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Yes, we’re almost done with the first month of the year, but that means we still have time to prep for the upcoming months ahead. January is considered my admin month. It’s the month when I prepare as much as possible for a good work-life balance so that the rest of the year can be approached with strategy and purpose. For a few years now, I have been determined to kick off the year with efficiency in mind, and I have found that prepping my freezer prepares me for kitchen success in the upcoming months. In this post, I am going to show you the simple steps that I take to prep my freezer with items that can make life easier. I’m also going to show you the recipe for my Sausage Lentil Soup. I make it in the pressure cooker to save even more time. It’s packed with flavor and it’s perfect to freeze for later.
You guys know that I am on a mission to have “it all” while balancing being a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Each year accomplishing this goal gets easier, and that’s because I have discovered that being prepared is what helps me to be able to be all that I want to be. Although its a small effort at first, freezer prep is what has helped me the most.
Why I choose ALDI?
I choose to shop at ALDI because of its convenience and affordability. The overall savings allows me to splurge on other items because I know I’m being smart with my money. At this point, I’m still blown away every time I find out that my ALDI grocery bill is a fraction of the cost that I would pay my other local grocers, and I get almost twice the groceries. The funny thing is that once you start shopping at ALDI, you start to recognize the other regulars. It’s like a social hub of like-minded shoppers who you get to see on your visits. It’s more than a grocery store, it’s a community.
In particular, kicking off the year by preparing my freezer with items that will come in hand during the upcoming months has been a complete game changer. Just imagine having a day where you are so mentally drained, you just want to sit down and look at the back of your eyelids. The other problem is that your family doesn’t really care about how tired you are because they still need to eat. I’m telling you right now as your friend, that on THAT DAY, you will be so elated that you froze that Sausage and Lentil Soup weeks ago because now, you can just throw it in the microwave and get back to resting your eyes.
For an added bonus, everything you need to freezer prep, can come directly from ALDI. That means you can access quality ingredients while spending only a fraction of how much you would spend somewhere else.
What ingredients do I need to make Sausage and Lentil Soup?
Simply Nature Organic Green Lentils
Appleton Farms Pork Sausage
Celery Stalks, thinly sliced
Simply Nature Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth
Simply Nature Organic Fresh Baby Spinach
How to make Sausage Lentil Soup on the stove top.
(Pressure Cooker instructions are on the recipe card below.)
- In a large pot over medium heat cook your sausage and drain any excess oil.
- Stir in remaining ingredients, except for your baby spinach to the pot.
- Turn down the heat and bring the pot to a very low simmer.
- Cook for 20-30 minutes, or until you lentils are at your desired texture.
- Turn off the heat and stir in your spinach.
- Serve with naan or crackers.
Freeze your Sausage Lentil Soup for later.
This is the perfect soup to freeze for later. I like to make a batch to eat half on one night for dinner, then I freeze the other half for a weeknight when I just don’t feel like cooking. This has allowed me to not overextend myself during the week, and to have peace of mind that there is always something good in the freezer to have available on nights where I don’t want to go anywhere near the kitchen.
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What other items should I freeze to kick off the new year?
- Frozen olive oil and herb cubes
Freezing herbs in olive oil to use for cooking later has been a game changer. I like to add herbs, crushed peppers, or minced garlic to an ice cube tray. Then I just fill the tray with Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and freeze. When I’m ready to cook, I just pop it out the freezer and throw it in the pan. They’re also great to use for dipping breads.
2. Frozen Chicken for future meals
Cut Never Any! Fresh ABF Chicken Breast Tenderloins into smaller pieces. Then divide them into smaller portions to easily grab from the freezer and use in future recipes.
3. Frozen Meatless Meatballs for a quick snack
I love portioning out Earth Grown Meatless Meatballs into small sandwich bags, and adding them to the freezer. The kids just grab them when they come home from school and throw them in the microwave as a quick snack until dinner is ready.
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16oz Simply Nature Organic Green Lentils
1lb Appleton Farms Pork Sausage
2 Celery Stalks, thinly sliced
1/2c Carrot Wedges
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2tsp Kosher Salt
1tsp Black Pepper
8c Simply Nature Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth
Simply Nature Organic Fresh Baby Spinach
Place your pressure cooker on Sauté mode.
Cook sausage, drain excess oil.
Add remaining ingredients, except for your baby spinach to the pressure cooker.
Close your pressure cooker and make sure the vent is sealed.
Place on Pressure Cook or Manual mode for 8 minutes.
Once time goes off, carefully open your vent and let out the pressure.
Stir in your spinach.
Serve with naan or crackers.