Teriyaki Chicken (Freezer Meal)

The flavor of this chicken was DELICIOUS! And who doesn't love marinaded chicken thrown on the grill?! Amy made this chicken for our freezer group and used her own recipe (which she was kind enough to share).

1 cup sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
4 chicken breasts

Mix marinade ingredients together and throw in a freezer bag with the chicken breasts. If you use it as a freezer meal, just defrost and cook as you please when ready to eat!

Chicken Lickin' Good Pork Chops

I saw this recipe on Melissa's Bargain Blog and was curious about it. So, this week, for the first time in my life, I bought pork chops :-) and gave it a go. I thought it was good, Ella loved it and Addie wouldn't try it. I have definitely been inspired to mix up our meats from chicken and beef more often after my freezer meal swap. I skipped the flour/oil step and just threw it all in the crock pot together in the morning...gotta love the crock pot!

6-8 lean pork chops, 1-inch thick
1/2 cup flour (omit if you don't brown chops in skillet)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp oil (omit if you don't brown chops in skillet)
1 10.5oz can chicken & rice soup

Dredge pork chops in mixture of flour, salt, dry mustard & garlic powder.
Brown chops in oil in a large skillet. Place browned pork chops in crockpot.
Add can of soup. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3 1/2 hours.
If I don't brown the chops, then I just toss the salt, dry mustard & garlic powder in the crockpot instead of dredging the chops.

Cranberry Turkey Meatloaf (Freezer Meal)

I must admit, I was a little nervous to try this one out :-), but it was actually one of my favorites from the group so far! The meatloaf was moist and had a good flavor to it. The girls weren't too sure about it, but Mike really liked it.

(it says 1 recipe serves 8, but I'd say it's more like 4)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. chicken flavored stuffing mix, crushed
- 3/4 c. cranberry sauce, whole, divided
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/8 t. pepper
- 1 lb. ground turkey

-Mix egg, stuffing, and 1/4 c. of cranberry sauce. Add salt, pepper, and turkey and mix well.

Freezing Directions:
-Put uncooked meatloaf in labeled bags. Put extra sauce (1/2 c.) into quart-sized bags. Label and attach to meatloaf bag if possible (the person who prepared ours just put the sauce bag in the big bag with the meatloaf).

Cooking Directions: (label on bag)
-Bake meatloaf in loaf pan at 350 degrees uncovered for 55-65 minutes (I did mine 1 hr.). Heat sauce in microwave and pour on loaf during last 15 minutes of cooking.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Last week I got the cookbook 2009 Taste of Home Annual Recipes in the mail and this was calling my name. I was excited to see the chicken coated in cornflakes as opposed to breadcrumbs...making it gluten-free! I will admit I need some practice rolling my chicken so it looks pretty, but it did taste good :-)!
(I just used 3 chicken breasts and used the corresponding amount of ham and cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 c. milk, but the whole 2 c. cereal and all the spices)

-8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
-8 thin slices deli ham
-3 slices Swiss cheese (I used 2% milk slices)
-2 eggs
-1 c. milk
-2 c. crushed cornflakes
-1/2 t. garlic powder
-1/2 t. salt
-1/2 t. pepper

-Flatten chicken to 1/4 in. thickness. Top each with a slice of ham and cheese. Roll up and tuck in ends; secure with toothpicks.
-In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk. In another bowl, comgine cornflakes and seasonings. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then roll in crumbs.
-Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 min. or until the chicken juices run clear. Discard toothpicks beofre serving.

Baked Chicken Nuggets (Freezer Meal)

These have been a big hit around here. The girls obviously love them and I have been slicing them and adding them to all kinds of things...salad, pasta, quesadillas, etc. My friend who made these for all 8 people in our freezer group did say they took her awhile, but we appreciate it :-)! (this recipe also comes from 30 Day Gourmet)

(1 recipe = 6 servings)
- 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken
- 1 box stuffing
- 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs

Assembly Directions:
-Cut chicken into small bite-sized pieces.
-Blend stuffing mix (include spice packet if one is included) and Parmesan cheese in blender until fine.
-Beat eggs in shallow bowl.
-Dip chicken into egg and then into dry mix.
-Bake at 425 degrees on greased cookie sheet for approx. 15 min. Turn nuggets and cook an additional 5 min.

Freezing and Cooking Directions:-Label bags. Cool chicken and freeze in bags.
To serve: Thaw and heat in microwave or oven.

Southwest Turkey Burgers (Freezer Meal)

These were really good. I think I would like them even better going a little lighter on the spices. The girls (and Mike) just thought it was great we were having burgers for dinner :-). We still have more patties left in our freezer too, which was an added bonus. I made Veggie Packets to eat with them (which I loved)!

