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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Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir Fry (and 2 Tips to Fixing Any Stir Fry Fast)

Stir fry is one of the simplest things to make.  Providing you have a good knife to do the chopping.  That’s the first tip for making it fast.  You can’t be quick with a dull knife.  (The Rada Cutlery giveaway is still open, in case you’re in need of a sharp knife.)

Colorful veggies and lean chicken make this a healthy dinner.  It’s one of my kids’ favorites.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Asian Salmon on the Grill

asian salmon done

Dinner time was creeping up on me and I had no plan.  Only four of us would be home on that night.  Usually, when Jim is gone we have pancakes but that didn’t sound good.  I wanted something fast and easy, but different.  Inspiration came from one bag of salmon fillets in the freezer, which isn’t enough for 6 of us, but perfect for 4.  When I spied the bottle of sesame seed oil in the pantry, I knew I was on to something good.

I decided to grill the salmon in foil packets with a simple, flavorful sauce made with soy sauce and sesame seed oil.

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Tropical Salad

This salad was perfect with the Hawaiian Grilled Chicken.  It’s full of pineapple, green onions, macadamia nuts, bacon…Yum!  I found the recipe on Bethany’s blog, For the Love of Grub.  I made the salad on Saturday, so we could eat it Sunday after church.  I mixed the dressing up, but did not add it until right before serving. [Read more…]

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza

This was one of our favorite of the freezer meals I made.  It’s very flavorful and cheesy.  Assembling the pizzas before baking was quick and easy.  I’ll be making this one again.  In fact, it might go on vacation with us this summer. [Read more…]

Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Vietnam Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Two great things about this soup: 1) It’s easy and quick 2) everyone adds their own Tabasco and soy sauce so it can be mild for the picky eaters and full of flavor for the adventurous.  I adapted the recipe from More with Less Cookbook.    Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Baked Potato Soup

baked potato soup done

My only complaint about this soup is that we only had enough left over for 3 people to have it for lunch the next day.  It was so good, next time I’ll make a bigger batch.

I accidentally altered it a tiny bit from the recipe.  I didn’t even realize that I’d made the mistake until I woke up at 1am and remembered that I hadn’t put the sour cream into the soup.  Honestly, the soup was so good without it, I doubt I’ll ever add sour cream.  (Am I the only one who wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about stupid things like sour cream in soup?) [Read more…]

Tilapia with Veggies Baked in Foil Packets


The other night I found myself standing in the kitchen wondering what to make.  This happens to me a lot.  Thankfully, I found some inspiration in a cook book that I’d checked out from the library.  The Moosewood Cook Book has several recipes for fish baked in foil.  I decided to take the method and add the veggies and seasonings that sounded good to me.  The fish bakes in just twenty minutes, making it a perfect fast food.

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