Monday, January 11, 2016

Part Two: Tried and True Freezer Cooking Books

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Part two of a three part series on my favorite freezer cooking books.

Don't Panic Dinner's in the Freezer
This was my very first freezer cooking book years ago. I highly suggest this one if you are deciding between the three to be your first as well. It has a lot of the basic recipies that I have made time and time again.  Just like the other two books it contains information on grocery shopping, organizing and cooking for your freezer. You will also find tips on how to freeze your meals and how long they will keep in your freezer.

Now for the good part! Here are some of my tried and true recipies I have made over and over again.

North Woods Wild Rice Soup: I can't tell you how many times I've made this one its always a winner with my family including the littles! It has a nice creamy consistency and the flavor the wild rice contributes is perfect for those winter nights!

Hawaiian Chicken: Crock Pot ready recipe throw it in at lunch time and make up some rice in your rice cooker or Instant Pot (post to come on that soon!). And you are good to go. The fruity flavor in this one is amazing! We pour the meat and extra sauces over a bed of rice YUM!

Lemon Glaze Chicken: These chicken breasts come out so tender every single time i've made them. A little secret is that they taste even better out of the freezer than if you cook them up fresh I can't explain it but trust me.

Orange Teriyaki Chicken: I LOVE chinese food and this one will fool anyone into thinking you got take-out! Personally I chop the chicken into bite size pieces before freezing than cook with a little oil in a pan on the stove to get that take-out look. The book recommends grilling which i'm sure is equally as good! For a full dinner I cook up some fried rice and sometimes egg rolls.

Beef Chimichangas: Oh So Good! On serving day you add the mixture to tortillas, roll up and brush with melted butter. The butter crisps these babies up and you would think they were fried!

Rio Rancho Taco Meat: If you are new to freezer cooking this is a perfect recipe to break the ice.

Sassy Sloppy Joes: Another great recipe for newbies I've made this every fall with our venison for the past 4 years now. We enjoy it on buns or on pizza crust with mozzarella and cheddar shredded cheese.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza: So fun to make your own frozen pizzas! Make sure to use a sauce you love. I made the mistake of buying a cheap bbq sauce in bulk and we didn't really care for it. You can buy Cake Circles at your local craft store as well as amazon.

Peanut Butter Bars: The book says "Tastes just like a peanut butter cup" and they don't lie. I like to eat straight out of the freezer oh so good!

Baked Blueberry French Toast:  You can substitue any pie filling you like for this recipe. I've done blueberry and cherry. My kids didn't enjoy this one as much as I did they prefer regular pancakes or french toast over this casserole version.

Breakfast Burritos: Such a great hot breakfast that won't take much time in the morning I've sent my hubby to work with these in the summer time for lunch when he's busy as well. I make up an assembly line when filling these.

California Quiche: Prep time is short for these and they will taste great for brunches or showers!

Hashbrown Casserole: I make up 8lbs or more every November for upcoming Christmas parties. I always sign up for the potato dish and then i'm not left spending a ton of time in the kitchen those busy weeks in December.

There you have it! Grab your own copy of Don't Panic Dinner's in the Freezer and have fun creating quick meals and goodies so you can spend more time on the important stuff!

Be sure to check out Part One on Fix, Freeze, Feast. And next up Don't panic Dinner's in the Freezer a Second Helping.

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