Eat at Home Habit #3 – Stock Your Freezer

We’re in the midst of a series on 7 Habits of Eating at Home. The first week we talked about working your meal plan around your calendar instead of the other way around. And last week we shared some quick and simple grocery shopping tips.

Today is all about how to stock your freezer, with links to our recent series and all kinds of recipes and ideas to simplify life. And when the dinner hour is simplified so that there’s less stress involved in getting dinner ready, then family time can really be enjoyed around the table!

Habit #3 – Stock Your Freezer

We talk a lot about stocking the freezer here on the blog because it’s such a great way to ensure you’ve got dinner covered, even if your day doesn’t go as planned.  It really puts my mind at ease to know I have options, and I can’t tell you how many times having a freezer meal or protein I can grab and go.


If you are brand new to the idea of freezer cooking, don’t let that stop you! It’s a great way to maximize your time and effort and it is so rewarding–and simple, too! This post covers all the basics and will get you started on the right track.  Last month we talked about

Last month we talked about cooking meats for your freezer using the Instant Pot. If you have a pressure cooker, using it to cook up batches of meat to freeze is a GREAT way to get a head start on dinnertime.  You can also prep and bulk cook meats in your slow cooker!

Here’s one of my favorite things, though. Every month as part of the Slow Cooker plan, Eat at Home Meal Plan members get recipes for 6 meals that can be assembled in an hour, then frozen to use in the slow cooker later. I absolutely love having these recipes and a plan made out for me. My freezer is almost always stocked with something now, and I love having options! The freezer meals have saved dinner more times than I can count.

If you are curious about what the freezer plans are like, I cooked through the May Slow Cooker Freezer plan on Facebook Live.  You can watch the video here and see what I made and what a freezer cooking day looks like.

This post about making 7 Slow Cooker meals in 1 hour  and this older one of 6 slow cooker recipes in an hour are always favorite resource of mine and of many of you on the blog. These recipes are delicious, and some of our family favorites so it’s no wonder these posts are so popular!

Ready to get started on your own freezer cooking adventure? Enjoy it and the peace of mind it brings when it comes to making dinner time easy!

Here are some other posts on freezer cooking that you may find helpful.

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Instant Pot Chicken Recipes for the Freezer

In the past several weeks we’ve enjoyed a series on how to cook meats and proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot. We started with Turkey, followed by Beef and Beans. Last week we focused on Pork and this week we’ll wrap up our series with Instant Pot chicken recipes for the freezer.

Collection of Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Several of you have joined us for the facebook live posts as we’ve cooked each of these in the Instant Pot and talked about ways to serve each meat. Your comments and ideas have made this series even more fun to do together and hopefully, you have been inspired to prep meats and proteins for your own freezer.

If you don’t have an instant pot yet, I can’t tell you how much I love mine! You can get one here.  And you might also find my top 10 Instant Pot accessories + 3 extras post to be helpful too.

You can find the tips from the rest of this series at the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot page. And if you’re a visual learner, you can check out this quick video where we cook Instant Pot Chicken Recipes with a whole chicken, step by step.

And now, let’s make some Instant Pot Chicken Recipes!

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes whole chicken

Making a whole chicken is easy.  Take it out of the packaging.  There may be some parts in the cavity – heart, liver etc.  These could be in a bag or loose.  Either way, remove them from the cavity of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.  Season with salt and pepper and add at least 2 cups of water to the pot.  Set the cook time for 25-30 minutes.

When the cook time is finished, do a quick pressure release and the chicken is ready to use.  I like to shred or chop the meat and store in freezer bags in the freezer so I’m a step ahead on Instant Pot Chicken Recipes. And the step that’s done is the biggest and most time-consuming for most of these recipes.

Need some Instant Pot Chicken Recipes to use up that delicious chicken? How about 44 of them to get your mouth watering!

Shredded Instant Pot Chicken Recipes for the Freezer

Brie Bacon and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a quick and hearty option with creamy brie cheese, chicken and bacon.

My Green Chile Chicken Casserole is a mash-up combination of  Chicken Casserole and Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas.

These BBQ Chicken Nachos are sure to please everyone around the table with their BBQ sauce, tortilla chips, and 15-minute prep.

Chicken Salad Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

This Chicken Salad with Chick Peas boasts a simple ingredient list and makes for a perfect lighter meal.

Brie Bacon and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a quick and hearty option with creamy brie cheese, chicken and bacon.

My Green Chile Chicken Casserole is mash-up combination of  Chicken Casserole and Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas.

