Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Freezer Cooking

Last night, after all of the littles were in bed, and I had gone to the Y to exercise, I decided to go to Owens (our Kroger) and take advantage of a good sale on non-frozen (fresh) chicken.  It was 1.97 a pound and I needed some, err rather wanted some that had not been pre-frozen to finish up some freezer cooking.  So, I bought 6 packages!  When I got home, I got promptly to work and made a triple batch of Chicken Cacciatore. (click on the link to get the recipe)
A triple batch almost overflowed my big pot!

We love, love, love, love, LOVE this recipe.  It has awesome flavor and is a great freezer meal!  A triple batch gives us 4 meals, so I froze 3 and one is for tonight!

While that was simmering, I threw together a batch of Cheesy Italian Chicken.  I got this recipe and meal from our friend Christian last year after Lydia was born.  It is yummy...and super quick to throw together! I didn't even use a bowl, but threw the ingredients into the freezer bag, let the air out, and mixed it up.

Here is the recipe:

Cheesy Italian Chicken

 (FYI: This can just be thrown into the crock pot or put in a freezer bag for a later date! Also, I like chicken tenders for this recipe)

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I used 1.25 pounds of tenders.
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs (make sure they are the seasoned Italian ones!)
2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese

Mix all ingredients together in freezer bag. Seal well and freeze.  As always please make sure you use a good quality freezer bag to insure quality freezing.

To Cook:
Thaw completely in the fridge before putting in your slow cooker.
Cook in slow cooker for 6-8 hours.  Stir often so the cheese doesn't stick to the bottom/sides.
Serve over rice or noodles.
You may want to add a dash of milk to thin the sauce, after it has been cooked some and you see how thick it is.

I haven't actually had this over noodles, I usually just serve it over brown rice!  I hope you have some more tasty meals to add to your freezer tonight!

Other Freezer Cooking posts can be found at the links below
Tater Tot Casserole
All American Meatloaf and Salisbury Steak
Freezer Cooking Plan and Update

linking up with Domestically Divine at Far Above Rubies, Growing Home, Comfy in the Kitchen's Fellowship Fridays, Women Living WellTitus2sdays at TimeWarpWife, Womanly Ways Wednesdays, and Raising Homemakers, and At The Well




Jacinda @ Growing Home said...

That looks amazing!

Sarah said...

Both of the recipes look wonderful! I have been on the prowl for some good freezer recipes and now I am anxious to try these out. Thanks for linking up today! : )

sara said...

Wow! Both sound really good! I need to do better planning my meals and working ahead. Thanks!
(Found you on the Raising Homemakers)

Amanda said...

Ladies...thank you so much for visiting...I hope you'll visit again soon!

Jen said...

The Italian chicken was amazing! It was so good, my kids gobbled it up. Thanks for sharing.

Christan said...

Can you believe I've never made the italian chicken for us?? Must do it soon!!

mojoraven said...

I found you through a link up and I'm glad I did. I have a baby due in October and know from experience that the last thing I'll want to do is spend time cooking from scratch.

This is a great way I can stock up on healthy food with the limited space I have. Thanks.

Amanda said...

Jen...I am so glad your family liked it! Christian...you really do need to try it! Mojoraven...thanks for visiting! I hope you'll come back soon!