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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Freezer Day Reciepes

Here are a few of  the recipes we put together yesterday for freezer day:

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese:

Cook 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni in boiling salted water till tender; In saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter; blend in 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and dash pepper.  Add 2 cups milk; cook and stir till thick and bubbly.  Add 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (optional) and 8 onces sharp process American cheese, cubed (2 cups); stir till melted.
      Mix cheese sauce with macaroni, Turn into 1 1/2 quart casserole.  Cover and freeze or bake at 350 degree for 35 to 40 minutes or till heated through.  Makes 6 servings.

Baked Ziti
1 pound lean ground beef (ground chuck or ground round)

·                     1/2 cup chopped onion
·                     1 green bell pepper, chopped, about 1/2 cup
·                     1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
·                     1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
·                     1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled
·                     1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
·                     1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or small clove garlic, minced
·                     1 1/2 teaspoons salt
·                     1/4 teaspoon pepper
·                     8 ounces ziti or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
·                     2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Sauté ground beef, onion, and green bell pepper in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned. Drain off excess fat; add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well; stir in ziti or elbow macaroni and 1 cup of the cheese; transfer to a 2 1/2-quart casserole. Top with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
This baked ziti recipe serves 6. 
Chicken Roll Ups
crescent dough homemade or store bought
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
salt and pepper
1/4-1/2 Cup shredded cheese
In a bowl, blend together cooked chicken, cream cheese and cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll crescent dough out into a circle and cut into triangles or unroll dough if using store bought. Place chicken mixture on the end of each triangle.
Roll fat end of triangle down to pointed end. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Serve with cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup or without a sauce.

If freezing allow to cool and flash freeze on a cookie sheet. Place in ziploc baggies. Great for taking out individually for lunches. Reheat and add sauce.

 When I am ready to have these for dinner I will make sauce out of cream of chicken soup.

Lemon Teriyaki Chicken
½ Cup lemon juice
½ Cup soy sauce
¼ Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons water
2 garlic cloves chopped
½ teaspoon ginger
6 chicken breasts
Add all ingredients together in ziploc bag except chicken. Blend together. Add chicken and freeze. When ready to cook, pour everything into a casserole dish and bake or add to skillet and cook over medium.

Sweet and Sour Chicken
4 chicken breasts, cut in cubes
can pineapple chunks (save juice)
one garlic clove, minced
1/4 Cup soy sauce
l teaspoon ginger
1-2 carrots cut in small pieces
1 green pepper cut in pieces
Add all ingredients together in a ziploc bag. Freeze. When ready to cook. Add to saucepan and allow to simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Cook rice to go with the meal.

Freezer Meal Tips:  Use a sharpie and write the cooking directions on the foil or zip lock bag to make it even easier when you are ready to bake your meal.   

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