These BBQ Chicken Nachos are sure to please everyone around the table with their BBQ sauce, tortilla chips and 15-minute prep.

Chicken Tortellini with Kale from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

When you combine a super food with a super quick and super tasty Instant Pot chicken recipe then you end up with Chicken Kale Tortellini Salad.

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches combine the flavor of Chicken Cacciatore and the convenience of a sandwich.

Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes can be prepped and stay warm in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, making them a perfect option for feeding a crowd.

Cordon Bleu Sandwiches bring the flavor profile of Chicken Cordon Bleu without the time involved for the traditional dish.

Chicken Enchiladas is one of my favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes when I want a fairly quick classic dinner.

Thai Chili Chicken Egg Rolls from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!

Chicken and Dumplings are easy, tasty and the ultimate in comfort foods!

For a quick little Caribbean inspired sandwich that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors in the evening, you can’t go wrong with these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches.

Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches are an easy twist on an old favorite.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches are the best of chicken, bacon, ranch and slaw on a bun.

The cilantro and lime add a refreshing burst of flavor for these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches.

King Ranch Chicken Potatoes from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

King Ranch Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes are the equivalent of King Ranch Chicken Casserole in a baked potato, and oh my does this smell yummy when you walk in the house after a long day!

Chopped Chicken for the Freezer

Chipotle Ranch Chicken Pasta comes from Kate’s Recipe Box and is wonderful served hot or cold, making it a great picnic option.

And what’s not to love about a Skillet Chicken Jambalaya, especially when jasmine rice is involved!

Chipotle Burrito Bowls are a favorite Instant Pot Chicken Recipe at our house with some extra cilantro and guacamole. Yum!

Creamy Chicken Florentine Quesadillas from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Quesadillas are always a nice option and these Chicken Florentine Quesadillas are a nice break from the usual flavors without going so exotic that you can’t find the ingredients included.

This Chicken Fiesta Skillet makes a tasty one-dish Instant Pot chicken recipe meal served over tortillas or cornbread with some tortilla chips to the side.

Quick White Chicken Chicken Chili goes from frozen chicken to steaming chili on the table in under 30 minutes. Win-win!

Chipotle Chili Chicken Nachos from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos are a 15-minute meal that you won’t want to turn your back on once you’ve set it on the table. It will disappear in a matter of minutes!

Love the idea of chicken casserole with a crumbly topping but can’t afford all the fat and calories in the usual recipe? Then this lightened version of  Chicken Casserole is the answer to your dilemma.

Cheesy Chicken Casserole is the epitome of two simple words. Comfort. And food!

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

This Peach Chutney Chicken Salad is not your usual chicken salad when you add peach chutney, curry powder, and croissants.

When you’re craving Chinese, but your clock says no and your arteries can’t afford the deep-fried meat, try this Cheater Chinese Chicken

Once you make this quick Tomato Basil Chicken Soup, you’ll never want to go back to canned soup again. Ever!

Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

For a healthy meal that will fill everyone up, try these Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

This Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac will bring back some wonderful memories  of childhood and simpler days for many people

Think chicken, cornbread dressing, a skillet and a quick delicious meal and you have this Chicken and Dressing Skillet

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is not just for sick days. It’s also for busy days when you don’t want to use canned soup but really want some comfort food.

Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!

Chicken Florentine Pizza makes for a nice twist on an all-time favorite. Using a prepared crust cuts down on prep time and you can even grill them if you’re feeling adventurous!

Garlic Chicken Pizza from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Garlic Chicken Pizza is the ultimate in flavorful cheesy yumminess!

Chicken Shepherd’s pie is the perfect use for cooked chicken and leftover veggies, or fresh veggies if you prefer.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

The cilantro and lime add a refreshing burst of flavor for these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches.

These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are based on my Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza so you know they have to be good, right?!

When you don’t have time to make a chicken pot pie, these Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Topped Baked Potatoes are a great alternative.

Cajun Chicken Skillet from Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Skillet meals are great for quick prep and less mess, and this Cajun Chicken Skillet adds a spicy cajun kick and pasta for a hearty one-dish Instant Pot chicken recipe.

This Skillet Chicken Curry is a tasty skillet meal with a delightful combination of curry and peach chutney.

As you can clearly see, there’s no shortage of ways to use cooked Instant Pot chicken recipes from the freezer! The sky’s the limit on feeding an entire family quickly and inexpensively when you take a few minutes to prep your meats and freeze them ahead of time.

