Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weelicious has done it again! Graham Crackers that are HOMEMADE and you can freeze them too!

Check out Weelicious for this amazing recipe. I used it for my son's birthday party to make dino grahams and they were so yummy! I was afraid they would lose their crunch and "cracker" texture after a day or so but true to the real graham cracker taste these babies are still crisp and delicious almost a week later. These can be made in any shape and frozen too! What a great snack and fun activity for kids. They are amazing with peanut butter or Nutela too!

Here is a picture of my dino grahams:

To see how Weelicious does it view her video here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yam and Millet Cakes- Potential Freezer Vegetarian Meal

I was walking through Whole Foods this weekend and looked at their prepared foods to discover Millet Cakes. I was intrigued. I love "cakes" like my Black-eyed Pea Cakes, Crab Cakes and more so I figured I would try my hand at this concept. So, I came up with this recipe and while I think next time I make it I'll tweak it a bit I really enjoy the flavor and texture of it. I also think that if these were flash frozen before cooking they would make a great Freezer Meal! It is so hard to find really tasty and unique vegetarian freezer meals. I served my cakes over spinach, added a pinch of chopped pecans and a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette for a very yummy and easy meal!

Yam and Millet Cakes:
1 Tbs EVOO
1 cup Millet
2 cups chicken broth

2 yams peeled, cooked and smashed
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs fresh chopped basil
1 tbs fresh chopped oregano
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.
Add EVOO to sauce pan over medium heat. Add the millet and toast. Add two cups broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, stir once and cover the pot. Allow to cook covered for 35 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Check seasonings (there is no egg so feel free to taste away) and then add cooked millet. Make sure the mixture is well combined and then scoop with cookie or ice cream scoop onto greased cookie sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

Freezer method:
Before baking, flash freeze the patties by placing the cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, place the patties into a Ziploc bag and seal. Freeze until use. Thaw completely in fridge the morning you need them for dinner. This recipe makes 9 good sized patties, for three meals I'd make two batches.

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Teacher Appreciation Mum Gift Tag

I was just taking a peak at Skiptomylou and saw this adorable idea for Teacher Appreciation. Now that my kids are in school (and I'm going to be a teacher soon) I really love finding personal things to say thankyou to Teachers.
Visit Skiptomylou today to download the free templete.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Batch Of Frozen Meals

With two days of crazy feet hurting, back aching, kitchen a mess cooking I got a lot done! Call me crazy/silly/stupid/nutty, I LOVED cooking like that. It was a lot of fun and my freezer is packed with ready to cook meals. I'm really excited about how this will free up my week. I used Fix, Freeze, Feast recipes but found that they all needed some tweeking to make them my own. For example, we like LOVE garlic and so I pretty much doubled it for every recipe. I also cooked up 10 pounds of onions for a delicious French Onion Soup and I basically made it my own recipe. It was so basic and I had to add red wine. Onions just taste so much better with wine.

Here is what I have waiting for me in the freezer for meals this week (and the next, and the next):
Cheesy Chiladas
Mustard Pork Chops
Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs
Tequila Chicken Breast
Tomato Basil Soup
French Onion Soup
Swimming Rama Chicken
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli
Cheese Steaks
Breakfast Cookies
Maple Oatmeal Pecan Scones (this was my own recipe and I'll post it after I test it again!)
Coming soon...
I have 20 pounds of potatoes to cook up!!!

My hope is to take these recipes and learn techniques so that I can make up my own recipes for frozen meals. As I create recipes I will post them as soon as they are tested. If you have any ideas for Frozen meals feel free to add them to the comments.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What Am I In For? Freezer Meals!

Well, I have been very neglectful of my blog for a while. I haven't had inspiration for meal plans. I haven't had time for cooking. I haven't had energy for big shops or coupon clipping. I have been adjusting to a new sleep schedule with the beginning of school. My husband also switched jobs last week and so our pay checks have been a bit "off".
All of this has inspired me to find a solution. I need to have dinners ready to go so that my family can sit down to a well balanced meal. I have to do all of my own cooking now because I have a yeast allergy and since yeast is in EVERYTHING (even nuts and chicken broths) I have to be very careful.
So, I started researching the web for freezer recipes. I was thinking Dinner Done in my head because I really enjoyed their services while my kids were newborns. The food was good, gourmet and it didn't feel like "lazy" cooking. There are actually some Dinner Done recipes on the web but not enough to really plan months of cooking around. So, I found a book. The book is called Fix, Freeze, Feast by Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik. The recipes look very much like the food at Dinner done and their plan is pretty straight forward. I'm going to give it a go! Here is my plan for this week:

Chicken Broccoli Bake, I'm going to serve it with steamed rice and a salad

Southwest Stuffed Chicken Breast, served with steamed veggies. (This was actually a recipe that I modified from the ones I found online from Dinner Done. I will share the recipe later on).

Mariachi Chicken Rolls, served with steamed veggies.

Swimming Rama, served with fresh spinach and steamed rice.

Cheesy Chilada Bake

Tomato Basil Soup, served with Cheese Biscuits (mix)

French Onion Soup, served with roasted pear salad.

Cheese Steaks, served on rolls with oven fries and spinach salad

I found a lot of inspiration looking through this blog: The Coupon Project.

I highly recommend buying the book Fix, Freeze, Feast. I bought it at my local Borders with a 30% off coupon I found online. The total price was around $10. If you would rather look at it before buying, check the local library. This book is a great tool to help you learn the process of freezing foods in a "ready to cook" fashion. I will be developing my own recipes and hopefully will have many more vegetarian meals to add to my lists. I already know that the Harvest bake will do wonderfully frozen!
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