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First time, Freezer Cooking…

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I spend many sleepless nights on Pintrest, pinning all of these wonderful ideas.  I have tried many of the recipes, but one idea I have been wanting to try for some time is freezer cooking.  How perfect would it be to have a freezer full of homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner for those days I’m either to busy or to tired to cook.  I felt rather domesticated this past weekend and decided it was time to cook up some freezer meals.  It seems that many of the blogs I read about freezer cooking cater to rather large families or the mom just likes to make weeks of meals at one a time.  Well, there are only three of us, and my freezer is only so big, so I stuck with four simple recipes.  Plus, being at the height of hurricane season, in Florida, it is not a good idea for me to stock my freezer with more food than we can eat in a couple of days if need be.

This is what I ended up with after about three hours in the kitchen…

10 Apple Cinnamon Waffles

12 Corndog Muffins

Tatertot Casserole – 6 servings

Goulash – 6 servings

Pizza Pasta -6 servings

I split the three meals into six different pans. I used the aluminum round 9″ pans with the cardboard lids from Dollar Tree.  After I put the food in the pans, I then wrapped them with heavy-duty aluminum foil. All of the recipes I used were from Pintrest, tweaked  to my liking! I have more pictures to post along with the recipes that I will put up later!!  All-in-all I think it was a success, but I really won’t know until we try the meals.  This will be a first for us trying out freezer meals…I will let you know how we liked them!

Taco Pizza

At our local all-u-can-eat pizza restaurant they serve a taco pizza, two of my family’s favorite foods!  I decided to make my own version of a taco pizza.  My family LOVED it!  It is a very child friendly recipe, so make sure to let the kids help out.

We started out by using a pre-made pizza crust.  We spread about a half of cup of  fat-free re-fried beans on the crust.  We then made the seasoned taco meat.  I used one pound of ground turkey breast and one packet of taco seasoning.  I followed the directions on the taco seasoning packet.  Then we topped it with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  I cooked the pizza on my Pizza Pizzaz (love it)!

After the taco pizza was finished cooking we topped it with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and salsa.  With a little sour cream and some tortilla chips it made a great dinner!

Dinner tonight May 16, 2010

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This is the recipe for the pork tenderloin I made tonight.  It is very easy, and would probably work well on the grill too!

2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon coarse (kosher) salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (1 1/2 pound) boneless pork loin
Fresh rosemary sprig

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

In small bowl, combine lemon rind, garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub mixture over surface of pork.

Place pork in uncovered roasting pan; top with rosemary sprig. Roast 30 minutes. Turn roast over and baste with pan drippings; roast 30 minutes longer or until pork is done (170 degrees F on meat thermometer).

Let pork stand 15 minutes on cutting board. Cut pork into very thin slices; serve warm or at room temperature.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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Menu for Sunday May, 16 2010.

1lb Chicken

1-2Tbs Olive Oil

about 3/4 box of Linguine Pasta

1 Bunch Broccoli

1/2 Cup Butter plus 2Tbs to cook chicken in.

1 Cup Cream

1 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Salt/Pepper to Taste

Romano Cheese if desired (to top dish)

Cook pasta according to directions. Steam broccoli. Cut chicken into strips and cook in 2tbs butter until cooked through an slightly browned. Heat cream and butter until melted, add Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper.Mix noodles, chicken and broccoli top with Romano Cheese. Serve with salad and bread. Not very figure friendly, but very Yummy!!

Thursday Night Dinner

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We have a 7:00pm ballgame tonight, so we get to have dinner at a decent time!  Here is what is on tonights menu:

Easy Sloppy Joes

Recipe

1 pound ground turkey breast

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

3/4 cup ketchup

3 teaspoons brown sugar

salt to taste

pepper to taste

In skillet brown turkey, onion and peppers over medium heat;drain. Add remaining ingredients make sure to mix throughly. Reduce heat and cook 30 minutes.

Sides: Fried southern style potatoes, coleslaw, and fresh carrots.

Tuesday Night’s Dinner

Ingredients:

2.5lbs Chix

2 Cans Basil,Garlic,Oregano Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Black Olives Sliced

Olive Oil

1lb Pasta of your choice (I usually use thin spaghetti or angel hair)

Boil noodles according to box directions. Cut chicken into chunks and saute in about 2tbs of olive oil until just about done .  Add 2 can of tomatoes to chicken and cook down for about 20-25 minutes on medium heat.  When chicken mixture is done serve over noodles.  I like to add a little extra olive oil and black olives before serving. This is one of my nieces favorite dishes, and is good hot or cold.

Dinner Monday Night

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It’s a little late, but here is what we had for dinner last night!

Mesquite BBQ Pork Loin

Rice Pilaf

Green Beans

Homemade applesauce (I canned it last fall!)

I am cooking tonight’s dinner right now.  With the different work schedules and a ball game tonight who knows what time we will all sit down to eat!