Freezer cooking is still a very frugal way of life. Our family especially enjoys dinners that contain chicken and beef, but there are lots of other meals you can prepare and freeze.
Here are a few that we as a family have tried and given a thumbs up. I hope your family enjoys them as much as we did.
Just remember if you want to double or triple the recipe, just double or triple the ingredients and prepare them and store them separately.
Ham and Potato Casserole
2 lbs hash browns, frozen (cubed)
1 1/2 cups white sauce
2 Tb. butter — melted
16 oz. sour cream
2 cups cooked ham — cubed
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup green onion — chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
To assemble for freezer: Combine ingredients in a large bowl or plastic tub and mix well. Place mixture in a 9×13 pan or a Ziploc bag for freezing.
To serve: Thaw completely. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or frozen casserole may be baked for 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees.
Bow Ties Alfredo with Ham and Peas (or Broccoli)
3/4 lb. bow tie pasta
1 cup frozen peas (or 2 cups cooked broccoli florets)
2 Tb. flour
1 cup milk
1 Tb. butter
3 cloves garlic — chopped
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 lb. lean sliced ham — cut into slivers
Bring large of lightly salted water to boiling. Add pasta; cook 12 minutes or until firm but tender. Add peas for last 3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water; drain water.
Meanwhile, shake together flour and milk in jar with tight-fitting lid until blended. Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, Saute 1 minute.
Whisk in milk mixture. Simmer 3 minutes. Whisk in cream cheese, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, salt and pepper. Simmer, whisking, 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Toss together pasta, peas or broccoli, sauce and ham in large bowl. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water, tossing to make creamy sauce. Top with remaining Parmesan. Serve hot.
Makes 6 servings
Broccoli Ham Hot Dish
2 pkg. frozen cut broccoli — (10 ounces each)
2 cups cooked rice
6 Tb. butter or margarine
2 cups fresh bread crumbs about 2-1/2 slices)
1 medium onion — chopped
3 Tb. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups milk
1 1/2 lbs. fully cooked ham — cubed cheddar or Swiss cheese – shredded
Cook broccoli according to package directions; drain Spoon rice into a 13-in. x 9 in. x 2-in. baking pan. Place broccoli over rice. Melt butter in a large skillet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the bread crumbs and set aside.
In remaining butter, Saute onion until soft. Add flour, salt and pepper, stirring constantly until bubbly. Stir in milk and continue cooking until sauce thickens and bubbles.
Cook and stir for 1 minute; add ham and heat through. Pour over rice and broccoli. Sprinkle the crumbs over all.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 8 servings.