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My attempt at freezer cooking July 13, 2011

Filed under: Freezer cooking,Menus,Muffins/Breads — TeamModine @ 4:09 pm
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Ok, I thought I was going to do freezer cooking today, but it didn’t quite work out that way. It was more like cooking ahead/what we will eat now.

I had a couple of things work against me. 1. I decided to get started right at the time I needed to make lunch for the family. So I was fixing lunch for the youngest 2 while my oldest and my husband were fixing theirs and starting my cooking ahead. 2. I follow Money Saving Mom (www.moneysavingmom.com) and she used to do a whole day of freezer cooking, but has recently gone to cooking 1 hour a week for the freezer. This sounded manageable, so I thought I would give it a try. However, I did not prep anything ahead of time. I printed off some of her recipes that sounded good jumped in. 3. In the middle of this, I decided to prep tonight’s dinner and tomorrow night’s dinner, too. 

Learned my lessons. I will not start at a meal time. I will plan ahead and I will only do freezer cooking or meal prep, not both.

But here is what I got done:

1 Meal’s worth of Chicken & Bows (http://wp.me/pQCuj-1f) to put in the freezer.

1 Loaf of Banana Chocolate Chip bread. I was going to slice and freeze the slices, but the family loves it, so I don’t think it will make it to the freezer. (Next time, I’ll double it and freeze one.)

1 Meal’s worth of Quick Chicken Pad Thai (tonight’s dinner, yes I have totally rearranged this week’s menu. I’m making everything, but it has changed days.)

Prepped Chicken for Pretzel chicken tomorrow.

 

Money Saving Mom has quite a few breakfast items that I will try next. I think they’ll be great to try while on summer break. The ones we like, I’ll do once school starts back up since my kids all get up at different times, having things to fix individually is helpful.

So, I’m going to use the tools she has on her site and plan ahead. Then the following week, I think I will do some Pampered Chef power cooking to get some freezer meals put away. Those come in handy when life is crazy around here.

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2 Responses to “My attempt at freezer cooking”

  1. This is my first time on your site, and I’m glad I happened upon it. I have a couple of questions though…did you just happen to have the ingredients you needed on hand, or did you have to make a special trip for them? And when you say you prepped tomorrow night’s meal, what exactly did you do? Chop the veggies? Cook the chicken? I’m just not sure what that means. I’d love to get into anything that’s time saving though. I’m over at http://www.couponsmakecentsnow.com. 🙂

    • TeenTweenToddlerMom Says:

      Thanks! I’m a Pampered Chef consultant and I’m asked all the time about dinner ideas, recipes & menus. So I started my blog to share what I do.
      Last week’s freezer cooking was on a whim. But I did use everything I had on hand.
      My Chicken & Bows recipes calls for bow tie pasta, but I didn’t have any, so I used penne.
      I had everything for the banana bread.
      I made Chicken Pad Thai while I was baking the bread. That evening was one of those times that everyone was coming and going, so everyone just made up a serving of it and warmed it up.
      I tried something different with my pretzel chicken. I put it all in a ziploc bag with some buttermilk. Then the next day, I had one of my girls crush the pretzels and I just took the chicken from the buttermilk. Then I put the chicken in the pretzels and onto my stone to bake. Frying it crisps it best, but baking on the stone is a close second.
      If you have any other questions let me know. Hope that helps!


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