Thursday, August 16, 2012

Freezer Meals- Part III {Suppers}

This is Part III to my freezer meal plan. In case you missed Part I and Part II, you can read those now!

For all of the supper recipes, I used chicken tenders purchased from Sam's Club. I bought two large trays of chicken, and it was about 15-16 pounds total. I divided that evenly between all the freezer meals. For the suppers, you need gallon sized zip top bags. These meals were made for 2 people, but normally we have leftovers for lunch the following day. If your family is bigger, you may want to add more chicken and more vegetables. And as mentioned before, I used all chicken because I don't plan on eating these every night. If you want to eat your freezer meals every night, you may want to use different proteins. You can substitute pork chops, pork tenderloins, turkey tenderloins, or steak!

Supper Freezer Meals Shopping List
Chicken tenders or  breasts (15-16 pounds)
red pepper flakes
chili powder
ground ginger
jar of minced garlic
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
3 cans of orange juice concentrate
large bag of carrots
4-5 bell peppers
green onions
4-5 onions
4-5 limes
soy sauce
peanut butter
dijon mustard
1 large container of chicken or vegetable broth
BBQ sauce (I used 2 bulk sized bottles)

I had a lot of the seasonings on hand, so I didn't have to purchase them. My total cost for the suppers was $75.27 = 3.01 per meal! Also, I used the Once a Month Mom website for my inspiration for some of these recipes. For the suppers, set out all of your gallon size bags, fold the top down, and divide your chicken evenly among them. Then add the ingredients below into each bag...

Honey Glazed Chicken (5 meals)
To be served with rice or on pasta

2 tsp. red pepper flake
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
1 garlic clove
1/2 honey
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. chicken broth
3 chopped carrots

Peanut Chicken (4 meals)
To be served with rice

1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
3/4 c. chicken broth
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. lime zest
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. ginger
4 cloves garlic, chopped

BBQ Chicken (6 meals)
To be served with rice or on buns, after it is done cooking, shred the chicken

1/2 onion, chopped
BBQ sauce, enough to cover chicken

Orange Chicken (4 meals)
To be served with rice

3 large carrots, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp. ginger
6-8 oz. of orange juice concentrate
2 green onions

Balsamic Chicken (6 meals)
To be served with pasta

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
1/4 c. olive oil

...After adding all the ingredients to the bags, zip the top up and use your hands to massage the ingredients into the meat and mix them all together. It's important that all the components are mixed well. Depending on your ingredients, you may notice that you need a little more liquid to cover the meat. If that happens, mix in a little extra broth or extra ingredients. Label each bag with the type of meal it is. Lay flat (to maximize freezer space) to freeze.

To cook your meal, simply take your meal from the freezer and add all the contents to your slow cooker. Cook for 2-3 hours on high. Cook some easy rice, pasta, or extra vegetables to enjoy with your meal. These meals were relatively easy to put together and took about 2 hours! And they are delicious! It is definitely worth our money to have these stocked in the freezer. We don't go out anymore, except on date night, and these are the perfect meals to enjoy on nights that I am just exhausted!

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