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.


aliciajim said...

Hmmm, I've been debating on spending a lot of money on an electric pressure cooker or a manual pressure cooker.
I work 2 jobs (one is on-call, so not too much) and am a full time student. I've gained quite a bit of weight from relying on fast food on time crunch days and need to change up my lifestyle to get that fixed.
Your blog pretty much won me over!
Thank you so much. I will be purchasing one and getting some freeze meals ready :).

amie said...

Im so glad this helped. Im still using mine and its by far my first choice in a cooking method. Im now working full time and have less time to play around in the kitchen so this is saving me!

Im using it more for steaming veggies, cooking potatoes and cooking my black beans!

Good Luck to you!

Amy said...

When you do this, do you have to add any extra non-frozen liquid? I am concerned about just tossing all frozen liquid in, because I really don't want my pressure cooker to explode since there is no liquid in there right at the beginning. Thanks!

aliciajim said...

Hi Amy,
As the pressure cooker warms up, the frozen liquid defrosts.
I haven't tried a recipe where everything is frozen. I still use unfrozen chicken stock when cooking.
The pressure cooker has been such a blessing Amie. Thank you again so much :)