Freezer Cooking with Bone-In Chicken Breast (Recipe: Chicken Bacon Sub)

One of my favorite ingredients for freezer cooking is chicken. And since our family prefers white meat, I often buy bone-in chicken breasts. While boneless, skinless chicken breasts are certainly more convenient, chicken on the bone has a richer taste, and the cost is much lower than the boneless version. Since I got twenty pounds […]

Freezer Cooking with Ground Beef and Turkey (Recipe: Lawnmower Taco)

Lawnmower Taco | Life as MOM

My fourth son is rather picky. This is his very favorite meal in the whole wide world: Lawnmower Taco. It is pretty fab, if I do say so myself. And very freezer-friendly. For more budget-friendly foods that kids love, go here. As I mentioned earlier this week, I planned several freezer meals using ground beef […]

Poblano Chile Enchiladas (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Rich Flavors)

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One of my very favorite dinners in the whole wide world is this one. In the early years of our marriage, I discovered a recipe called, “Chile Relleno Enchiladas.” It was very similar to this one, except that it called for red salsa. Red salsa mixed with sour cream looked a little too much like Pepto Bismol. Not really that appetizing. So, as with most recipes, I started tweaking so that we could make a family favorite.

Chicken in Marinades

One of the easiest things that I pull together for freezer cooking is chicken bagged in marinades. Not only is it quick to prepare for freezing, but it’s also a quick meal on the other side of thawing. Just hand the bag of thawed, marinating chicken to my husband to cook on the grill while I make a few sides dishes. And even some side dishes, like mashed potatoes and garlic bread, can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Last night I prepped six meals for the freezer this way. You’ll be amazed at how easy this is!

Meal Planning & a Recipe for Jambalaya Pasta

This past week, I saw some great successes with my meal planning and some …. un-successes. FishBaby had been battling some kind of mystery illness that had me on the phone and in doctor waiting rooms quite a bit. After three doctors and two medications, I think we’re on the mend. But, in the midst […]

Homemade Croutons, Shredded Chicken and Recipe for Red Sauce

One of the things that I love about freezer cooking, or once-a-month cooking as it is often called, is that I can make a multitude of homemade convenience items that are less expensive and healthier for us than their storebought counterparts. Don’t get me wrong, storebought has its place, most definitely. But, even before we […]

Greek Egg Casserole (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Egg Dishes)

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This week we’ve been chatting about eggs over at GoodCheapEats as we “build a frugal pantry.” Eggs are an exceptional source of protein that can fit into any budget — especially when you buy them on sale. Watch for sales in the next few weeks. Grocery stores want your Easter holiday business, so many of […]

Frugal Friday: Making My Own Instant Oatmeal

Last week I mentioned how I love breakfast in a box. It makes our mornings go so much more smoothly when I serve food that is easy to prepare, easy to clean-up. The kids can actually do it all themselves! Cold cereal and instant oatmeal are the favorites. But, recently they went through one box […]