Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients in each freezer bag:

1 lb shredded COOKED chicken
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
10 oz can enchilada sauce
4 oz can diced green chilis
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
10 oz package frozen corn
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro

Freeze.  Add to slow cooker with 2 cups water and 1 14 oz can chicken broth.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

To make crispy tortilla strips for toppings lightly brush both sides of a corn tortilla with vegetable oil.  cut into strips & spread on baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Sausage & Beans

Ingredients in each freezer bag:

1 lb sausage thinly sliced or crumbled
1 onion diced
1 celery stalk chopped
1 TBSP worcestershire
1.5 teaspoons dried mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 can tomatoes w/ diced chilis
1 can butter beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed & drained)

Freeze.  When ready to cook add to crock pot for 4 hours stirring occasionally.  Serve with shredded cheese and tortilla chips over rice.

Bean Stew (for the freezer & crock pot)

In each freezer bag:
1 cup dried beans (any kind) picked over and rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 small chopped onion
2 celery stalks, diced
3 Tablespoons uncooked white rice
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Freeze.  When ready to cook add bag to crock pot and add 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth.

Cook on low for 8 hours.

Crock Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

Ingredients in each freezer bag:
3 lbs boneless chicken thighs, chopped
2 lbs chopped butternut squash
2 medium onions chopped
8 minced garlic cloves
1 oz fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of salt

Freeze.  When ready to cook add bag to crock pot with 1 can unsweetened coconut milk.  25 minutes before serving add 1 bag frozen peas and 1 more can of coconut milk.  Serve with rice.  Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro.

Crock Pot Peanut Braised Chicken

Ingredients in each freezer bag:

2 cups onions
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1/2 tsp grated lime peel
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons flour
4 garlic cloves
2 lbs chicken breasts cubed

Freeze.  When ready to cook add:

3/4 cup chicken broth whisked together with 3 Tablespoons peanut butter

Cook on low for 5-6 hours

In last 5 minutes add in 1 can unsweetened coconut milk and 1 bag frozen peas

Garnish with chopped peanuts and chopped cilantro
Serve over rice.
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