Friday, June 18, 2010

Freezer Meals - Keep a few on hand for the next Sister in need!

Chicken Pot Pie

(2) 9" pie crusts
2 T butter
2 T flour
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 C light cream
(1) 10 oz. pkg. mixed veggies, thawed
3 cooked chicken breast
1/2 C chicken broth
Salt & Pepper to taste

Melt butter in saucepan, and flour and seasonings to make paste.  Slowly add in broth and cream.  Cook and stir over med. heat until thickened.  Remove from heat and add in chicken and vegetables.  Place in pie and  cover top with crust.  make slits for air to escape.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 min. Let sit 10 min. before serving. 

Sausage & Pepper Lasagna

10 oz. Italian sausage
1 green pepper, chopped
2 tsp. oregano
12 lasagna noodles
10 oz. mozzarella, grated
2 eggs
1 C red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 chopped onion
4 C crushed tomatoes or (1) 26 jar sauce
2 C part skim ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Combine sausage, pepper, onions, oregano, and cook until sausage is done, 5-7 min. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 min. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.  In medium bowl combine, ricotta, mozz, egg, parmesan cheese, oregano, and pepper flakes. Spread equal amounts over noodles and roll up.  Spread 1/2 C sauce in bottom of non stick pan, arrange rolls, seam side down, over sauce.  Spoon remaining sauce over rolls.  Cover with foil and bake 30 min. Let stand 10 min.

Santa Fe Chicken

Prep: 15 min.
Cook time: 35 min.
Serves 6

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T oliv oil
9 oz. pkg. frozen fully cooked diced chicken
(2) 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
24 oz. jar thick and chunky salsa
1 C tomato sauce
8 corn torillas
1 C sour cream
2 C shredded CoJack cheese

In med. microwave safe bowl, cook onion and garlic in olive oil on high for 2-3 min until tender.  Stir in frozen chicken, black beans and salsa. (If freezing, cool onion and garlic mexture before adding frozen chicken.)
In 2 qt. glass baking dish, pour taco sauce  Lay four corn tortillas over sauce.  Top wtih half of chicken mixture.  Spoon on half of sour cream in small dollops.  Sprinkle with half of chesses.  To pwith remaining tortillas, chicken mixture, sour cream and cheese.  Cover with foil.  At this point, you can wrap the casserole ell and freeze up to 3 mths.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 min. until bubbly.  Uncover and bake 5-10 min. longer until cheese is melted. if frozen, thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator, then bake covered at 350 degrees for 35-45 min. until bubbly; uncover and bake 5-10 min. longer until cheese melts.