Thursday, September 11, 2008

Freezer meals

I'm Home and I left on a good note. Kimberly is doing much better, and with Ike headed toward Houston, I am glad I was able to leave. I was able to leave my sister with a freezer full of a few additional meals. Hopefully Ike won't come and wipe out power, thawing all the frozen meals out!

Here are some recipes I like to freeze:

Meatballs (because of their versitility)

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1 cup bread crumbs
1 pkg dry onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, and bread crumbs. In a small bowl, mix together water and dry soup mix. Add to meat mixture. Roll into small meatballs.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once.

Chicken Pot Pie

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, boiled
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of potato soup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a 9 inch pie dish with pastry.
Blanch frozen mixed vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
Dice chicken and place in a large bowl. Add vegetables, thyme, celery soup and potato soup. Stir together.
Pour filling into pastry lined pie dish. Arrange top layer of pie crust, seal and flute the edges. Cut slits in the top of the crust to allow for steam to escape.
Place pie on cookie sheet. Put aluminum foil around the pie crust edges. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes and then serve.

Lasagna Casserole

1 box spaghetti noodles
1 lb
ground turkey or ground beef, seasoned with salt, pepper, italian seasoning
1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (24 ounce) container
large curd cottage cheese1 egg
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix cottage cheese,parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese with egg, salt,pepper and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Set aside.
Cook meat - season to taste, drain and add spaghetti sauce to meat.
Cook and drain spaghetti noodles al dente according to directions.

Butter a large casserole dish and layer noodles, cottage cheese mixture, and meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 until bubbly. Place under broiler to melt cheese and slightly brown on top if you desire.

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