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Old 03-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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Re: Freezer Meals Thread

Chicken pot pie (freeze the insides of the pot pie and when it is time to make dinner, just make the pie crust) (or you could use pre-made from the store) (or, I have a recipe for a good pie crust that is make ahead and freeze) (or you could serve this with biscuits instead and call it chicken and dumplings)

1/3 c butter
1/3 c chopped onion
1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 C milk
1/2 to 2/3 c chicken broth (I make ahead and freeze, you could use canned our bullion)
2-3 c shredded cooked chicken (or chunked)
2 c mixed veggies (frozen, canned, or fresh) your choice of variety

1. In skillet, melt margarine over med heat. Add onion, cook for 2 mins, or until tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until well blended.
2. Gradually add milk and broth. Cook, whisking constantly, until bubbly and thickened.
3. Add chicken and frozen veggies, cover and cook until veggies are heated, stirring occasionally.
4. These are what I call the "innards"! Let cool, transfer to a gallon sized ziplock bag. Freeze flat. (once they are solid, you can stack, or insert like books onto shelf)
5. To eat, defrost on the counter. Heat in skillet. Prepare double pie crust. Assemble pie. Slit the top. Bake at 425 for 30-40 mins.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #12
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Re: Freezer Meals Thread

Marinades for Chicken

Asian:
6 Tablespoons rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup oil
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Spicy Southwest (Blend in food processor or blender):
1 tomato, quartered
1/2 onion, cut into chunks
1/4 jalapeno pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Dijon:
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup oil

These marinades make enough to coat about 6 bnls sknls chicken breasts in a gallon sized ziplock bag.

Once you have mixed the marinade in the bag, add the chicken (cubing or slicing or fileting breasts may make it go further instead of serving one breast per person) and smoosh it all around so everything is evenly coated...

Freeze flat.

Thaw completely.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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Any limitations? No red meat, no poultry,...etc??

I have quite a few I really like but I'd hate to post them if you are opposed to certain foods.
For me: no limits! I'll sort thru what my family might like, and skip the ones that won't go over .
Maybe a few that are 'breastfeeding friendly'? But even if they aren't, at least the rest of the family will be fed
But if others have requests for special adaptions...request away!
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Re: Freezer Meals Thread

I think this is an awesome thread. I plan on going through and making all of these in prep for after Lo birth .my dh 90 grandma lives with us and since my son will be starting school this year as well just having to preheat and pop something in will be awesome. I actually love cooking so this will be a fun adventure for me! I do have a family lagsagna recipe that we usually make 10 of and freeze the rest(some for later some for friends and family ) its what I call the since there isn't gonna be leftovers security plan.also have a stuffed green peppers family recipe (I hate stuffed green peppers but everyone else I know loves it).will load it tomorrow when I have more time.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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I think it's for everyone so put whatever you want, Christina I'm not a huge recipe girl but I'll try to pay attention next time I prepare a meal that would be good frozen to share with you guys.
Makes more sense! This is what I get for trying to read when I'm tired. lol

I'll be back with my recipes.
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Re: Freezer Meals Thread

Tator Tot Casserole and Shepard's Pie are 2 others I can think of.

I think Tator Tot Casserole is pretty well known, I won't type out that recipe.

Shepard's Pie- many variations. My favorite so far:
2# hamb
3 garlic cloves,minced
Brown until done.
3 T. flour
3 T. tomato paste
1 1/2 t. fresh thyme
1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
Add to hamburger mixture.
1 c. beef broth (save 2 T. for later)
Add to above. Simmer and cook 2 min. Put in bottom of 9x13.
Use 'dirty' skillet to cook until tender:
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
Fold in:
2 1/2 c. frozen peas and carrots
2 T. flour
2 T. remaining beef broth
Put over beef mixture. Top with mashed potatoes (bought prepared, or use box flakes, or make your own.)

***I improvised a lot when I made this. I used less pepper, dried spice, mixed the veggies with the meat, ect. I basically used this as a 'guide' and it turned out awesome!
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My fam loves shepherds pie! Its a definite must!
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LOVE this thread, so many good ideas!
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Re: Freezer Meals Thread

OK, time for me to start stocking the freezer! Feel free to add more recipes!

Has anyone learned from experience what foods to avoid while breastfeeding? My first 2 I couldn't drink milk and had to limit dairy. Tomatoes and most (gassy) veggies in moderation. But I got to thinking, I know most southern people eat spicy foods...does it effect bf, or is your baby born with a liking for it? Just curious!
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Because we have so many food allergies we make our own frozen pizzas. The only problem with these has been that this pregnancy I crave pizza like every day. Every time I make them, I make 4 pizzas. Despite doing this 4 times now, we still have 0 frozen pizzas for after our baby is born.

Make a pizza dough according to whatever instructions you like. We like to make a focaccia type dough by adding garlic, onion, basil and oregano (about 1 tsp each to 4 pizza crusts). We also like to spray olive oil on our doughs. To make a very crispy crust, crank your oven as hot as it will go. Roll the pizza dough out to the size you want.

If you are making pizzas for now, apply toppings, etc. Bake the "now" pizzas for anywhere between 10-18 minutes (depending on oven temperature). For our oven at 525 degrees, they bake in about 10 minutes.

If making them for later, leave them with nothing or just a brushing of olive oil. For the "freezer" pizzas, bake for about 4-5 minutes. You do not want to brown the dough, just get the dough to set. Cool the dough. You now have 2 choices. You can leave them completely plain and apply toppings later OR apply toppings. Freeze flat. When frozen wrap with plastic wrap (to hold toppings on) and then foil to protect from freezer burn. To bake, preheat oven to whatever temperature you prefer (we prefer super hot for crispier crusts) and bake for 12-18 minutes.

Your options for toppings are obviously endless. You can even make "dessert" pizzas (just omit the focaccia type seasonings!). I love these because they are 100% guilt free pizzas loaded up with lots of veggies, healthy cheeses and meats without any of the usual "processed" food ingredients. We use white whole wheat flour for our dough.
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