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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas by Beth

Ingredients:
1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded (I used 4 c. shredded chicken breast)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 c. sour cream
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
12 oz. salsa
Assembly:
Combine chicken, 1 c. cheese, sour cream, onion, salt, and pepper in large bowl; mix well.  Divide chicken mixture up between tortillas (about 3/4 c.).  Roll up and place seam down in greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.  They will fit tightly.  Cover and freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw in refrigerator.  Bake, covered, at 350 until heated through, about 45-60 min.  Uncover and sprinkle remaining 1 c. of cheese over the tortillas.  Return to oven, uncovered, until the cheese melts and edges of the tortillas begin to get crisp.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Grilled Beef Fajitas

The original recipe is found in Taste of Home-Busy Family Favorites, by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen.
Ingredients:
1 sliced sweet red pepper
1 sliced onion
4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) Olive oil
1 1/2 lbs boneless beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 cup spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
8 flour tortillas (8 inches)


Assembly:
Cut up and put in a gallon size ziplock bag, the first 7 ingredients.  I then double bag the bag and include the tortillas and cream cheese in the second bag.


Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  In a large skillet, sauté the beef mixture until the meat reaches desired doneness.  To serve, spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese off-center on each tortilla; top with beef mixture.  Fold in sides and roll up. 
You may also cook the rolled-up tortilla on a Panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until tortilla is browned.


Yield:  8 servings

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mussolini Lips (AKA Stuffed Shells) by Beth

My mom would make these frequently when I was little.  I always wondered why she called them Mussolini Lips... 

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 c. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
18 giant shell pasta
24 oz. spaghetti sauce
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
Assembly:
In a skillet, brown meat with onion until browned; drain; cool.  While cooling, cook the shells in boiling water for 9 min.  Drain and place in single layer on wax paper (to avoid sticking).  While shells cool, mix in the remaining next 7 ingredients to the beef.  Stuff the shells with the meat mixture.  Spoon about 1/4 of the sauce over bottom of greased 9x13 pan.  Place stuffed shells in single layer.  Pour remaining sauce over the shells.  Sprinkle with parmesan.  Cover and freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw in fridge overnight.  Bake, uncovered,
 at 375 for 30-40 min. or until browned and bubbly. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dump & Bake Meatball Casserole by Jen

Ingredients:

* 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta
* 1 (25 ounce) jar marinara sauce
* 3 cups water
* 1 (14 ounce) package fully-cooked miniature (cocktail-size) meatballs (if using frozen meatballs, make sure that they are completely thawed before using)
* 2 cups shredded mozzarella (or Italian blend) cheese
* Optional: Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped herbs (such as basil, oregano, and parsley) for garnish

Assembly:
Combine first 4 ingredients in a baking dish and freeze.

Serving Day:
1. Thaw bag completely
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. In a large baking dish, stir together uncooked pasta, marinara sauce, water, and meatballs. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
3. Uncover; stir.
4. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender).

Monday, October 10, 2016

No-Guilt Chicken Pot Pie by Jen

Ingredients:• 18 oz frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
• 2 cups cut-up cooked chicken
• 2 cans (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
• 2 cups Original Bisquick
• 1 cup milk
• 2 eggs

Assembly:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased 9" pie plate.
Stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into 9x13.
Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Freezer Friends:
Thaw, Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Asian Toasted Sesame Chicken by Jen

Ingredients:
1 bottle of Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
3 lbs. of chicken breasts

Assembly:
Place chicken in a gallon-sized freezer bag.  Pour entire bottle of dressing over meat.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely. Discard marinade.  Grill or bake until cooked to 160 degrees.

