It’s been awhile since our last freezer cooking day because we had company from out of town for a couple weeks then I went out of town for a few days, so we bought $77 worth of meat at Sam’s Club yesterday and we’ve been going to town slicing and zesting today! It does feel good to be doing something productive today after spinning my wheels all day yesterday 😉 Here’s what we’re making today:
Egg Rolls – I LOVE egg rolls but we’ve got some picky eaters in the house so the easiest thing to do is make our own in big batches then freeze them and just fry them up as needed.
Crock Pot Honey Ham – when you’re feeding a big family like ours it just doesn’t pay to buy slices of ham so we bought a whole cooked ham and cut it up into six meal sized portions. Then we studd them with cloves and vacuum seal them for the freezer. When you’re ready to make one just pop it in the crockpot in the morning, drizzle it with honey and heat it on low until supper time.
Chicken Fried Rice – we bought 24 chicken thighs at Sam’s yesterday for $9.79 and I’ve got 10 of them cooking in the crockpot right now. I’ll pull the meat off the bones once it has cooled and mix it in with the 12 cups of cooked rice sitting on the stove and a bag of frozen peas and carrots. We’ll have some of that for supper and divide up the rest into four more meals for the freezer. When you’re ready to prepare them just scramble an egg in a skillet, add the chicken and rice mixture, two tablespoons of soy sauce and stir fry. Yum!
Sweet & Tangy Flank Steak – we’ve divided up the flank steak into four meal sized portions and vacuum sealed them in a tangy soy sauce and brown sugar marinade. I’ll get the recipe posted a little later on today 😉
Citrus Marinated Pork Chops – the only boneless pork chops they had at Sam’s were very thick so we cut them each into two slices and have vacuum sealed two meal sized bags in a marinade made from the juice and zest of limes, lemons, and oranges mixed with balsamic vinegar, honey and Dijon mustard. It smells wonderful in here right now!
Lime & Honey Chicken Thighs – the remaining 14 chicken thighs were divided up into two meal sized portions and have been vacuum sealed in a marinade of honey, lime, ginger and garlic.
Garlic Bread – I bought two huge loaves of French bread for $3 yesterday and have cut each in half. Next I cut them in one inch slices almost all the way to the bottom and coated them with a mixture of melted butter and minced garlic. The best way to store these is to first wrap them tightly in plastic wrap to keep the air out, then wrap again in aluminum foil. When you’re ready to make some remove the plastic, re-wrap in the aluminum and heat the frozen bread in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 mins.