Which of the recipes from the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in the Instant Pot have been your favorites? We would all love to hear your favorite recipes and ideas in the comments below, especially your favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes. And thank you for joining us!

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes & Tips

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How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing how to cook different meats for the freezer in the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Knowing how to cook meats quickly in the pressure cooker and being able to stockpile your cooked meats in your freezer will allow time to enjoy both a healthy meal and family time on these longer spring and summer days.

How to cook beef for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First up, let’s look at cooking beef in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking beef in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked beef

Beef and Noodles

  • BBQ beef for hot sandwiches or Korean beef Haystacks or Tacos.

  • Beef pot pie – Try adapting this Chicken Pot Pie by using beef broth and cream of mushroom or celery soup.  If you prefer, you can make your own white sauce instead of the soup, with this recipe for white sauce.

  • Beef tacos – add taco sauce to the beef to season it.

  • Beef Vegetable Soup

 

Tips for freezing cooked beef

  • You’ll want to have plenty of zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two on hand. Even though you think you’ll remember what is in each freezer bag, it’s too easy to confuse bags once they’ve been frozen for a bit. Especially since cooked beef can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.
  • Go ahead and label them as shredded beef roast, along with the date you cooked the beef. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did later. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your beef, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked beef before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice and freezer burn to set in.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

Which recipe will you start with?

For those of you with an instant pot and the rest of us who now have one at the top of our wish list, it doesn’t take long to see how handy this little powerhouse kitchen appliance can be. And when you add some of my favorites from the 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories list, there are even more possibilities.

So which of these beef recipes will you be fixing for dinner this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to check back next week for another post on cooking a different meat for the freezer in your instant pot.

And if you don’t own an instant pot, you can use your slow cooker for this too.  Either way, it’s so nice to have the meat cooked and ready to go when you need it.

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How to Cook Turkey for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Welcome back to our next post in the Cooking Meat for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! If you happened to miss last week’s post you can catch up by clicking on this link: How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

This week we’ll be sharing some tips and recipes focusing on turkey. And just in case you didn’t know, turkey is great every month of the year, not just in November.

One of the beautiful things about turkey is that you can easily use it in place of chicken in so many recipes. It allows for a slight change of pace and it’s really easy to cook up lots of it to freeze ahead and add to recipes in a flash.

You will want to consider using a smaller turkey, or cutting it up before cooking because they are so much larger than chicken and typically will not fit in an instant pot whole.

How to Cook Turkey for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is a great way to cook a turkey breast.  Be warned though – a whole turkey won’t fit inside a pressure cooker, unless it’s very small.  You’ll want to use a turkey breast or boneless turkey roast instead.

Add at least 2 cups of water or more.  You can also add onions, celery, salt, pepper and other seasonings as you like.

Turkey cook times:

  • Boneless turkey roast: 15-20 minutes thawed or 30-35 minutes frozen
  • Turkey breast with bones: 25-30 minutes thawed or 40-50 minutes frozen

Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking a turkey breast in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked turkey

Substitute the chicken in any of these for Turkey cooked in the instant pot.

Turkey Broccoli Picnic Pita Pockets

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Creamy Turkey Florentine Quesadillas

White Enchiladas

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

15 Minute Skillet Turkey Curry

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy Turkey and Tortellini  Kale Soup – substitute turkey for the chicken in this recipe.

Turkey Casserole

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Quick and Easy Chipotle Turkey Bowls

Mandarin Turkey and Rice Bake

How to cook turkey for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy Turkey Alfredo Pasta Bake

Get more ideas for recipes you can swap Chicken for Turkey in this post of 30 ways to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.  And then there’s also this post 10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken (or Leftover Turkey) and you’ll find even more ideas for using turkey in this post Ingredient Spotlight: How to Use Leftover Turkey

Tips for freezing cooked turkey

  • Zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two are your best friends here. Since cooked turkey can be frozen for 3 to 4 months, you’ll want to label each bag and include the date it was cooked.
  • A good rule of thumb is about 3 cups of cooked turkey per bag. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your turkey, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked turkey before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice build up and freezer burn.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

What are you cooking in your Instant Pot?

If you own an instant pot, what meats have you already cooked in yours? And if it’s still on your wish list, where would you start? New appliances can be a bit intimidating, but hopefully, you’ll find enough inspiration here to tackle you Instant Pot and be an expert in no time.

If you’re already enjoying your Instapot, then you’ll want to check out my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories post to see how you can do even more with your new appliance.

