This last week I have been using my freezer stash and have loved the convenience!! Here is what I have done so far with the food I cooked up and froze..
Chicken Noodle Soup
1 bag of cooked chicken and 2 bags of chicken broth. I heated it up, added noodles and some chopped up carrots. Served it with a big green salad and whole wheat crackers.
Chicken & Rice Alfredo
I made my chicken alfredo sauce from this recipe: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/chickenalfredo.htm and added a bag of rice (instead of pasta) and a bag of chicken. Served it with a salad
Hamburger, Bean and Pasta (I really don’t have a name for this as I just threw it together)
I had extra people to feed and wanted something for the crockpot. So I put 2 bags of cooked hamburger and 1 bag of cooked beans in the crockpot. I added 6 cups of beef broth (from the freezer) and 2 cans diced tomatoes. I added some Italian seasonings and a little chili powder. I let this cook on high for about one hour, until everything had defrosted and added about 2 cups of whole wheat elbow noodles. I turned it on low and let cook for a couple more hours until the pasta was done.
Beef & Rice
I took one bag of cooked rice and sautéed that in a little olive oil. I added one bag of the beef (it was already defrosted) and heated this up. I added some sour cream and some cheddar cheese. I was only feeding Tobin and a couple of the kids so this was a smaller meal. If I was feeding everyone I would have added more rice (one or two bags depending on how many people I was feeding). I served this with homemade sauerkraut and a salad.
I will probably be making more to refill my freezer stock as I run out. This has just been so nice to have meal starters in the freezer, I highly recommend it. I have been spending more time out in the sun, enjoying the summer, working on my garden and swimming with the kids..