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Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry over Jasmine rice is one of CJ’s favorite meals.  It is such a blessing when my kids sit up and eat their dinner without complaining or fussing for something different.  Not that we give them something different but they sure try to negotiate.  I grow weary of the negotiating.

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Camden & CJ

You can easily make this dish on the stove top in a stockpot or you can prepare it in your crock pot.  I use my crockpot because it is very forgiving if I am not there immediately to put the next ingredient in.

This dish freezes beautifully and re-heats wonderfully on low in your crockpot.

CHICKEN CURRY

2 cups diced onion

4 cups chicken broth

Allow these 2 items to simmer on high in your crockpot or if using a stove top, cook onions until soft.

IMG_94038 cups cooked chicken (rotisserie chickens can work beautifully if you want quick and easy chicken)

8 garlic cloves, minced

4 TBSP curry powder

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp red pepper, optional

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 bay leaves

2 cans 13.5 oz coconut milk, canned

Add chicken, garlic, curry, ginger, red pepper, salt, pepper and bay leaves.  Allow to cook away in your crock pot  for 2-4 hours on low.  Add coconut milk 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with Rice.

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If you want garnishes for this dish, green onions, cilantro or minced peanuts are perfect.

Once curry is cool, place in freezer bags and freeze.

This made 4 meals for our family but you could easily double this if you want more for your freezer.

This recipe can be found in the Cookbook.

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CHEERS!

Dawn

Chicken Curry
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Servings
18-20
Servings
18-20
Chicken Curry
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Servings
18-20
Servings
18-20
Instructions
  1. Place onions and broth in crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours or boil on stove top until onions are soft. Add chicken, garlic, curry, ginger, red pepper, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Allow to simmer in crock pot for 2-4 hours on low. Add coconut milk 30 minutes before serving. Serve with Rice. If you want garnishes for this dish, green onions, cilantro or minced peanuts are perfect. Once curry is cool, place in freezer bags and freeze. This made 4 meals for our family but you could easily double this if you want more for your freezer.
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Sloppy Joes

Disclaimer: I am struggling to get the pictures loaded tonight but will post recipe anyway.  Maybe pictures will follow, to be determined…. 🙂

Sloppy Joe’s are a great, quick lunch or dinner for Saturday’s.

Whether we are at the boy’s basketball games or outside working on some project the last thing I feel like doing is coming inside to cook.  I am learning to plan ahead and this is one of my go-to meals.   I always throw mine into the crockpot because I think it saves time but you can easily prepare this recipe on your stove top by frying your meat.  This particular batch I used all the ground meat I had in my freezer which was a combination of beef, chicken and venison.

Simple Sloppy Joes
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A slice of cheese on top of this open-faced sloppy Joe sandwich is the ticket to turning something ordinary into something extraordinary. Here is a recipe for a simple lunch or quick dinner. Be sure to double it if you want multiple meals.
Servings
12
Servings
12
Simple Sloppy Joes
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A slice of cheese on top of this open-faced sloppy Joe sandwich is the ticket to turning something ordinary into something extraordinary. Here is a recipe for a simple lunch or quick dinner. Be sure to double it if you want multiple meals.
Servings
12
Servings
12
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place raw ground beef and onion in slow cooker; will take 4-6 hours on low. Add the next 7 ingredients. Simmer on low for 2 hours. Serve with potato rolls and cheese. Bag remaining mixture into freezer bags and freeze for a later date. You can easily double this recipe depending on the size of your family or the amount you want in your freezer.
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Freezer Meal Excursion!

Happy Monday to you!

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Freezer meals?  You either like them and are currently doing them or you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.  For the next 10 weeks I am going to be blogging about recipes that I have found  helpful to my busy life of mothering babies, homeschooling, being a wife,  gardening and all the other things we have thrown into our lives.

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  I have been so incredibly blessed by freezer meals.  I share what I have learned because it has helped me to be efficient.  I love good food but I don’t like spending all my time in the kitchen to get good food.  There are days I don’t mind but then there are other days that life calls me away from the kitchen and these are the days I am so grateful for a freezer meal.

They are also so helpful for me because I am going thru a detox right now (after 5 pregnancies and basically nursing nonstop for the past 9 years my body has taken a beating) and my family isn’t always eating the same thing I am.  The other huge blessing they have been to me is in my ability to drop off a quick meal for a friend in need without having to stress myself out to make it happen.  If it happens to be for a larger family then ours and I have 2 of one item in the freezer, I just give them 2 of what I have even if pan sizes are off. No one cares, all they care about is the fact that you took the time to care for them.  During this busy time in my life of ‘littles’ freezer meals are the one way that I have found I can bless people in my sphere of influence.

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Freezer cooking takes some planning ahead but the benefits are so worth it.  Little did I know the summer of 2014 before my 4th baby was born that when we (a couple of little church girls come to help me) did 60 freezer meals that it would literally help save my sanity during the illness’/non stop crying and just plain hard entry into the world this baby would have.  He had such a rough start which was so incredibly stressful.  He cried nonstop for 8 weeks, had 1 good week and at 9 weeks contracted pertussis, whooping cough.  Those next 150 (it’s supposed to be a 100 day illness but I guess because he was so newbornish yet) days were very difficult, hard and intense.  For 120 nights he literally didn’t sleep longer than an hour at a time.  Round the clock we were getting him upright so that he would not choke to death.  Now not all those days were critical to his survival but for a solid month and a half our pediatrician had us on edge.

