Monday, June 11, 2012

No time to cook? Freezer cooking to the rescue! Part 2

My plan had been to do round 2 of my freezer cooking last Wednesday but that did not happen! So here we are almost a week later and I got it done! So as a review here is the menu for last week and this week. Now obviously since I didn't get around to getting my freezer cooking done the way I wanted the menu adjust slightly, but we are still on the right track!

Mondaywaffle iron french toast, corndog muffins, chicken gyros with hummus
Tuesday- yogurt and granola, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, beef tips in gravy
Wednesday- Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal cups, ham & cheese roll ups, Italian crockpot chicken
Thursday- cereal, chicken soft tacos, Creole Daube
Friday- Blueberry Muffins, mac & cheese, Divine Chicken
Saturday- Breakfast Burritos, pizza bites, Baked Ham
Sunday- fruit & toast, Creamy Chicken Taquitos, leftovers

Monday- yogurt & granola, cheese quesadillas, mini meatloaves
Tuesday- breakfast burritos, pb & banana, pork chop bake
Wednesdaylemon blueberry scones, pizza bites, slow cooker beef fajitas
Thursday- cereal, bbq cups, leftovers
Friday- Waffles, nachoes, eat out
Saturday- scrambled eggs & bacon, ham & cheese sandwiches, Chicken soft tacos
Sunday- biscuits & ham, eat @ my mom's, leftovers from Mom's

Here is the order I went in:

  • Preheated the oven to 350 degrees.
  • I threw all the chicken soft tacos ingredients into the crockpot. 
  • Mixed up the banana bread, started the chicken breast to boil for the taquitos, pulled out the cream cheese to soften.
  • Started the pizza dough for pizza bites.
  • Put all the Creole Daube ingredients in my other crockpot.
  • Put together pizza bites. Cooked bacon in the oven at the same time as banana bread.
  • Pulled out bacon and the banana bread to cool. Put pizza bites in oven.
  • Shredded the chicken breast in my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle attachment (one of the best things I've discovered on pinterest so far!) 
  • Made up chicken taquitos; pulled out pizza bites.
  • Put taquitos in the oven; started lemon blueberry scones.
  • sauteed onions and bell pepper; scrambled eggs. Made breakfast burritos.
  • That evening the chicken soft tacos are done; put a little meat in the tortillas with cheese; wrap in plastic wrap and put in a freezer bag. 
  • Ate half the creole daube for dinner; froze the rest.
Chicken Soft Tacos
3 chicken breasts
1 jar enchilada sauce
1 pkg. taco seasoning

Dump everything in your crockpot. Cook in crockpot 4 hours high or 8 hours low. 

Pizza Bites- adapted from Annies-eats

1 T. instant yeast or 1 envelope (use the pizza dough yeast if you buy the envelopes)
4 c. bread flour (or you could use all purpose or a mix of whole wheat)
2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 1/4 c. room temp. water 

1 pouch of pepperoni
block of mozzarella, cubed
3 T. butter, melted
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese
garlic powder

Mix yeast and 1/2c. warm water. I find even though it's "instant" yeast, my dough rises better when I take this step. Mix all your dry ingredients in your mixing bowl; add in remaining ingredients and yeast. Use dough hook and mix until well incorporated and forms a ball.  Let rest for 5-10 min. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Tear the dough into 20-24 golf ball sized pieces. Top with a piece of pepperoni and a cube of cheese. Wrap the edges of the dough around and pinched closed. Place in greased pie plate or pizza stone; edges should not touch each other. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.  

Melt butter and mix in garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Brush over baked pizza bites and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Banana Bread- Money Saving Mom
2 cups flour (all-purpose, whole-wheat, or a mixture of both)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3-4 bananas, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons milk

Stir together dry ingredients. Beat together remaining ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and blend until just combined. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

Chicken Taquitos- adapted from Our Best Bites
1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 C green salsa
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
1 chicken breast, cooked and finely shredded (I used my kitchen aid mixer with the paddle)
1 C grated pepperjack or monterey jack cheese

small flour tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray
Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or use your pampered chef large baking pan.
Toss everything (except the tortillas) into your mixer and blend until incorporated. Heat your tortillas a few at a time in the microwave between damp paper towels for 20-30 seconds to keep them from cracking or unrolling as easy. Use about 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture in each tortilla, careful to leave about 1/2 from edge so you can roll them up; roll it up as tight as you can.
Lay them all seam side down and don't let them touch. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and start to brown. To freeze, let cool completely and place in a freezer bag with the following instructions: Heat in microwave 1 min to thaw. Crisp in oven at 425 for 5 min or until crisp again.

Creole Daube
1- small/medium roast (a cheap cut is fine)
1 large onions, chunked
1 large green bell pepper, cut into stripes
2 T. minced garlic
1 large can whole tomatoes (I used San Marzano style), chop up as you pull them out.
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 pinch of sugar1 cup water

2 beef bullion cubes
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste1/2 teaspoon Tony Cachere's 

Put EVERYTHING in the crockpot at the same time and cook on low for 6 hours or until the roast is falling apart. Pull out the roast and shred up. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles, garlic bread and maybe a salad. 

Breakfast Burritos
1 dozen eggs, scambled
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 c. cheese, your choice
bacon or sausage, cooked and crumbled
20 tortillas

Saute onions and bell pepper; stir in scrambled eggs and meat. Warm tortillas between damp paper towels for 20-30 seconds to prevent breakage. Put 2-3T of eggs mixture in tortilla and top with cheese. Roll up tight. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in ziplock bag; heat in microwave 1 min. or until warmed.

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