Monday, August 29, 2011

Wanted – Freezer Recipes

Hello Dear Friends. Due to lack of organization around my household, I’ve eaten way too many hotdogs and sandwiches for the past few weeks. For the month of September I’m going to try and be a little better about meal planning especially on nights that we are on the go. I would love to have a few meals stashed away in the freezer for those evenings when preparing a decent meal just isn’t possible.

The catch is…Ben isn’t really a frozen food/casserole person so I need to be a little creative. Does anyone have any yummy recipes that are freezer worthy?!

Thanks for your help! I can't look at another hotdog.


Simply Smith said...

Ok, this one you guys should love!

Crock Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup oil
3 cups water
12 ounces cooked sausage links, sliced
1/2 cups diced cooked chicken (from my weekly roast chicken)
2 cups sliced okra or 10-ounce package frozen okra
1 cup onion, diced (about 1 large)
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
3 cups hot cooked rice

To make the roux, stir together oil and flour in a medium saucepan until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until it’s a dark, reddish-brown color. Cool.
Place water in a Crock Pot and add roux; stir. Add sausage, chicken, okra, onion, pepper, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours, or on high heat for 3 hours. Skim off the fat, and serve over rice.

*The great things about it are that you can put it in the crock pot in the morning, and when you come home, your house will smell heavenly!!! Also, it makes a TON, so you can have multiple meals frozen!!!


Simply Smith said...

Ok, here's another one. I know its wonderful fresh, so I'm assuming you could freeze it and it would be good later, too :)

Mom’s Meatloaf

*She said she didn’t have exact measurements, so these are to the best of her estimation ☺

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
¼ cup oatmeal (instant is fine)
¼ cup onions
¼ cup green pepper
1/3 cup cheese
a squirt or 2 of BBQ sauce
¼ (or more ☺) cup brown sugar

Mush ingredients together very well. “When you think you’ve mushed enough, mush some more ☺”

Pat into baking dish until it’s about 1 ½ in. thick, and not touching the sides of the dish.

Pour1/4 in. of water onto the sides of the meat.

Drizzle ketchup all over the top of the meat so that you can't see the top.

Cook at 350 for 1 hour. “It will always be done after an hour.”

*I don't even like meatloaf, and I like this!!! (I think it's all the brown sugar)

Simply Smith said...

soups would probably be a good idea, too! Like, a cheesy baked potato soup, especially for fall! I think I found a really quick and easy recipe on once. YUM! Makes a bunch, and freezes well!!!

Oh, and pulled pork!!! Andy's dad just made a TON, and we put it in freezer bags so we could thaw enough for sandwiches for both. Goes good with sweet potato fries :) me if you want the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are rocking the recipes sister. I'm going to email you about the pulled pork. The others sound delicious, but of course...Ben doesn't like soup! He has anxiety about things mixed together.

Mindy said...

I have one for Chicken Tettrazini and Chicken Spaghetti . . . would you consider those casseroles? I was actually just going to ask my blog readers/FB friends for recipes like this too because it makes life so much easier!

Just comment if those qualify as "ok" for your hubby!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mindy! I might be able to get away with those depending on the ingredients. Would you mind sharing the chicken spaghetti recipe? Thanks!

Mindy said...

Paula Deen's Chicken Spaghetti
2 T butter
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
14 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
10 oz. Rotel
4.25 oz. can of diced olives (I omitted these)
4 oz. jar of sliced mushrooms (I omitted these too!)
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. salt
3.5 c. chopped cooked chicken
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
16 oz. box of angel hair pasta
3/4 c. Panko crumbs
1 T. butter

Spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Melt butter - add onion & celery. cook until tender.
In bowl, combine onion mixture with remaining ingredients (saving Panko crumbs). Spoon mixture into baking dish.
In another bowl, combine bread crumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over spaghetti.
Bake @ 350 for 30 - 40 minutes.

I made this when we were having company and I served half the recipe and froze the other half. It tasted great both times!