Friday, March 8, 2013

Freezer cooking!

  Hey! Happy Friday! We are getting ready to start our Friday fun night! I thought I would tell you about a little experiment I did today.
  Ok, so I have been seeing in the freezer section of the grocery store a lot of frozen rice dishes and frozen potatoes you steam in the microwave. That got me to thinking. If they can do it then why can't I?? So, when I saw that Aldi had their 5 lb. bag of red potatoes for $1.19 this week I decided that this would be the week to try it! I got 3 packets of ranch seasoning BOGO at Bi-lo. I took my potatoes, lightly coated them with oil and then with the ranch packets, covered and put them in a 350 degree oven for 1 hr. I took them out of the oven and  let them cool, then I put them into 2 freezer bags . It was about 7 1/2 lbs. of potatoes. They are in the freezer and I am planning on trying them next week.
  One thing led to another and I decided to try and freeze my favorite broccoli, rice and cheese casserole. I had some chicken breasts that I had bought on sale and I decided to add them to the recipe to make it a meal! I doubled the casserole and used 2 chicken breasts. It looked really good! I was able to get 2 meals out of it. They are now in the freezer as well. I plan on eating the potatoes with the casserole although it might be kind of risky trying both of them out at the same time :-)  I will let you know how they turn out!
  I got the pack of boneless chicken breasts for $4. I used 2 in the supper meals and I cooked two and put them in a bag for "fancy" quesadillas for supper one night! 3 meals for $4 dollars of chicken isn't too bad!!  I have some black beans in the crockpot cooking with some cilantro and a little garlic to freeze and serve along side the quesadillas and  some extra for another spanish meal. Sometimes, I like to have the beans whole instead of refried for a change.
  We have had a good day of school and thrift store shopping, park and a little gardening in the front yard.
God is good and I am humbled to think that He loves me!! Have a good weekend!