Weight Watchers commercials always get to me. I’m working on losing weight and seem to just bounce around within a 10 lbs area. The last time I tried Weight Watchers, my cooking ability was pretty limited (think boxed or frozen) and I gave up. Now that I am more comfortable in the kitchen, I’ve decided to give it a try again. Before I sign up, I’m putting together a list of delicious recipes that will help me stay on track. Dessert & Snacks are a big thing to me, so I know better than to leave them off when planning. Here are the best ones I ran across!
Although soups, stews and chili are definitely my favorite easy to make and store freezer meals sometimes you just need a meal that is a bit heartier and that can feed a crowd. This Easy Chicken Enchiladas Freezer Meal is one of my favorites to create in large batches and store to pull out for a family gathering, potluck, or even a get together with friends. Using a simple assembly line method and those handy foil baking pans I mentioned in our Basic Freezer Meal Storage Methods post, these are perfect to literally take from freezer to oven for a simple yet delicious meal. All you have to do is grab your favorite garnishes like avocado, black olives, sour cream, lettuce and tomato and you have a meal that will leave your crowd happy and asking how you managed to pull together such a wonderful meal so quickly. [Read more...]
Nothing is more soothing on a cold winter evening than a nice big bowl of soup. One of my favorite things about freezer cooking is that I can provide our favorite soups at a moment’s notice just by planning ahead, and this Easy Taco Soup freezer recipe is one of the best to have on hand. Not only is it a simple recipe that I have adapted from popular ones we have tried in the past but it is sturdy enough to freeze easily and quick to thaw and reheat. It provides the slight kick the adults look for in a chili or soup but is mild enough that all the kids enjoy eating it. [Read more...]
Today, we’re going to talk about freezing meat. Sometimes there is a great sale on one type of meat, but I don’t have the time to prepare enough meals for all of it. These tips let me precook the meat to have on hand for when I’m ready to assemble a meal and are a great time (and money) saver!
There are few things more disappointing than pulling something out of the freezer for supper and finding out it lost its texture. Today, we’re going to talk about foods that DON’T freeze well, so you don’t have to learn the hard way. [Read more...]
A common misconception is that you can’t freezer cook without a deep freeze. When I first started, I only used my refrigerator’s freezer. In order to maximize your space, there are a few tips you should follow. [Read more...]
I’m a coffee junkie (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) and one of my favorite treats to go along with my mid-afternoon cup is Biscotti. They truly are one of the most versatile & delicious treats. Plus, it takes less than an hour to throw a batch together & they are good in the fridge for up to a month! This year, I decided to try some fall flavors and came up with this Caramel Apple Biscotti! Don’t forget to check out my homemade coffee creamers to make your coffee break truly spectacular! [Read more...]
Last year, I was introduced to Maty’s line of health products. These all natural products are a safe alternative to toxic ingredients found in many OTC cold meds. Their line currently contains Baby Chest Rub, Kids Cough Syrup, Cough Syrup, Vapor Rub, and Breathe Better Nasal Ointment. Maty’s was nice enough to send us the Kids Cough Syrup again this year & they had great timing – everyone came down with a cold right after we got it. When we aren’t sick, we still use Maty’s (and homemade elderberry syrup) as an immune booster during Flu (vitamin D deficiency) Season because its made from natural ingredients that safe for every day use! [Read more...]
The main reason freezer cooking saves money is because it is basically a big assembly line. Instead of getting out the cutting board 5 times a week to dice an onion, you’re going to do it all at once. Instead of browning ground beef three times, you’ll do it all at once and then split it up. This means less overall time cooking, less prep time, faster meals, and (my favorite) less dirty dishes! By planning your meals out and having everything ready, you’ll cut down on those expensive last minute runs to the store and pizza deliveries. [Read more...]
Getting started with freezer cooking to save time and money, but aren’t sure which foods freeze well? Check out this list to get you started! [Read more...]