December Freezer Cooking Daze

I may hate myself in the morning.

You see, I’ve devised a rather ambitious plan for this month’s Freezer Cooking Daze. It may take all that I have and then some to accomplish it. But, I know that the crazy cooking I did last month really paid off.

With the upcoming Christmas holiday and family get-togethers as well as a visit from good friends at the end of the month, I know I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen this month. Unless it’s to bake cookies with my peeps.

Like last month, MoneySavingMom and I will be liveblogging and tweeting our cooking adventures. You can follow along here or there, or at our Facebook Event page, or on twitter.

So, for better or for worse, here’s my plan for the week’s freezer cooking days:

Breakfasts and Breads
hot cocoa mix
granola
biscuit mix

Main Dishes and Sides
shredded beef for beef taquitos, beef tamales and shredded beef and gravy
beef ragu
meatballs
taco meat
macaroni and cheese (one reader told me this was “life changing!”)
roast turkey
turkey enchilada casserole
turkey pot pie
pinto beans
red sauce
mashed potatoes

Snacks and Sweets
Chocolate Mint-Mountain Top Cookies
Annie Hall’s Butter Cookies from Susan Branch
Snowball Cookies
Slab Apple Pies

Think I can swing it? Tune in and find out.

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  1. Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart says:

    Looks good and very ambitious! I'm thinking of joining in, but most of mine will be prep work. Does chopping a bag of onions count? :)

    I just checked out that mac and cheese recipe. Do you think it will freeze well with sour cream? I'd love to find a homemade mac and cheese recipe for the freezer!

    Hope you have a productive day!

  2. Thank you for your encouraging blog! I have six children as well and have been cooking ahead and freezing for years, just to keep my sanity (what little I have left!!). I had a few questions for you. How do you freeze and reheat Mac'n'cheese? I've never tried that before. Does your red sauce freeze well? I tried it years ago and it turned really watery. I'm hoping your recipe will be better. Also, do you bake and then freeze the turkey enchilada recipe, or freeze it prepared, but not baked?
    Thank you for the recipes!!

  3. Shaybplus3 says:

    I am curious also if the mac and cheese freezes well?

    Looking forward to it.

    Thanks
    *Shay*

  4. I freeze the mac and cheese before baking and it does fine. Same with the enchilada casserole. Freeze prior to baking.

    My red sauce works for us. As for watery, I'm not sure. But, I usu reheat in a saucepan, stirring, and that brings everything back the way it should be.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I freeze just the cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese. And, actually, it has worked in some other recipes as well (potato soup and chicken enchilada soup). Then I pull out the cheese the night before (or that morning) and when it's time to cook, I boil the noodles, add a bit of sour cream/butter, maybe a some cream cheese if I have it on hand and stir, letting the hot noodles melt everything (I do NOT aspire to healthy macaroni and cheese) and then add the cheese sauce. Sometimes I bake in the oven, sometimes we like it faster and less crunchy!I freeze just the cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese. And, actually, it has worked in some other recipes as well (potato soup and chicken enchilada soup). Then I pull out the cheese the night before (or that morning) and when it's time to cook, I boil the noodles, add a bit of sour cream/butter, maybe a some cream cheese if I have it on hand and stir, letting the hot noodles melt everything (I do NOT aspire to healthy macaroni and cheese) and then add the cheese sauce. Sometimes I bake in the oven, sometimes we like it faster and less crunchy!

  6. Saving Money says:

    I'm getting going and decided to add on my own version of Life As Mom's chicken enchilada casserole to my list of items:
    My Freezer Cooking Day

    http://savingmoneyplan.com/freezer-cooking-day/

    Pics and Videos to come!

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