Meet The Freezer Friendz!

Freezer Friendz was started in March 2008,
by friends who were looking for a way to simplify dinnertime in their homes.


The "Friendz" currently include Amy, Beth, Jackie, Jake, Jen, and Wendy. We meet once a month with our co-op to trade prepared freezer dinners with each other. Each of the Friendz make the same dinner 6 times, then trade - yielding each of us 6 different dinners for the month, even though we each only cooked one recipe!

Check out the comments with each recipe to see what the Freezer Friendz and others thought about the meals.

We invite you to leave your comments after you try a recipe, as well. You can even rate our recipes! We'd love to know what you think!



Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fajita Chicken Bake by Amy

Ingredients:
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 2 bell peppers in assorted colors, de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Assembly:
  1. Trim the chicken breasts then lay them in a single layer in a foil pan.
  2. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the top of the chicken breast to taste.
  3. Lay your thinly sliced onions and peppers on top of the chicken breast, spread out evenly over the top.
  4. Drizzle the olive oil over the peppers and onions. 
  5. Freeze.
Serving Day:
  1. Thaw completely.
  2. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish.
  3. Bake at 375? F for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked though and the juices run clear.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Maple Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
12 slices of bread (or 8 pack of hamburger/hot dog buns)
1 lb. maple flavored pork sausage
1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese
9 eggs, divided
Milk
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper
Assembly:
Spray 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Brown sausage, drain well.  Place 6 slices of bread (or 1/2 the package of buns torn into pieces) on bottom of pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the sausage and 1/2 of the cheese on top.  Repeat the layers of bread, sausage, and cheese.  In measuring bowl, add 3 eggs.  Pour enough milk into measuring bowl (with eggs) to equal 3 c.  Add remaining 6 eggs and seasonings. Whisk together
until smooth.  Pour egg mixture evenly over top of casserole.
Cover and freeze.
Serving Day:
Thaw completely in refrigerator.  Place in casserole in COLD
oven; turn oven to 350.  Bake 45-60 minutes or until golden brown.

Freezer to Table~ Italian Sausage Soup by Wendy

Adapted from Taste of Home A+ Recipes from Schools Acrossed America. This is great served with a salad and bread sticks.


Ingredients:
1 pound Italian Turkey Sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup shredded carrot, (or 1 medium carrot-chopped)
1 celery rib, chopped
8 cubes, chicken boullion
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
2 1/4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta


Assembly:
Cook sausage, onion, carrot and celery over medium heat, until sausage is no longer pink.  Drain off fat. 


In gallon size ziplock bag:  Add Meat Mixture, boullion, tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic and Italian Seasoning to bag.  Close bag and let out all of the air.  In sandwhich size bag, measure out pasta.  Put gallon bag and sandwhich bag into another gallon bag to freeze.


Serving Day:
Remove soup from plastic storage bags.  I cut them open with scissors.  Place frozen soup in pan with 8 cups water on Medium High.  Cook until thawed and bring to a boil.  Add the Orzo pasta and cook until pasta is tender.  Serve.


Makes:  10 servings, I do not half.  I freeze 1 meal per family.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rosemary Citrus Chicken by Jackie

Adapted from http://www.recapo.com/today-show/kathie-lee-hoda/kathie-lee-hoda-recipes/kathie-lee-hoda-erin-chase-citrus-rosemary-roasted-chicken-recipe/

Ingredients:
  • 6 chicken breasts, trimmed and rinsed
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 lemon, zested, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled and sliced
  • olive oil
  • seasoning salt
  • fresh ground pepper

  •  
    Assembly:
    Arrange chicken pieces in a 9x13" freezer safe baking dish. Drizzle chicken with olive oil.
    Sprinkle with seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Place sprigs of rosemary around the chicken. Sprinkle fresh grated lemon zest over chicken. Arrange citrus slices on top of the chicken and rosemary.
     
    Serving Day:
    Thaw completely.  Preheat oven to 400.  Roast chicken for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature = 165F).  Let rest before serving. 

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Freezer to Table ~Creamy Cheesy Chicken with Noodles~

    Ingredients:
    3 lbs (5-6 pieces) of chicken breast
    1 can of cream of chicken soup
    1 can of cheesy soup
    1 stick of butter
    4 chicken bouillon cubes
    4 cups of water
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tbs dried minced onion
    1 bag of egg noodles (place in crock pot 30 minutes before you serve)

    Assembly:
    Place chicken in the freezer bag, cut up the stick of butter, empty a can of cream of chicken and cheesy condensed soup. Dissolve 4 chicken bouillon cubes with 4 cups of water and add to the Ziploc freezer bag.

