[CnD] Meals i've cooked for you casseroles ahead of time to like macaroni cheese one was a macaroni cheese and corn casserole and one of the macaroni cheese and hamburger casserole and stuck them in the freezer and I hope this turns out OK i've cooked macaroni and cheese casserole's one was a corn casserole and one was a hamburger casserole and they both had macaroni cheese in them and stuff them in the freezer

Becky McCougle misscoffee at neb.rr.com
Fri Jul 17 18:52:17 EDT 2015

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> On Jul 17, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Dark Count via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
> What an awesome set of ideas!
> Thanks for sharing.
> D C
>> On 7/17/2015 9:28 AM, Linda Yacks via Cookinginthedark wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I like to cook ahead! A long time ago, there was a book called "once a month cooking." I can't remember much of the stuff in there, but it did get me thinking about how much time I could save by planning and cooking ahead.
>> When I find high-quality ground beef on sale, I buy up several pounds. One place I used to get good ground beef at a lower cost that the regular store was Sam's or Costco. Anyway, I take 5-6 pounds of the meat and make meatloaf mixture. Then I separate that into as many meatloaves in the size I need for my family. I cook one for dinner and freeze the rest. That way, I only have to thaw it out and put it in the oven.
>> I also cook up the ground beef in a skillet with some onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain well, then separate into about 2 cup packages and freeze. With this meat cooked, I can put many meals on the table within 15 minutes.
>> Quinoa will freeze. One of my favorite dishes to make more of and freeze is Hawaiian chicken with quinoa. You can facilitate the cooking of this dish and many others by cutting up the chicken or meat prior to freezing. So, I take out my frozen chopped chicken and put it in the fridge the night before. You can place the remaining ingredients of the recipe in a covered dish and refrigerate. In the morning, simply place chicken and fixings in your crockpot and turn on low. The quinoa can be cooked in the microwave in about 10 minutes. I make another batch of quinoa to use with the leftover chicken. Simply stir in the quinoa, place in a freezer bag, and freeze.
>> I make up spaghetti sauce and freeze. The only thing I have to do is cook the spaghetti when I get home.
>> About freezing rice or pasta, don't overcook it. If it is a little under done, it will freeze much better. Remember, commercial frozen dinner entrees frequently have rice or pasta.
>> Linda's meatloaf
>> Ingredients:
>> 5-6 pounds good quality ground beef or turkey
>> 4 eggs
>> 1 can diced tomatoes
>> 1/3 cup hines steak sauce
>> 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
>> 1 package Stove top stuffing mix or dried bread crumbs
>> 3 tbst refrigerated diced garlic or as many garlic cloves as you like
>> 4 onions diced
>> 2-3 diced bell peppers
>> Salt (I don't use it)
>> Pepper
>> Ketchup for top of meatloaf
>> Combine the wet ingredients in a very, very large bowl. I have a that's-a-bowl from Tupperware. Add the stuffing mix and the rest of the ingredients except for the meat. Thoroughly mix. Then slowly mix in the meat. You will have to get in there with your hands, so just wash them and have a great time.
>> Hawaiian Chicken

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