Posted by: Dawn | on June 6, 2016
The night I came in to do this recipe, it was chaotic in my house. I had been working outside all day and the time was 4:30 p.m. I had no dinner ready and 6 lbs of beef thawed, it had been at room temperature for a long time. Needless to say it needed attended to. It was 4:45 p.m. until I got my whits about me. We usually eat dinner at 6 p.m. I did not know if it was possible but I put it into high gear and made this dish. We did eat dinner that night at 6:15 and all the meatballs were cooling while we ate. There were a few pre dinner fights I had to solve and my kitchen was a WRECK until it was all said and done. So the whole point of what I am telling you is that if time is a valuable commodity in your household you will like this recipe even if your house is a wreck for a short period of time to make it happen. This night I also started rice in the cooker while I prepped this dinner, which made things come together a bit more easily. We had Salisbury meatballs, rice and steamed broccoli with butter.
6 lbs of ground beef
3 cups of oatmeal, ground in a blender coarsely
2/3 cup cream
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup onion, dried & minced
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 lb white mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
(I ran mine thru my food processor with the chopping blade on them, they were more diced then sliced)
4 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 cup flour or 4 tbsp glucomannan (if your wanting to be wheat free & low carb. You need to dissolve the gluccoman in 1/2 cup of the water. Using the glucomannan did not make a super thick sauce but it was still good and you must stir like crazy when you are dissolving it in liquid)
4 cups half & half or light cream
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP beef bouillon
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Using your hands 🙂 thoroughly combine beef, oatmeal, cream, eggs, onion , garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Once all combined take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper for easy clean up. With a 1″ ice-cream scoop place the meatballs on the cookie sheet. I place them very close together, almost touching. Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking. Melt the butter in a large stockpot. Add mushrooms and saute until soft, approx 7 minutes. Remove mushrooms and butter from stock pot into another bowl. Add beef broth and water, bring to a light boil, add flour or gluccoman/water mixture stir for a minute or 2. Add half and half cooking until sauce thickens, this can take 8-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, salt & pepper. Cool sauce.
Divide meatballs into freezer bags and divide sauce evenly between all bags.
When you reheat for your meal, remove from freezer and allow to thaw all day. Place in a glass pan and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Here is a simple freezer recipe for mashed potaotes. The recipe I use is when I make freezer mashed potatoes is from the book Don’t Panic More Dinner’s in the Freezer but because of copyright issues I am not posting it. You can purchase the book here. The book is so helpful on many fronts but the thing I love most about this freezer cooking book is that they offer you 3 options when you do meals. You can do the basic recipe 3x, 6x or 9x. The 9x times requires 36 lbs of potatoes. It’s a lot but you could easily use this recipe if your hosting a big group or even a smaller group and then freeze the left overs.
Posted by: Dawn | on May 9, 2016
We love these Whipping Cream Potatoes and they are so easy.
You can use them for a breakfast side or a dinner entree side. Almost every time I serve them to company there are no leftovers.
WHIPPING CREAM POTATOES
3 (30 0z) bags of frozen hash browns (or 30 cups of cooked shredded potatoes)
4 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form but do not over beat or you will get butter. Add salt and pepper to whipping cream, just until blended. Fold shredded potatoes into whipping cream mixture. Separate out into baking dishes. Wrap with foil and freeze. When ready to use pull out of freezer in the morning and bake in the evening at 350 for 60-70 minutes or until golden.
The above will make 22-24 servings.
Here the meatballs are baked,
not terribly appetizing but slather some of that homemade BBQ sauce on and you have a winner!
We are sick in our house so it has been a different kind of day but I am so grateful for many things in the midst of the sickness! I am blessed, 4 sweet children who call me momma!
These 2 recipes are in my book that you can purchase here.
Posted by: Dawn | on April 25, 2016
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.
Posted by: Dawn | on April 18, 2016
This dish is so quick and easy to prepare; you will be thrilled with the results! My mentor, Martha gave me the base recipe. She is a woman who hosts so graciously and always prepares a feast for the eyes. The thing that resonated with me when she shared it was how simple it was. I love to put on a feast but I also need it to be very, very practical with the time frame that I have to give to the feast. I also want to enjoy my guests when they are in my home and this dish allows me to do both.
To do it on the freezer meal scale, buy enough chicken to feed your family for 4 meals.
Chicken pieces, I usually do approximately 8 thighs per pan
(don’t get too hung up on having the exact amount of chicken pieces; this recipe is very forgiving)
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder, can use up to 1 tsp I usually just sprinkle any amount on it 🙂
1 Packet of Good Seasonings per 8-10 pieces of chicken
Vinegar & Water
4 TBSP Butter
Set up four baking dishes. Add your chicken and then sprinkle each piece of chicken with 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Salt and Pepper the chicken to your liking. Sprinkle garlic powder and Good Seasonings packet. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to the pan and 1/4 cup water. Slice the butter into thin pats and place on the pieces of chicken. Cover with foil and Viola you have 4 dinners ready to go. Bake at 375 for 60-90 minutes.
Cover the remaining 3 pans tightly with foil. Label the foil, “Sunday Chicken” and pop them in the freezer for a later day.
I love to pair rice with this dish because the pan drippings from the chicken make such a delicious sauce to spoon over the rice. If you find that your running out of liquid for the rice because your family likes it that well, just add another 1/4 of vinegar and water to your next pan before baking.