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.