How to:: Getting Started on Freezer Meals and Giveaway!

*Giveaway Closed*

One of the most requested downloads we have has been my freezer meal recipes. Seems like many of us are in the same boat–busy mom’s rushing to get a healthy home-cooked meal on the table. (That’s if we can figure out what to cook.)  I have to admit, when my freezer is stocked with freezer meals my weekly dinner planning seems to work so much better. It is so nice to have the flexibility and ease of throwing one of these babies in the oven.

In my freezer meal searching I came across this company that has a fabulous system to get you started on freezer meals. It is 30 Meals in One Day. After my sister purchased the program, I was interested. I contacted the company to find out more and they sent me the whole program to try and share with you.

I got together with my friend, Kristin, to try this out so I would have some meals ready after I had my baby. We have a regular routine when it comes to doing freezer meals, but we wanted to give this a shot. We sat down and looked through each of the books. (I have to say I wouldn’t have purchased the lunch or sides books, but those were my favorites to look through. Defiantly worth it in my opinion!)  The books walk you through how many recipes to choose, which was super helpful as well. It is all designed so that you can get your 30 meals all made in one day.

This program does everything for you! You can choose from a number of recipes that come with the program or insert your own. Then print up a shopping list and labels for your meals. I loved that. In the past the shopping list has been the craziest thing to get together, but having a computer do it all for you, genius!

I have to say I was impressed with this system.

Now for the big news! 30 Meals in One Day is going to give one Crafting Chick reader a Dinner is Ready book and software combo, a retail value of $40. Just go to their website and come back here to leave a comment telling us what recipe you would like to try.

If you can’t wait for the giveaway, 30 Meals in One Day is offering US Crafting Chicks readers free shipping on any order. Just use the promo code: CAROUSEL.

As usual you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks in order to win. Giveaway will end Saturday April 23, at midnight MST. The winner will be announced on Sunday April 24. If you order the book and then win, 30 Meals in One Day will refund your order. And if you purchase the full set (all 3 books and 3-in-1 software for $75), before the winner is announced, 30 Meals in One Day will refund $60 of your purchase. This means you would get the whole system for only $15. What a great deal. Good Luck!

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  1. I checked out the 30 meals site and their recipe sampler had some pretty decent recipes, especially given that you’re supposed to be able to make so many at once! I think the Apple Roast Pork Salad sounded tasty (but would use chicken, since we don’t do port in my household).

  2. The Cheesy Ham and Potatoes Sounds Good – may just try next week, with some of the left over Easter ham!!!! 🙂 ms_sunshyne at yahoo dot com

  3. AMEN to the cheesy ham and potatoes……it all looks great, but that is a great way to use some leftover ham!!

  4. OMGosh! do I have to choose? I’m stuck between the Apple Roast Salad and the Honey Lime Chicken… but then there is the Coconut Shrimp! good job you can prep and cook it all in one day, then I could just decide later!

    Thank you for the generous giveaway… fingers crossed!

  5. This is about to make my life a whole lot easier! Thanks for the tips!! I would try the honey barbequed ribs since my husband loves ribs and I have quite mastered them yet.

  6. Oohh, this would be such a great prize! The cheesy ham and potatoes look fantastic, I would love to give it a try!

  7. I think the Cream Cheese Chicken sounds really yummy!
    We were just given a big freezer. I may have to start doing this now that I have the space!

  8. This would be so amazing to pull off! I need something like this. Sweet and Sour Chicken bowels look delish, as does everything else!

  9. I would love to try the Honey Lime Chicken!! I have never thought about making my meals ahead of time and freezing them but I think this is something I am going to try!! With a husband and four kids this would difinitely simplify my life!! Thanks Crafting Chicks!!!

  10. The cream cheese chicken sounds like something that would go over well in our house. I love that you’d be able to prepare 30 meals in 1 day!