    Add your spices and seal the bag.

    Serving Day:
    Empty items into the crock pot set on low and come back 6.5-7 hours later. Stir in a bag of egg noodles for the last 30 minutes then grab a plate and enjoy!


    Saturday, March 7, 2015

    Sweet and Sour Meatballs by Amy

    Ingredients:
    MEATBALLS
    2 1/2 lbs. hamburger
    5 eggs, beaten
    1 1/4 cups milk (I used whole milk.)
    1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
    2 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
    6 crushed garlic cloves
    2 small onions, finely diced
    1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
    3 teaspoons salt

    SWEET and SOUR SAUCE
    1 can pineapple chunks {20 oz.}
    1/3 cup water
    3 tablespoons vinegar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 large pepper (green, red, yellow or orange)



     
    Assembly for Meatballs:
    Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs {makes about 30}. Bake for 30 minutes.
    Let cool. Place in Ziploc freezer bags.

    Assembly for Sweet and Sour Sauce:
    Combine the water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.  Pour mixture into a quart size Ziploc bag and freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Drain pineapple, save juice and set pineapple aside. Measure 1 cup of pineapple juice {add water to reach a cup if the can doesn’t yield enough} and pour into a large skillet. Add thawed sauce mixture. Stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken. Add the pineapple, meatballs and green pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until meatballs are hot. Serve with rice.  I use long grain rice.  I put 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water in a pan and bring to a boil.  Cover, put lid on pan, reduce heat to LOW, cook for 20 minutes.

    Overstuffed Mexican Peppers by Jackie

    Ingredients:
    3 large or 4 regular size bell peppers
    1/2 c.  quinoa, uncooked
    1 lb. ground beef
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    3/4 tsp. chili powder
    1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    1/4 tsp. onion powder
    1/4 tsp. dried oregano
    1/2 tsp. paprika
    1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    1 tsp. sea salt
    1/2 c. water
    1 (15oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
    1 (4oz.) can diced green chilies
    1/2 c. cilantro, minced
    3/4 c. picante sauce
    1 1/2 c. grated Mexican cheese (Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla & Asadero combo), divided
    1 (15 oz.) can mild, red enchilada sauce

    Assembly:
    Add quinoa, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt to small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Boil 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Cover and let steam for 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork. 

    Brown beef and onion in skillet.  Drain fat and return meat to skillet.  Add seasonings and water.  Cook for 5 minutes. 

    Add quinoa, beans, chilies, cilantro, picante sauce and 1 cup cheese.  Mix well. 

    Pour enchilada sauce into aluminum freezer pan. 

    Cut peppers in half.  Place in baking dish.  Divide filling equally into each pepper.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c. cheese.  Cover.  Freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw completely.  Bake covered for 25-30 minutes on 375 degrees.  Remove foil.  Bake another 5 minutes. 

    *If you prefer spicy, top peppers with enchilada sauce from the bottom of the baking dish.  If you like things more mild, I recommend not putting the sauce on the peppers. 

    Thai Chicken Calzones by Beth

    Adapted from
    http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/grands-thai-chicken-calzones/3de466bc-bbe2-4eb4-a1d9-c322887992ae?src=SH

    (I made this recipe 1 1/2 times for our group to produce 12 calzones)

    Ingredients:
    2 c. cooked chicken, finely chopped
    1 1/2 c. coleslaw mix
    1/2 c. red bell pepper, finely chopped
    1/3 c. Thai peanut sauce
    3 green onion, chopped
    2 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
    1 can Pillsbury Grands biscuits (8 biscuits)

    Assembly:
    Preheat oven to 375.  In medium bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients.  Flatten each biscuit into a 6 inch circle.  Divide filling evenly onto each biscuit (about 1/3 c.).  Spread filling to cover half of biscuit to within 1/4 inch of the edge.  Fold other half over the filling; pinch edges firmly to seal.  Bake at 375 for 14 minutes.  Do not bake completely, remove from oven just before calzones begin to golden.  Allow to completely cool and place in single layer in freezer bag.  Six calzones fit in one gallon size freezer bag.

    Serving Day:
    Preheat oven to 350.  Place desired number of frozen calzones onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 20-25 min, turn calzones and bake another 5 min, or until golden.

    **Caution, this has a bit of a kick (even without the cilantro and with non-spicy peanut sauce).**
    This is the peanut sauce I used.  I have made it before with a different brand and they weren't as spicy (however, I don't remember the name of that brand).

