Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day of cooking during preschool break

I have been working on being more creative in my cooking to try to use all the great bargains that I get.  Tomorrow is going to be my day in the kitchen to try to make some of the fun stuff to get in the freezer. I am cooking chicken breasts, sausage and making rice. 

There was a bargain on chicken breasts awhile ago and I froze the whole package.  I found a great post that cooked the chicken first, shredded it and then froze in serving size containers.  What a great idea and a time saver!!  I am going make chicken enchiladas with part of the chicken which is a great make ahead dinner.  I am going to save another part for buffalo chicken sliders.  I am not sure if I can get a third portion but I hope to make chicken tortilla soup with the remaining chicken.

I got a bunch of Johnsonville mild sausage packages on a great deal awhile ago and I am down to the last package.  I didn't know what I would be going with them but I knew that I would figure it out. and I have.  I have used the past packages to make sausage ravioli and a topping for homemade pizza.  Last time, I cooked it all up and froze it so that if I made pizza, we always had yummy sausage.  I guess we will have to go back to pepperoni soon :) 

I have been meaning to make rice to put in individual freezer bags for ages.  It is the first thing to get crossed off the list every time I run out of time.  I found this great rice that cooks up great and reheats wonderful- Lundberg Short Grain Brown rice.  The great thing is that it is like the Uncle Ben rices that you throw in the microwave but at a fraction of the cost with all the health benefits of brown rice.  My husband says it tastes like popcorn so we have nicknames it the popcorn rice.  I flatten out all the bags after I cook it and freeze them in a stack.  When I am ready to use them, I unzip or open the plastic bag and put it in the microwave for 90 seconds and then push it around and microwave 30 seconds or as needed until heated.

Freezer cooking is a great way to save time on dinner and work when you have time.  It saves on time and dishes :)

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