[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

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Fri Jul 17 19:50:01 EDT 2015


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From: "Becky McCougle via Cookinginthedark" <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>
To: <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>; "Dark Count" <darkcount1 at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [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


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>> On Jul 17, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Dark Count via Cookinginthedark 
>> <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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>> What an awesome set of ideas!
>> Thanks for sharing.
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>> D C
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>>> 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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