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Corned Beef in the Crockpot by Jen

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 
    Ingredients:
    6 carrots, cut into chunks (or bag of baby carrots)
    2 onions, chopped
    2-3 lb. corned beef brisket with seasoning packet
    12 oz. bottle beer (Guinness)
    2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 cup water

    Assembly:

    Combine all ingredients in a gallon Ziploc bag. Freeze until ready to cook.

    Thaw entire bag. Dump contents in Crockpot, cover and cook on low setting for 10-12 hours.

    Remove corned beef from Crockpot and cover with foil until ready to serve.

    To serve, cut corned beef across grain into thin slices. Remove vegetables from slow cooker with slotted spoon and serve with corned beef. Serve cooking juices over the food, if desired. Offer additional mustard on the side; I myself prefer honey mustard.

    If you have a newer, hotter cooking Crockpot you might want to check it after 8 or 9 hours. Although, with this much liquid, there shouldn't be much problem with anything burning.

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Melt in your Mouth ~Cube Steak & Gravy~

    *Freezer to Table*

    Ingredients:
    Family Pack of Cube Steak (6) 
    2 cans of Cream of Mushroom 
    1 Pack of Onion Soup Mix 
    3/4-1 cup of water 

    Assembly:

    Place cube steak in crockpot and cover with cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix and 3/4 cup of water. 

    Serving Day:

    Place bag of contents straight from the freezer into the crockpot   on low for 6-8 hours. 

    Serve with a side of mashed potatoes or green beans 




    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Cavatini by Beth

    Ingredients:
    16 oz. dry pasta (3-4 varieties, cooked and drained)
    1 jar spaghetti sauce
    1 can pizza sauce
    1 lb. ground beef (browned and drained)
    1 pkg. pepperoni
    1 small can of mushrooms, drained
    8 oz. mozzarella cheese

    Assembly:
    Combine all of above ingredients (except cheese).  Pour into greased 9x13 foil pan.  Top with cheese.  Cover and freeze.







    Day of Serving:
    Completely thaw in refrigerator.  Cover loosely with tented foil (if using foil lid, bend lid so that melted cheese will not stick to lid).  Bake at 375 for 1 hour, or until heated through.  Remove cover and broil for 3-4 min. or until cheese is slightly browned.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Sweet Baby Rays Crockpot Chicken by Jen

    Ingredients:
    6 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts 
    1 (18-28oz) bottle Sweet Baby Ray's) barbecue sauce 
    1/4 cup vinegar
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/4 cup brown sugar 
    1 teaspoon garlic powder 

    Assembly: 
    1. Mix all ingredients except chicken.
    2. Put chicken in the crock pot and pour sauce mixture over it. (I usually save some sauce to drizzle over the chicken when I serve it).
    Serving Day: 
    Thaw. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

    Adapted from food.com

    Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    Meat:  Ranch House Pork Chops
    6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
    1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
    10 oz. can Cream of Chicken Soup

    Assembly Day:
    Place chops in freezer bag.  Mix seasoning and soup in a bowl and then pour over chops in freezer bag.  Freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw chops completely.  Place pork chops with mixture into a crock pot and cook at HIGH for 4 hours OR on LOW for 6 hours.

    Side Dish:  Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    You do not freeze these.  You make the mashed potatoes on the SERVING DAY.
    4 lbs. peeled, cubed potatoes
    5 Tablespoons real butter
    1 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    6 cloves of garlic
    1- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
    1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
    1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste

    1. Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, Parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consistency.

    2. Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Enjoy!

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Italian Turkey Soup by Jackie

     
    Ingredients:
    2.5 lbs. ground turkey breast (2c. cooked)
    1 1/4 c. onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    3/4 tsp. salt
    3/4 tsp. pepper
    2 1/4 cups carrots sliced
    2 1/4 cups celery sliced
    1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz) undrained
    1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz.) undrained
    4 1/2 cups beef broth
    6 tbsp. tomato paste
    1 1/2 tsp. basil
    1 1/2 tsp. oregano
    1 1/2 tsp. thyme
    3/4 tsp. chili pepper flakes
     
    Assembly:
    Heat olive oil in large skillet.
    Add ground turkey, salt, pepper, onion and garlic to skillet and saute until turkey is cooked through.
    Place meat into gallon size Ziploc freezer bag.
    In same skillet add carrots and celery and saute just until slightly tender, not soft.
    Pour into bag with meat.
    Add tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste and all the herbs to skillet and bring to a boil.
    Pour into bag with meat & veggie mixture.
     
