Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Filling My Freezer

Amidst the contractions this morning, I labored away in the kitchen with the help of my sweet husband.  I've been having contractions on and off for a little while now.  Yes, this is normal.  I didn't experience this with my first, but this little girl has been nothing but trouble!  We made 5 different meals to store away.  None of these recipes are my own, and you will be taken to the link for the recipe and directions below each picture.  I browsed Pinterest to find some recipes I thought would freeze well.  By the way, I'd love for you to follow me on Pinterest or Facebook!  Here are the winners for my freezer.  You will also find the grocery list at the end of the post.  For more, you can also get my Freezer Cooking E-Book here!

 
This first one, Honey Sesame Crockpot Chicken came from Kitchen Meets Girl.  On her blog, she makes it fresh.  I simply put all of the ingredients in my gallon freezer bag.  When I am ready to cook, I will defrost slightly, and then dump the contents into my crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours.  I'll serve it with some brown rice and a salad.
 
 
This one looked too good to resist.  This recipe is from The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife, and I believe she adapted it from a magazine she cites on her blog.  I have to admit, I am always looking for something different to do with ground beef.  We tend to eat a lot of chicken around my house.  I split the recipe into two 8x8 pans.  That will easily feed me, my husband, and my 3 year old.  I was quite happy to have 1 recipe put two meals in my freezer!
 
I love White Chicken Chili, and I've never made my own.  I am hoping this one is a hit at my house. This is adapted from Gimme Some Oven.  She makes it fresh.  I decided to take all the ingredients except the milk and masa harina and put it in the gallon bag.  I will add those ingredients the day of cooking, during the last 10 minutes just to thicken up the mixture like she says.  I plan on cooking mine in the crockpot on low for 4-6 hours after defrosting slightly.  I will serve with chips, avocado, and cheese.
 

These next two recipes are both from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.  These were already freezer meals ready to go.  For the Stuffed Shells, the only change I made was putting the spinach into the cheese filling mixture.  I feel like I'll have better luck getting everyone in my house, including me to eat the spinach.  Truth be told, my husband is the vegetable eater in our home.  I have to make a large effort to get myself to eat veggies!  This one made a 9x13, and two 8x8's for me.  So I ended up getting 3 meals from this recipe!  Also, I just used seasoned shredded chicken breasts instead of a rotisserie chicken.


 As I previously said, this is also from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.  Now her picture looks a whole lot better than mine!  I used white corn tortillas--and corn tortillas have a tendency to break apart easily.  I followed her directions exactly.  I flash froze them and then put them in a large gallon baggie to be taken out and eaten a few at a time.


Since I know many of you replicate my entire freezer cooking day, I have included the grocery list for you as I normally do.  The only extra step is going to retrieve the recipe from the blogs I've linked to.  Happy cooking!

Grocery List
 
Meats
15-16 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 whole, the rest shredded)
1 rotisserie chickens
2 lbs ground beef, cooked and drained
 
Seasonings
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
4 cups chicken broth
cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
pinch of white pepper
2 Tbsp. masa harina (optional thickener)
3/4 teaspoon chicken bouillion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups biscuit mix
 
 
Condiments
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
sesame seeds
4 oz. mayo
 
Produce
1 large white onion, diced
1 yellow onion
10 cloves garlic, minced
3 jalapeno, chopped (you can remove the seeds for less heat)
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from half a lime)
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp sliced green onions
2 tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
 
Canned/Packaged
2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chiles
2 cans white beans (I used Great Northern)
12 oz. jumbo shells
1/4 cup green salsa
small flour or corn tortillas
 
Dairy
1 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Italian cheese, shredded
1 cup shredded Mexican flavored cheese
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
2 large eggs
2 pints heavy cream
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 lbs. ricotta cheese, part-skim
4 oz sour cream
 
Frozen
10 oz. bag spinach

 
 
 
 


6 comments:

  1. Wow...time to go have baby now :)

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  2. i am so happy to have found your blog with the crockpot recipes! i have two toddlers and a baby on the way, so i've been crockpotting alot of our meals. it will be nice to have a freezer full of meals that won't take effort at all to cook and put on the table, before and after the new kiddo gets here!! and i love that you add a grocery list for the meals! so easy and convenient! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  3. My freezer (Recently bought from SHS Online)remains always filled. There is no space at all. The interesting thing is that there is ice creams and chocolates which are 70 percent of all food inside the Freezer. So, you can understand what I like to eat most.

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  4. Hello,
    How did you prepare the john wayne casserole for freezing. Did you make up the whole thing and then freeze or did you just freeze the ground beef mixture? Please advise.
    Thanks.

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  5. Hi,
    I have a question about the John Wayne casserole...did u prepare it per the recipe and freeze it after it was baked or was it frozen prior to being baked?

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