Frozen Mocha Marble Loaf

If you’re looking for a dessert you can make ahead of time, that’s full of chocolatey, coffee goodness, this is it!

I made this for our Valentine’s Day dinner.  The recipe came from The Sweets Life.  Natalie linked it up on Ingredient Spotlight, the week we focused on sweetened condensed milk. Natalie has all kinds of scrumptious recipes on her site.

I thought I might serve this with chocolate syrup or even hot fudge, but it doesn’t need any embellishment.  The smooth mocha and creamy vanilla on a chocolate cookie crust is all that’s needed.

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Freezer Cooking – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Storing Food in the Freezer

I’m gearing up for Virtual Freezer Cooking Day on Saturday.  I’ve made a list of foods I want to cook and shopped my freezer full of pork for some of the meat I’ll need.  I’ve still got to make a grocery list and go shopping.

Some of you are getting ready too and I’m so excited to get to cook with you Saturday!  It would be fun to do it in person, but cooking via Facebook will be a blast too.

Alison, an Eat at Home reader, sent me an email asking a few questions about how to store food in the freezer.  She’s going to be cooking on Saturday to help get ready for a new baby.  I thought I would answer her questions here in a post, since others may have the same questions.

Freezer Cooking Supplies

There are a few items you will want to have on hand to store foods in the freezer. [Read more...]

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Freezer Cooking Recipe

The filling for these lettuce wraps is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  I see this becoming one of my vacation food recipes.

The chicken is seasoned with garlic, soy sauce and some vinegar.  Water chestnuts and green onions add to the flavors.  I based the recipe on Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza, another winning freezer recipe.

The chicken filling would also be great served over rice, but we liked the crunch of the lettuce.

Any recipe that calls for cutting raw chicken will require a sharp knife.  My favorite knife comes from Rada Cutlery.  It’s called Cook’s Knife and it costs just $9.20.  Frugal and sharp – I love it!

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Freezer Meatballs – extra large batch

88 meatballs.  That’s a lot of meatballs to stash away in the freezer.

It boggles my mind, but somehow we have managed to eat all 88 meatballs and we didn’t even have company to help.  Did I mention it only took us 3 weeks to polish them off?  Yikes!

I used them for spaghetti/tortellini meals twice.  And I had two recipes to try out that used meatballs.  One of them didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped the first time, so I tried it again.  My kids have revolted now.  I don’t think I can feed them another meatball dish for  a while.

But, I still think it’s a great idea to have homemade meatballs in the freezer.  They taste much better than the store-bought kind and they are better for you too.  You can use them for spaghetti, of course.  But they’re also good in Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice and Meatball Subs.

Before we get to the recipe, I want to remind you about Virtual Freezer Cooking Day on February 19.  On that Saturday, I’ll be in my kitchen cooking freezer foods and I’ll be checking in on Facebook frequently to hear what you’re cooking in your kitchens.  Here are the details of the event.  Be sure to RSVP. There will be prizes and giveaways involved!

Back to today’s recipe:  Somehow I failed to take a picture of the finished meatballs.  The ingredient photo is at the top of the post.

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Freezer Cooking February – Tips and Recipe Roundup

I hope you’re ready to fill your freezer!  Here are some of my best recipes for freezer cooking.  You’ll find all kinds of freezer friendly recipes on this page.

One of my favorite ways to make meals easy is to have meat cooked and frozen.  In most recipes, the part that takes longest is cooking the meat.  If you can skip that step, you can really speed up your weeknight dinner.  Chicken, ground beef, roast, pulled pork, meatballs all can be cooked and frozen.

Recipes

Main Dishes

These are all recipes that freeze especially well.  Some of them also make large quantities, so you get more bang for your cooking buck.

Desserts

Most cakes, cookies, breads and muffins can be frozen.  These are a few that make a lot and freeze well.

Freezer Cooking Tips

That should get us started!   More recipes to come in the next few weeks, including one for those meatballs in the photo at the top.

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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 17 – Fill Your Freezer

February is freezer cooking month on Eat at Home!

I know February doesn’t officially start until tomorrow (since February usually starts the first day of February).  But it doesn’t hurt to get a head start on the freezer cooking.

So, I have a special edition of the weekly menu for you designed to fill your freezer while feeding you for the week.

There is more meat to buy on this menu, so the cost might be a bit higher than most of my menus.  But remember, this menu is going to feed you for more than just this week. You also might want to buy some foil pans and be sure to have zip top freezer bags on hand.

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Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

freezer burritos done

These have been the handiest things to have stashed away in the freezer.  We’ve eaten them for a quick lunch or when someone needs to have dinner at an odd time.  The heat up in the microwave and taste great.

I read about the idea on the SC Johnson website in a post written by Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer.  She shared her method for freezer burritos, but didn’t share a recipe.  I took her idea and decided to create a black bean and rice filling.  In just a little time I had 20 delicious burritos in the freezer.

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Counter Top Cooking for the Freezer – A Guest Post

proverbs wife freezer food

This is a guest post from Saidah at AProverbsWife.com.  If you are interested in guest posting on Eat at Home, contact me with your ideas.

One of the biggest challenges I tend to face is making sure that I have a healthy meal on the dinner table each night. I do not know what it is about dinner time that seems to throw me for a loop.

Maybe it’s the fact that dinnertime,  just seems to be the busiest part of the day. And not to mention, it is the time of day when I feel drained. [Read more...]

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Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells with Alfredo Sauce

chicken and broccoli stuffed shells with alfredo sauce done

Sometimes limitations bring forth the best creations.

Recently, on a message board someone wanted to make stuffed shells.  She wanted to use chicken, no red sauce, no spinach and no ricotta.  She did have a jar of alfredo sauce.  I don’t know what the woman ended up making, but this is what I suggested.  It sounded so good, I decided to try it myself.

Chicken, broccoli and mozzarella cheese fill the shells which are covered with alfredo sauce and baked.  Bonus -the recipe makes enough to put some in the freezer.

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Stocking Your Freezer with Grilled Chicken and Using it for BBQ Chicken Fajitas

When we went to Gatlinburg with family a few weeks ago, we took turns preparing a meal for everyone.  I decided to bring BBQ Chicken Fajitas, but I wanted to do most of the cooking at home.  I ran across this post on $5 Dinners, where Erin talks about batch cooking on the grill.  This method made it possible for me to take dinner for 16 people and have it prepared quickly and with very little effort.

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