Meet The Freezer Friendz!

Freezer Friendz was started in March 2008 by moms who were looking for a way to simplify dinnertime in their homes. The "Friendz" currently include Amy, Beth, Jackie, Jen, and Wendy. We meet once a month with our co-op to trade prepared freezer dinners with each other. We make the same dinner 5 times, then trade - yielding each of us 5 different dinners for the month, even though we each only cooked one recipe! We rotate our recipes amongst the following categories: beef & pasta, beef no pasta, chicken & pasta, chicken no pasta, soup/stew/chili and "other" (anything that does not fall under the previously listed categories).

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

Feel free to leave your comments too after you try a recipe. We'd love to know what you think!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas by Amy


Ingredients:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 flour tortillas, warmed to serve
Assembly.:
1. Place chicken, tomatoes and chilies in gallon size ziploc bag. 
2. Place veggies in quart size ziploc bag. 
3. Place spices in snack size bag. 
4. Put three bags in a gallon size ziploc bag and freeze. 
Serving Day Directions:
1. Completely thaw the three bags
2. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. 
3. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and mix gently, until all spices are incorporated. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2 hours.
4. Serve with tortillas, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuna Melt Patties from Wendy

*Recipe adapted from Cool Kitchen Cooking by Pampered Chef

Ingredients
2 cans (6oz. ea.) water-packed white tuna, drained
1/3 c. finely chopped celery
1/4 c. green onions with tops, sliced
1/4 c. unseasoned dry bread crumbs
2 T. light mayonnaise
2 T. sweet pickle relish, drained
1 egg white
1 tsp. prepared mustard
4 English muffins, split
4 slices (3/4 oz. ea.) reduced-fat American cheese
Additional mayo and mustard (optional)

Assembly
Flake drained tuna.  Add celery, onions, bread crumbs, relish, egg white and mustard to tuna.  Mix well.  Form into 4 round patties, 1/2" thick.  Place in gallon-size Ziploc freezer bags.  Freeze flat.

Serving Day
Thaw completely.  Heat griddle.  Place muffins cut side down on pan and toast 1-2 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Set aside.  Lightly spray patties with vegetable oil.  Cook patties over medium heat for 6 minutes, carefully turning after 3 minutes.  Top with cheese.  Continue cooking 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  Spread muffins with additional mayo or mustard, if desired.  Top with lettuce and tomato and tuna patty. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chistina's Meatball Subs by Jackie

Ingredients
24 frozen meatballs (1 oz. each)
1 jar marinara sauce
6 deli hoagie buns
6 slices provolone cheese

Assembly
Pour meatballs and sauce into gallon-size Ziploc freezer bag.  Freeze upright for easy placement of frozen food into crockpot.  Place buns in 2 separate gallon-size Ziploc freezer bags.  Freeze flat.  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.  (If you'd rather not use slow cooker option, you can thaw contents and cook on stovetop until heated through.)  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!

Variation:
These are very good if you add a few slices of pepperoni to the top of each before adding cheese.

Note for Freezer Friendz:
I did not slice the deli buns, so that you would have the option of doing a regular sub or a boat.  See pic of boat below.  If you want to do a boat, you just need to cut into the top of the bun and scoop out some of the inside bread to hollow it out. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marinated Pork Chops by Jackie

*This recipe is adapted from The Freezer Cooking Manual from the 30 Day Gourmet

Ingredients:
8 pork chops (I buy center cut half boneless pork loin and ask the butcher to cut it into chops)
2 c. pineapple juice (takes 2-46oz. cans to make 6 meals)
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/3 c. Italian dressing (takes 1-16oz. bottle to make 6 meals)

Assembly Day: Place all ingredients, except pork chops, in gallon size Ziploc freezer bag. Mix well. Place pork chops in bag. Seal and lay flat on cookie sheet to freeze.

Serving Day: Thaw completely. Grill pork chops until no longer pink inside. Discard marinade.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

So You Forgot to Defrost Chicken! by Jen (Re-Run)

Ingredients:
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (original recipe calls for frozen chicken)
2 10 3/4oz. cans cream of chicken soup
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, or 1/2c. sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Assembly:
Place chicken in gallon Ziploc bag. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl and pour over chicken. Freeze standing up, so it will fit in the crock pot when you are ready to cook.

Serving Day:
Cook from frozen. Remove plastic bag from frozen meal. Place meal in crock pot. Cook on low 10-12 hours. Serve over rice.

Freezer Friendz: I included egg noodles for you. 
Please post comments here:
http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2013/07/re-run-so-you-forgot-to-defrost-chicken.html#comment-form


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mexican Pizza by Beth

Ingredients:
1 loaf frozen bread dough
1 lb. ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
16 oz. can refried beans
1 tomato, chopped
3 green onion, sliced
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1 c. crushed tortilla chips
Assembly:
Thaw bread dough as directed on package; let rise; punch down.  Roll out to fit into well greased jelly roll pan (15x11) and up on sides.  Prick entire crust with fork.  Bake at 375 for 10 min.  (This is just partially baking the crust).  Cool 5 minutes and transfer crust to cooling rack.  Meanwhile, brown beef and drain.  Add taco seasoning and water as directed on the package and cook as directed.  Set aside.  Spread refried beans over cooled crust.  Spread beef mixture over beans.  Top with onion, tomatoes, and cheese.  Wrap in plastic wrap and finally in aluminum foil. 
Serving Day:
Remove frozen pizza from wrapping and set inside 15x11 baking pan.  Bake at 375 until heated through (I'm guessing 18-20 min like most frozen pizzas...keep an eye on it.  I have never done this from frozen, but should work nicely).  When pizza has about 5 min of baking left, sprinkle with tortilla chips and return to oven for 5 min. 

