer bags), sliced watermelon, and sliced cantaloupe. I use the fruit in smoothies, fruit sauce for desserts, or blended to make a quick sorbet. I will also defrost some of the fruit to put on oatmeal or make a fruit salad.
Whenever I see frozen veggies (especially the steam bags) on sale, I double and sometimes triple stock them in my freezer. During farmer’s market season, I will buy fresh veggies and sort them out for the week. What I don’t use, I chop, slice, and put in freezer bags. This leaves me with veggies for the following weeks to throw in stir-fry’s, sauces, chilis, and sometimes my smoothies as well.
Like the veggies, when proteins (such as chicken, beef, and pork) are on sale, I try to double and triple stock them in the freezer. You can store the proteins as is or you can cook them up and refreeze them for later.
For this healthy meal, the only thing I made from scratch was the sauce. All other ingredients were from the freezer!
- 1 (16oz) bag of steam-stir-fry veggies
- 4-5 leftover cooked chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tbs. Honey
- 2 tsp. Cornstarch
- In a small sauce pan, bring water, soy sauce, and honey to a boil. Reduce to simmer and let sit for a few minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch (the sauce will begin to thicken as you stir). Once thickened, remove the sauce from the heat and set to the side.
- Defrost the chicken thighs in the microwave or in the oven. Slice in to 1-inch pieces.
- Microwave the steam bag veggies.
- Place veggies on plate, top with chicken, and drizzle sauce on top.
What I like about this recipe is how quick and simple it is. You can make variations by using a different protein or vegetables.
Please comment below with your own favorite frozen meals or frozen foods you like to have on hand.
Peace and Blessings 😊