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Monday, February 22, 2010

Freezer Cooking Recipes

Here are some of my family's favorite recipes for the freezer.

Chicken Tetrazzini
10 oz. dry spaghetti -- (10 to 12)
3 cups grated cheese - Jack or Cheddar
3 Tbsp. margarine
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup -- (10 3/4 oz)
1 can cream of chicken soup -- (10 3/4 oz)
1 (10 3/4 oz) soup can milk
3 cups cooked diced chicken
salt & pepper
Cook spaghetti as directed until al dente; drain. Sauté onions in margarine.
Mix onions and remaining ingredients with spaghetti in a large bowl. Put
mixture in containers and freeze. To prepare for serving, thaw tetrazzini
and put in a baking dish. Bake uncovered in a preheated 350* oven until
bubbly, about 30-40 minutes. For 2 people makes 5 casseroles.

Chicken and Rice Bake
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 cup water
¾ cup uncooked regular white rice
¼ tsp. Paprika
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
To freeze: Dump all ingredients into 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Lay flat
in freezer.
To cook: Thaw in refrigerator. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart shallow
baking dish. Cover. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until chicken
and rice are done.

CHEESY Chicken and Rice Bake
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup uncooked regular white rice
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
To freeze: Dump all ingredients into 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Lay flat
in freezer.
To cook: Thaw in refrigerator. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart shallow
baking dish. Cover. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until chicken
and rice are done.
notes: Try it with a can of cheddar broccoli soup and add broccoli
florets for added color and nutrition.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

1- 8 oz. Fat Free French Dressing
1- 8 Oz. can Jelly (whole)cranberry sauce
1 package - Dried Onion Soup Mix
4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (you can add more or less - cut into cube pieces)
To freeze: Dump all ingredients into 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Lay flat
in freezer.
To cook: Mix all ingredients in a 13 x 9 glass pan. Cover with tin foil.
Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir and serve over rice or noodles.
note: I like to add a bunch of stir-fry veggies in the bag when I
freeze this. They cook well in the sauce, and add a lot more nutrition to
the meal. (Plus, I don’t have to bother with a side dish this way!)

Chicken Enchiladas
(Freeze the tortillas separately for this easy dinner)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 pint sour cream
pinch garlic powder
1 can diced green chiles
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 dozen flour tortillas
grated Monterey Jack cheese
Mix first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Spoon into a 1 gallon
freezer bag and lay flat to freeze.
To prepare: Thaw sauce and tortillas. Spoon a bit of the chicken mixture
into each tortilla. Roll up and place side by side in a 9 X 13 baking pan.
Pour remaining mixture over enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 30
minutes at 350 degrees.

Simple Salsbury Steak

(Campbell's soup recipe)
1 can of mushroom soup
1 pound of ground beef
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
In a bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the soup, beef, bread crumbs, egg, and
onion. Shape firmly into 6 patties. (If you are using raw meat, you can
freeze it now and brown the mushrooms and freeze them too, or you can freeze
everything after cooking)
In a skillet over medium heat, cook patties, a few at a time, until browned
on both sides, spoon off fat, set aside.
Stir in remaining soup and mushrooms, return the patties to the skillet,
reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until done, turning
patties occasionally.
Allow to cool and place patties and sauce into freezer bag. Lay flat to
To COOK: Allow to thaw. Reheat and eat!

Easy Pleasing Meatloaf

2 lb. Ground beef
1 package (6 oz.) stuffing mix
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup barbeque sauce, divided
Mix all ingredients well except for ¼ cup of the barbeque sauce. Shape meat
mixture into 2 oval loaves, side by side, in a 9"x13" baking dish. Top with
remaining barbeque sauce. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until center
is no longer pink.
To freeze: Allow loaves to cool. Wrap individually in tin foil, and place in
1 gallon freezer bag.
To serve: Thaw, and reheat in oven or microwave. Top with more barbeque
sauce, if desired.


(Serves 4 people; 4 times)
1 cup margarine
1 cup flour
8 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cooked chicken, cut up
2 lbs. broccoli, cut up and lightly steamed
2 lbs. cheddar cheese, grated
Make white sauce: melt margarine in a large heavy pan. Add flour, stirring
constantly. When it reaches the boiling point, add milk, mixing constantly
with a wire whisk. Heat until almost boiling, stirring constantly. Remove
from heat. Place cooked chicken into four 8x8-inch baking pans; sprinkle
each pan with grated cheese; cover pans with foil; label and freeze. You can
also store this in zip-top freezer bags, saving the grated cheese to
sprinkle on top at serving time.
To serve: Thaw. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, or pour from freezer bag and
heat in heavy pan on stove top.
Serve over cooked rice, spaghetti, or fettuccine noodles.

Chicken Parmesan

1/3 C. dry bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
To freeze: Combine first four ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip each
chicken breast in beaten egg, then roll in bread crumb mixture to evenly
Place chicken on a greased cookie sheet or jellyroll pan. Bake in preheated
375' F. oven 10 min. Turn chicken over; bake 10-12 min. or until chicken is
thoroughly cooked.
Freeze in 1 gallon bag with separate bags of sauce and shredded cheese.
To serve: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat chicken in 375' F. oven
until heated through and crust is crispy. Spoon tomato sauce over chicken.
Sprinkle cheese over top. Bake an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is
Makes 4 servings

Cowboy Delight

1 Lb. Ground beef or Ground Turkey
1 pkg. Elbow macaroni/Sea Shell Pasta
1 Lg. can tomato sauce
2 Cans diced tomatoes (or use bottled spaghetti sauce, or pasta sauce)
salt and pepper -- to taste
pinch garlic powder
pinch onion powder or dry onions
pinch Italian seasoning
3 TBSP. brown sugar
3/4 C. grated cheddar cheese

Brown hamburger and onions. Drain Fat. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse. Combine remaining ingredients, EXCEPT cheese, in a very large bowl. Add hamburger and pasta and sauce together. Mix Well.

Spread evenly into a foil pan. Freeze. To Serve: Allow to thaw and then cover with grated cheese. Bake 350˚F oven until cheese melts and casserole is hot.


Marci said...

In Chicken and broccoli, where does the sauce and broccoli go?

Sherri said...

Sorry Marci --- you just put it all together.


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