Ranch Burgers by Jen (Re-Run)


Ingredients:
2 lb. lean ground beef
4 tbsp. dry Ranch dressing mix
3/4-1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
8 hamburger buns

Assembly:
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. 
Divide mixture into 8 (1/2 c.) portions.  

Press into 8 burger patties.
Lay flat on a lined baking sheet. 
Flash freeze.  

Place frozen patties into Ziploc freezer bag. 
Place buns into Ziploc freezer bag.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely or cook from frozen. 
Grill until done to your liking.  Enjoy! 



Monday, May 19, 2014

Pirate Pork Chops by Beth

Ingredients :
6-8 pork chops, boneless
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. chopped garlic
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. red-wine vinegar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/2 t. grated orange zest
3 T. packed brown sugar
2 t. ground allspice
3/4 t. ground pepper
1/2 ground thyme
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
5 dashes hot sauce
Assembly:
Trim fat off pork chop; pierce entire chop surface on both sides with fork; pound slightly with meat tenderizer.  In gallon size freezer bag, combine the remaining ingredients.  Seal and squeeze bag until ingredients are well incorporated.  Put chops in bag; seal.  Lay flat to freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw in fridge several days before grilling to allow the thawed marinade to permeate the meat.  Grill on medium heat until there is no pink in the center.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Zesty Italian Chicken by Jackie

Ingredients
Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
6 chicken breasts

Assembly
Trim chicken.  Place in gallon-size Ziploc freezer bag.  Pour half a bottle of dressing over meat. 

Serving Day
Thaw completely.  Discard marinade.  Grill or bake until cooked through.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Swiss Chicken Casserole by Amy

Ingredients
6 chicken breasts
6 slices of Swiss cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups herb seasoned stuffing mix
1/4 cup butter, melted

Assembly Day
Arrange chicken in lightly greased 9x13 dish.  Top with cheese slices. Combine soup and milk. Spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with stuffing mix. Drizzle butter over crumbs. Cover and freeze.

Serving Day
Thaw completely. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creamy Chicken and Rice by Beth

Ingredients
4 c. cooked rice
4-5 c. cooked, cubed chicken
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
2 t. chicken bouillon granules
1 t. seasoned salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. pepper
2 c. milk
12 oz. American cheese, sliced
2 c. sour cream
1/2 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed

Assembly
Spread rice into a greased 9x13 dish; cover evenly with chicken; set aside.  In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and seasonings until smooth and bubbly.  Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Reduce heat; add cheese (one slice at a time) and stir until cheese melts.  Stir in sour cream.  Pour sauce of rice/chicken.  Cover and freeze.

Serving Day
Thaw completely in fridge.  Bake, uncovered at 375 for 45 min, until heated through.  Cover with cracker crumbs and return to oven to lightly brown cracker crumbs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

French Toast Casserole from Jen (Re-Run)

Re-run from Jackie:
http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2008/10/french-toast-casserole-from-jackie.html

Ingredients:1 Italian bread, 1 lb loaf
1 Cream cheese, 8 oz
1/2 c. Sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. Vanilla or almond extract
1/2 c. Pecans (optional), chopped
4 Eggs
2 c. Milk
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Tbsp. Butter, melted
Assembly:
Cut bread into one inch cubes (about 14 cups). Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 9x13 inch-baking pan. Place the cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl or measuring cup. Cover the container with plastic wrap and cook on 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir it with a spoon, cover again and cook another 2 minutes. It should be completely melted. Stir half of the sugar and all of the extract into the cream cheese. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the bread cubes (it will not completely cover them). Sprinkle the nuts over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining bread cubes. In a bowl, beat the remaining sugar, eggs, milk, cinnamon, and melted butter together. The egg and milk mixture will make about 3 cups for each recipe.
Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread cubes. Slide the pan into a labeled two-gallon freezer bag, seal and freeze.

Serving Day:
Thaw the casserole completely. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until browned. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes or so before cutting. Serve with warm syrup or purchased or homemade fruit toppings.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Coke Pot Roast by Amy

Ingredients:
3 pound roast
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1-10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1-12 oz. can of Coke

 Assembly:
1. Place all ingredients into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag
2. Freeze

 Serving Day:
1. Thaw completely
2. Place in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours
3. Serve with a potato dish - We prefer mashed potatoes!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crock Pot Pulled BBQ by Amy

Ingredients:
2-3 lb. boneless pork roast or tenderloin, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
16 oz. bottle barbecue sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper
Assembly:
1. Place meat in slow cooker. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork. Add onions and sauce.
2. Cover. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
3. Use 2 forks to shred meat.
4. Serve on sandwich rolls with sauce.
 