Crockpot - Cook low from frozen on low 6-8 hours.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole by Beth

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
24 oz. frozen seasoned French fries
Assembly:
In skillet, brown beef with onion; drain fat.  Combine beef with soup, salt, and pepper.  Spread into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 foil pan.  Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.  Cover evenly with French fries.  Cover with foil lid and freeze.
Serving Day:
Completely thaw casserole.  Bake at 350 for 30 min.  Then, increase heat to 400 and continue to bake until fries are crispy and meat mixture is bubbly (15-20 min).  Serve with ketchup and mustard, if desired.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Italian Steak Sandwiches by Jackie

*Adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-steak-sandwiches/print#

Ingredients: 
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 + 1/16 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. sliced deli roast beef
3/4 c. beef broth
3 Tbsp. red wine or additional beef broth
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 + 1/16 tsp. pepper
6 sandwich rolls, split
6 slices provolone cheese

Assembly: 
Heat oil in large skillet. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Add roast beef, broth, wine and seasonings; heat through.  Cool.  Place meat and juices into quart size Ziploc freezer bag.  Place cheese slices into Ziploc sandwich bag.  Place package of rolls, meat bag and cheese bag into 2 gallon freezer bag.  Label.  Lay flat to freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw.  Heat meat in small pan.  Bake rolls until lightly browned.  Place beef slices on rolls; drizzle with broth mixture. Top with cheese.

Hearty Beef and Potato Bake by Jackie

Ingredients: 
This is what it looks like before adding the topping.
I didn't have a picture of it with the cheese and onions. 
2 cups cooked ground beef
3/4 c. chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. pepper
16 oz. bag frozen, mixed vegetables
1 18 oz. jar beef gravy
6 cups hot mashed potatoes (I made them in the slowcooker with this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/vs-do-ahead-slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes-196153)
2 cups French's fried onions, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Assembly: 
Brown ground beef with 3/4 c. chopped onion and garlic.
Mix 1/2 cup of fried onions and 1 cup of cheese into the potatoes.
Spread potato mixture in the bottom and on the sides of a greased 9"x13" aluminum pan to form a shell.
Mix gravy, meat, veggies and seasonings together and pour into potato shell.
Cover and freeze.
Place remaining cheese and fried onions in separate small freezer bags.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, or until heated through.
Top with remaining cheese and fried onions.
Bake for 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and onions are golden brown.

Chicken, Broccoli & Bacon Pasta by Jackie


*Adapted from http://juliasalbum.com/2015/07/creamy-broccoli-chicken-and-bacon-pasta-recipe/

Ingredients: 
3 c. chicken, cooked and shredded
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced or 4 tsp. store bought, minced garlic in jar
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. milk
1 1/2 c. Kraft Italian 5 Cheese shredded cheese
12 oz fettuccine
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
1 c. cooked, bacon crumbles
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Assembly:
Mix heavy cream, milk, and minced garlic in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Add cheese and stir until completely melted. Stir in salt and pepper. Add chicken. Mix until chicken is coated.  Cool. Pour into a quart size Ziploc freezer bag.  Add bacon to a snack size Ziploc bag.  Add broccoli to a sandwich size Ziploc bag. Place all three bags into a gallon size Ziploc freezer bag and label. Freeze flat.

Serving Day:
Thaw chicken and bacon bags only.  Cook pasta according to instructions. Add broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking time.  Drain.  Heat up chicken bag.  Add chicken and bacon to cooked pasta. Mix gently.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Re-Run Meatball Subs by Jen

http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2015/10/italian-meatball-subs-by-jen.html

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rosemary Citrus Chicken by Jackie

This month, I decided to make a rerun of a healthy, citrus chicken dish.  
I think this dish is SO pretty!  It makes me smile every time I make it!  
The whole recipe can be found here:

Brazilian Steakhouse Chicken by Jackie

Ingredients: 
6 chicken breasts
1/4 cup McCormick Grill Mates Brazilian Steakhouse Seasoning
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 Tblsp. red wine vinegar

Assembly: 
Rinse and trim chicken.  Place in one gallon Ziploc freezer bag.  Mix all remaining ingredients in bowl.  Pour over chicken.  Freeze flat.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Grill until done.

