Friday, February 27, 2009

Favorite Recipes...

These are some of our family's favorite freezer recipes...enjoy!

Sweet & Sour Chicken (so yummy...)
4-5 chicken breasts (cooked and cubed)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. vinegar
2/3 c. white sugar
1 bell pepper, chopped
2-3 carrots, sliced
1/2 c. ketchup
1 T. cornstarch
1 can (15 oz.) pineapple chunks
Brown chicken and onions in soy sauce. Add vinegar, sugar, and juice from pineapple chunks. Add veggies. Stir in ketchup. Mix cornstarch w/ 1/4 c. water. Add to mixture and stir until thickened; add pineapple. Cool. Pour into freezer bag and freeze. Serve over rice.

Delicious Pot Roast (this gravy is to die for!)
2 or 3 lb. pot roast trimmed of fat
2 c. tomato juice
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. dry mustard
1 T. salt
1 t. ground pepper
Put pot roast in freezer bag. Mix remaining ingredients together, pour over roast. Freeze. Cook in crock pot for 8-10 hrs. until tender. Use cornstarch to thicken drippings for gravy.

Shredded beef for chimichangas or tacos (put this recipe in the crock pot first on cooking day)
2-3 lb. pot roast
1 jar salsa verde
1 can green chilies
1 can refried beans
Cook the meat, salsa verde, and green chilies on low for 8-10 hours or until tender. Shred with a fork. Put back into the crockpot, and add refried beans. Stir together. You can either make burritos ahead of time, and freeze in a casserole dish, or you can freeze meat in one bag, and the tortillas in another to assemble them later. This recipe works equally as well with a pork roast.

Sensational Sloppy Joes (you have to just trust me on the grape jelly...)
2-3 lbs. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can (10 oz.) tomato soup
1 1/4 c. ketchup
1 T. cider vinegar
1 T. prepared mustard
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 T. grape jelly
1/4 c. brown sugar
Cook ground beef and onions. Mix all of the other ingredients together and pour over gr. beef mixture. Cook and stir until combined. Cool. Freeze.

Citrus Chicken (great on the grill..)
6 blsl chicken breasts
2 T. lime juice
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. orange juice
2 T. balsamic vinegar
3 T. honey
1 t. dijon mustard
1 t. paprika
1 1/2 t. minced garlic
Put chicken into freezer bag. Mix other ingredients together and pour over chicken. Freeze. This is one of my favorite summer grilling recipes.

These are just a few of our favorites. I have a recipe book that I have made where I copy my favorites out of the books I like, so I can have them all in one place, and I have sheet protectors on them so that I don't get my favorite recipe books dirty while I am cooking. This has worked well for me. If your family has a favorite recipe--chances are, you can freeze it. The only thing you have to watch out for is pasta--gets soggy if it's frozen, so you have to undercook it, same thing with rice. Just experiment with your favorites, and you can usually come up with a way to make it work! Have fun trying!

2 comments:

Real Mom, Real Life said...

Wow Tami -- you are going to have to organize a cooking party. This is just like My Girlfriends Kitchen -- but not shut down and probably cheaper. :)

kbhull said...

I am so excited to try them. Thanks for sharing!!

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