Freezer Meals in 30 minutes

What we have here is a thirty minute throw together for busy people.  It will give you dinners for a week or two depending on your preference.

It could have been in less time than that but, I wanted to cut up all the chicken into strips instead of leaving it whole.

Waking up this morning I thought to myself, it’s freezer meal time again. The enthusiastic excitement that used to come with it wasn’t joyfully bubbling up inside me. It felt like a chore.

Usually, it’s a get to work and slave for four hours and feel a sense of  grandiose motherhood and wifeyness accomplishment over being able to go grab a bag of food and throw it in the crock pot instead of everyone eating cereal. It’s nice.

Which brings up a point. Not all of these meals are just great for you. One has cream cheese in it. You have to try it. So good.

We’ll go for ‘you’re not eating cereal and this is protein caked in fat to make it have flavor’.  Sounds perfectly fine to me.

How did I get off on this? Here is the list of freezer meals that are so easy to make. No cooking. That was where I wanted to go with this.

1.  Beef and Broccoli -here’s a great recipe.

2. Ranch Chicken-this is the one with cream cheese. Here’s where I got the original recipe. (It’s Italian Chicken not Ranch) Same thing?

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 box or tub of cream cheese
  • 1 can of cream of chicken
  • 1 pkt of ranch

For this to taste good, I mean it does but it bland if you don’t add more ranch mix plus onion and garlic powder to it. Then, it tastes amazing!

3. Bourbon Chicken

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 T. oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 c. water ( I used chicken broth, it was leftover)
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce. (Mine ran out so, I had to make a note on the bag to add more)
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • red pepper flakes ( I use like 5 flakes. Use however many you want) 🙂
  • 1/4 c. apple juice
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. ketchup
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar

This recipe didn’t have honey in it. I’ve tried another that does and it’s good so, I may add some when I go to cook it)

4. Chicken Fajitas -here’s a recipe. (same page as the Italian/Ranch Chicken)

  • 3- 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • Taco seasoning

The difference for me is I make my own taco seasoning and there is no need to add in the paprika, and other extras seasonings because they are already in it! If you’ve never made your own, I highly recommend trying at least once. Here is where I started my journey down making my own foods and such.  Budget Bytes. This lady knows what’s she’s doing.

I’ve adjusted it to suit our likes. Do smoked paprika though. It smells heavenly. You know, I wondered why I had never heard of it before. Like, why would someone keep this from me? Was I that sheltered? No, not really, but growing up in a small town in the Midwest isn’t really conducive to things like smoked paprika.  Or Ginger Chews.  Or pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Really. I had to move to the East Coast to learn these things existed. And they are fabulous.

Back to taco seasoning. I add 1/2 tsp. of onion powder, 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and oddly enough a 1/2 tsp. of dehydrated bell peppers. It works.

I’ll try to get some pictures up soon. Pictures of flattened frozen bags of food.  I forgot to take pictures while I was furiously slicing up the chicken into strips. It just tastes better when it’s cut up. Anybody with me on that?

To recap, that’s four freezer meal recipes. I doubled and tripled them then, threw a whole chicken in the crock pot so, that’s two more meals.  Today was productive.

Oh! Those frozen bags of food I told you I would take pictures of? They are in my new chest freezer! Sam’s Club had a great deal going on the Igloo 7.1 cubic foot chest freezer. This is my third one and I’m determined to keep it!

There’s a sack of potatoes waiting for me also. If I would just get out my oh so awesome peeler that could be a few more meals. Right now, my new freezer is half full. I have a goal of having it full. Not to where I can’t get to anything but, nicely stocked with variety kind of goal.

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