Monday, January 14, 2013

I Am a Lazy Cook Part 2...or More Freezer Meals

Most ingredients. 
Since I depleted my frozen meals I figured it was time to make some more. Since the response the first time around was so great I thought I would share my adventure again.

This time I have a few tips that make it easier for me.

  1. Wash all produce at once and set on a towel or somewhere it can dry. I find that I decrease the number of self inflicted injuries if my hands and the produce are dry. (No injuries occurred this time around).
  2. I like to keep a dish towel on my lap (see number 1) and a wash cloth close. I am very messy and it help me to clean up a little as I go to avoid spilling all over the floor. 
  3. For me it works better to do one meal at a time. I am always impressed with the people who get all there bags ready cut up all the vegetables and then start dumping. I cant do that. In part because I get distracted (kids, laundry, dinner...my cell phone) and forget what I am doing and if I had multiple recipes gong on at once I would get confused.
  4. To help the time fly find something to watch on TV...this time I choose footballl...after all it is the playoffs.
  5. Follow Rachel Ray's advice and get a garbage bowl. It doesn't have to be one of her fancy bowls (although they are cute and one day I will splurge and get one) any bowl you have will work. It makes everything a little easier to throw it in a bowl then dump the bowl. You wouldn't think it would be it does. Thanks Rachel for the tip.
Garbage bowl
As usual I made taco soup and hamburger stew. They are so easy and the 'pseudo" step-kids gobble them up even the picky little one. The family would be happy if we ate these once a week. Since I like to try different foods I have included 3 new recipes that I found on Pinterest and in some cases modified the recipes to make the family happy.

This time I am not doubling the recipe even though I made two of each I think the recipe is easier to read this way and if you want you can double it at home.

I also apologize for my bad pictures I took them with my phone.




Taco Soup
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 - 14oz cans tomato sauce*
  • 1 can black beans, rinse and drained*
  • 1 cups corn
  • 1 pkgs taco seasoning
  • 1 pkgs ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1 cans rotell tomatoes with chilies or 1 can diced tomatoes*
  • 1 onions chopped
  • heaping Tablespoon chopped garlic
Directions:
Put ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. 
To cook add 2 cups chicken stock and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 
Once its done shred chicken. Serve with cheese and sour cream.

*This time I used my homemade tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and black beans. 


Turkey Burger Stew
  • 1 lbs turkey burger
  • 1 cans green beans (do not drain)
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 5 potatoes, sliced
  • 3 celery stack, chopped
  • 1 onions, chopped
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Ms. Dash Season Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon A-1 steak sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Put ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. 
To cook add 3 cups beef stock and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
 Brake up turkey burger before serving
Serve with rolls, biscuit or crackers.



Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions: 
Put ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. 
To cook add 1/2 cup chicken stock and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Shred chicken before serving.
Serve with rice and oven roasted vegetables (I like zucchini and squash sprinkled with olive oil and Ms. Dash, baked at 350 degrees until tender)

I got this recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff. This site is full of yummy recipes.



Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • Juice from 2 limes*
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn 
  • 2 minced garlic cloves 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions: 
Put ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. 
To cook add 1/2 cup chicken stock and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Shred chicken before serving
Serve with rice and tortillas with toppings such as with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese.

This recipe was also found on Six Sisters' Stuff.

*I actually got limes and squeezed them...this was a bad idea. I was sticky, the counter was sticky and the floor was sticky. According to Google its about 2 Tablespoons of lime juice (from those little plastic limes) equals one lime. We live and learn.

Orange Chicken
  • 4 carrot  
  • 1/2 large bell peppers 
  • 3 chicken breasts 
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon minced garlic 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. orange juice concentrate

Directions: 
Put ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. 
To cook add 1/2 cup chicken stock and cook on low for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Shred chicken before serving
Serve with noodles or rice.

This recipe is from KoJo Designs.


There you have my latest freezer meal adventure. Happy cooking.





1 comment:

  1. Seriously funny because I am a girl named Michal. Too. :)

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