Recipe from Big Oven
5 chicken breasts
2 T oil
1 t garlic
1/4 C apple or pineapple juice
1/3 C brown sugar
2 T ketchup
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 C water
1/3 C soy sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T cornstarch
1. Cut your chicken into small 1-2 inch pieces with some kitchen scissors.
2. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Once it is hot, pour
2 T Olive Oil into it.
3. Add your chicken pieces to the pan and let them cook for about
10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. The chicken will start to get a bit juicy and bubbly. Put the lid on the
pan, slightly tilted and drain the juices out into the sink. Return the
pan to the stove top and continue cooking over medium high heat.
5. Into a medium sized mixing bowl combine 1 t garlic, 1/4 C apple
or pineapple juice, 1/3 C brown sugar, 2 T ketchup, 1 T apple cider vinegar,
1/2 C water, 1/3 C soy sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 1 T cornstarch.
Whisk it all together until the cornstarch is dissolved and all ingredients are
6. When your chicken has a nice brown sear on some of the pieces...
pour the sauce into the pan. Stir it around to cover all the chicken pieces.
7. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan with the lid at an angle
to allow some of the steam to escape. Let this baby simmer away for about 20
minutes, stirring a couple of times during the cooking period.
8. Serve over white or brown rice.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Thats it! Done. Kids eat it ALL and its easy clean up. what more can you ask for!
Once I purchase all my meats and marinades, I bring it home and prepare the meals. This whole process takes me 30 minutes tops!
I make all my marinades right in the bags, label and get ready to add the meat
*recipes to these marinades are either from the back of the packages, a bottle of favorite marinade, or from other recipes on this blog that I just used. You cant go wrong with any marinade your family enjoys!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
White Chili in the pressure cooker
4 Chicken Breasts
1 T veg oil
4 garlic cloves
1 Onion, small,diced
2 Cans of white beans
1 can diced green chilies (I will omit this for my kids)
4 C Chicken broth
1 tsp chicken bullion granules
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
2 tsp Pepper
Monetery Jack cheese
Add all ingredients to a large gallon size bag. Freeze.When ready to cook, pour contents from bag into the pressure cooker and cook on high for 15 minutes, natural pressure release.
Open lid and shred chicken, stir around and your ready to serve.
Top with sour cream and cheese.
I am STILL using this method for my meal planning and I am officially hooked. I shop twice a month, make these freezer meals once a month and I am saving money, time and my family has never eaten better. You have to invest in a pressure cooker. It will change your life. The meat is the best ever and literally- I can pull out a 2-3 lb roast from the freezer that has been sitting in marinade, throw it in the pressure cooker and an hour later its literally falling apart.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I decided that I would make a bunch of freezer meals again so that I only had to mess with meat once!
I made 18 meals, all meat and all frozen as I type! If I have to touch meat, then I have become pretty picky on where I buy my meat. There is a meat market right by me and it's all amish meats, locally grown and AMAZING! I have never tasted chicken like this before. I actually will eat a little if it, it's that good!
I went to the meat market and bought al the meat I would need to make my meals that day.
7 lbs of ground chuck, 32 pieces of chicken breasts, and 2- 3lb. roasts! All antibiotic free and local meats-total price, $70
The rest of the ingredients were already on hand or fresh from garden. 18 meals averaged out to be around $3.8 a meal in meat for the family. Not too shabby. :)
Here are the ones I made this go around. Each recipe was divided into 2 meals. I have three kids who are small eaters and a husband who is rarely home to eat. I have drastically reduced the amount of ingredients i use in meals to cut back on waste. I HATE to throw away food. I'd rather they eat all the dinner and have a bowl of cereal after if they are still hungry. Just dont waste food!
Ok here are the freezer meals I made this time:
* Note that I used 3-4 chicken breasts for each freezer bag, knowing which meals would be feeding just my children or whole family. So add however man pieces you want.
6 Chicken Breasts, lightly pounded
1 pkg Taco sauce
11/3 C Chicken stock, or broth
Put ingredients in a bowl, mix it together then divide evenly into 2 freezer bags. 3 Pieces of chicken per bag. Flatten and seal. Done.
(so nice to just take one out all ready to grill- way better than mcdonalds right?)
I made 12 burger patties. Seasoned them, places them on baking sheet then stick in the freezer for couple hours. This is like flash freezing- this way they wont stick together once you stack them.
Once frozen individually, place in freezer bag, seal and done!
