April 13, 2013 by rebeccaannemarshall
So originally today I was planning, for you, my very first food related post! How exciting, I know! And then I began.
First of all I will just mention that I will not be giving you amazing recipes to exotic foods that only I know how to make, having everyone ooo and aaa and vow to spend the afternoon in the kitchen making it. Nor will I be putting a fun or tasty spin to any old classic recipes, causing you to pin and re-pinned this post because it is just so darn clever. No, I am neither that wonderful a chef, nor am I really all THAT creative when it comes to food. What I do best is fly by the seat of my pants.
I realized only once I had made the decision to do a food based blog post, and of course I began my cooking and photographing and cooking and photographing and chopping and peeling and boiling and photographing *sigh*, that I would have literally nothing to write about how I did it. Worst. food. post. ever.
FREEZER MEALS! Yup, that’s what we are doing today (well… more like on this past Sunday, which is when I did all the cooking, but you catch the drift I am sure). I had already decided to throw together a deep freeze full of pre-readied meals, it was only once started I thought, BRILLIANT, I shall do a post about this! “JEEEFFFF GET THE CAAAMERA!!”
I just want to take the time to say to all those food bloggers out there. You my friends, are all super humans. Seriously. Chopping, mixing, write stuff down and mashing. Crap, take a picture. Stirring, chopping, write stuff down, where was I? Pouring, take a picture, sprinkling, writing, grating, MORE CHOPPING, stirring TAKE A DAMN PICTURE. I mean it was never ending. I applaud you all who are able to make this very thing the bases of their entire blog. From now on I will leave it to the pros.
Having said that I would not let myself surrender to my kitchen. So instead, and for my lack of actually using recipes, I simply found you all recipes that mimic what I did (or rather as close as possible).
Turkey Barely Soup
I also took the liberaty to find this for you all since ^ that, is not very informative. http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotsoup/r/bl22c6.htm
If you are looking to freeze it and have it to throw in the crock pot at a later time, I would recommend just throwing all those ingredients (uncooked, unless of course you are making your own broth and using left over turkey… then obviously that would be cooked…) into a bag, freezing it, and pumping up the cook time when it is, well cook time!
Twice baked Potatoes
Here have this! http://www.food.com/recipe/make-ahead-twice-baked-potatoes-57062
Unfortunately I had a hard time finding a marinate specific to cod that I liked. I simply threw some soy sauce, oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chilli sauce, and pepper into a bowl and added the ingredients slowly until I got the flavor and sweet/spiciness I was searching for… Use that recipe at your own risk! 😉
So I found this for you, although this particular one I have a feeling most have made… at least once in their life… maybe? Throw in the veggies you like, as much tuna as you want, whatever kind of “cream-of” soup that fits your fancy, I don’t feel there really needs to be much of a recipe for you but here one is nevertheless http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-tuna-casserole/
Again, remember to cook your pasta al dente so as not to have them be too over cooked once you pop them in your oven. Also don’t forget to adjust your cooking time!
Home made pierogies
Well I hate to disappoint but unfortunately my brain exploded before I had the chance to finish this and my mashed potatoes, complete with velveeta cheese, bacon bits and onions, along with my dough, is sitting patiently in my fridge. (P.S I am currently writing this on Monday evening, so no it has not been sitting in the fridge for nearly a week. We may not be picky eaters but we don’t overly enjoy moldy potatoes.)
Anywho I got you this regardless of the mishaps with my brains inability to handle so much cooking and picture taking. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-polish-perogies/
Remember if you are doing this to freeze, simply form your pierogies and freeze them, you do not need to boil (or fry) them before hand.
*Phew* Done. I have to say, I will most likely never do this again (The post I mean, I am sort of addicted now to making freezer meals)… OK I lie I might.
So there you have it, one fine Sunday afternoon I thought to myself “hey I have food to make stuff, lets make stuff! Ya!!” and off I went on my journey of attempting to make as many freezer meals as possible out of the supplies I currently had in house. Success I believe (minus the foil casserole dishes, freezer bags, and marble cheese I sent my lovely hubby out to get whilst I peeled mashed and picture took) I managed to make 4 meals and 2 sides (potato bag counts as 2), nearly 3 (poor pierogies) for free!!… Except money obviously already spent previously when I originally bought the items I used, but that is beside the point in my opinion!
What do you have kicking around in your freezer/pantry/fridge that has the potential of becoming a wonderful ready made freezer meal? Are you a freezer meal maker already? I would love to hear!
One more round of applause to those who do these kinds of posts on a regular basis, it is certainly not a simple thing. I suppose I never really understood the work that actually goes into recipe/food based blogs. So high five to all those super humans out there!
Until next Saturday!! Tata!
P.S I really wanted to take credit for making the dough for the pierogies… But alas I can not, because Jeff did it, because he is master dough maker around these parts. SO thanks daddydoodle!