The great Freezerpalooza of 2011

I refuse to admit I’m already nesting. Although I’m 25 weeks along, I think 15 weeks is a little excessive to be in a perpetual phase of cooking, cleaning and baby preparing. But are you ready? If you find yourself hungry, stop over at my place.

It’s time again for FREEZERPALOOZA!

What’s Freezerpalooza, you ask? Great question!

It’s where we eat everything old, nasty, gross, left in the freezer over the past year (or so). I have only one solid (or frozen, tee hee) rule to Freezerpalooza, Gage has to be older than the “packed on date”.

I know, that’s so gross, I really shouldn’t admit to that.

So what will we be eating the first two (or so) weeks of October?

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Folks, what you’re looking at is lots of food located in my basement deep freeze.  Let’s see, you have about 30 pounds of corn, strawberry jelly, various soups and stews, about 100 cheese sticks, waffles, lamb meat, and of course, frozen pizzas.

And then we travel upstairs to my kitchen freezer. Basically, it’s where the vodka and snacks live.

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First of all, I am ashamed to admit that I have those Trix yogurt things. It was a moment of desperation, where I was at the grocery store with all three of my children. I begged them to be good while we shopped, and in turn, I would let them pick out a treat.

Ok, moving past the frozen yogurt cups and bottle of vodka…

In this freezer, you will find things like homemade chili, lots of prepackaged Trader Jo’s snacks and meals, more frozen veggies, and oh, ice cream. This freezer is my favorite, especially around 9pm.

So the game plan is to eat (almost) everything in both freezers over the course the next few weeks. Then, my mom and I are going to make like 20 casserole dishes to replenish my stash, so I have something to feed my family during that cumbersome “dark days” of pregnancy, aka, the third trimester.

I need your help. I have like 3 or 4 go-to frezer meals that I always make, but they’re getting tired and overused. I would love any and all new suggestions you might have. If it’s tasty, if your kids will eat it, it if fits in a bowl or a 9×13 dish, I want it.

I would love you forever if you could leave a link to a recipe. I might even name my 4th child after you.

Side note, anyone got a good boy name they’re not using?

 

 

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  1. And you what, that has made me hungrier!
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  2. Way to go with prepping for the “dark days” Very smart…so you don’t end up feeding your family grilled cheese and fruit 3 times a week like I did. Balanced out with a good dose of pizza. Ha! :)

    Did you know YoKids now makes a Gogurt-Style variety. Maybe thats old news but it just made it to Wyoming. :) I have bought the trix stuff before and always regret it when I open it and see that neon colored stuff.

    I will just name some of my friends baby boy names that I like and aren’t all the regular ones that everyone thinks of.

    Nash
    Britton
    Gannett (tallest mountain in Wyoming)
    Dax (the one I know even has a bro named Gage)
    Samuel (pretty old and common…but I love it!)

    And my two favorite boy names, of course: Eli and Simeon (SIM-EE-IN. Not Simon) :) You don’t live near me so you can steal em. :)
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  3. I did the same thing, cooking for the freezer rocks. Here’s one of my favorites because it’s NOT a casserole or soup:

    Chicken Artichoke Calzones
    http://quicklikeabunny.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/chicken-artichoke-calzone/
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  4. This one freezes really well and you can even make it in two 8 X 8′s :)
    http://thetripptent.blogspot.com/2011/08/menu-monday-baked-ziti.html

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  5. Southerner’s do a few things well and one of them is casseroles.I have…so many…of these meals. Let me start with the basics, i.e. chicken spaghetti:http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/chicken_spaghet/ I can email you my homemade lasagna recipe (seriously good)Then we have everyone’s favorite bow tie fiesta: http://backtocharleston.blogspot.com/2011/03/bow-tie-fiesta-casserole.html which, SO GOOD. Then there is the perennial Southern classic, poppyseed chicken (make two pans of this):http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/poppy-seed-chicken/detail.aspx Let me know if you already have these recipes, I have many, many more. Also, one of my fave “freezer items” is a few large ziplock bags of shredded bbq chicken (Per every pound of chicken breasts, add 1 jar favorite bbq sauce in crock pot, cook on low 5 hours & shred) that I use on top of pizza, in baked potatoes and in sandwiches.

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  6. My nephew’s name is Deacon, and I love it.