(1 recipe, makes 6 patties)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/4 c. salsa
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. paprika
- 1/2 t. cumin
- 1/2 t. chili powder
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 c. bread crumbs

On Hand:
-6 Hamburger Buns

Assembly Directions:
-Combine all ingredients. Shape into appropriate number of patties for the number of recipes you are making.

Freezing Directions:
-Press patties flat. Stack between sheets of freezer paper. Four stacks of five patties will generally fit into a 1-gallon freezer bag. Place patty stacks in freezer bags. Seal, label and freeze.

Serving Directions:
-Thaw in refrigerator or microwave. Patties can be cooked in a non-stick frying pan or on the grill. Cook until no longer pink in the center.

Pot Roast (Freezer Meal)

Who doesn't like a good roast every now and then...especially when you don't have to wait hours for it to cook?! Our freezer meal group organizer (who really did all the thinking and planning for us) made this one and included the carrots in the bag. Apparently potatoes don't freeze well however so I made mashed potatoes to serve with it. Yum!

(for 1 recipe, which makes 12 servings...and I believe she cut that in half for each family)
-3 lb. chuck roast
-1 pkg. onion soup mix
-1/2 c. water
-baby carrots

Assembly Directions:
-Heat frying pan until a drop of water sprinkled on it "dances." :-) Sear roast in hot frying pan for 3-4 minutes until nicely browned. Repeat on other side. Place roast in covered baker or slow cooker with onion soup mix and 1/2 c. water (and carrots). Bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours or more. Cool and slice.

Freezing and Cooking Directions:
-Place in labeled freezer bag, seal and freeze. Reheat to serve.

BBQ Spaghetti Bake

I saw this on Lee'sa's blog and it sounded intriguing :-). I think it is best described as a southern twist on spaghetti. My girls both loved it and I liked it...I think I'll add some extra pasta next time around. Cheap and easy!

1/2 of a purple onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 lb. ground beef or ground chuck
1 lb. of thin spaghetti (I used 1/2 gluten free and 1/2 regular)
1 can BBQ Manwich
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

-Preheat oven to 350.
-Saute meat with onions and green peppers until they're soft and meat is done. (sprinkle the mixture with onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper).
-Meanwhile, boil water and cook spaghetti. Drain pasta and return to pot.
-Add the meat mixture to pasta pot and mix in the can of Manwich sauce just until well blended.
-Pour entire mixture into an 8x8 casserole dish.
-Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake uncovered for 20 min.

Veggie Packets

I was looking for a veggie side to go with our southwest turkey burgers tonight and came across this one on Busy Cooks. It was definitely a fun way to prepare and serve veggies and although I liked the honey flavor in this recipe, I'm excited to try some different spice mixes and veggie combinations.

2 ears corn, each cut into 4 pieces
4 small red potatoes, halved
2 carrots, cut into 1" pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
(I added 2 sliced zucchini to the mix as well)

Combine vegetables in large bowl. Mix butter, mustard and seasonings and add to vegetables, stirring to coat. Divide evenly among four 18x12-inch sheets of heavy duty foil. Seal with a double fold. Grill, uncovered, 4-5 inches from medium high heat 25-35 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serves 4
**I put mine in the oven at 425 degrees and they took about 45 minutes to be cooked**

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Icing

We never got around to making our sugar cookies at Christmas time so we made them for Valentine's Day instead. As much as I despise the mess and amount of work involved, Ella thinks it is THE best thing ever...so I'm sure we'll do it again :-). They are delicious though!

-1 c. shortening
-2 c. sugar
-4 eggs, beaten
-1 t. vanilla
-4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (I add quite a bit when rolling the dough out)
-1/2 t. salt
-4 t. baking powder
-2 T. milk

-Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Combine in a separate bowl flour, salt, and baking powder.
-Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. May need to add 2 T. milk to bled dough together.
-Put additional flour on counter before rolling dough. Lightly wet the roller and sprinkle flour on roller to avoid dough sticking to it. (in my experience the dough is quite sticky, so like I mentioned I do end up adding handfuls of flour here and there to work with it)
-Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick on counter. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cut shapes carefully with spatula onto cookie sheet.
-Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees 10 minutes. (makes about 6 dozen)
-1/2 c. shortening
-1/2 c. butter
-1 1/2 t. vanilla
-5 c. powdered sugar
-3 T. milk

-Cream shortening and butter with mixer. Add vanilla. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time to mixture.
-Icing will be dry, may need to add up to 3 T. milk (1 T. at a time) beating at med speed. Cover icing until ready to decorate.

