Meet The Freezer Friendz!

Freezer Friendz was started in March 2008,
by friends who were looking for a way to simplify dinnertime in their homes.

The "Friendz" currently include Amy, Beth, Jackie, Jake, Jen, and Wendy. We meet once a month with our co-op to trade prepared freezer dinners with each other. Each of the Friendz make the same dinner 6 times, then trade - yielding each of us 6 different dinners for the month, even though we each only cooked one recipe!

Check out the comments with each recipe to see what the Freezer Friendz and others thought about the meals.

We invite you to leave your comments after you try a recipe, as well. You can even rate our recipes! We'd love to know what you think!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sun-dried Tomato/Pesto Chicken & Pasta by Jen

3 lb chicken (frozen)
2 jars of Alfredo sauce
1 small jar of sun-dried tomato & pesto
Box of Pasta of choice.  

Place chicken in large Ziploc bag and cover with sauces.

Serving Day:
Place bag of chicken with sauces in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Meanwhile cook pasta as directed on package.  Serve chicken over hot pasta with sauce.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Chicken Tortilla Soup by Wendy

22 oz. frozen Cubed Chicken Breast Dices
1 onion or 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
6 Chicken boullion cubes
28 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
7 oz. chopped green chilies, undrained
8 tsp fresh cilantro, snipped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla Chips
6 cups water, (To be added when ready to cook.)

In a gallon size freezer bag pour chicken pieces, onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, boullion cubes and green chilies. In a snack size bag place snipped cilantro.  In a sandwhich bag pour 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Pack all of the bags into another gallon size bag.

Serving Day:
Pour chicken mixture into an 8 qt. pan.  Add 6 cups water.  Heat on medium high until boiling.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  This may also be cooked from frozen and/or in a crockpot.  Serve by placing tortilla chips in the bottom of your bowl.  Ladel soup over the top.  Place cheese on the top and sprinkle with cilantro if desired.  You may also add sour cream if you like, we didn't think it needed it.

Yield:  8 servings

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Taco Soup by Jackie

1lb. ground beef (browned with minced onion and drained)
1 pkg. taco seasoning (or 3Tblsp. Homemade Taco seasoning)
1 (16oz.) can tomato sauce
1 can corn, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 empty diced tomato cans of water

Tortilla Chips, crushed
Shredded cheddar cheese

Assembly:Add taco seasoning to browned meat. Pour all ingredients in gallon size Ziploc bag.  Lay flat to freeze.

Serving Day:Thaw. Place in large pot. Simmer until warm. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

**I used the homemade taco seasoning found at this link: 

Southwestern Goulash by Wendy

This recipe is from Taste of Home - Busy family Favorites Cookbook, by Vikki Rebholz of West Chester, Ohio.

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2/3 cup frozen corn
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Measure macaroni and place in sandwhich size ziplock bag.
In a pan on medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no loger pink; drain. 
In a gallon size ziplock bag, place tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chillies, cumin, pepper, salt and cooled meat. 
Mince fresh cilantro and place in snack size ziplock bag.
Place all bags in another ziplock bag together and place in freezer.

Serving Day:
Thaw.  Cook macaroni. Meanwhile, heat meat mixture bag, bring to a boil and simmer uncovered until heated through. Drain macaroni, add to meat mixture.  Stir in cilantro and heat through. Serve.

Yield:  6 servings.

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken by Wendy

This recipe is from

1 Large Onion, chopped
1 large (5-6 lbs.) Roasting Chicken
4 tsp. table salt
2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Slow Cooker Roasting Bag Liner

Place chopped onion on the bottom of the slow cooker bag.  Remove giblets from chicken and towel dry it very well, both inside and out.  Using your fingers, gently pry the skin away from the chicken all around so you'll be able to season chicken underneath skin.  I made slits in 6 different slots, 2 on top and 1 on the bottom to do this.

In a small bowl, combine all the spices, from salt to pepper.  Mix well.  Use your hands to evenly spread two thirds of the spice mixture onto chicken, underneath the skin.  Be sure to include all areas of chicken (legs, back, thighs, etc).  Use remaining spice mixture to spread on top of the skin.  Place seasoned chicken on top of the chopped onion in the cooking bag.  Close and keep chilled overnight if serving the next day.  I froze mine by putting the cooking bag inside of a Ziploc bag.

Serving Day:
Thaw in your fridge for 2 days. Place bag with chicken in slow cooker.  Cook on Low 5-6 hours. Keep on warm until ready to serve.

I wanted to try to cook this from frozen on High for 5-6 hours. Let me know how it was.

