I am late posting about my Freezer Cooking Day. I had every intention of posting this last weekend and well, before I knew it the week was gone and I not posted anything yet. I wanted to get a lot of stuff prepared and in the freezer since life has been hectic for us lately. Here lately when we arrive home after a long day at work neither one of us wants to jump right in and start cooking dinner. So with several things in mind for this Freezer Cooking Day (convenience, quick, healthy, tasty, what I have on hand) I started planning.
I went through the deep freezer and got my plan together. I set out with high expectations and did not fail! I accomplished quite a bit of cooking and meals. I tried some new recipes and several experiments. Everything turned out great (well almost). You can read about the great muffin failure a little further down in this post.
Below is a peek into my Freezer Cooking Day:
Homemade bread (2 large loaves, picture above). This recipe was the one I used Country White Bread
Homemade Turkey Nuggets -
These were an experiment. I have been reading a lot of posts about nugget this and nugget that. I scrounged (what you don’t scrounge?) in the deep freeze and found a 1 lb package of organic turkey breast that was begging to be used. I thawed it out, added some garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, pink sea salt and a sprinkle of rosemary. Shaped it into 13 nugget(ish) shapes and dipped them in bread crumbs. Fried them in oil for 3-4 minutes per side or until done. Laid on a cooling rack to cool and froze them in freezer bags.
To reheat I stuck them in a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes, flipped and baked 7 additional minutes. Made some homemade honey mustard sauce for dipping (ya gotta dip the nuggets). Hand cut some Yukon Gold Potatoes into fries for baking and we had Turkey nuggets and Baked Homemade Fries for dinner with honey mustard dipping sauce. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Brad has asked me to keep this on hand in the freezer. They were excellent!
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (20 ish) -
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
This was another experiment (what can I say I was in an experimenting mood). I had 1 lb of organic ground chicken and while surfing the web saw some recipes for stuffed meatballs and then one for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. Most of the recipes that I ran across were fried. I wanted something a little healthier since I had fried the turkey nuggets. Experiment time…
I thawed 1 lb of ground chicken, added 1 tsp or dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Cut 22 cubes of mozzarella cheese (1/2 inch each) and got to work. I formed the ground chicken into golf ball sized balls around 1 cube of mozzarella cheese. Making sure to seal the meat around the cheese well. (No leaky cheese wanted!) I baked them at 350 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 18-22 minutes.
The cheese oozed out of a couple of them, but overall they came out perfect. The taste was like chicken Parmesan with a burst of warm, melted, gooey cheese in the middle. MMM! Brad sampled one fresh from the oven and declared it a winner. I got about 21 meatballs out of 1lb of ground chicken and froze them to serve with a good marinara and pasta for a quick dinner one night. Maybe a side salad and / or some garlic toast on the side. Delicioso!
Zucchini Chocolate Muffins -
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
I wanted a healthy muffin for breakfast with a little sweetness in it. We had purchased some baby zucchini at the farmers market and I wanted to incorporate some of that in the muffin. Experiment Time Again…
I used this recipe Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Brad and I both tasted them warm from the oven and stated they will be better once they cool and flavors meld a little. UH OH!
On Monday morning as I making a mad dash (literally, I was running late) for the door. I grab a muffin and am looking forward to having it with morning cup of java. Let’s just say that the recipe was a total failure. No taste, just awful. I threw them all in trash along with the recipe. Back to the drawing board on this one… then again maybe not…
Pork Burgers -
Pork Burgers (uncooked)
We love to grill lean ground pork on the grill and make into pork burgers. I had 1 lb of lean ground pork and went ahead and patted it into burgers. I mixed in a little garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and froze the patties with a piece of parchment paper in between each patty. this will make a quick meal to pull out and throw on the grill. You can cook them from frozen or thaw them out before hand. Serve on buns with all the fixins’ and some pasta or potato salad or even chips and you got a tasty quick meal. Yum!
Have you done any freezer cooking late?