Weekend giveaway: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook


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Freezer cooking and busy homeschooling families go well together, wouldn’t you say? My friend Jessica Fisher thinks so, and her new cookbook–Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook–recently released to rave reviews!

Jessica is a homeschooling mama of six children, a monthly contributor here on Simple Homeschool, and the popular writer of two blogs: Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats.

Here’s what she had to say about her cookbook:


My first cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is designed to be your one-stop shop for all things freezer cooking. Loaded with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, it also provides the know-how to make bulk cooking successful for any family, any household, any lifestyle.

I’ve made freezer cooking a part of my family’s good eating for the last sixteen years. It’s been a great method to help us eat well and stay on budget.

Plus it keeps me sane in a busy household with six kids!

For years I found myself frustrated with the freezer cookbooks I flipped through. They often featured a lot of processed mixes and canned foods and sauces. Canned cream of something soup, anyone? No thanks. I want to feed my family real food, not a mess of chemicals.

In Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, I’ve made every effort to reduce commercially-processed foods wherever possible.  I love that bulk cooking can make it so much easier to eat real food!

And contrary to what you might have previously thought, homemade frozen dinners can be absolutely delicious. My taste testers are still raving about and requesting Mahi Mahi with Almond-Lime Butter, Roasted Vegetable Quiche and Caramel Lime Bars.

Here’s what you’ll find in this book:

  • Over 200 recipes to make ahead and freeze
  • General instruction in freezer cooking
  • A methodology to adapt your own recipes for freezing
  • Gluten-free and vegetarian options
  • Tips for bulk cooking with kids, with friends, and on your own
  • Fresh inspiration and 21st century flavors and ingredients
  • Want to see a detailed list of contents? Go here.

How to win

Jessica’s publisher is giving away copies of her cookbook to FIVE Simple Homeschool readers!

To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post letting me know if you’ve ever tried freezer cooking. (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the main post to leave a comment!)

For an extra entry, “Like” Life as Mom on Facebook. Then leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

This giveaway has ended–thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. I haven’t tried it but I want to!

  2. I liked on FB, too.

  3. I have only tried freezer cooking here and there but haven’t loved the foods I’ve made. I want to give it a better effort and this cookbook would be SO helpful!

  4. DeAnna Loibl says:

    I have never tried it, but would love to! I love my crockpot and I’m sure this would save a ton of time!

  5. I’ve never, but I’d like to try it.

  6. I love freezer meals and cooking in bulk! I can’t wait to see the recipes in Jessica’s book.

  7. I’ve just liked Life As Mom.

  8. Kristen M. says:

    I tried freezer cooking years ago. I liked the concept but my husband and I were not wowed by any of the recipes we tried. Now, working full time, with three kids, and having an upright freezer in my garage for storage, would be a great time to give it another try.

  9. Jennifer K. says:

    I have not tried freezer cooking but am interested in learning more!

  10. I do some freezer cooking. Mostly I do ingredients, and baked breakfast stuff. For instance, when chicken breasts are on sale, I’ll load up on them, cook them, and freeze them for use in other recipes. Then when I want to make chicken burritos, white chicken chili, bbq pizza, etc. it’s soooo easy to pull some cooked chicken out of the freezer and use it. For breakfast, I love being able to reach into the freezer before I go to bed and pulling out a loaf of whole wheat pumpkin bread or oatmeal flax muffins or whatever. So much easier to force myself out of bed in the morning knowing that breakfast is already made. The other thing I do sometimes is just make double and freeze the remainder. Most of the soups I make freeze great, and it’s just as easy to make a double (or triple) batch of red lentil soup.

  11. Christine says:

    Yes, I have tried freezer cooking.

  12. …and I just liked Life as a Mom on FB! :)

  13. Would love to win this! I commented on FB.

  14. I tried freeze & cook breakfast burritos….epic FAIL!

  15. I also just liked me some Life As Mom!

  16. I haven’t tried freezer cooking, but keep wanting to. My problem, like yours, is the lack of truly healthful foods in most freezer cooking cookbooks.

  17. I haven’t tried freezer cooking yet, but I so want to!

  18. Liked! :)

  19. I liked the Life as a Mom FB page!

  20. I’ve just starter e freezers cooking this month, but only doing a week at a time. Would love some help.!

  21. I haven’t really tried freezer cooking, although with a third baby on the way I have been thinking a lot about it! I freeze beans – chickpeas and black beans when I make big batches. I find that a lot of the things I would normally freeze (lasangas etc) have cheese in them and my daughter and myself are now not eating gluten and dairy. I would love to get some ideas for recipes!
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  22. Liked life as mom on fb

  23. I like Life as Mom on FB!
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  24. Rachel J. says:

    I haven’t tried freezer cooking, but I NEED to!

  25. I have never really tried it. I’ve made a few things that I have froze, but never in bulk.

  26. Rachel J. says:

    And I liked her! :)

  27. I liked on FB.

  28. I’ve never tried freezer cooking, though I’ve thought about it. For a newbie, it’s kind of scary!! :) This cookbook might just be the push I need to give it a go!

  29. I have tried to do freezer cooking a FEW times in my homemaking/homeschooling career, but it always seemed to “flop”, and my family didn’t like the recipes… We have been Gluten-free for over 10 years now, and so many of our foods just don’t seem to freeze well. This book sounds like it could be helpful for our situation too! :-) It could just be WHAT I was trying to freeze… Hmmmmm…..
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  30. I love freezer cooking!

  31. I have tried freezer cooking twice. Once with friends and once just a few days before giving birth to child #3. It has been SO nice being able to pull out a meal on a busy day. My entire day goes smoother when dinner is already taken care of!

    I still consider myself new to freezer cooking and would love to feel more confident in it and incorporate it into our lives more often!
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  32. Abby Aberle says:

    I’ve frozen leftover to use later but never actually used a freezer cooking method. I would love to try though!

  33. I already “like” Life as Mom on Facebook. Does that count? :)

  34. Vanessa S says:

    ANYthing to help with dinners!! :o)

  35. Also, “liked” Life as Mom, on FB! :-)
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  36. Stephanie LaFond says:

    I have done a lot of freezer cooking. I do tend to stick to old stand by recipes like casseroles but would love to stock with more interesting meals.

  37. Love make ahead cooking! This year I gave my elderly mom & dad 4 meals per month for Christmas, so I’m looking for new ideas!

  38. I love freezer cooking! Have only done it twice but am trying to make it a regular part of the monthly routine.

  39. I have recently started doing more freezer cooking and I need more ideas and help!

  40. I “liked” Life as a Mom on FB too.

  41. Christine J says:

    I’ve tried in the past, but then we had to go dairy and gluten free for both myself and my son…so I think I may try again for my husband’s work lunches. That’s great that this has GF options!

  42. I’ve only frozen double batches of meals we’ve had for dinner. I’d love a way to learn to do this without the prossesed junk!! 😉
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  43. I liked on FB also!

  44. We often make doubles batches of our favorite meals for freezing, but I have never done traditional freezer cooking for the reason you mentioned – lots of processed ingredients.

  45. would love to try it!

  46. We’re getting ready to make a big move out to the country from our current suburban life. We’re planning on making some big life adjustments and with that will come meal-planning and lots of freezer meals. I’ve been eyeing this book for some time and would love to get it now before our moving day!
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  47. I’ve tried freezer cooking and batch cooking but have never got into it regularly…but I would love to make it part of our meal planning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I frequently make extra of something “freezable” for a later meal, but I have never cooked just to freeze.

  49. p.s. I’ve been a fan of Life As Mom for awhile now. Already a fan on facebook!
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  50. I liked on fb