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. We use freezer meals sporadically, especially after the birth of a new baby. Always nice to have new freezer-friendly recipes.

  2. I have made freeze ahead meals and find they are great for non stress dinner… busy mom with 3 kids and fostering classes in the process.. but I am getting stuck. I have the same recipes.. I have grocery list for quick meals and share them on fb with friends but I am in need of new inspiration- this cook book is exactly what I need!

    I also just liked on FB!

  3. yep! tried freezer cooking and need to get back on the wagon. we just ate my last batch of frozen sauce. it works great for our family. this would be a useful cookbook for us! thanks for the giveaway!

  4. liked on fb

  5. Elizabeth L says:

    I tried freezer cooking before. Once was a whole day of cooking for meals that weren’t very good. I do some breakfast burritos and other things regularly but not major meals.
    I would love to get this book.

  6. Elizabeth L says:

    I like Life as Mom on Facebook.

  7. christylee says:

    I have just made a small list of things to make/keep in the freezer. I’m hoping to slowly add more to take some stress off of our busy weeks!

  8. christylee says:

    liked on fb

  9. Melissa D says:

    I do loads of partial freezering– mostly soups and stock!

  10. I have never tried freezer cooking. I’ve wanted to but didn’t really know where to start. Now that I have gone back to school I think this would definitely help out our family of five. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Winning would be great since we are on a tight budget. :)

  11. I liked on Facebook!

  12. Just went to facebook and liked for an extra entry. Hope I’m one of the winners :)

  13. I have never tried this, but would like to. I am not much of a cook and would finally like to start learning how to be one.

  14. I have tried some make ahead freezer meal but I am still a novice at it. I am hoping to win this book. It will me out especially with our busy schedules.

  15. Freezer cooking DOES go well with homeschooling! I am able to feed everyone without a kitchen begging for hours of clean up every single night when I pull out one of my freezer meals.

  16. I liked her on Facebook as well!

  17. Sounds great would love some good freezeable meal ideas!

  18. The only time we’ve ever enjoyed a few freezer meals was right after our third little one joined us and my MIL had previously sent a few home with us to tuck away for after his arrival. They were yummy and life savers on those nights! With little number four soon to arrive, this cookbook couldn’t come at a better time!!

  19. Tiffany A says:

    We’ve started freezer cooking, and we love it; this would be wonderful to help us out while we look for more ideas!

  20. Tiffany A says:

    Liked on FB :-)

  21. Megan Clark says:

    Other than doubling a recipe & freezing half, I’ve never “officially” tried freezer cooking but have wanted to for quite a while. I’m intimidated by the idea so this book would be perfect for me!

  22. I have tried freezer cooking, and love the concept. Just when I was getting somewhere with it, we radically overhauled our diet (eliminating sugar, almost everything processed, and all animal products), so I barely know where to begin again. However, I would love to win this book for a friend who wants it!

  23. I have tried freezer cooking, but ended up feeling like it was just a good bit of homemade, frozen junk food. I would love some good healthy freezer meals for my family.

  24. Liked on FB!

  25. I’ve done some freezer cooking in the past- mostly when I’m expecting babies. Need to start doing it again and would love these healthy options!

  26. I liked Life As Mom on Facebook.

  27. Christine C says:

    I’ve done very little, but some friends of mine have talked about doing an exchange. This would be perfect for me!

  28. I haven’t tried freezer cooking, but I have often thought it looked helpful. I just haven’t quite known where to start.

  29. Illya Gonzalez says:

    I have been contemplating freezer cooking for some time now and would love to try it.

  30. Ainsley Smith says:

    I love the thought of getting home from a big day in town and being able to pull a healthy meal out of the freezer. I try to do this but would love some more inspiration.

  31. Aimee Mulligan says:

    I like freezer cooking but definitely could use more recipes! :)

  32. Heading into #4 in the coming months, I have been trying to come up with new recipes for things to keep in the freezer. I try to make it happen a few times a week, so that I have at least something, but often I find that re-constituting things is not as delicious as I’d hoped. What a great idea!

  33. We do occasional freezer cooking, mostly just cooking a larger portion of whatever dish for dinner that happens to be freezer-friendly – but would love to get more ideas and recipes. Only trouble is we don’t have much freezer space (we live overseas and the freezer section of our fridge is limited). But still, I want to maximize freezer cooking to save money and maintain a healthy diet, thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Just liked on FB too, thanks!

  35. Heather C says:

    I’ve made freezer meals three times. I’d love some new recipes though! Thanks!

  36. Heather C says:

    Liked it on FB!

  37. Never tried freezer cooking. It actually intimidates me. I’m lucky to get a somewhat homemade meal on for dinner. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  38. I liked Life As a Mom on Facebook. Thank you again

  39. We are a large family, so I do quite a bit of freezer cooking to save money, prep time and my sanity. I do mostly soups, beans and meat for future recipes and muffins. The picture in the post looks delicious! I would like to learn to freeze casseroles, as lasagna is really the only thing I have tried. We are also gluten-free, so those tips would be helpful.
    Thank you!

  40. I tried freezer meals after my first was born. It was great but I couldn’t make enough room in the freezer once I started making baby food.

  41. Just started getting into freezer cooking in last few months. It is good to know that we have something nutritious and delicious ready to go in the freezer when I don’t feel like cooking. Usually, just double and freeze our leftovers, however have been using freezer-friendly recipes found online. I made a huge batch of banana bread to freeze last week and it never made it into the freezer. Opps! :)

  42. Already like “Life as mom” on FB!

  43. Just liked Life as MOM on FB. Thank you!!

  44. I freeze some things but I do more canning – I find things keep better canned since I don’t have to worry about freezer burn. Of course, not everything cans well. I’d love a copy of this book – I’d like to do more freezer cooking to have options for those nights when I just don’t feel like cooking. Thanks for the chance! xo
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  45. I have tried some freezer cooking… with not a lot of success. I would love to win a copy of the cookbook!

  46. Jackie DP says:

    I got hooked on freezer cooking when my boss dropped off 6 meals the night before my twins were born. I haven’t really learned other recipes (other than the mac n’ cheese and soup standards) but would love a copy!

  47. I have pre-made casseroles that i have kept in the freezer, and friends have blessed me with freezer meals after we’ve had a baby……but i feel my freezer in underutilized and I could sure use some tips/ideas. Always looking for ways to cut down on daily chores so i can spend more time with the kids after work. :)

  48. I like to make freezer meals, but my current freezer cookbook has a lot of processed ingredients like you mentioned. I also like to bring a frozen meal along when dropping off a dinner to someone who is recuperating as an extra meal to be used later. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway! :)

  49. I have done a few freezer meals but would really like to do more.

  50. I also like Life as Mom.