Freezer Cooking

Hearty Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2012 | 19 comments

We love eating just about any variety of soup or stew — especially on cold winter evenings. And I love making soup because we always end up with lots of leftovers for later in the week or for the freezer… so yeah, we eat a lot of soup!

I “discovered” this recipe two years ago when I was making soup to take to school for Dave’s birthday lunch. I wanted something that was a little different than all the “traditional” soups, but still really hearty and delicious. Thankfully, this recipe was a huge hit and my pot was practically licked clean!

Simple, Delicious Crock Pot Recipes

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2011 | 15 comments

One of the reasons I love using my crock pot is because I can just dump all the ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away. I don’t need to stir a boiling pot and I don’t need to pull something out of the oven on time… I can simply go about my day and come back in several hours to a hot meal and a delicious smelling kitchen!

Today I’m sharing 2 really simple crock pot recipes from a loyal reader… they’re so delicious!

Spicy Refried Bean Soup

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2011 | 16 comments

Dave and I {and our two international students} all love soup and we all love anything Mexican. So the other night, when I made this Spicy Refried Bean Soup — you can probably imagine it was a big hit.
Everyone had seconds and there was still plenty left over for lunches — and I even put a large container in the freezer!

Oh, and did I mention it only took about 30 minutes to make!

English Muffin Bread & Egg Sandwiches

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2011 | 27 comments

Dave and I love a good, hot, crispy English Muffin for breakfast; however, I refuse to buy them from the store because they rarely go on sale, and the regular price can be over $3.50 for 6 lousy {preservative filled} English Muffins.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law shared her recipe for English Muffin Bread with me and for the last few years, it has been our much tastier, much healthier, and much cheaper alternative to store bought English Muffins.

Our New Stocked and Organized Deep Freezer

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2011 | 17 comments

When we moved — way back in December — we sold our deep freezer with our house {it was old and too big for our new house}. However, it only took me two weeks to realize how much I missed having an extra freezer! So I started looking to find a deal via Craigslist… and I kept looking with very little luck. I told myself that I should wait to find a deal but decided that if I didn’t find […]

Making the Most of Your Freezer

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2011 | 1 comment

source: When it comes to meal planning, I consider my freezer to be almost as valuable as my oven! At least one of our weekly meals comes straight from the freezer, and many of our breads, cookies, bars, and other baked goods are simply pulled from the freezer on an “as-needed” basis. So whether you have a large extra freezer, or just the small freezer attached to your refrigerator, here are a few ways you can make the most of that […]

Breakfast Burritos – From the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2011 | 20 comments

Remember a couple weeks ago when I shared my recipe for really simple burritos… straight from the freezer? If you haven’t tried them yet, you should. They offer the convenience factor of store-bought frozen burritos, but taste a million times better and are WAY cheaper! Anyway, if you liked those burritos, then you’ll love the recipe I’m sharing today. It’s a very similar concept… just in the form of breakfast. Yup, we’re making Breakfast Burritos today! As with nearly all […]

Space, Time, and Money-Saving Freezer Tips

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2011 | 16 comments

It’s no secret — I LOVE organizing, I LOVE time management, and I LOVE saving money — so when it comes to grocery shopping, cooking, and kitchen storage, I’m all about saving space, time, and money! I love buying in bulk to save money and planning my meals ahead to save time; but when we moved, I ended up with a much smaller freezer. So I had to get just a bit more creative with my freezer storage! And you know […]

Keep the Freezer Stocked

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2011 | 13 comments

Today is Day #2 of my 11 in 2011 Challenge — and I’m in the kitchen! A few months ago I mentioned how I save time in the kitchen by making double batches of meals and by using my monthly menu planners…but there are still so many days when I’m scrambling to quickly “throw something together” for dinner. I hate that feeling, don’t you? So, my “goal” for this year is to eat at least one meal a week from the freezer; […]

Chicken Enchiladas — A Quick Meal from the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 12/29/2010 | 45 comments

Have you ever had one of those days when you can’t decide what to have for dinner, you don’t feel like cooking, and nothing sounds good? Oh, you have those days often? Me too! So I’ve gotten really good at planning ahead and stock-piling my freezer so when one of those days comes along, I am armed and ready! Some of my favorite freezer foods are soups, stews, casseroles, and… Chicken Enchiladas! And if you love {or even like} Mexican food, […]

Space-Saving Freezer Tip

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2010 | 1 comment

I freeze a lot of food — especially this time of year when we have so many fresh fruits and veggies around. We do have an extra freezer in the garage, but it still seems like I need more space {or maybe just less stuff} Either way, I make the most of my freezer space by storing food in resealable plastic bags {with labels; of course}. I pre-measure fruits, veggies, broth, soups, sauces, etc. and freeze them laying down so they […]