  11. The Honey Lime Chicken sounds YUMMY!!! This program looks great. Stuff my hubby and 3yr old son would love to try too. I’m getting induced tomorrow and will finally meet my baby girl!! This book would be awesome for the coming months.

  12. Cheesy ham and potatoes, coconut shrimp and the cream cheese chicken. How can one decide? I have been hoping to start stocking freezer meals this summer before fall sports (4 kids, yikes!) this would get me started. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. The Apple Roast Pork Salad sounds so yummy! Well, a lot of the recipes do, but I only have two no-fail pork recipes so I’m always looking for something new!

  14. This is so interesting!!! I have a HUGE issue with dinners with my kids schedules. One of our daughters has production practices 4-5 days a week and gets home after 6 and is back at school at 630 in the morning. Life and dinner gets pretty crazy during these times.

    I would LOVE to try this out, and the Honey Lime Chicken sounds amazing 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win

  15. Lots sound delicious, I know I will have a ton of ham leftover after the holidays this weekend, so I would love cheesy ham and potatoes.

  16. This is something I have been wanting to do for about two years. We are planning to become a one income family at some point this year and this couldn’t have come at a better time! Since I only have one meal to choose from, which is hard, I would have to say it would be the Honey Barbecued Ribs to start. Thanks and I can’t wait to find out more!

  17. Just checked out the 30 Meals in One Day Website. How awesome is that!! We are always on the go with sports and church activities and hardly ever have time to cook a decent meal. This would be so great to be able to pull a meal out of the freezer and pop it into the oven!! LOVE IT I really want to try the cream cheese chicken and the Lasagne. Sounds yummy!!

  18. The Coconut Shrimp sounds fantastatic!

    I would love to start freezing meals – anything to make mealtimes easier. We have 2 kids and are expecting our 3rd this summer. This is definately something I will try to help prepare for the baby! Thanks!

  19. The sweet and sour chicken bowls sound yummy! This sounds like something I need to do. With 2 kids in soccer, and working full time, I like the idea of having dinner all ready!

  20. I REALLY need help with getting a meal plan, shopping list, etc. So many of the recipes looked delicious! I think that I would choose the coconut shrimp or the apple roast pork sandwiches.

  21. The Honey Lime Chicken sounds so good! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fab cookbook. I love the idea of having healthy, homecooked meals ready to go!

  22. I totally need this book! I am expecting another baby boy this summer and this would make my life so much easier now AND then!! The recipes look simple and delicious!

  23. The Cream Cheese Chicken sounds amazing. I love the idea that you can serve it over noodles, rice, or potatoes.

  24. I love the recipe for the Honey Barbequed chicken! I’ve been looking for a good 30 day meal plan for weeks now, i figured it would be a wonderful idea since i’m due in three weeks

  25. I have given this book as a gift, but never got one for me…I would try the honey lime chicken or the bbq ribs. Yum!

  26. I found a handful that would be great to try but since I’m suppose to pick one I’ll go with the cheesy ham and potatoes 🙂

  27. I have been researching freezer meals like crazy lately. I really really want to try the coconut shrimp now.

  28. Every one of the recipes sound awesome but if I had to pick one then it would be the Cheesy Ham and Potatoes… may just order the cookbook anyways sounds like it would be worth it…

  29. I would love to try the Honey Lime Chicken. With 3 growing, hungry boys this meal system would be perfect for me!

  30. Love the idea of having a freezer full of ready made meals. Checked out the website and like the cheesy ham and potatoes. Really love just putting it into a freezer bag and then cooking when needed. Great idea!

  31. What a WONDERFUL idea…think of all the time & money you could save. I am going to try making the Apple Roast Pork Sandwiches…YUMM-O!

  32. Oh this looks amazing! I’m going to be trying the Apple Roast Pork Sandwiches. Plus the site gave me ideas on how to use some of my own recipes. Never once thought to pre-portiong meat in a muffin cup to store in the freezer! I’ll be doing this this week for sure!

  33. I would love to try the cream cheese chicken, but mostly would love to have a freezer full of prepared food! That would be awesome!

