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Easy Freezer Meal Prep for Summer Grilling

Y'all I have to brag on my big sis for a minute. I have been helping her with meal planning and better grocery buying habits and it has saved them TONS of money! Now that she's been meal planning for a couple of months I wanted her to try some freezer meals. 

Freezer meal cooking/prepping can be very intimidating and to be honest it can be down right exhausting. Is it worth it in the end? Most definitely! Do I despise it by the end of prep today? You're darn right I do! So what's a good way to try freezer prepping without spending an entire day in the kitchen? Recipes that don't require any precooking and only mixing and chopping! 

Also, writing the ingredients down on the freezer storage bag itself can definitely make things go faster because you won't be constantly looking through your phone for each recipe. So sit down and write them out on each bag prior to starting your prep work. 

*Picture courtesy of my sister! Y'all I'm like a proud Mama 😂 

1. Teriyaki Chicken Marinade 
(Grill and serve with steamed rice and veggies or even fried rice)
Ingredients: 
*1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
*3 cloves garlic, grated
*1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
*1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce
*2 tbsp rice vinegar
*1/4 cup light brown sugar
*1/8 tsp white pepper 

2. Sweet & Savory Chicken
(Grill and serve on a large salad) 
Ingredients: 
*1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
*1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce
*1/4 cup gluten free Worcestershire sauce
*1 tsp garlic powder
*1/4 tsp ground black pepper
*1 tbsp juice from jar of hot peppers
*3 tbsp packed light brown sugar

3. Cilantro Lime Chicken
(Grill and serve in tacos or burrito bowls) 
Ingredients: 
*1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
*1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed 
*1/4 cup lime juice
*zest of 1 lime
*1/4 cup orange juice
*1/4 cup olive oil
*2 garlic cloves
*2 tsp ground cumin 
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Blend well in food processor before pouring marinade over chicken. 

4. Thai Style Chicken 
(Grill and serve in lettuce wraps with cucumber, carrots, cilantro and Thai peanut sauce)
Ingredients: 
*1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
*2 tsp lemongrass paste
*1 tsp Thai seasoning mix
*1 tsp Thai style red curry powder (make sure it's Thai and not Indian) 
*1/4 tsp dried mint 
*1 tsp sambal oelek
*3 tbsp lime juice
*3 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
*1/4 cup olive oil 

5. Italian Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches
Ingredients: 
*1 (14 oz) pkg raw mild Italian sausage links
*1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
*1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
*2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
*2 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
*1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 
*1 tbsp tomato paste
*1 tsp Italian seasoning
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp ground black pepper
*1-2 tbsp olive oil
*5 sub rolls (gluten free or wheat) 
*1/4 cup mayo
*1/4 cup Dijon mustard
*shredded Parmesan cheese

To freeze: Add sausage, peppers, onions, garlic, seasonings, tomatoes and tomato paste to a labeled gallon size storage bag. Lay flat to freeze. 

To serve: Place in fridge to thaw. Remove sausage links from bag and grill until cooked through completely. While sausage is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook remaining bag contents until tender. In a small bowl combine mayo and mustard. Serve sausage on rolls with veggies, sauce and Parmesan cheese. 

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