Beef Smoked Sausage Primavera by Jackie

This is a rerun of a summer favorite.  You can find the recipe here: http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2015/06/smoked-beef-sausage-primavera-by-jackie.html

Monday, August 1, 2016

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin by Beth

http://thecookiewriter.com/bacon-wrapped-pork-loin

Ingredients:

  • 4 lb bonless pork loin
  • 8 slices bacon, uncooked
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey

  • Assembly:
    Combine the garlic, ginger, chili flakes, soy sauce, mustard, vinegar, and honey in small bowl. Whisk together until combined, set aside.  Place pork loin in foil pan; score the meat; season with salt and pepper.  Pour sauce evenly over the pork loin. Drape the bacon slices over the top of the roast, tucking ends under the side of the meat.  Cover with foil lid and freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw in fridge.  Preheat oven to 375.  Bake for  1-1 hour 30 minutes, uncovered, or until meat thermometer reads 160. Cover near the end of cook time to prevent bacon from burning, if necessary.  Allow roast to rest for 10 min before slicing. 

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Wildtree Hickory Grilled Rodeo Chicken by Jen

    adapted from: Wildtree Get your Grill On Meal Prep Class.



     
     
    Ingredients:
    3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
    3 tablespoon Wildtree Hickory Smoked Grapeseed Oil
    3 tablespoons Wildtree Rodeo Rub
    **Needed at Cooking Time: 1 lime juiced.  
    Assembly:
    In a gallon freezer bag, combine the chicken with the Hickory Smoked Grapeseed oil and Rodeo Rub and freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw freezer bag completely.  Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Grill the chicken breasts for 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through 165 degrees.  Squeeze lime juice over chicken after flipping.  


    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Salsa Sloppy Joes

    This is from the Taste of Home-Busy Family Favorites Cookbook, Krista Collins-Concord, NC.


    Ingredients:
    1 pound ground beef
    1-1/3 cup salsa (15 oz.) (I used Chi-Chi's salsa)
    1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    8 hamburger buns


    Assembly:
    In a large skillet cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, soup and brown sugar. Let cool a few minutes before filling into gallon size ziplock bag.


    Serving Day:
    Thaw. pour into large skillet.  Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through.  Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun.


    Yield:  8 servings

    Chicken Noodle Stew

    This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home-Busy Family Favorites - Turkey Noodle Stew - Traci Maloney of Toms River, NJ
    Ingredients:
    1 lb. chicken cut into 1/4" slices (I used frozen diced chicken precooked)
    1 med. onion, chopped
    1 can (14 1/2oz.) chicken broth
    1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
    2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
    1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
    3 cups uncooked extra-wide egg noodles
    1 cup water-ADD ON COOKING DAY


    Assembly:
    In a gallon size bag, add chicken, onion, broth, soup vegetables and seasoning and seal shut.  In a quart size bag fill with noodles and seal shut. Put both bags into another gallon bag for storing together and freeze.


    Serving Day:


    Thaw completely.  Pour mixture and 1 cup of water into a large skillet; bring to a boil. Stir in noodles.  Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles and vegetables are tender.
    Yield:  6 servings

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Grilled Asian Chicken by Beth

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 c. lime juice
    3/4 c. soy sauce
    6 Tbsp. brown sugar
    6 cloves garlic
    3 Tbsp. grated ginger
    6 bone-in chicken thighs
    6 chicken legs
    Assembly:
    Wash chicken and place in gallon size freezer bag.  In bowl, combine first five ingredients; mix well.  Remove about 3/4 cup of marinade and seal in small bag to freeze.  Pour remaining marinade over chicken.  Seal and freeze.
    Serving Day:
    Thaw both bags in the refrigerator.  Remove chicken from bag and grill, skin side down, for 10 min over direct heat.  Then, turn and grill on the other side over indirect heat, close grill lid.  Heat until chicken reaches 165.  While grilling, pour reserved marinade into small saucepan.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook until sauce thickens.  Remove chicken from grill onto serving platter.  Drizzle with glaze.