Saturday, March 2, 2013

Freezer Meal Idea & Free Printable

One of my friends on Facebook recently posted a request for freezer meals (or really anything that could be of help) for one of her friends who has three young kids, is pregnant with her fourth, and has been put on bed rest.

Can you imagine? Three young kids and then being put on bed rest? I'm not a mom but have spent enough time with young kids (fun fact, I was a live-in nanny for a year after college) to know that it would be nearly impossible to take care of them, let alone prepare meals, while on bed rest!

Since we were on school break last week I had lots of time to whip up a quick and easy meal to deliver to my friend to bring to her friend (are you with me?)! I also have another friend who recently had a baby so she got a meal, too!

 I decided on Shepherd's Pie!  My mom's been making this super simple recipe since we were little.  We don't use any of the fancy versions, just a few ingredients! I love our version best (and I've eaten the 'real deal' while in Ireland!).

To make one 8x8 Shepherd's Pie you'll need:

-About 4 large Russet potatoes
-1 can of creamed corn
-1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey if you prefer)
-dashes of milk, salt, and pepper as well as 4 tablespoons of butter for the potatoes

1. Peel, quarter, and boil your potatoes (I'm not a very knowledgeable cook so I actually had to Google 'how long to boil potatoes'...survey says until you can stick a fork in a potato and have it slide off

2. Brown your meat in a pan

3. Drain your cooked potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Add butter, milk, and salt and pepper and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy

3. Place your cooked meat in the bottom of your freezer pan (I bought a disposable 8x8 aluminum pan from WalMart), then empty your corn on top of the meat, then top with your potatoes.

4. Download this adorable label that I created in Photoshop! Then print onto sticker paper (can be purchased at Staples) and affix to your freezer meal!


  1. Thanks for the free printable and recipe! I can't wait to use this for a meal to my co-worker.

  2. Can you actually freeze this recipe even if it has potatoes? Won't freezing it affect the texture of the potatoes when thawed and baked?

    1. I haven't had a problem with the potatoes after freezing thus far! :)