Serves: 4-6
This dish is delicious over fluffy rice or potatoes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mom's Meatloaf by Beth

2 lbs. ground beef
1-10.5 oz. can condensed tomato soup, divided
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed

Mix ingredients (only mix 1/2 can of soup) together and shape firmly into loaf.  Place into foil loaf pan.  Cover with foil and freeze.  Place remaining 1/2 can soup in small plastic bag and freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely in fridge.  Remove foil, pour 1/4 c. water around the edges of the loaf.  Bake at 350, uncovered, for 1 hr and 15 min.  Blend tomato soup in bag with 1/4 c. water and 2-3 Tbsp of drippings from meatloaf.  Heat in small saucepan and pour over meatloaf. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Crockpot BBQ Chicken by Jackie

Recipe adapted from

2.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
¼ cup Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian dressing
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
sea salt to taste

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BBQ Spareribs by Beth

8-10 lbs. pork spareribs
seasoned salt
garlic powder
12 oz. Coke
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. ketchup
1 c. BBQ sauce
1 t. ginger
1 t. liquid smoke

Sprinkle both sides of ribs with seasoned salt and garlic powder (like a rub).  Place ribs in large stockpot with enough water to cover (cut to fit, if needed).  Over medium-high heat bring the water to boil and cook for 1 hour.  Remove from water and allow to cool.  Wrap ribs tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil.  Place in 2 gal size plastic bag.  In qt. size freezer bag, add the remaining ingredients.  Seal and squish around contents to mix them well.  Lay BBQ sauce bag inside larger plastic bag with ribs.  Freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw ribs and sauce.  Preheat oven to 350.  Place foil packet of ribs on large baking sheet with sides (I used my jelly-roll size stone).  Open up foil and pour thawed sauce over the ribs; reseal.  Bake for 30 min.  Open up foil; spoon sauce over the ribs; return to oven uncovered for another 30 min.  If desired, remove several times in that last 30 min to baste the ribs with the sauce.  There will probably be leftovers.  I spent the time to take the meat off the bone and had pulled BBQ pork another night!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Italian Meatball Subs by Jen

32 oz. frozen meatballs
1 jar marinara sauce
6 -8 deli hoagie buns
6 - 8 slices provolone cheese

Pour meatballs and sauce into gallon-size Ziploc freezer bag.  Freeze upright for easy placement of frozen food into crockpot.  Place cheese in quart-size Ziploc freezer bag. Freeze flat.

Serving Day
Thaw meatball bag enough to release into slow cooker.  Running under warm water for a few minutes does the trick.  Cook on low for 4 hours.  Toast buns in oven.  Place 4 meatballs and a small amount of sauce on each bun.  Top with a slice of cheese.  Broil 1-2 minutes until cheese melts.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

White Chicken Chili by Jake

3-4 Chicken Breast
1.5-2 tsp chili powder
1.5 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 can of chicken broth
4.5 ounce can of chopped green chilies
1 can of drained corn  (I prefer white corn)
2 cans of Northern beans drained
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp Better than Bouillon chicken base
1/2 tsp seasoning salt

Put chicken and spices in the crock pot. Add chicken broth, corn and beans. In a small sauce pan melt butter on medium heat and whisk in the flour, allowing it to bubble and brown a little bit. Gradually whisk in the milk and chicken base. Let the sauce thicken for about 2-3 minutes and add to the crockpot. Add sour cream and let mix it all together.

Serving Day:
Cook on low 6-8 hours and then serve and enjoy! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Stromboli by Jen

*adapted from

1 1/2 can (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza crust
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
12 Mozzarella Cheese Slices
1/2 cup chopped red peppers

20 slices Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
20 slices Smoked Ham

Heat oven to 425°F.  Unroll pizza crust on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Pat out dough to 15x10-inch rectangle; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer remaining ingredients lengthwise down center of dough.  Fold dough in half over filling; pinch edges together tightly to seal. Cut small slits in top of dough to vent. 

Serving Day:

Thaw, Bake 15 to 18 min. or until golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting to serve.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Beefy Burritos by Jackie

1 1/2 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 (10 oz.) can of enchilada sauce, divided
1 can refried beans
8 large whole wheat tortillas
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Place beef in a bowl.
Mix in just enough enchilada sauce to coat beef.  Spread 1 Tbsp. of enchilada sauce on each tortilla.
 Spread refried beans (1 med. Pampered Chef scoop + 1 sm. Pampered Chef scoop) and ground beef (2 med. Pampered Chef scoops) down center of each tortilla. Fold in thirds.  Place in 2 - gallon size Ziploc freezer bag.  Place 1/4 cup enchilada sauce in snack size Ziploc bag.  Place 1 cup of cheese in snack size Ziploc bag. Place both sauce and cheese bags into the burrito bag.  Lay flat to freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely. Grease large baking dish.  Place burritos seam side down in baking dish.  Cover all burritos with remaining enchilada sauce (about 2 tsp. per burrito) and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and inside is warmed through. 

Creamy Pot Roast for the Crock Pot by Amy

3 pound roast
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 can of Coke
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1.  Place roast in gallon size Ziploc bag.
2.  Sprinkle roars with Kosher salt and pepper.
3.  Pour onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and Coke over roast.
4.  Freeze.