  34. They all look yummy. I think I would try the coconut shrimp and the sweet and sour salad first…

  35. Love the cream cheese chicken and I NEED this as I prepare for another baby soon and haven’t even started getting my “kitchen ready.” Thanks so much for the tip!!!

  36. Cream Cheese Chicken… Um … Yum!
    I think 30 meals in one day would be fabulous for me! I was raised in a big family and I’m used to cooking for large groups, since I’ve been married, I’ve slacked on cooking. I feel like I make a huge mess cooking for only 2 people every night, so we spend entirely too much money on eating out. But I LOVE to cook so maybe if I did freezer meals, I would enjoy it, and could justify making a mess, since I’ll be cooking for weeks at a time! ( = Maybe I’ll win.

  37. I would love to try the simply lasagna recipe though I’m sure my hubby would love the honey barbecued ribs!

  38. This is something I would love! Especially now because I am about due with our 3rd and have been working on my freezer meals for when the baby is here. Some more ideas would be ideal. Gotta look into this.

  39. Hello McFly! I didn’t even get past the first recipe! Cream Cheese Chicken! That has my name all over it! So much so, that is what I am going to make for tomorrow’s dinner to give it a try! Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway to make a busy mom’s life a bit easier!


  40. I love cooking for a day eating for a month, but my method is not the greatest. This program looks amazing. I think my husband would absolutely love the honey lime chicken.

  41. I ALWAYS say I am going to organize that area of my life!I just need to do it! I am tired of going to the grocery store only to leave with a headache, a whole lot of stuff but nothing to make more than two meals, and a huge dent in my pocketbook. UGH!

  42. I would love to try the Sweet and Sour Salad. I’ve been looking for someway of storing foods in the freezer, especially for summer and all of our trips in the motorhome!

  43. This site looks pretty awesome! I am all over trying the lasagna recipe! Thanks for the info on this site, I had never heard of it!

  44. I Can’t wait for this book, if i don’t win it, i’m going to make my hubby get it for my bday! This would be wonderful to have in my home! I am going to try the sweet and sour chicken bowls. My husband, is always wondering what to take for his lunches for work, and if we have no left over’s then he just doesn’t eat sometimes. This would be so great to have to make him some personal sized meals for him, that he can just take to work.

  45. OOH! I would love this. We just had a RS meeting and one of the topics was easy meal planning, but we didn’t go into details of good recipes that you can freeze. Plus, we are in the middle of baseball season here at my house. With 2 boys playing, we are usually gone 3 to 4 nights a week at games so we end up eating snack shack food or Taco Bell at 8:30 at night. The Cream Cheese Chicken looks yummy and easy. The Lemon rice sounds good too.

  46. The honey lime chicken would be the first thing I’d try to make. This sounds like a wonderful idea and would prevent me from opening the freezer and expecting something to jump out at me for dinner.

  47. The sweet and sour chicken bowl looks so good! I would love this giveaway. Our family of six loves to be organized!

  48. I would love love to try the Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowls. This seriously looks like the greatest guide. I hope it’s me! 🙂

  49. Sweet and sour chicken bowls sounds really good! There were quite a few good recipes on the 30 minute website:)

  50. I would love to have Dinner is Ready cookbook and software. I have 6 children and we are a busy family. I think this would give me more time to read to them, play with thema nd help them with homework and piano! I was just thinking that starting next school year, I’m going to once a month cooking!

  51. Definitely a program that would work for me:o) I think the Zesty Beef and Vegetable Soup sounds wonderful!

  52. I just love your blog! This is just another great idea!! Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowl, plus many, many others sound so very yummy! I do believe my family would really enjoy these meals and I know it sure would take the pressure off of me. Thanks much for the chance to win!!

  53. I would LOVE to try this, I am constantly trying to ‘mainstream’ our dinner planning/ shopping/ eating!
    Thanks so much for the chance!

