Thursday, July 27, 2017

Freezer Meals / 5 Easy Recipes and Prep



Having a freezer full of delicious homemade prepared meals is truly a blessing!  I have always tried to stock my freezer with meals I could pull out the night before for dinner the next day when time is short.  In today's video I am sharing some great freezer meal recipes, my process to make it all so much easier and the supplies I rely upon to get the job done!  This time I have a new twist; I am preparing meals to send with my college kids as they head back to school.  Individually proportioned freezer meals from home can be so comforting for those hungry college kids far from home!    Recipes and details below!

                            

Freezer Meal Recipes:  

Crock-pot Barbecue Chicken

4lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
Salt/Pepper/Garlic Powder/Mrs. Dash
One bottle barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water
Place chicken in cold crock-pot.  Season well with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash.  Add 3/4  bottle BBQ sauce and water.  Turn crock-pot on high and cook for 4-5 hours.  When done shred with 2 forks and let cool a bit to thicken up.

Veggie Chili

This Pioneer Women recipe is the best veggie chili recipe that I have ever made.   The full recipe can be found here: Veggie Chili Recipe

Chicken Soup

4-5 celery stalks chopped
One med onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 cup white wine
48 oz chicken stock
3 cups vegetable stock
s/p
Fresh parsley to taste chopped
fresh dill to taste chopped
3-4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2-3 shredded cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
5-6 sliced carrots
1 1/4 cup Stellina pasta

In a large stock pot in olive oil and one tablespoon of butter saute celery, onions and garlic until translucent.  Add wine and cook 2 more minutes. Add chicken and veggie stock, chicken and carrots and bring to a boil, cook until carrots are tender.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer until pasta is done. 

Turkey Chili
World's Easiest

3lbs ground turkey browned
Large jar of Pace Picante sauce
28oz can crushed tomatoes 
Package of taco seasoning
1 can of black beans
1 can of red kidney beans
Sugar to taste (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of red hot pepper flakes

Transfer browned ground turkey to a large stockpot.  Add remaining ingredients stir well after each addition.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat simmering for 40 mins stirring occasionally. ( Told you it was the world's easiest chili recipe.)

Baked Ziti
To make one pan, deep dish approx 11x7

1 lb box ziti cooked according to package directions
Favorite homemade tomato sauce recipe or 2-3 jars sauce
16 oz container ricotta cheese (whole milk or part skim)
16oz bag of Italian shredded cheese blend
s/p  Garlic Powder Dried Parsley flakes

Spray pan with non stick cooking spray.  Mix ricotta cheese with s/p to taste, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp parsley flakes, set aside.  Combine cooked ziti with tomato sauce.  Cover bottom of pan with  a thin layer of tomato sauce, cover bottom of pan with half of the cooked ziti and sauce.  Using a spoon spread the ricotta cheese over pasta until well covered.  Add the other half of the pasta and sauce.  Add more tomato sauce if desired and cover the top with shredded Italian cheese blend and sprinkle additional dried parsley flakes on top.  Cover with tin foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.


Thank you so much for spending some time with me today in my kitchen!  I hope you will leave me a comment below and be sure to subscribe to My Bashful Life on YouTube for more great ideas!

I will be linking with these awesome blogs this week: Foodie Friday  Simply Sweet Home BFF Open House Link Party  Sincerely Paula
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