Freezing:
1. Allow barbeque to cool completely.
2. Place barbeque in a freezer container (Ziploc bag).
 
Freezer to Eating:
1. Thaw barbecue completely.
2. Place in sauce pan. Warm up barbecue over medium heat. Add more sauce if barbecue is dry.
3. Serve on sandwich rolls with sauce


***For this freezer meal, I froze the meal RAW. You will need to THAW the meal and start at Step 2 under the Assembly section. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves from Jen

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Cheese
1/2 cup saltines (crushed)
1/2 cup onion-chopped
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1-1/2 lb. ground beef

Sauce:
2/3 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

Assembly:
Mix together in a mixing bowl the eggs, milk, cheese, saltines, onion, salt and ground beef. Divide the mixture into a sections to create 8 mini loaves. I put my loaves on freezer paper and had a long enough piece of paper to go over the top of the loaves. Then I put the loaves in a gallon size Ziploc bag. I had to use 2 bags as I could only fit 6 loaves in one bag without smushing them. Thee second bag has 2 loaves and the sauce mixture.

Prepare sauce mixture in sandwich Ziploc bag and enclose in second gallon size Ziploc bag.

Serving Day:
Thaw the loaves, then remove the loaves from the paper and place loaves in a baking dish. Add sauce topping and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Marinated Chicken and Rice Bake by Jackie

Ingredients:
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 1/3 c. water or reserved marinade *
1 c. rice, uncooked
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper (use 1 tsp. if you like more spicy food)

Assembly:
Mix soy sauce and Worcestershire in Ziploc freezer bag.  Add chicken to mixture.  Add enough water to cover chicken.  In pint size Ziploc bag, mix soup with spices.  Place rice in separate bag. 

Serving Day:
Thaw completely.  Add water or reserved marinade and rice to soup mixture.  Pour into an 11"x8" baking dish.  Lay chicken on top.  Cover.  Bake on 375 for 45 minutes.

*I use marinade because I like the extra flavor.
**If not freezing, be sure to marinade the chicken overnight for best flavor.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Italian Beef Tortellini Soup by Beth

Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
2 t. garlic, minced
4 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 T. Italian seasonings
3/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 cans (15 oz) Italian style diced tomatoes
3 1/2 c. beef broth
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed
Package frozen cheese tortellini

Assembly
In skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over med/high heat.  When the meat is about halfway cooked, add the mushrooms and continue to cook mixture until the meat is browned; drain.  Place the meat mixture and remaining 6 ingredients in a gallon sized freezer bag.  Seal and lay flat in freezer.

Serving Day
Thaw bag in fridge.  Pour contents in large stockpot.  Heat up soup until hot.  Meanwhile, boil tortellini as directed on the package.  Once the soup is hot, add the drained tortellini.  You may need to add more water if the soup is too thick.  Add additional salt/pepper to your taste.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pesto Chicken by Jen (Re-Run)

http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2010/08/pesto-chicken-by-jen.html

Ingredients:
6 Frozen chicken breasts
2 jars of prepared Pesto
1 box whole wheat pasta

Assembly:
Place frozen chicken breasts in dish.
Next spoon pesto over the top of each breast.
Freeze until ready to bake.

Serving Day:
Thaw 24 hours in refrigerator
Place entire bag of chicken with marinade in 9x13 dish.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes covered.
Serve with whole wheat pasta.

Baked Ham & Cheese Sliders by Jen (Re-Run)

http://freezerfriendz.blogspot.com/2012/06/baked-ham-cheese-sliders-by-jen.html

Ingredients :
12 slider buns
1 lb. thinly sliced deli ham
6 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
3/4 c. melted butter
1 1/2 T. yellow mustard
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. poppy seeds (I cut back a little bit based on comments)
1 T. dried, minced onion

Assembly:
Line baking pan with buns. Remove tops of buns and set aside. Layer ham evenly on all buns. Layer cheese evenly on all buns. Place tops of buns onto the sandwiches. In small bowl, mix butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and onion. Pour mustard mixture evenly over buns.

Serving Day: Preheat oven to 350. Place in oven directly from freezer.  Bake covered for 40 minutes. Uncover. Bake another 5 minutes.

**Can use Kings Hawaiian rolls in place of slider buns.
***This makes a great appetizer for parties too!

Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells by Jen

Recipe From: Kraftfoods.com

Ingredients:
4 cups pasta shells, uncooked
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef - I used my grass-fed beef ;-)
1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Italian Herb Cooking Crème OR 8 oz Cream cheese and added herbs
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1-1/2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Assembly:
Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain.
Stir in marinara sauce; simmer on medium heat 2 min.
Remove from heat. Drain pasta.
Mix cooking crème, basil and Parmesan in large bowl; stir in pasta.
Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce.
Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with foil.
Refrigerate up to 24 hours or freeze for later.

Serving Day:
Thaw, Heat oven to 375ºF. Bake casserole, covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.