4 Freezer Marinades for Lazy People

If you’re a lazy cook like me, you are going to love this idea!

I grill a lot of chicken.  Usually, I just throw the boneless breasts or tenders on the grill frozen.  Sometimes, I go all out and sprinkle them with salt and pepper or homemade seasoned salt.  That works fine.  But I really prefer the taste of marinated chicken.

However, I’m too lazy and usually in too much of a hurry to remember to thaw the chicken and get it in the marinade with time for it to sit before cooking.

But I’ve got a true short cut for you!  It turns out, you can put the marinade over frozen chicken.  Pop it back in the freezer and then when you’re ready pop it on the grill.  Super simple and it tastes great and makes the chicken tender too.

This idea came to me when GLAD sent me some of their new Freezerware containers.

I used the large size.  They are big enough for 1/2 a bag of chicken tenders to fit with room to spare for shaking to coat the meat with marinade.  [Read more…]

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Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie with a Ribbon of Fudge

As far as I’m concerned, coffee ice cream with hot fudge is the best dessert in the world.  It’s my favorite of favorites.

So when I was asked to try Häagen-Dazs® and I got to choose my own flavor, I jumped at the chance.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love ice cream?

Of course, I chose coffee ice cream.  I thought about posting a photo of a big bowl of Häagen-Dazs® with hot fudge, because that is how I like to eat it best.  But, then a friend told me about a pie she once had.  The pie had coffee ice cream, rich fudge, toffee pieces and a chocolate crust.  Holy ice cream scoops!

This pie is impressive, perfect for serving to company.  It’s no-bake, easy to assemble and you can make it ahead of time because it gets kept in the freezer until you’re ready to eat.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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Peanut Butter Fluff Pie – a Freezer Friendly Recipe

Last week, I told you I had two new pie recipes for you.  Both have a chocolate graham cracker crust.  And both are fantastic, especially for summer.

This Peanut Butter Fluff Pie is easy to make and there are two ways to serve it – cold or frozen!

The filling has a perfect peanut butter flavor.  It’s not too rich or too sweet.  Placed in the refrigerator, the consistency is that of a thick, fluffy pudding.  When the pie is frozen, it’s still soft enough to serve straight from the freezer.  It’s a great dessert to make ahead of time so you have it when you need it.

The key ingredient is COOL WHIP whipped topping.  I found the recipe in an old church cookbook.  There were actually three recipes for the pie, each a little different.  I took the best of all of them to make this version.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry

I have heard about the beans for years.  Yes, years!  And I can’t believe I had never tried them.  I first heard about them on the Sonlight forums, where they were made famous by Bethany of For the Love of Grub.

Bethany loves these beans and makes them often and tells the rest of us that we need to be making them.  Everyone who has tried them raves about them.

Do I take the hint and give them a try?  No, I wait 5 or 7 years before it finally hits me that I need to see what the fuss is about.  I mean, it’s just beans, right? They can’t be that much better than canned, right?

Call me a crazy bean lover!  These things are fabulous!

They aren’t spicy, and yet they’re flavorful.  They make a quick dinner, can be mashed or left whole and they’re great for stocking your freezer.

Bethany gives a lot of variations on her blog, but this is how I made them:  [Read more…]

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Freezer Cooking Live Chat and My Best Freezer Cooking Posts

Last February, we did a Virtual Freezer Cooking Day together via Facebook.  It was loads of fun and I got my freezer stocked up in the process.  I loved chatting with the others who were participating.

I’m so excited to tell you that tomorrow night, we get to have a live chat, right here on the blog!  The chat is part of the International Delight Coffee Community.  It’s being hosted by Liz, from Hoosier Homemade and me.  We’re going to be talking about all things that have to do with freezer cooking:

  • Recipes that freeze well
  • Organizing your freezer
  • Doing a big freezer cooking day
  • Batch cooking
  • Using the freezer for “Friends in Need” meals
  • Anything else we think of!

We’ll start at 9pm Eastern time, tomorrow 2/15.  Just come back to this post (you can also enter the chat via the International Delight Coffee Talk Community or through Hoosier Homemade).  If you’re around tomorrow night, I’d love to chat with you!

Until then, here are a few links to posts I’ve written about freezer cooking.   [Read more…]

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2 Awesome Freezer Cooking Resources

I know that all of you love stocking your freezer as much as I do.  It can be such a time saver.

And there’s the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got mealtime covered (or at least a head start).

I want to introduce you to 2 resources for freezer cooking from Once a Month Mom. (And there’s a limited number available at a discount! Keep reading for the code.)

Both books have plans, instructions, grocery lists and even labels.  Everything you need to get the freezer stocked is here (except the food, of course!)  [Read more…]

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Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Slow Cooker

This is a recipe that will be made often in my house.  My kids have been asking for it again already.

I first saw the recipe when Mary from Giving Up on Perfect linked it for Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ve since spotted it on Pinterest several times.  This soup is fantastic!  And it’s easy too.

I made just a few minor changes to the way Mary fixed it.  I doubled the recipe, which made a lot.  It completely filled my 6 quart slow cooker.   Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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How to Freeze Zucchini

This is the giant zucchini that was gifted to me the other day.  I turned part of it into Zucchini Carrot Cake.

The rest got shredded up and frozen.

Just pop the shredded zucchini into a Ziploc bag.  Don’t forget to label the bags.  I froze mine in 2 cup quantities.  I got 6 cups out of this one zucchini!

Now I can use the shreds for more cake or bread or even in soups and stews.

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How to Freeze Fresh Spinach

This post is from SnoWhite at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.  On Ingredient Spotlight: Spinach, SnoWhite mentioned that she freezes fresh spinach to use for later.  I asked if she would share her process with us and she was kind to agree.

Thanks so much for inviting me to share this kitchen tip today, Tiffany!   I am honored to have a chance to guest post at Eat at Home.

In our house, we eat a lot of spinach.  For a while, I was buying the $1 frozen spinach boxes in the grocery store.  However, I really like fresh spinach in many dishes.  I started buying organic spinach in bulk from Sam’s Club where I can get a 16 oz for just over $3.  This financially worked great for us, but we quickly realized we didn’t want to eat fresh spinach for every single meal each time we purchased the spinach, nor did we want the spinach to go to waste.

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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.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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