And for those of you still dreaming of your Instant Pot, you can use your slow cooker in the meantime. Whichever method you choose, having your meats already cooked and frozen sure does cut down the time and stress of fixing dinner.

We’ll have more meats, tips and recipes for you in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back.

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Instant Pot Beans for the Freezer

I’ve been making this recipe for years in the slow cooker.  It’s one of my favorites, because you get a lot of bang for your buck and for your time.  But using the Instant Pot Beans for the freezer recipe makes it both easy and fairly quick for cooking beans. [Read more…]

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Vacation Food – Saving Money – Dry Ice is your Friend

Packing Food for a Family Vacation

My extended family has been vacationing together for a number of years now.  Sometimes we do Disney World, sometimes the beach, but we always use this method for bringing our food along.

I’ve updated this post, which originally was published in 2009.  The photos are not great quality.  Every year I think I should try for better pictures, but it’s vacation and I forget in the midst of all the fun.

Subtitle: How My Mom Transported 5 Dinners for 13 People from Indiana to Florida in August without Giving Anyone Food Poisoning

What? Not eat out on vacation? Who wants to cook while they’re vacationing? Probably nobody, but with a little planning making your own food on vacation can be easy and will save you hundreds of dollars. (It also helps if you have a mom who does all the work. More on that in a minute.)

I’m not going to talk about using crockpots, hotpots, toasters and coffee pots in a hotel room, although I have done that before. This info will be most useful for those of you who rent a house or cabin or if you camp. These are also great ideas if you are doing a “staycation” and want to eat at home, but keep it simple and good.

Using Dry Ice to Transport Food

My parents packed a very large cooler about 4:30am with the food, which was already frozen solid. They bought dry ice that morning. There were guidelines on the package of dry ice that said to use something like 12 lbs. for 48 hours. Because of the heat, they decided to use 20-25 lbs. of dry ice. They packed it on top of the food because cold descends. The dry ice was also wrapped in newspaper to better insulate. All the ice was gone when the cooler was opened, but the food was still frozen.

You need to know that my parents left Indiana at 4:30am on one day. The cooler was not opened until about 4:30pm the next day! That is a long time to keep food frozen in August. The cooler just hung out in the back of their van while they drove and then enjoyed a half day at Epcot. We were a bit nervous before opening it, fearing it had all rotted. But it worked!

Tip: If you can’t find dry ice, check with a local welder.  They usually have plenty and will sell it to you, although it is a good idea to check with them ahead of time to be sure they will have it for you.

Update 2016: My parents packed the cooler with the frozen food and 60 pounds of dry ice on Thursday around noon.  We didn’t unload the cooler until Saturday around noon.  Everything was still frozen and there were still pieces of dry ice.  Do be careful unloading if you have pieces of dry ice remaining.  It will burn your skin if you touch it. We used tongs to remove the dry ice, and towels to handle frozen metal pans.

I’m not sure why the amount of dry ice has increased so much since we started this. We’ve never had anything thaw before.  Maybe we’ve just gotten nervous about it?

The Menu:

There are lots of different foods you could make that could be assembly only and frozen to reduce your cooking and clean up time on vacation. These are some of the foods we made. Click the links for recipes. I took these photos with my old point-and-shoot camera.

Update 2016: This is the exact menu we ate this year (and every year).  It works for us.

Stuffed Shells

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans

Chicken Tetrazini

Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Hashbrown Casserole

A few other tips

Make good use of foil pans and crockpot liners. They will greatly speed up the cleanup process.

We used a grocery shopping service called We Go Shop in Orlando. That saved us spending our vacation time buying perishables that couldn’t be frozen.

Update 2016: We’ve used We Go Shop a number of times. They are wonderful to work with.  I highly recommend them.

Mom also made and froze a cake, cookies, waffles, banana bread. Obviously, there was some work in planning and preparing the food, but it really paid off in the end.

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Freezer Friendly Breakfasts

When summer vacation is over, mornings always get a little more hectic. There’s no sleeping in or lazy breakfasts! Keeping a stash of quick breakfast options in the freezer can be a real time saver.
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So just in case you need some inspiration and ideas for breakfasts you can grab-and-eat for your freezer, I’ve compiled some freezer friendly recipes here.

egg free waffles EAHWhole Grain Waffles

Waffles are the perfect freezer-friendly breakfast. Pop into the oven or toaster to defrost and it’s almost as good as fresh from the waffle maker! Especially if you top it like this. 

