Want to invite all your favorite friends to breakfast? And by “friends” I mean potatoes, sour cream, salsa, cheese and everyone’s best friend — bacon. This cheery morning casserole is loaded with so much taste it’s almost impossible for anyone in your family not to want more.
Oh, how I love fajitas. These simply seasoned, tender strips of steak paired with fragrant peppers, spicy onions and the tart pop of lime create one of the tastiest and easiest freezer meals you will ever make.
For reals, if you haven’t tried fried pickles, you are missing out! They are sooooo good — light and crunchy, with the perfect pop of tangy dill. This super-easy recipe keeps your fried pickles crisp on the inside and crunchy on the outside, perfect for dipping into some creamy ranch.
This is my sister Ashleigh’s favorite freezer meal of all time. I know tuna noodle casserole sounds old-fashioned, but this isn’t your typical can-of-soup version. My recipe is a creamy, comforting and more flavorful version that works really well for giving to a family or friend in need. Make it extra fun by baking in individual containers!
A lovely twist on traditional shepherd’s pie, this hearty lentil and vegetable filling topped with a mashed potato crust is a wholesome way to enjoy a lovely dinner together.
I would walk through fire, or at least an un-air-conditioned room in the middle of summer, to have a slice of this gorgeous frozen dessert. Made in a loaf pan and frozen till firm, then sliced to show off the beautiful chocolate and fudge layers, it’s perfect for a hot summer’s day.
1. In a medium bowl, gently combine Spanish rice, Cheddar cheese, chicken, and olives, if using.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pie dough to about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter and ¼ inch (0.5 cm) thick. Using a small bowl (I like to use a cereal bowl) or a round cutter, cut dough into rounds about 5 ½ inches (13.5 cm) in diameter. Place ¼ cup (60 mL) rice mixture on one half of each round; fold other half over filling. Seal and crimp edges with a fork. (Or, for a fancy look, take remaining dough scraps, slice into 3 very thin strips, braid, and press around edges of each pie.) Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing apart.
3. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat top of each pie with beaten egg.3. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat top of each pie with beaten egg.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake empanadas in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and hot in the center. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Transfer baking sheet with uncooked empanadas to freezer. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, until solid. Transfer frozen pies to a labeled gallon-size (4 L) freezer bag. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place frozen pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and hot in the center. Let cool 10 minutes.
Don't Freeze Up at Meal Time -- Reach Into the Freezer Instead
Let's admit it: we all want to save time and money while still putting healthy and tasty homemade food on the table. But how? Karrie Truman, creator of the much-beloved blog Happy Money Saver, is going to let you in on a secret: the answer is freezer meals.
When she was an exhausted young mom, Karrie found herself serving processed or fast food at the end of a busy day even though she knew it wasn't what she wanted her family to be eating. Then she discovered freezer meals. Immediately, she had home-cooked, easy and delicious food at her fingertips and more time to spend with loved ones.
In Seriously Good Freezer Meals, Karrie shares 150 recipes photos that will change the way you think about freezer cooking. You won't find your mother or grandmother's freezer meals here (except lasagna, of course). Her recipes include Morning Energy Bars, Empanada Hand Pies, Coconut Cashew Basil Curry Soup, Smoky Grilled Louisiana Turkey Legs, and Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with tons of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options, too. Plus, she adds a bulk-batch chart for ease in making large quantities of each freezer-meal recipe.
Karrie gives you all the tools you need to become a freezer-meal genius: information on shopping, cooking, freezing, thawing and everything in between. The book includes beginner, intermediate and advanced meal plan programs to guide you in cooking 7 to 50 meals in a day. You read that right: 50 meals in a day. No more excuses: it's time to start cooking delicious meals that will have you feeling anything but left out in the cold!
Seriously Good Freezer Meals is a super great book, if you work a lot because you can make the meals ahead of time, and freeze them for later. And lest you think these are just ho-hum basic meals, you're in for a pleasant surprise! Within the beautifully photographed full-color pages, you'll discover recipes for every meal of the day. ( This Frugal Family)
Karrie Truman knocked it out of the park when she wrote this freezer meals cookbook. The cool thing about this book is that the recipes are flexible. Each of the 150 recipes include a chart that shows you how to scale it into LARGE quantities (if that's your thing), or how you can just make a single batch to eat right away. ( The Prairie Homestead)
Who has time to cook these days? People are so busy. If there were a way to have fresh, healthy meals every day, wouldn't that be great? Karrie Truman, food blogger, mother, and very busy person has a cookbook that can help in this regard. The recipes are the heart of the book. Arranged in eleven sections, they cover breakfast, appetizers and snacks, soups, stews and chilis, poultry, pork, beef, seafood, meatless mains, side dishes, desserts, and bases and sauces. Each recipe has a paragraph about its origin or when it might be perfect to serve. The usual ingredient list and well-written instructions are followed by a bulk batch guide, which easily allows scaling the recipe for anywhere from 8 to 40 servings. Each has a mouth-watering full-color close-up photo, and they all look good. Don't miss the Cashew Basil Chicken or the Venezuelan Steak. Yum! ( San Francisco Book Review Magazine)
A pragmatic cookbook full of great recipes and tips on preserving them to maximize the return on time invested in cooking. With instructions on prep, stocking up on supplies, organizing freezer space, and cooking in large quantities, Truman's advice is straightforward and practical. The book is full of surprises. Readers may be surprised that a cinnamon French toast bake is freezer-friendly, that an artichoke dip can be made far ahead of time and cooked from frozen, or that a meal with complex flavors, such as hazelnut chicken wild rice soup, will preserve perfectly in the freezer. Truman's recipes encompass a broad variety of tastes and flavors--Mongolian beef, mascarpone key lime mini pies--and the accompanying cooking instructions are easy to follow. ( Publishers Weekly)
Karrie Truman is the creator of Happy Money Saver (www.happymoneysaver.com), a blog devoted to making delicious freezer meals and helping people learn ways to live life to the fullest while on a budget, which garners about 800,000 visitors per month. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Seattle Magazine. Karrie lives with her husband, and four children on five acres in Eastern Washington.