Chicken Pot Pie (freezer meal)

Original recipe was taken from: http://www.freezerdinner.com/recipes/freezer-chicken-pot-pie/

This is how I did it:

Ingredients

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6 chicken breasts cooked and chopped (I used too much chicken and had left over mix, you could go down to 4 breasts)

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups sliced carrots (this recipe would be better if you used sliced carrots, I had a package of peas and carrots so I used that and it was still good, but we like more carrots)

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup flour

2 1/2  teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon pepper

3 cups chicken broth

1½ cups milk

1 cup frozen peas

1 can corn

4 pre-made pie crust in the refrigerated section at grocery store

Instructions:

1. Boil potatoes, carrot, and peas in stockpot

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2. While veggies are cooking, boil your chicken as well. Mine usually takes about 30 minutes from beginning to end. It will take less time if you use less chicken.

3. Drain veggies and set aside

4. Once chicken is cooked and cooled, chop up in cubes and set aside.

5.  In a large pan melt butter (you can add onions and saute them in the butter if you like, I left this out since my family does not like onions). Once the butter is melted add your flour, salt, pepper, and thyme and mix.

6. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. This part did not take long at all so make sure you are watching it.

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7. Add the sauce to the chicken, peas, carrots, potatoes, and corn and mix together.

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8. Line 1 pie crust to the bottom of your pan (this recipe makes 2 pies). I used oversized foil bowls it was easier and fit more mixture in the pies.

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9. Pour chicken mixture in the pie and top with the remaining pie crust. I cut 4 slits in the top pie crust.

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10. At this point you can wrap and freeze.

Cooking instructions:

Thawed –  Bake one pot pie at 425ºF for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

Frozen – Cover edges of frozen pie crust with foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425ºF for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350ºF and bake for 70 to 80 minutes longer, or until crust is golden brown.

I had leftover mixture and pie crust so I decided to make 2 mini pot pies in ramekins. You can heat these just like the frozen pie. I have not made them yet, but I plan on starting them off with a smaller amount of time and watching them.

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This is what the finished pie looks like:

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Mama said…

Today just reminds me of the Bruno Mars song, The Lazy Song. Sometimes I just want to stay in bed! But this is not an option this morning. I had to get two little girls off to school and my two year old decided it was the morning to whine like crazy and ask a million questions. I then had to rush off to a Dr’s appointment which was extremely frustrating! I am very thankful we have health insurance, but going to a group practice is irritating at times. Especially when they don’t communicate your information correctly! (But I won’t get started on that!)

I haven’t gotten any recipes up in a while, which makes me feel like I’m slacking big time! But, we had visitors over the weekend so I think I have a good excuse! Well I promise to get a couple recipes up today.

Now….it’s that time again…..time to make my grocery list and go to the commissary. I say that word so much that every time my two year old sees me getting ready to leave she thinks I’m going to the commissary. This is one of those days where I really have to motivate myself because I’m just tired! The taco bell we had last night for dinner just isn’t going to cut it for the rest of the week. (and yes, unhealthy) We are so low on groceries right now my oldest had to resort to taking a salad in her lunch….heaven forbid mom run out of snacks!

So what do you do on days where you know you need to get up and get going but you just don’t want to? You MAKE yourself get up and do it!!

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On that note…I’m off to finish this grocery list and get this shopping done! If I don’t, instead of a drill Sgt in my face, I will have some crazy kids yelling like that! 😉

Breakfast Burritos

Original recipe taken from: http://cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/2012/04/breakfast-burritos.html

This is how I did it:

Ingredients:

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1 lb. Pork Sausage

1 Pkg. Hash browns (The bag I found was very big so I used half a bag)

12 Large eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 pkg. shredded cheese (I used cheddar cheese and I didn’t use a whole package. I just sprinkled a little on top of each burrito)

salt and pepper to taste

1 to 2 pkg. flour tortillas (I use burrito size)

Directions:

#1 Brown sausage

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#2 Cook hash browns according to package directions.
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#3 While the hash browns are cooking – In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
#4 Add browned sausage back to the pan with the cooked hash browns.
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#5 Add the eggs to the sausage mixture and cook until the eggs are done, stirring gently.
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#6 After eggs are done – lay a tortilla on counter.  Place egg mixture on tortilla.  Top with cheese.  Roll into a burrito.
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#7 Depending on how many eggs you use and how large you make each burrito,  will determine how many burritos you will end up with.  I made about 23 burritos.
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#8 Wrap the burritos in plastic wrap.
#9 Then place the wrapped burritos in freezer zip-lock bags.
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#10 Place in freezer.

At this point, I put 1 bag in the fridge and keep them thawed and the other in the freezer.

To reheat the thawed burritos I place them in a paper towel and cook for 1 minute in the microwave.

If you want to cook a burrito from the freezer, it will take 1.5-2 minutes to heat.
These go very quickly in my house and since I have started making them my kids don’t miss breakfast. They are very good reheated and much better than buying a burrito from a gas station in the morning.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Freezer Turkey Burgers

Freezer Turkey Cheese Burgers

Original recipe taken from:  http://momonamission.me/?p=1301

This is how I made them:

Ingredients

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2 pounds ground turkey

2 medium size zucchini, trimmed and grated (about 2 cups)

3 cups of shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tsp of onion powder

1 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

freezer bag

foil or wax paper

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, salt, onion powder, basil, pepper and meal or crumbs.

    • As you can see I did not follow the instructions completely…I just threw everything in my mixed and went with it!

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2. Add cheese and turkey and mix well.

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This is what the mixture will look like when it’s all done. I made a double batch of this and I have to say, it’s not a good idea to do this in my mixer….it’s just too small. For the future I’ll be making 1 batch at a time.

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3. I used wax paper and cut them up in squares to put between the burgers. This made getting the burgers out of the freezer so easy!

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4. Form into patties

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5. Freeze each patty between sheets of foil or wax paper.

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6. Label and date freezer bag

7. Place the burgers in the bag and freeze

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Cooking:

I took the frozen patties right from the bag and put them in the skillet on the stove and cook until done. It maybe took about 10-15 mins to cook through. If they are thawed if won’t take as long. These were perfect for lunch.

Alternate forms of cooking are:

  • Grilling
  • Broiling:
    • Thaw before broiling and place on foil on broiling pan.
    • Slit the foil so the juices drip below.
    • Broil 8-10 minutes. Carefully flip burgers and continue to broil an additional 5-7 minutes or until burgers register 165 on an instant thermometer.

These tasted amazing and my 2 yr old ate an entire burger!

Enjoy!