Freezer Cooking Mission ACCOMPLISHED

…and very successful!!! I had a fabulous plan to get up at 7 and get everything finished by noon. But at 8:30 when I rolled out of bed..I realized that wasnt going to happen. So I started right in..I had thawed 32 pounds of ground beef and 16 pounds of chicken the night before. Here is what I made:
4 lasagnas
4 chicken pot pies
4 bags of chicken in marinade for grilling
2 bags of Tex Mex Chicken Starter
2 Chicken and Bows casserolles
2 spaghetti sauces with meat
2 taco meat
2 meatloaves
2 bags of meatballs
I completed this all by 1pm ONLY because my great GREAT friend Lori came over to help me out and that she did!! She is a great person to have in the kitchen when things need to be done!! Thanks Lori!!:)

Tex-Mex Chicken Starter

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup canola oil

3 tbsp chili powder

1 1/2 garlic powder, cumin, coriander and oregano

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp pepper

1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch strips

3 medium onions, sliced to rings

4 garlic cloves, minced

Mix all together, coat chicken and freeze. This chicken is great with pasta and veggies, chicken fajitas, and on salad.

Freezer Cooking DECISION!!

Okay Since I am going to Korea in like 12 days or so, with our crazy life at the moment. Fixing dinner has not been happening! Sooo…supper must be happening in my house and soon! I can’t afford to eat out and its not healthy!!

Sooo..I have a plan for Monday. Here it is:
1. 4 lasagnas
2. 3x’s of chimichangas
3. 3x’s sassy sloppy joes
4. 3x’s meatballs
5. 3x’s spaghetti sauce
6. 3 meatloaves
7. 3 Cheddar Chicken Bakes
8. 3 Chicken and Bows
9. 3 Tex Mex Chicken Starters
10. 5 Chicken Pot Pies
11. 3 Marinating Chicken for grilling
12. 30 hamburger patties

I think I can …I think I can…..!!!:)

Freezer Cooking List

Okay I have decided to do a major freezing cooking haul before we fly to Korea to get Mia. It will be nice for my mom not have to cook while we are gone and nice to have meals for the summer prepared.

Here we go:
3 spaghetti sauces
4 meatloaves
6 3 pound bags of marinated chicken ready for the grill
4 chicken pot pies
6 cheesey shells
6 lasagnas
3 taco meat
2 bags of marinated pork steaks

I think this should hold us until August…:):)

A better explanation of my freezer cooking/OAMC…:)

Okay I have had 4 people call or email me for a better explanation on my Freezer cooking/OAMC. First of all I did buy the book Freezer Cooking by 30 Day Gourmet. But you dont really need to have one. There are hundreds of different ones out there. My friend that I cooked with used Everything You Need to KNow about Freezer cooking.

So here was the deal….we did 1 1/2 days of cooking..

On the 1/2 day I prepared:
4 Meatloaves (my recipe)
4 Lasagna (my recipe)
4 batches of Cheesy Chicken Quesdillas ( 30 Day Gourmet and my own)
4 batches of Cheesy Shells ( 30 Day Gourmet)

On my friends 1/2 day she prepared:
4 white and green lasagnas (Everything….cookbook)
4 Chicken Fried Rice (Everything…..cookbook)
4 Chicken Rosettos (Everything …cookbook)
4 Hash Brown Potato Bake (….Everything cookbook)

When we go together to do our big cooking we brought 2 of each of the meals we prepared and I got 8 different ones and so did she.
On the big day…
Taco Meat
Spaghetti Sauce
Chicken Phyllo Roll (my fave so far)
Cheesy Broccolli Soup
Homemade Noodles
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Blueberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Cookies

We froze everything with that ClingWrap and then with Foil. We did flash freeze for about an hour or 2. Popped it out of the pans and then froze them without our pans so we could have them to use. I did use some foil pans…but I like to serve in prettier dishes. So I lined my foil pans so I can pop them right out and into my fancy serving dishes.

We also had 7 kids running around..!!! There were plenty of interruptions!!.
Anyway…I did purchase a book to read through first just because I need something on paper sometimes. You dont really need a book..there are yahoogroups, blogs, sites just for freezer cooking, including 30 Day Gourmet. The website itself has 100’s of recipes. If you google freezer or cooking OAMC….the recipes are endless. If you want a better explantion, check out this page on 30 day Gourmet. This is kind of a quick over view of the book. I just bought the book..because I LOVE books!!

Here is a great example of why this going to work great for me…yesterday Chloe and Camye had ballet at 5pm. We were running around…it was 6:30 by the time we left. I had a terrible headache..the boys were fighting, Paul spilled a drink all over himself, Blake and the van (yes I am blogging something bad…LOL….you usually only see the good). ANYWAY…it would have been much easier to stop at Sonic and get supper but I knew there was a meal at home ready to pop in the oven which my hubby did and it was ready when we walked through the door.

Another thing I am noticing that there isnt clean up other than the dishes I serve in….that is another plus I hadnt thought of.

Thats all I can think of for now. I plan on doing another around the 14th of August..right before we leave for Texas because when we return it will be September and that month is sooo busy with school and all the activites starting back up. So this so far has been such a stress reliever.:)

Hope this answered all the questions…..let me know if I missed anything.::)

My new plan…

Okay so I am always looking for new ways to organize and manage my time. With 4 kids that we ACTIVELY homeschool…LOL!!! I have a new plan and right now I love it. We will see if it works for us. At this point in our life, we are very very busy people. I have agreed to cut out 2 things out of our schedules for the fall, so far MOPS and one soccer team (since we have played on two in the past). I am also trying to get my cooking under control. Although it seems other things are quickly trying to sneak their way in…but I am trying ..

I bought this new book called 30 day gourmet. So one of my new plans is Freezer Cooking/Once a Month Cooking. When I heard this from my friend, (who is homeschooling) and she loves doing it. So I did it!! I have 24 meals…awesome cooked from scratch meals in my freezer. This is my first day of no cooking..and I cant believe how relieved I feel that I do not have to FIX supper…just stick it in the oven.

SO here is what is in my freezer right now….

2 meatloafs, 2 potatoe hash brown bakes, 2 spaghetti with meat sauce, 10 chicken phyllo rolls, 2 batches of homemade chicken noodles soup with homemade noodles, 2 cheddar broccolli soups, 2 lasagna, 2 cheesey shells, 2 white and green lasagna, 45 blueberry muffins, 175 peanut butter cookie dough balls, 2 taco meats, 2 chicken rosettos, and 2 chicken fried rice.