Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Stocking My Freezer - Day Four

As I mentioned yesterday, I am not going to be able to finish my freezer stocking session. But, I did want to share what I had planned to do for those of you who have written to say you're cooking along with what I post!

On Day Two - I mentioned that I had cooked and cut up a bunch of chicken. I had planned to make that into:

Poppy Seed Chicken (divided into two 8x8 pans)
Chicken Enchiladas
1 c. portions for the freezer

What I did instead is to bag the chicken into 1 c. portions - I sure didn't want all that chicken to go to waste just sitting in my fridge!

I also planned to make two loaves of Banana Bread, to steam broccoli and divide it into 1 c. portions and to cut up the green pepper for the fajitas and for topping pizza. I did get the green peppers sliced and frozen over the weekend.

Tonight, I'm planning to make something with broccoli and am hoping to just steam it all and get that in the freezer as well.

I will say that the work I did last week has already come in handy! Last night we had tacos, I pulled out the pre-cooked and divided ground beef and it was a very quick dinner. I also wanted something home baked for dessert and pulled out a few cookies for an after-dinner treat. Delicious and very little effort!

Thanks for all the great questions, ideas and suggestions throughout this freezing series! I am certainly no expert on freezing meals, so will undoubtedly learn a few things from this - like what freezes well and what doesn't. If you're interested, there is a lot of good discussion among the comments in my past posts, so check those out for more info!

9 comments:

Amy said...

Great job, Monica! That Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is one of our family favorites.

I know you will really appreciate all that good planning when the baby comes. Before Emily came, I stocked up on my meat and recipes for our slow cooker and it was a huge lifesaver in those beginning days.

Katy said...

I am glad everything is working well for you with all the freezer meals! Preperation is so valuable..don't you think? :)

Paige said...

I did your easy dinner rolls and froze those up yesterday. I also made a chocolate pound cake. I cut half into slices in put in individual sandwhich bags. The other half is cut into thirds and into larger bags. Now I'll have cake whenever company drops by.
Paige

Tiffany said...

Hey Monica!
I just wanted to introduce myself, and tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your blog! I found you over the holidays and have already tried some of your WONDERFUL recipies! My house is still filled with the smell of mulling spices! I hope you'll come on by and visit sometime. Blessings!

Stacey said...

This is great.

I have another chicken poppyseed recipe that is not creambased. I was going to post it today anyways so I will get it up there for you!
It is one of my family's favorites!

kelly said...

be well, mama

Stacey said...

Ok, the recipe is up at my place - wish you lived closer so I could make it for you!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for your doc. appt. and all else. My family loves the chicken poppyseed too. Thanks for all you do to bless all of us even while goin thru all you are.tammyp

Heather said...

Monica, I know you are on bed rest right now but I thought of something else that is wonderful to prepare ahead and freeze.....
Pancakes
Waffles
French toast

Whenever I make any of these I make a HUGE (can I just say ENORMOUS) batch of them and freeze the extras.... it makes for an easy microwave warm up!!!!!!!!!!

Hope bed rest is going well.....! Try to keep the positive attitude!

Heather (the www.simplefamilysupper.com lady!)