Monday, August 22, 2011
Meal Planning Monday...Freezer Meals
Monday - Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday - Chili Mac and Cheese, Salad, Bread
Wednesday - Caesar Parmesan Chicken over Bow Tie Pasta and Broccoli, Bread
Thursday - Meat Loaf, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Carrots
Friday - Frozen Pizza because Mama is going out on a Girl's Night Out to see The Help!
I try to always have a meat for protein, veggie, and a starch. Nicholas always has either a fruit or yogurt and milk with his meal. Michael and I have tea, coke, wine, or beer. :-)
Chicken Pot Pie
2 deep dish pie crusts
1 10 oz can of chicken
1 can of mixed veggies
any additional veggies you want to include
1 can cream of chicken
Cook any raw veggies until they are tender. Mix all ingredients and pour into one pie shell. Place the 2nd crust on top. Cook for 45-60 mins on 400 or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10-15 mins before cutting, it will be very hot.
To freeze I prepared all the way until placing in the oven. I covered with foil twice and labeled the foil. I place in refrigerator the night before cooking to thaw a little bit.
Meatloaf from Brooke Deen - Paula's daughter in law! I saw it on an episode of Paula's Best Dishes when I was in the hospital with a kidney stone a couple of years ago and just HAD to try it. It has become a favorite. I got the recipe here.
To freeze I placed it in a foil loaf pan and covered with foil twice. I will place it in the refrigerator the night before to thaw.
Homemade Chili Mac a classic go to at my house growing up!
1 lb ground beef
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1 can chili with beans
1 box mac and cheese
To freeze, I prepared in a foil bowl like those you get in Mexican to go from a Mexican restaurant. I covered with the lid and covered with foil. Will thaw in refrigerator night before cooking.
Caesar Parmesan Chicken
2 chicken breast (can be frozen)
1 cup Caesar Parmesan dressing from Kraft.
8 oz Bowtie Pasta
2 Bunches of Broccoli
I placed 2 frozen chicken breast in a large ziplock bag and added the dressing. Sealed and returned to freezer. Night before cooking, I will thaw in the refrigerator.
Bake chicken on 350 for 45 mins or until done. Boil pasta until tender, drain. Steam broccoli until tender, mix into pasta. In a saucepan mix olive oil, garlic, and salt & pepper. Pour over pasta/broccoli, and sprinkle with cheese. Serve chicken over pasta.
This little cutie watched me prepare the first half before taking a nap. I love that I can do this while he watches and we can still interact. It makes it so much more fun than going somewhere to prepare them!