If you’re a planner and an organizer like myself, you probably like to do a bit of food prepping for your camping trip. For the full time rver’s out there, maybe you like to food prep or would like to food prep to make life a little easier on your grocery shopping. I food prep for home and camping. I like to food prep because I don’t want to spend my entire evening cooking and prepping when I can easily sit by the campfire with a drink or a cup of coffee!
So I am sharing my last camping trip food prepping because it worked out very well. My hubby has a special diet so I use Pinterest an awful lot to find recipes and then I just change them to suit his dietary restrictions. I do love to cook and bake, so I’m not one of those ladies who hate being in the kitchen. Now, I do hate cleaning up though!
There are so many things you can do ahead of time, but today I am referring to freezer meals. You need to start with your freezer bags and I like the gallon size ones for the meals that are fuller meals as I have a family of four. The quart size bags are great for your side dishes, such as diced potatoes or something you don’t want cooking with the main course. After my last endeavor with freezing meals ahead of time, I asked hubby to order me the stand. I feel it will really help with the messier items. I am pretty sure I had juice everywhere!
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After my last batch of freezer meals (pictured), I found these colorful bags (pic above). I like to make it fun so I have recently switched to these colorful geometric design freezer bags by Ikea, which I do wash and reuse a 2nd time. They come in fun colors! Side Note: They are also fun for the kids lunches (hint hint). When I switched my kids to those sandwich bags, the teacher wrote home asking if I would get her a box because all the kids thought they were so neat and she was going to use them in her classroom for supplies and such.
When I started the process of making my freezer meals, I timed it and I spent a little over an hour from the time I started from the time I put them in the freezer.
Some of the meals I prepared are sheet pan meals and some are for my slow cooker. I always have both items in the RV and at Home. I like to write on each bag the name of the meal, the date I prepared it, if it’s a sheet pan or slow cooker meal, and some instructions. These are also going to be great because cheer season is starting soon and hubby will have to cook some meals. I am the team mom so my life comes to a hault starting in August and doesn’t end until December!
After you get all your ingredients in the bags, make sure to lay them flat like in my picture. You will want to keep them in a stack like this when you put them into your freezer because they will take up a lot less room and it won’t become one big lump of food. In addition, when you thaw them out it makes the process a little faster I have found.
So when it’s time to have a freezer meal, make sure you do thaw it out for a couple of hours on your counter. If you don’t the items won’t cook properly. Take it from my mistake trying to shove one into my slow cooker at a last minute notice!
I was able to prepare a total of FIVE meals in just over an hour! We have eaten all of them and hubby’s favorite was the Italian Chicken with Spinach for the slow cooker.
I placed the following in a bag and cooked it in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours after it thawed it. It was super easy and you can add your own veggies and play around with the seasonings that your family loves.
2 Large boneless chicken breasts
4 ounces of fresh baby spinach
1 can of diced tomatoes w/juices (this is where the bag stand really helps!)
1 Tablespoon of sugar
2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 Teaspoon (or more if you like it spicy) red pepper flakes
1/4 Teaspoon of paprika
I added some fresh oregano leaves from my garden
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Here are the other meals that I prepared.
I also wanted to note that preparing your meals can save you some money because it allows you to buy certain items in bulk. For example, I always buy the biggest bag of potatoes that are on sale. I can’t possibly go through them all before they get soft, so I put some out in my potato bowl (yes we actually have one because we eat potatoes a lot!) and I will dice others up and add some salt, pepper, and paprika and freeze them in quart size bags. This makes such an easy side dish at breakfast, lunch, or dinner and you don’t have to thaw them out! Simply put them on your sheet pan at 350 for about 45 minutes. So easy!
Have fun and you can even involve the kiddo’s in prepping. They will have fun ‘dumping’ the different ingredients into a bag.
Since I had my slow cooker on and nothing left for me to do, I was able to join my family while they fished only steps from our campsite. This is Bahia Honda State Park and we enjoyed the fishing and sunsets! I made sure to grab my glass of wine and chair to watch my kiddo fishing and enjoy the beautiful sunset that seemed to happen so quickly. You can’t beat a Key West sunset!