    Also, if I can ever get my sh*t together, I’ll be guest-posting my favorite freezer meal on @quatromama’s site. Promise I’ll do it before you finish eating corn for dinner for the next month.
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    QuatroMama Reply:

    @Katy (KatySheCooks), I’m reading this and holding you to it!

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    Emily Reply:

    word.

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    Emily Reply:

    you got 2 weeks to get your crap in line. I’m cooking with my mom over Fall break. You’ve been warned.

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  7. I’m sure you’ll get lots of recipe ideas. You can even browse crockpot365.com for some ideas that will be able to be frozen and can also be cooked in your slow cooker. Those are my favorite dishes. I also really like the book Don’t Panic, Dinner’s In the Freezer.

    As for names… I’ve always wanted to name a boy Hudson Taylor. I think it sounds nice with Elling and there is a great story of faith that goes with this name,

    The other name we wanted to use but didn’t get the chance to is Benjamin Blaze/Blaise (spelling depends if you are cool or geeky). I think it goes well with Elling as well.

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  8. Sheppard pie and lasagna are always a freezer meal success with our little one

    I can’t think of boys name right now, so I might pop over here again is one comes to mind :-)
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  9. I do a clean out of the pantry and freezer about twice a year. I was just thinking I need to do that soon. http://www.allrecipes.com is a great resource. You can search by ingredients.

    As for boy names. I didn’t ever get to use my favs Liam(Lee-um) or John.

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  10. I’m partial to Gavin, not sure why… ;-) Goes good with Gage, don’t you think?

    I’m not good with freezing things to have later. Terrible at it actually. I’m more of a “cook in the moment” kinda gal. So in other words, I’m not help.

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  11. Here is a link to an easy go to casserole for green beans / rice / cheese and I substitute chicken for ham. Super easy to make, very tasty, and easily frozen. My kids eat it up!

    http://www.delmonte.com/recipes/detail.aspx?id=299

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  12. As far as freezer meals, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-noodle-casserole-i-2/detail.aspx, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/incredibly-cheesy-turkey-meatloaf/detail.aspx, and I can’t seem to find the links for these, but here are some more ideas: Stuffed shells, Lasagna and breakfast casserole.

    As far as boy names, my husband and I are struggling too. Here are the ones that I liked that have been veto’d.

    Cooper, Caleb, Calen (the NCIS: LA character Cal-in), Graham, Dixon, Mason, Garrett, Blake, Zane, Knox, Brayden and Grant.

    Good Luck!

    Feel free to do a post on the recipes you acquire and end up using so that I can plan out some new freezer meals as well. I’m 25 weeks along as well…but with only 1 other kid at home. : )

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  13. Here are a few for your list: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-noodle-casserole-i-2/detail.aspx, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/incredibly-cheesy-turkey-meatloaf/detail.aspx, http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cookie-balls/detail.aspx…oh wait, that’s not a casserole…ah, screw it…you’ll soon have another baby around, you may need these to keep up your energy, and I can’t find the links for the others, but stuffed shells, lasagna and breakfast casserole are a few others I like to have on hand. Chicken Pot Pie would be a good one, but I haven’t found a good one of those yet.

    And now, on to the real fun. These are names that we liked, but were veto’d by the other.

    Cooper, Calen (NCIS: LA character – Cal-in), Caleb, Blake, Graham, Zane, Knox, Graham, Garrett, Grant, and Dixon

    I’m 25 weeks along as well and struggling for a boys name! We have a girls name picked out (as we don’t know what we are having). Feel free to do a post with all the freezer recipes you do so I can try some new things as well.

    Thanks!
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  14. I really wanted to name Desmond “Rocco”, but Jon wouldn’t have it. I love that name. And if for some reason I get knocked up BEFORE my husband gets snipped (even though I’m breastfeeding AND on the pill), and I have yet ANOTHER boy, I am naming him Rocco despite Jon’s opinion. However, with my luck, I’d have twins, and have to come up with another name.

    ANYHOW…

    here’s the recipe for baked ziti, that you had @quatromama’s house when I was there last year:

    Baked Ziti

    1 pound dry ziti pasta
    1 onion, chopped
    1 pound lean ground beef
    2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
    6 ounces Provolone cheese, sliced
    1 1/2 cups sour cream
    6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

    In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

    Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted. Freezes well, cover with saran wrap then foil. Thaw in refrigerator.

