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"I'm at the stage of my life with busy kid and work schedules that I need to be able to utilize my freezer to pull a quick meal out and have a nice healthy option for my family," says Kelsey Nixon (who also shows us how to unpack + organize your kitchen after a move). Her "best hack" for this is something she calls "freezer pack" meals. She meal preps quart-size resealable plastic bags with cut-up meat (here, she uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts) and veggies, adds a marinade and freezes the combo. To serve, she simply defrosts the pack, sautés or bakes the contents and pairs it with pasta, rice, tortillas, etc. So quick and easy!
Note: If you only want to make one type of marinade, make three times as much and divide that among the three bags.
Divide chicken and veggies into 3 quart-size resealable plastic bags. (For the Mexican/Fajitas, use only the chicken, peppers and onions.)
For each marinade, in a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients, then transfer each to one of the quart-size freezer bags, seal and shake to fully coat the chicken and veggies. Label and date the bags and freeze for up to 2 months.
Before cooking, thaw a packet. (For the best results, thaw overnight in the fridge.) If cooking on the stove, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour the contents of 1 bag into skillet and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. If baking, preheat oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment. Pour the contents of 1 bag into the pan and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.