Serving Day:
1.  Thaw completely.
2.  Place contents of the bag on a crock pot.
3.  Cook on low for 8 hours occasionally spoon sauce over roast.

Taco Chicken Foil Pack by Beth

adapted from:
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 tsp. taco seasoning mix (I made Jackie's recipe previously posted)
3 medium sized potatoes, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1-1/2 c. salsa
1-1/2 c. Mexican blend shredded cheese
sour cream (not included with our swap)
On counter, lay out six 12 inch squares of heavy duty aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.  In center of each foil square, place potatoes (each packet will have 1/2 of a potato).  Next, layer zucchini (about 1/3 of a zucchini per packet) and then red onion.  Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning over veggies on each square.  Top each with raw chicken breast.  Sprinkle the top of each breast with another 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning (each packet will have total of 1 tsp. taco seasoning).  Top each square with 1/4 c. salsa and 1/4 c. cheese.  Fold each foil square to make a packet. Place packets in freezer bag; freeze.
Serving Day:
Place frozen foil packets on rimmed baking sheet.  Bake at 400 for 1 hour and 20 min.  Once done, carefully puncture a hole in the side of each packet to drain all the juice.  Carefully open and slide onto plate. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Brown Sugar Chicken for the Grill by Amy

6 chicken breasts - You can filet them for a "quick grill".
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of soy sauce

For the marinade, whisk together brown sugar, oil, vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl.  Place chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over the chicken.  Freeze.

Serving Day:
1. Completely thaw chicken.
2. Remove chicken from the bag and discard marinade.
3. Grill the chicken.
4. Enjoy

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Backyard Burgers *Freezer to Table*

Ingredients: 2.5 lbs Ground Beef
                    1 tsp Garlic Salt
                    1.5 tsp Onion powder
                    1 tsp black pepper
                    1 tsp Garlic Powder
                    1.5 tbs Worcestershire sauce (I use the famous Lea & Perrins sauce that is an original    19th century recipe)

Assembly: Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll the ground beef into a ball and then flatten each patty with an indent in the middle of each one. It cooks more even with a indentation in the middle of the patty.

Serving Day: FIRE UP THE GRILL! Once your grill is nice and hot. Cook your burgers to an internal temperature of 165 and get ready for a mouth watering burger. Throw all of your favorite toppings on and enjoy.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Very Greek Grilled Chicken by Jackie

6 chicken breasts
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp.  fresh lemon zest
1 tsp. Greek seasoning
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Trim chicken and put into gallon-size freezer Ziploc.  Mix all other ingredients in small bowl and pour over chicken.  Lay flat to freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Grill. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Turkey Ravioli Lasagna by Beth
Turkey Ravioli Lasagna Recipe
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c. grated carrots
1 c. chopped fresh mushrooms
1 T. olive oil
28 oz. spaghetti sauce
25 oz. frozen cheese ravioli
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
In skillet, brown turkey; drain and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  In saucepan, cook carrots and mushrooms in oil until tender; remove from heat and stir in spaghetti sauce.  In greased 9x13 foil pan, spread 1/2 c. of sauce mixture.  Layer half of the frozen ravioli (no need to cook first if freezing), half the turkey, and half the cheeses.  Repeat layers.  Cover with foil lid and freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw in fridge.  Bake, covered, at 375 for 40-45 min or until bubbly and heated through.  Remove lid and bake another 10 min or until golden.  Let stand 15 min before serving.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Get Out of the Kitchen and Enjoy Your Summer!

Summer is in full swing!  We love to use our grill in the summer for quick, easy dinners.  How about you?  One of the ways that I have found helpful for keeping me in the fun with my kids and out of the kitchen, is flash marinating.  See our instructions below for this super easy, very tasty way to make some flavorful meat for the grill.   

Flash Marinade
  • Mix marinade in small bowl or open a bottle of your favorite pre-made marinade. 
  • Place raw chicken or beef in a freezer Ziploc bag.
  • Pour in your marinade.
  • Lay bag flat and freeze.  
  • Thaw overnight when you are ready to use the meat.  
In the freezing and thawing processes, your meat will be infused with the marinade and will be tenderized at the same time. You are now ready to cook!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Beef by: Jen

Melt In Your Mouth Short Ribs Recipe*adapted from


3 lbs. beef rib steak
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 bottle (12 fluid ounces) dark ale or beer 
Hot mashed potatoes or egg noodles
Note: Add 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed if desired.  

Place the beef into a 5-quart slow cooker. Add the brown sugar, garlic, thyme and flour and toss to coat.  Stir the soup and ale in a small bowl. Pour over the beef.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours 
OR on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.-- until the beef is fork-tender. Serve with the mashed potatoes or egg noodles. 

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours 
Or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours. or until the beef is fork-tender. Serve with the mashed potatoes or egg noodles.