1/2 C Brn Sugar
1/2 C Soy sauce
2 T Lime Juice
4 Cloves of garlic, minced
1tsp red pepper flakes- I omit this for the kids
3/4 tsp Curry
6-8 Chicken Breasts
Mix in a bowl, divide into 2 freezer bags. Add 3-4 pieces of chicken per bag. seal and done!
BBQ Chicken- crockpot
2 Sweet potatoes, cubed
1 Zucchini, chopped
2 Green bell peppers, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
6 chicken breasts
1 T worcestershire sauce
2 T Brn. sugar
1 T Mustard powder
1 Garlic clove, minced
`/4 tsp Salt
Chop veggies and put half in each freezer bag with the chicken. Mix sauce in a bowl and pour half in each bag. Make sure chicken is on top of veggies. Seal and done!
(I made 18 meatballs for spaghetti and 18 for meatballs and rice)
Make round meatballs- place on cookie sheet and place in freezer for couple hours. THen place in freezer bag and done!
BBQ Meatballs and rice
1 jar Grape Jelly
15 oz BBQ sauce- I use sweet baby rays
Make plain meatballs, flash freeze by placing on cookie sheet in the freezer for couple hours, then put sauce and meatballs in freezer bag, seal and done!
I will actually not post the recipe I used for these- It was a new one and we didnt like so much. I LOVE empinadas and will do again with a different recipe. I'll post when i get one I like!
I used ground beef for these, the filling was yummy- I cooked, cooled and then once I filled the dough, place in freezer bag, seal and done.
6 Chicken Breasts
2 Cans stewed tomatoes
4 T white cooking wine
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp Salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 C. Chicken stock, or broth
4 C. Broccoli- do not put this in the freezer bag, just have separate bag of frozen broccoli.
Place 3 pieces of chicken in separate freezer bags. Mix remaining ingredients, except broccoli, in a bowl and then divide between both bags. Seal, and done.
Once put in the crockpot, add broccoli last 30 min of cooking.
Teriyaki Chicken- served over rice or grilled
6-8 Chicken Breasts
1 1/2 C Teriyaki sauce-I use lawery's
Mix sauce, divide into 2 separate freezer bags. 3 -4 pieces per bag. Seal and done.
Pot Roast- easy Sunday meals
2-3lb Pot roasts- I use left overs for sandwiches the next day
2 Pkg of slow cooker seasoning
2 C water
Can of regular coke
2 pks Au Jus
Place each roast in a freezer bag. Mix the slow cooker seasoning and the water together. Divide into each bag to fully coat roast. Seal and freeze.
To cook- place in crockpot, dump can of coke over top. Last 30 min. of cooking dump a package of Au Jus over top of roast and then cook 30 minutes more.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Made these today- I was fooling around with a couple different recipes and came up with this one. My family told me to frame it, so I guess it's worth posting :)
¼ Cup of oil
¾ cup honey
¼ cup of butter
¼ cup of water
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2/3 cup chocolate chips
3 to 31/2 cups Grain mix Flour
Measure oil and honey, pour into mixing bowl
Add butter and beat until creamy
Add other ingredients, gently fold in flour
Form into balls and flatten with a fork
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -12 min.
THE ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIE
¾ Cup oil
½ Cup honey
¼ Cup molasses ¼ Cup water
½ Cup pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp baking soda
2 Cups rolled oats
½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
21/2 cup Grain Mix flour
Combine all bake at 350 8 min.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 2 stalks green onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2. Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Monday, December 12, 2011
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 to 3 1/4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 8 ounces Swiss Cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish with the butter and set aside.
Place the cream in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper, and stir well. Add the potatoes, adding more cream if necessary to completely cover the potatoes. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are barely fork tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat.
With a large spoon, transfer 1/3 of the potatoes with some of the cream to the prepared dish, forming an even layer on the bottom. Top with 1/3 of the cheese, and continue layering the potatoes and cheese, ending with cheese on top. Place on a baking sheet and roast until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
2. Place the chicken into the crock pot and cover it up with the sauce.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
4 cups rice chex
4 cups wheat chex
4 cups honey nut or corn chex
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oj concentrate
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine cereal and almonds. Melt together butter, sugar and oj. Pour over cereal and coat. Bake for 10 minutes. stir, bake 10 more minutes. Cool and add Crasins
This will not disappoint! Its SOOO good. Great for a not so sweet treat or package up cute for a neighbor gift!