My biggest (saver) meals are from a large Sunday feast.
Sun: Large Ham meal
Night 1: Salad w/ cubed ham
Night 2: Split pea and ham soup
Night 3: Ham sandwiches and left over pea soup
I find multiple uses for Sunday Supper "large meat". Turkey (Turkey ministroni, turkey sandwiches, et al), Roast beef, Pork loaf...
Time saving tips...
Cut a large amounts of vegetables and freeze in "freezer bags"
5 Large White Onions
1: Large bag sliced onions
2: Small bag chopped
3: Onion heart squares (for soups)
5 large bell peppers of each type
(Green, Red, Yellow, Orange)
1. 5 sliced green bell peppers in bag.
2. 1 chopped green bell pepper in bag.
3. 4 reds, yellows and orange sliced and put together in bag.
4. 1 chopped of each and put in bag.
I do this with nearly all vegetables. I can grab a bag, put a handful in meal. Just buy large quantities. Even fresh herbs. Nice thing about freezing fresh basil, parsley is that they stay fresh and easily break into pieces to put in meal when frozen. Speaking of onions.. this way there is no crying every other day because you have to chop onions.
Other good time savers
Baked Chicken Dish
Large rectangle glass dish
2 cans of cut green beans
1 can whole kernel corn
4-6 chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
1 pkg. McCormick Marinade
Defrost Chicken in microwave in large Ziploc bag. Add marinade. Wrap with paper towel and place in fridge for 30 min
In rectangle dish, put green beans and corn.
Place chicken breast on top of green beans and corn.
Put in oven at 375 Deg. for 45 min for 4 chicken breast. 1 hr. for 5 to 6 chicken breast.
If you want to get fancy you can put some herbs and spices on top. No need for butter or greased dish. The chicken juice will do all the work. One dish to wash is always nice too.
Multi Use "Chicken Base"
6-8 Chicken Breast sliced
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes (do not drain)
Handful Chopped Onions
2 Handfuls Green Bell Peppers
2 Handfuls Bell Pepper mix (red, orange and yellow)
Tablespoon Olive Oil
(spices~ Basil, Parsley, Rose Mary, Season Salt)
Defrost Chicken and slice. In Wok place all ingredients and cook. Separate into three even portions and store. Use 1 portion for meal option of choice. Place the other 2 in fridge or freezer.
Portion 1: Add stewed Tomatoes (do not drain) or Alfredo with Chicken Base in pan and cook 5 to 10 min. Pour over cooked pasta.
Portion 2: Add Fajita "marinade" with Chicken Base in pan and cook 5 to 10 min. Put in tortillas.
Portion 3: Add Tablespoon Soy sauce, 1 teaspoon vinegar to Chicken Base and cook 5 to 10 min. Serve over cooked rice.
Portion 4: Cook or heat Chicken Base 5 to 10 min on stove top / 3 min microwave. Serve over cooked tomato rice (Regular rice with normal water & rice conversion, just add stewed tomatoes at same time as rice and cook 15 min longer).
Multi Use "Ground Beef Base"
2 - 2.5 pounds Ground Beef
2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes
2 Handfuls Green Bell Peppers
2 Handfuls Bell Pepper Mix
1 Handful Chopped Onions
1/4 handful Garlic or tablespoon garlic salt
(Spices~ Basil, Parsley, Garlic Salt)
Defrost ground beef. In Wok cook ground beef (not into balls!). Drain. Place back in Wok and mix all other ingredients and cook 15 min. Separate into 3 portions and store. Use 1 portion for meal option of choice. Place other 2 in fridge or freezer.
Portion 1: Add 1 can stewed tomatoes (do not drain) to Beef Base to pan and cook 10 min. Add to cooked pasta.
Portion 2: Add "Taco marinade" (half cup of water) to Beef Base and cook 10 min. Serve in Taco shells.
Portion 3: Add Fajita marinade to Beef Base and cook 10 min. Serve in tortillas.
Portion 4: Add table spoon parsley to Beef Base and cook in pan 10 min. Serve with elbow macaroni.
You get the idea. I do the same for steak strips... beef soup / stir fry. Can do same system for nearly all meats. I have lots more but this is already very long.
*** I just checked and my "Handful" are 1/2 to 3/4 cup***
*** "Handful" is in refrence to pre cut / frozen vegetable****
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Post Edited (Mrs. Dani) : 4/14/2011 11:06:21 AM (GMT-6)