I am such a firm believer of freezer meals for whatever stage you’re in.  I am currently homeschooling 2 little boys and occupying 2 toddlers plus all these darling children have to eat.  And EAT they do.  Whew, it takes a lot of food!

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There are days where I am simply just loosing it and a freezer meal is my only saving grace.  I have great days and then I have really BAD days.  Freezer meals are for both!

Whether you choose to make a few extra meals a month (like double your favorite meatloaf and lasagna recipe) that are in your family’s monthly meal rotation or  you choose to take a week (like I do every summer)  to make gobs of meals I hope you will find some of these recipes and tips helpful.

Probably the easiest place to start is to list 3 of your family’s favorite meals and just double the recipe.  Just like that you have 6 meals for your freezer. You have saved 1 week of cooking.  If you take the same 3 recipes and triple it, you have a week and a half.

It takes some money up front to do  all the meals but I think over time you actually save money because you don’t have items in your frig going to waste.  A good question to ask yourself after you have named the 3 dishes is, “How hard would it be to double this recipe?”  Think chili/meatloaf/meatballs/soups/tater tot casserole.

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My goal is to post a freezer meal recipe every Monday.  I have learned what works for me and what doesn’t, over time you will learn the same thing.  A recipe you think is fantastic and is so easy to make may be the one your family really doesn’t like, sigh.

Pasta (already cooked) dishes  can work great; you just want to make sure you cook your pasta VERY al dente.  One year I made a generous batch of a pasta dish.  The dish was fantastic.  But I had cooked the pasta too long and it continued to cook after I dumped it into the strainer because there was so much in my large stock pot. 🙁  We ate it but I would have much preferred it al dente.

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The menu for the next 10 weeks will look something like this (there may be a few variations depending on the twists and turns in our lives but here is a basic outline):

Sunday Chicken (rice pairs well with this dish)

Sloppy Joe’s

BBQ Meatballs and Whipping Cream Potatoes

Chicken Curry

Crockpot Chicken Alfredo

Salisbury Meatballs (pairs well with Freezer Mashed Potatoes)

Amish Breakfast Casserole

Easy Lasagna (no cook noodles)

Alpine Meatballs and Rice

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few things you will want to have on hand are half sized foil pans (BJ’s is the best place for me to purchase these), think disposable pans or lots of glass 9 X 13’s.  Quart and freezer bags are also a must (Aldi’s has amazing prices).

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I also keep detailed notes of what I do from one freezer meal round to another because I am so prone to forget what worked and what didn’t. You might want to grab yourself a folder and keep your chitterings in that file.

Would love to hear your comments/suggestions in about what works or doesn’t work for you.  And also what some of your favorite recipes are!

Cheers!

Dawn

Angel Food Cake Roll

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This is one of our favorite desserts and with fresh berry season just around the corner I thought I would share this recipe with you.  It’s so simple!  You can use any variety of berries that are in season or that you prefer.

For this recipe, I just used a box mix of angel food cake that I picked up at the grocery store. I followed the recipe as stated on the box but baked it in a jelly roll pan.  I lined the jelly roll pan with parchment paper before I baked it.  I baked the cake for 25 minutes.  While the cake is still warm, flip the cake out on to a clean tea  towel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Roll the cake up as if you already have your filling in it.  If you fail to do this it will be more difficult to roll up once it is completely cooled.

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Fresh Fruit:

I used 1 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup each of blueberries and red raspberries

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Cream Filling:

1 1/2 cup whipping cream, it will whip up to 2 1/2 cups

1/2 cup powdered sugar

12 oz cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

I whip the whipping cream just until soft peaks form, add the powder sugar and mix again lightly.  Side note: when working with whipping cream it is very important to not over beat it or you will have butter.  Once powdered sugar and whipping cream are mixed remove the whipping cream mixture  from the bowl.   If you don’t remove the whipping cream and just add the cream cheese you will not get a smooth consistency.  Then place the cream cheese in the bowl and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla extract.  Once the cream cheese and vanilla are smooth, add the whipping cream back into the cream cheese mixture and lightly mix together until well blended.

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When you are ready to fill your Angel Food Cake Roll, unroll your cooled cake and spread  the whipping cream mixture all over it.  Place your fresh fruit and start to roll up the cake roll, starting on the long side.  If you start at the short side you will have a super fat cake roll.

IMG_0906This was our special dessert for Valentine’s Day this past year but we enjoy these often throughout the year!  With summer and all it’s berry goodness just around the corner, I am sure we will be eating this often.  In a few years we hope to have all our own berries come from our land.  We have 100 blueberry plants waiting to go in the ground this spring and we already have 20 red raspberry plants  and 100 blackberry plants planted.

ENJOY!!!

Dawn

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