    Serving Day:
    Thaw completely.  Pour into a large soup pot.  Stir. Simmer on low heat for 30- 40 minutes.
     

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Crockpot Chicken Ranch Tacos

    Recipe courtesy of : http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/2014/04/crockpot-chicken-ranch-tacos/

    Ingredients:
    1 -14 oz can of Chicken Broth
    1-Package of taco seasoning
    1-Package of ranch dressing seasoning
    4 Chicken Breast
    2 cups of Cheese
    Tortillas or Taco Shells

    Assembly: Put chicken breast, chicken broth, taco seasoning, and ranch seasoning into a freezer bag.

    Serving Day: Thaw then place in crockpot for 3-5 hours on low. Serve with taco shells and cheese. Add sour cream, salsa, or guacamole to garnish your tacos.




    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Cheesy Beef Spirals by Jen

    Ingredients:
    2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
    1.5 pounds ground beef
    2 small onions, chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
    1 can (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

    Assembly:
    Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and mushrooms; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

    Place 1/2 cup of meat sauce in a greased shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Drain pasta; place half over sauce. Top with half of the remaining meat sauce; spread with sour cream. Top with process cheese and remaining pasta and meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

    Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. 

    Serving Day:
    Thaw completely, Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly. 

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff by Amy (adapted from Once a Month Meals)

    Ingredients 

    • In a slow cooker, combine the meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and water.
    • Cook on Low setting for 8 hours, or on High setting for about 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese just before serving.   Serve over pasta or rice.
    • Assembly Day:  Dump all ingredients into a gallon-sized freezer bag and Freeze!
    • Serving Day:  Thaw completely and cook in slow cooker on Low for 8 hours or on High for 5 hours. Serve over pasta or rice.

    Sweet Mustard Chicken by Amy (adapted from Good Dinner Mom)

    Ingredients
    • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • ¾ cup good quality spicy brown mustard with whole mustard seeds
    • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
    • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    • Salt & pepper
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 9 x 13 pan.
    2. In small bowl, whisk together mustard, maple syrup, brown sugar and red wine vinegar.
    3. Arrange chicken in baking dish, leaving space between pieces.
    4. Liberally salt and pepper each chicken breast.
    5. Pour sauce mixture over chicken, making sure to coat all chicken pieces with some of the sauce.
    6. Bake 15 minutes, then open oven and with a ladle, gather some of the sauce from the pan and pour on chicken again.
    7. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and cook 15 minute more until sauce is bubbly and golden brown.                                                                                                                                                   This can be prepared in a crock pot. Cooking time is 3-4 hours on low.                     *Assembly for Freezing:   Do steps 2-5.  Then, place chicken mixture in a gallon-sized freezer bag.  Freeze.                                                                                                                         *Serving Day:  Thaw completely.  Do steps 1 and 7.

    Cream of Wild Rice Chicken Soup by Beth

    Adapted from Light & Tasty magazine, Oct/Nov 2001

    Ingredients:
    1 large onion, chopped
    1-2 carrots, shredded
    1-2 celery ribs, chopped
    1/4 c. butter
    1/2 c. flour
    1/4 t. seasoned salt
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 c. chicken broth
    3 c. cooked wild rice (I used entire 6.2 oz. box of Uncle Ben's instant wild rice)
    2 c. cubed, cooked chicken
    1 c. evaporated milk
    Chives, for garnish

    Assembly:
    In large stockpot, sauté onion, carrots, and celery in butter until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until blended.  Gradually add broth.  Bring to boil, stirring frequently, over med-hi heat.  Boil for 2 min or until thickened.  Remove from heat, add rice and chicken.  Cool until warm.  Pour into gallon size Ziploc bag.  Lay flat to freeze.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw in refrigerator.  Heat and serve.

    Friday, January 9, 2015

    Parmesan Chicken Olivia by Jackie

    Ingredients:

    6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
    3/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
    just under ½ cup real mayonnaise

    Assembly:
    Brush each piece of chicken with mayonnaise.  I use a pastry brush.  Combine bread crumbs and parmesan in a bowl. Coat each chicken breast with the crumb mixture.  It is helpful to give a gentle pat to help the shredded cheese adhere.  Lay pieces of chicken flat in a gallon size Ziploc freezer bag. This will help to keep pieces from sticking to each other, which would allow smaller families to take fewer pieces at a time to cook, if desired.  Seal and label bag.  Freeze flat.

    Serving Day:
    Thaw completely. Transfer to baking dish & bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until chicken is done (165F).  Serve with cooked spaghetti noodles and red pasta sauce.