  54. i would love to try the honey lime chicken and the easy lasagna. I like how easy they look and don’t have too many ingredients!

  55. I checked out the 30 Meals in One Day website and I want to try them, ALL, but I am drooling over the Cheesy Ham & Potatoes recipe. It sounds yummy and I’d love to be able to thaw it out and have dinner ready with little prep time after a long day! I hope I win!

  56. Since I have been tending our youngest granddaughter each day, time just flies by and once I get back home I feel drained and the question “What’s for dinner” is always heard. This idea is just what I need…such a time saver and nice to have meals planned in advance. I thought the Lasagna sounded so yummy!
    Thanks for so many great ideas and helpful suggestions!

  57. The cream cheese chicken sounds like something my kids would eat!!! They are so picky, It would be nice to have some new recipes to try!

  58. This is such a cool idea! I don’t freezer cook yet but it would be SO handy and I have been toying with the idea. We are due with our 3rd kiddo in August so now would be a good time to start! 😉

    The “Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowls” sound great but I would LOVE to give the “Honey Lime Chicken” a spin around the block, too.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Probably the first recipe I’d like to try would be the lasagna. Lasagna is a big hit at our house, but we’re kinda partial to the recipe I’ve used for years. I’d like to see how this one measures up!

  60. yuuuummm! i have been wanting to do some freezer meals and would lOOVE a little bit of direction! this book would be perfect. my husband LOVES corn bread so i would definitely have to try the maple corn bread!

  61. The sweet & sour chicken bowls. I love the name-brand “frozen lunches” for ease at work, but would rather control the ingredients (specifically salt) going in my brown bag lunches!

  62. Not sure if Canadians can enter this but sure hope so! Love your blog and I think the Honey Lime Chicken sounds fabulous.

  63. I want to try the Honey Lime Chicken… sounds SUPER easy and pretty healthy. This is such a GREAT idea!!

  64. This is such a great idea to do the freezer meals. . . i can’t wait to try some of these recipes. I would love to try the honey lime chicken . . . i’m sure my kids would love it!!!

  65. I just found you, and am so glad I did! This is just what I was looking for as I am trying to prepare meals ahead of time before baby #3 arrives so my mom and MIL don’t have to worry about meal prep while they’re here “helping” with the other 2 kiddos! Would love to try the Cheesy Ham and Potatoes!

  66. Simply Lasagna for me! I love lasagna. This is a great idea, especially for people with a new baby, you don’t have to worry about dinner!

  67. Yum! The cream cheese chicken sounds good to me. We’re having our 3rd baby at the end of August and I would love to have some meals frozen 🙂

  68. I would love to try the Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowls…yum!


  69. The recipe that I would probably try first is the “Cream Cheese Chicken”. Frozen meals sound like a great idea for my busy life…

  70. If I had to choose a recipe, it would be the Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowls. They sound so good.

    I am expecting a baby as well, I know I definitely need to get a handful of freezer meals in my freezer before that day comes. So helpful, and even Dad can toss it into the oven. I have not heard of this system, but I am way impressed!

  71. Wow, what great recipes! I would try the Coconut Shrimp first. I work full time so love the ideas.

  72. Thank you so much for this post. I am pregnant with my second child and I have been searching the web for freezer meals with not much success. I will definitely be purchasing these soon. Your a life saver, well at least a much needed mommy time saver. Love the blog!

  73. I am so glad to see this! They look like they have simplified the whole process. I would love to try the Apple Pork Roast Sandwiches-yummy!

  74. I have hard time deciding between the Apple Roast Pork Sandwiches and the Honey Lime Chicken. Both of them sound so flavorful and easy!

  75. Lots of the recipes sound yummy, but I would LOVE to try the Sweet and Sour Bowls….in fact I might even make them tonight! 🙂

  76. I would love to be a better cook all around. I have 3 little girls 4 years old and under so anything to help make life more simple would be great. I have always wanted to cook shrimp, but am afraid too, so I would like strap a pair on and try the coconut shrimp.

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