    ALSO, these chicken burritos are not only delicious, they freeze well:
    http://mylifeasamom-kate.blogspot.com/2011/01/yummy-yummy-chicken-rice-burritos.html

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  15. I’ll have to see if I have any fun recipes for you and your family.

    As for boys’ names, I’ve got tons. Here goes:

    Hutch
    Atticus
    Wyatt
    Thaxter
    Ryder
    Lochlin
    Jude
    Micah
    Nash
    Solbin
    Finn
    Jax
    Xander
    Logan
    Korbin
    Drake
    Troy
    Evren
    Cozen

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  16. I really am liking Wesley and Mason for boys names right now. Wesley was my choice for Grant’s middle name, but Aaron said it funny. I think he did it on purpose so he could give Grant his own middle name.
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  17. Been a lurker forever!! Love your site. Had to pipe up on the boys name!
    Cayden!!

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  18. I’ve never commented here before, but I wanted to offer a few boys names…

    My twins are Owen (now rather over used, unfortunately) and Parker.

    I also love Bennett and Guthrie.

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  19. I’ve been a lurker forever, but I am ALL about baby names, so I had to jump in!

    Dylan
    Chase
    Declan (very Irish, as am I… my husband refuses to let me use it)
    Wesley
    Dominic
    Emmett

    These are all on my list for Baby #2 in the future… I so hope I have another boy. My son is Alex (not Alexander) and I swear he named himself- when I was six months along it just popped into my head one day and I KNEW. He was going to be Adam or Nathan before that.

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  20. ohhhhh, i’m a freezer food JUNKIE. we have two huge deep freezers, one is solely for premade, portioned food. i put most of my recipes on my cooking site (www.MamaLovesFood.com), and you can click on the tag ‘freezer friendly’ to find them… but if i had to pick our ABSOLUTE favorite, it would be enchilada casserole: http://www.mamalovesfood.com/2009/01/enchilada-casserole.html

    to make it even easier, you can roast a whole chicken and the vegetables all together… that’s what i’ve been doing lately ;-)

    i portion the finished/baked casserole into 2 serving tupperware portions and we can take out as many or few as we want when we’re ready! actually, that’s how i portion all of our freezer meals :-)

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  21. Cook’s Country has an excellent recipe for mini chicken pot pies that are meant to be frozen before they’re eaten. They have similar recipes for chicken enchiladas and macaroni and cheese – they go straight to the freezer for later consumption. If you can’t find links to them, let me know and I’ll email you the recipes.

    One of my favorite things to freeze is taco meat. I make a big batch (like 3 or more pounds of ground beef) and freeze it. Even in my darkest days I can manage to shred some cheese and throw some sour cream on the table. And it’s sooo good. Here’s the link:

    http://justlikethenumber.com/2010/06/hello-homemade-tacos-goodbye-taco-envelope/

    As far as boys names go, I’m still kind of peeved that Mike wouldn’t let me use the name Ephraim (I was an over-the-top Everwood fan). It’s all yours.
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  22. Okay… let’s see… ickschney on the frozen meals, but if I think of any, I’ll let you know.

    As for names though… here are a few…

    Quin/Quen/Quinn
    Jett/Jet
    Drake
    Jax
    Kale/Cale
    Kane/Kain
    Jude
    Roan
    Cade/Kade
    Finn/Phin
    Liam/Lyam
    Ezra/Esra
    Jedd/Jed
    Mack/Mac
    Jack/Jac
    Axel
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  23. :) one of my friends shared your site with me so that’s how I got here :)

    Quick easy dinner to make and freeze that fits nicely in a 9×13 dish….

    One bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, cut those in like half, and toss in your 9×13 pan in a 350 oven. While that is in there take like 4 cans of cream of chicken soup and warm up some on the stove maybe 10 minutes. Pull the chicken out of the oven, take about 1 cup of shredded cheese and mix it quickly in soup and then pour it all over the chicken. Bake maybe 20 minutes till it is all good and bubbly. My family LOVES this and it is amazing poured over rice or noodles.

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  24. Leanna Mckay says:

    So in other words, I’m not help. I think he did it on purpose so he could give Grant his own middle name. As for boy names. I have bought the trix stuff before and always regret it when I open it and see that neon colored stuff.
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