Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cooking day

So this weekend a friend and I stocked our freezers with meals.  When working late and busy schedules take over, it is so convenient to have dinner in the freezer.  The prep from this point is so simple that Andy has no trouble following the instructions on the bags.  Preparing it all led to a long and exhausting day, no doubt. But I feel such a sense of accomplishment upon opening my freezer, knowing we will eat well for weeks if not months ahead.  We ended up making 44 meals, which means we won't be going hungry for quite a while, even on the days I end up working late ;)
If we had stacked these straight while they froze this would look so much better...
The menu this time around.  We went with mostly a bunch of meals that we haven't tried before, so I will have to let you know how they turn out.  But here are the links to the recipes.
Chicken Alfredo
Twice Baked Potatoes
Seafood Pasta Casserole (We substituted shrimp for the crab meat)
Bacon wrapped chicken with cream cheese filling (For this you just freeze after wrapping, and sear and bake after defrosting)
Southwest Corn & ham chowder
Cream Cheese Potato Soup
Honey Glazed Pork Chop
Angel Chicken Pasta
My mom's fantastic Chicken Curry
and a bunch of other recipes I can't seem to find the links for right now (Potato soup, Chickaroni, Meatballs, Hamburgers, Quesadillas, Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie, White Chicken Chili, and a few others).

Yes, I know many of these aren't very healthy, but oh well. I could have made things that are more healthy, and had to deal with my husband lament the fact that it is "healthy" :P

A few tips for packaging and putting things in the freezer. Everything that possibly can should be put in a freezer ziploc bag (or two). This is for convenience sake in the freezer. If you leave things in baking dishes your freezer fills up with just a few meals.  Also, clearly label, date and put cooking/reheating instructions on each bag.  I would also recommend labeling the bags at the bottom (so that you can see the name without pulling everything out).

If you are new to the whole concept of cooking ahead and freezing, check out these tips. While many things freeze very well, there are some things that are better off added fresh

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