Tuna Macaroni

Ok, so I know some of you are cringing now (Mike included), but I actually like a tuna casserole every once in awhile...well, once a year, and this is the recipe I use. I must admit though, I made a batch of My Tortilla Soup to take to a friend yesterday as well and it was looking much better than this...it will probably be on our menu for next week :-)!

-1 can chunk light tuna (I only buy albacore)
-2 c. macaroni, uncooked (I used 1 8 oz box of gluten free penne)
-1 can cream of celery soup (I used 98% FF)
-1 T. instant minced onion
-1 c. mixed veggies, cooked and drained
-1 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2%)
-1 c. sour cream (I used FF)
-1/2 t. salt

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Drain tuna. Cook and drain macaroni.
-In a bowl mix noodles, tuna, soup, onion, veggies, sour cream, salt and 3/4 c. cheese.
-Pour into a greased 2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and then paprika.
-Bake uncovered, 30 minutes or until heated through.

Beef with Broccoli and Onions (Freezer Meal)

This freezer meal was really good...I liked the flavor and I always love broccoli. It has a lot more meat in it than I usually cook with, but Mike wasn't complaining about that :-). The recipe comes from 30 Day Gourmet and 1 recipe, which I have put below, makes 6 servings.

- 1 1/2 lbs. round or sirloin steak, trimmed
- 1 1/4 c. water
- 2 T. dried onion flakes
- 1 1/2 t. onion powder
- 1 T. beef bouillon granules
- 1 1/2 t. dried parsley
- 1 T. packed brown sugar
- 2 T. soy sauce
- 16 oz. frozen broccoli

On Hand:
- 1/4 c. water
- 2 T. cornstarch
- 12 oz. linguine (we had ours over brown rice)

Assembly Directions:
-Slice beef into thin strips. Spray pan with cooking spray. Brown the steak in batches until all steak has been cooked. Remove from pan and cool. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl.

Freezing Directions:
-Place steak in a freezer bag or rigid freezer container. Pour sauce over steak. Seal, label and freeze. (we put the broccoli in the bag too...it was originally an on hand item)

Serving Directions: (write on bag)
-Thaw in refrigerator. Make pasta (or rice) according to package directions. Drain sauce off steak into a frying pan. Heat on med-high until boiling. Mix water and cornstarch in a separate bowl or cup. Pour mixture into sauce. Return to boiling and reduce heat. Mixture will thicken. Add the meat and broccoli to the sauce and mix to coat. Heat until warm. Serve over pasta (or rice).

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This is another great recipe from My Kitchen Cafe! I am in LOVE with this soup :-)! I am hopeful that the stick of butter in it is balanced out somehow by the fat-free half and half...it was delicious and creamy!

½ cup butter
1 finely chopped onion
½ - 1 cup frozen corn, or ½ cup chopped celery (I went with celery)
½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
½ cup carrots, sliced
¾ cup all-purpose flour
6 ½ cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice (I just used 1 box Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice and cooked it without the seasoning packet)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (I used 1 can chicken)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon mustard powder
½ teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup slivered almonds (I thought I had some and didn't...it was delish without them)
2 cups nonfat half-and-half

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, corn, chicken and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté 3-4 more minutes. Then add flour and stir well. Transfer mixture to large pot. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly until all has been added. Bring just to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer.

Next, add the rice, salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground black pepper and almonds. Allow to heat through and then pour in the half-and-half. Let simmer 1 to 1 ½ hours. Be careful not to let the soup come to a boil or it won't thicken properly - let it simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Lemon Herbed Fish Fillets (Freezer Meal)

Sorry for the bad picture, I nearly forgot to take one before we started eating. This was the first freezer meal we tried that someone else prepared and we all really liked this one. It was a nice change of pace to have the fish and it was healthy too (not to mention easy to prepare and easy to serve). I served it with a mushroom rice mix and moms green beans. Even the girls ate theirs up! The recipe I'm posting says it is to make 4 servings, but it was barely enough for our family (and is another from the 30 Day Gourmet).

- 1 lb. fish fillets (these were tilapia)
- 1 t. lemon pepper
- 1/2 t. garlic powder

Freezing Directions:
-Place fish in quart sized freezer bag. Sprinkle seasoning in bag. Make sure it is well distributed and not in clumps. Seal, label and freeze.

Serving Directions: (write this on bag)
- Allow fish to thaw completely in refrigerator or thaw in microwave. Place fish in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with foil. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until fish flakes easily.

Soup-erb Chicken Casserole

This comes from an email I received awhile back from Campbell's Kitchen. It was easy and tasty...a classic casserole.