Gingerbread Waffles

hashbrown casseroleHashbrown Casserole

This is a recipe that can be made in the oven or slow cooker, but it can be frozen before or after baking.  If you freeze it in individual servings after baking, it can be heated in the microwave for a quick breakfast. It’s great for busy mornings…and holidays too!

Breakfast Burritos

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Graham MuffinsGraham Muffins

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All muffins

You can pretty much freeze any and all muffins, not just the few I spotlighted here. And there’s lots and lots of great ones to choose from, both sweet and savory! I love muffins, and think they make a great breakfast on the go, too.

peanut-butter-pancakesPeanut Butter Pancakes

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All pancakes

Pretty much any pancake will freeze well. They’re toaster friendly, and the kids always love them.

 

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Whether you make a quick egg sandwich with it, or top it with peanut butter and applesauce, having this quick bread in the freezer is really handy on busy mornings!

What are your favorite breakfast foods for busy mornings?

 

 

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Why and How to Freeze Cooked Meats

One of my secrets to quick meals is having cooked meat in the freezer.  This is by far the biggest time saver you can do for your meal prep.

 

Ground Beef

You can cook ground beef (or ground chicken, pork, sausage etc) on the stove-top.  Or use this trick to do it in the slow cooker.

Grilled Chicken

If it’s nice out, fire up the grill and cook the chicken outside.  Slice and freeze. The smokey flavor will bring summer to your winter meals.

Rotisserie Chicken

3 Costco Rotisserie Chickens yield 5-6 meals. 13 possible recipes

 

If you’re not in the mood to cook it yourself, grab several rotisserie chickens.  Pull the meat off the bones and freeze it.  You can find meal possibilities here and 10 more meal ideas here.

Whole Chicken 

Or bake a chicken yourself.  Use the slow cooker or do several at once in the oven.

Freezer Friendly Meatballs

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Meatballs are so versatile for quick meals.  I have this recipe that includes rice to stretch the ground beef and make it go further.  Or try this more classic meatball recipe that still makes a bunch.

Turkey Breast

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You can get a lot of meat off a turkey breast.  It’s a great deal if you find a sale.

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork is always good to have stashed away in the freezer for quick meals.  Serve it as sandwiches.  Add pineapple and cheese for a Hawaiian version.  Serve it over rice, like haystacks.  Lots of possibilities.

 

 

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Dessert Recipes to Freeze

Desserts may not be the first thing you think of stocking your freezer with, but there are a lot of great reasons to do just that.

Having something sweet stashed away can help you avoid running to the grocery at night to grab a snack (or are we the only people who do that?).  Kids and teens especially like having cookies in the freezer to grab.

And prepping a dessert for company before the occasion arrives is a great time saver.

No matter what your reason, here are some dessert recipes to consider making and freezing.

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Peanut Butter Fluff Pie

cappuccino pie

No Bake Cappuccino Pie

Frozen Fruit Cups

Frozen Mocha Marble Loaf

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Candy Cane Fudge Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops

Black Forest Cherry Ice Cream Dessert

Black Forest Cherry Ice Cream Dessert

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Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie with a Ribbon of Fudge

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Jello Popsicles 

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Buster Bars

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

10 homemade ice creams

Ice Cream of all Kinds!

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18 Freezer Friendly Main Dishes

Freezer cooking is one of those time-saving tricks that keep so many busy wives and mothers sane. It’s one of the few things in the kitchen that gives great rewards for a relatively small amount of time. And knowing that my freezer is well stocked gives us the advantage of rarely being in a big pinch when it comes to serving our families a delicious, warm dinner even if we have no time to prepare anything amazing.

There are literally dozens of main dish recipes that are freezer friendly. In fact, almost any recipe can be adjusted to be freezer friendly. That means the possibilities are practically endless. But instead of listing every single possibility on the blog, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorites. These are easy recipes that are perfect for getting your feet wet when it comes to freezer cooking. They are also super family friendly. But know that this is just the top of the freezer cooking barrel! Experiment, and you’ll soon have a plethora of delicious options stashed in your freezer.

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  1. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
  2. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  3. Hamburger Vegetable Soup
  4. Honey Pork Chops
  5. Smothered Steak with Onion and Mushrooms
  6. Stromboli
  7. Mel’s Diner Chili
  8. Reuben Calzone
  9. 50’s Primetime Meatloaf
  10. Baked Spaghetti
  11. Black Beans & Rice Freezer Burritos
  12. Chinese Cheater Chicken
  13. Thai Chili Chicken Egg Rolls
  14. Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup
  15. Chicken and Dressing Casserole
  16. Stuffed Shells
  17. Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf
  18. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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