Saturday, October 20, 2012

Easy Freezer Meals- Pressure Cooker

I am having such an easy time with dinners using the freezer meals I prepare, and my pressure cooker. These great marinades are a hit. And so easy and cheap. I just make the marinade as directed, throw it in a gallon size plastic bag with chicken and freeze. When ready to use, I take from freezer to pressure cooker, 15 minutes later I have dinner done. Throw some veggies and rice in there, that's all my kids will eat. 
I have LOVED this type of meal planning. I know I will eventually get bored and change it up again, but I don't foresee doing that anytime soon!
The pressure cooker is my friend :)

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
Sour Cream
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

More Freezer Meals

I havent been cooking lately, I hate to cook in the summer and I can only grill so much. I think I have mentioned in the past that if it were just me I was cooking for, I would be a vegetarian. However I have a bunch of meat eaters in this house so I actually have to touch the meat.
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.

Taco Chicken

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!

Thai Chicken

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

8oz.Tomato paste
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)

Italian meatballs:

Ground chuck
Italian seasonings

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.

Savory Chicken

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

Red pepper
Pineapple chunks
Garlic cloves
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

Electric Pressure Cooker

This new little item was a christmas gift to us sisters. I am LOVING mine. We all are having a hard time finding recipes we like, that utilize this baby- so we are coming up with our own. New pressure cooker recipes are coming!
Personally I am loving this for cooking meat. I seem to manage to plan all my meal out for the week, but forget to take it out of the freezer half the time! So this gem is saving me!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bourbon Chicken (without the bourbon )

Bourbon Chicken

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
well combined.
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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chicken Parmesan - Easy


5 Chicken Breasts, tenderized
2 T Olive oil
1/4 C Half and half- or heavy whipping cream
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 C Spaghetti Sauce
2 C Mozzarella Cheese
2 C Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Basil- or dried if you dont have fresh
Bag if Italian Croutons


Place olive oil, cream and garlic in bottom of 9x13 bake dish
Place chicken in dish
Cover with spaghetti sauce and basil
Cover with 1 cup of each mozzarella and Parmesan
Top with croutons
Sprinkle rest of the cheese all over the top

Bake 350 for about 45 min (make sure chicken is 165 degrees

Can serve over noodles or just with salad

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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 :)

1/2 C Butter- unsalted
1/4 C Crisco
3/4 C Sugar
3/4 C Brn. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

2 C All- Purpose Flour
1/2-3/4 C Oats (I start with 1/2 C then add more if batter is too wet still after combining
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Milk Chocolate Chips


Mix butter, Crisco and sugars for about 2 min. not too long or cookies will be flat
Add eggs, one at a time
Add Vanilla, mix briefly

Combine dry ingredients except oats- sift and then add slowly to wet ingredients, combining only until flour is combined. Add oats until batter is thick, but bot dry kind of think :)

Add C Chips and then I find, the best tasting cookies come if you put batter in container and then put in fridge for an hour or even over night. The flavor is better. But either way- these are great. I didnt refrigerate these tonight, and kids loved them.

Healthier versions:
Recipes from Mom



¼ Cup of oil

¾ cup honey

¼ cup of butter

¼ cup of water

1tsp. vanilla

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.



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

6 grain Bread

Changed up a recipe from Anitra Kerr a bit- got this:

6 Grain Bread

Add 4 C warm water (100) to mixer
Add 1/2 C Powdered Milk (I used Moo's milk brand)
-1/2 C Veg. Oil
-1/2 C Honey
1 C 6 Grain
3 C White Wheat flour
Mix for 2 min

Add 2 T Yeast, turn mixer back on for 30 sec
Then add 2 T sea salt ( you dont want to add yeast and salt together, salt will kill yeast)
Then add about 6 C flour (might need more depending on humidity)

Let mix for about 5 min

I put EVOO on the table, folded my dough a few times until smooth to touch

Then let rise until double

Punch down (gently) and shape into loaves

Let rise again until double in size

Bake 350 - about 20 min. then cover with foil and bake another 10
(I test this by turning the bread on it's side and thumping it with my finger, if it sounds hallow- it's done. )

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Quinoa Bites

Going to try this week:
  • 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
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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.