1 can Cream of Broccoli Soup (I accidentally bought a 98% FF Broccoli and Cheese soup and it was good)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups hot cooked elbow pasta (I used my gluten free penne)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken OR turkey
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas and carrots, cooked and drained (I left these out and served corn and a salad on the side)
1/2 cup Herb Seasoned Stuffing, crushed (I just used regular bread crumbs)
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. butter OR margarine, melted

PREHEAT oven to 400°F.
MIX soup, milk, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder and black pepper in 2-qt. baking dish. Stir in pasta, chicken and peas and carrots.
BAKE 20 min. Stir.
MIX stuffing, Parmesan cheese and butter. Sprinkle on top. Bake 5 min. or until hot.

Skillet Beef Stew

This meal was heaven...at least for me, tonight, it was the perfect dinner! I loved it! It's like a pot roast, but in a soup-like format (and we know how much I love my soups!). I tore the recipe out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine a year ago. Actually I tore out the whole little segment called, "By the Bowlful Recipes" and it looks like I need to try some of the others!

- 2 T. cooking oil
- 2 lb. beef stew meat, cut in 1-in cubes (I just used 1 lb)
- 2 t. dried thyme
- 6 med carrots, peeled and quatered
- 4 stalks celery, cut in 2-in lengths
- 2 med onions, cut in 1/2-in slices
- 6 c. beef broth
- 1/3 c flour/cornstarch
- 1 recipe potato mashers (I've included recipe below, but I just made mashed potatoes my usual way)

-In 12-in ckillet brown beef in hot oil over med-high heat with thyme and 1/4 t. each salt and pepper (I also added garlic). Remove, set aside.
-Add carrots, celery, and onions to skillet, cook and stir 5 min.
-Return beef to skillet. In bowl whisk together broth and flour; add to skillet.
-Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered 45 minutes.
-Uncover; simmer 10 min or until meat is tender. Serve with potatoes.

Potato Mashers:
In microwave-safe bowl microcook 8 Yukon gold potatoes (2 3/4 lbs), half at a time, on high 8 minutes, covering bowl with vented micro-safe plastic wrap. Mash potaotes with 1 c. milk and some salt and pepper.

Orecchiette With Tuna

I cut this recipe out of a magazine a LONG time ago and stuck it in my cookbook, so I have no idea where it came from. I was a little nervous going in to it, but it was actually quite scrumptious! It didn't taste "tuna-ie" at all and did have a more "sophisticated" flavor, as described in the article. I made some changes to the recipe purely by accident, but I think I'll do it exactly the same the next time around! What a great way to use a can of tuna!

-16 oz. orecchiette pasta (I only used 8 oz. and used my gluten free penne)
-1 T. olive oil
-pinch of red-pepper flakes
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 cans (5.5 oz each) V8 juice (at Walmart I got 1 can (11.5 oz) generic V8 for $.50)
-1 pint grap tomatoes, halved
-1 can (6 oz) tuna, drained
-1 T. lemon juice
-2 T. butter
-1/2 c. chopped basil (I totally missed this when I made my grocery list so I put in 1 T. dried basil and thought it added enough flavor for us)

-Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in large pan, heat olive oil over med heat.
-Add pepper flakes and cook 30 seconds.
-Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more.
-Add V8 juice, increase heat to high, and bring mixture to boil.
-Reduce heat to low, and add grape tomatoes. Cook 4 minutes.
-Stir in tuna, lemon juice, butter and basil. Toss with pasta.
*I put a little mozzarella on top too!

Addie's Birthday/Super Bowl Party Menu

Yesterday we celebrated Addie's birthday with family and then followed it immediately with a Super Bowl party (we know Addie secretly LOVES football!). I'm still stuffed!
Here was our menu...

Creamy Italian Chicken over Rice
Garlic Bread (bought pre-made from Kroger)
Tossed Salad (nothing fancy)

Cupcakes (from a box...like I've said before, I'm not a baker)
Ice Cream

Football Viewing Snacks:
Tortilla chips with Queso
Tortilla chips with Black Bean Salsa
Potato chips with Ranch Dip (bought pre-made)
Peanut butter M&M's
Jelly Bellies


Ok, so not really a recipe and definitely not a good picture, but the first time I wanted to make queso it actually took some searching online to find a recipe so I thought I would post it!

- 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut up (I use 2% and it tastes just as good)
- 1 can (10 oz) Rotel Tomatoes and Green Chilies, UNdrained (I use original and it has just enough zing to it)

- In small saucepan dump can of tomatoes and cheese.
- Heat over med-low heat, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.
- Serve with tortilla chips!