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    Once A Month Cooking Plans

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    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:06 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    ***This thread is for OAMC (Once A Month Cooking) plans***
    ~~Please post comments in another thread (click NEW TOPIC button on the top right) so we can keep this one as a reference. Feel free to add your own sample plans here~~ icon_biggrin.gif

    This thread is a collection of OAMC plans that came from this thread. Having all the plans right after each other makes it easier for people to find what they are looking for. Any plan submissions are welcome and greatly appreciated!
    Happy Cooking!





    Helpful Tips before you begin:

    icon_idea.gif Read ALL instructions carefully. It's handy to Print out your recipes and read them over. Copy and paste the menu plan to Word and print it if it makes it easier to follow.

    icon_idea.gif The plans I have put together are for 12 recipes. If you double the plan it makes enough for 24 meals, or 6 meals a week for 4 weeks. I can't handle eating the same thing in the same month icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif so I wouldn't double up a plan, but this may help someone with planning for a month. icon_wink.gif

    icon_idea.gif A tip from Annie H Make sure to wear comfy shoes for this, and take a lunch break, and take occasional breaks to rest and relieve stress.

    icon_idea.gif start with a clean fridge and counter top. Starting with an empty dishwasher or a sink full of hot soapy water helps to make cleanup easier too. Clean and wipe as you go so that at the end of the day you don't have a huge undertaking.

    icon_idea.gif A tip from Annie H Keep in mind that you want things to freeze as flat as possible so they thaw as evenly and as quickly as possible. I like to freeze bags placed flat on a cookie sheet. Don't stack them too high until they are frozen, as they don't freeze very quickly and some can pop open. When things are frozen, you can stack them on their sides to save as much space as possible. Remove as much air from the bags as possible.

    icon_idea.gif Label, Label, Label! Invest in a good "sharpie" pen and hide it from the kids and DH so you will know where it is. icon_lol.gif Sometimes it is hard to tell what it is once it is frozen. I also date everything too. It will help you to rotate your stock.

    icon_idea.gif One thing that helps me is writing in pencil all the meals on a day on my calender. This does 3 things:
    1. It reminds me what I have in the freezer.
    2. I know what to pull out to defrost the night before
    3. It prevents me from eating out because I know I have something on the menu at home.
    Alternatively, you could keep a running list on your fridge/freezer and check off items as you use them.

    icon_idea.gif A tip from Annie H A handy way to do casseroles if you are short on dishes, is to line a casserole dish with heavey plastic wrap, fill the dish, fold the plastic wrap over your food, freeze, then run the bottom under hot water to release the food. When you're ready to cook it, grease your pan, unwrap your food, and thaw in the frige. I wouldn't trust a glass pan in a hot oven with frozen food in it.

    icon_idea.gif Lastly, have a simple meal ready for the day you do your big shop and cooking day. Pizza, chicken fingers and fries, etc. I always find it hard to eat the meals I have made on the day that they are made icon_lol.gif You may even want to reward yourself with dinner out! You worked hard icon_biggrin.gif


    Last edited by * Pamela * on Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:24 pm, edited 1 time in total
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:08 pm
    Food.com Groupie


    On the Menu:
    *Freezer Microwave Rice
    *Asian Pork Tenderloin
    *Pizza Bagel Bites (oamc)
    *Easy Lasagna Rolls
    *Crockpot Cola Barbecue Pork Roast
    *Breakfast Bagel Sandwiches (Oamc)
    *Vicki's Gourmet Potatoes
    *Chicken Thighs With Lime and Honey (oamc)
    *Make-Ahead Chimichangas
    *Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves
    *Perogy Lasagne (OAMC)
    *Crockpot Honey Ham (OAMC)


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    icon_arrow.gif Read everything before you go start, even the recipes!
    icon_arrow.gif Add each recipe to your Shopping List. Look over the Grocery List and check your own pantry for anything you might already have. Clean out the fridge too. It will help you to take inventory of what's inside and give you a place for all those groceries!
    icon_arrow.gif Check off items on your shopping list.
    icon_arrow.gif Print updated list. Go shopping!!
    icon_arrow.gif Follow the Prep List to get any tasks done ahead of time that you can. This will make your big cooking day go very smooth and quick!
    icon_arrow.gif On your Big Cooking Day, follow the Instructions to easily and quickly get your dishes prepared and in the freezer!

    You will need:
    1 large rigid freezer container ex: gladware
    13-15 Large Ziploc bags
    1 9x9 baking pan
    1 (2quart) casserole dish, preferably with a lid
    Saran wrap
    Wax paper
    2 (9x13) baking pans
    2 large cookie sheets for flash freezing
    2 large pots
    potato masher

    Appliances:
    Microwave
    Crockpot
    A Food Processor will speed up cheese grating and chopping, but I don’t have one icon_sad.gif

    PREP WORK LIST
    Sometime before your Big Cooking Day, finish these tasks:
    **TIP** placing prepped items in Ziploc bags will cut down on dishes you’ll need to wash. Make sure to label the bag with the ingredient, amount, and recipe it will be used for! Then on the Big Cooking day, you can just dump the pre-measured ingredients in with the rest of the ingredients!

    *Dice 2 cups mozzarella cheese and dice 1 cup pepperoni for Pizza Bagel Bites (oamc).
    *Grate 3 cups mozzarella cheese for Easy Lasagna Rolls.
    *Grate 4 1/2 cups cheddar cheese. 1 cup cheddar cheese for Vicki's Gourmet Potatoes 2 1/2 cheddar cheese for Perogy Lasagne (OAMC) and 1 cup cheddar cheese for Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves
    * Cut cheese as directed in Make-Ahead Chimichangas
    *Cook 16 slices bacon. I like to do this on my pampered chef baking pan so that it cooks into picture perfect strips. 12 strips for breakfast bagels and 4 for Perogy Lasagne (OAMC). Additional bacon from the pack may be cooked the same way and placed on paper towels to drain and then frozen in a single layer in Ziploc bag—perfect for sandwiches, burgers, or fried rice.
    *slice 32 mini bagels in half for Breakfast Bagel Sandwiches (Oamc) and Pizza Bagel Bites (oamc).

    Before cooking day, streamline your counters. Remove everything from kitchen counters except a cutting board, and the appliances you will need. You can even plug in your crockpot in other room if you need the space.



    Big Cooking Day
    icon_arrow.gif On the night before your cook day, start the Crockpot BBQ Pork Roast according to the recipe in a crock pot. On the morning of your cooking day, unplug the BBQ Pork and let it cool.
    icon_arrow.gif Peel and cut 12-15 large potatoes into quarters and cook in a large pot until soft.
    icon_arrow.gif In a second large pot, cook 24 (or more in case of breakage) lasagna noodles according to package directions.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Pizza Bagel Bites (oamc) according to directions
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Freezer Microwave Rice Freezer Rice according to directions.
    icon_arrow.gif Drain lasagna noodles and rinse well.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Chicken Thighs With Lime and Honey (oamc) according to directions. Label and place into freezer. Wash hands and work area well after working with raw meat.
    Drain potatoes and return to pot and mash. Reserve 2 ½ cups of mashed potatoes for Perogy Lasagne (OAMC). The add rest of ingredients for Vicki's Gourmet Potatoes to pot. Whip to combine and then transfer to 2 quart casserole dish. Cool completely, cover, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Recipe# 60238 as directed in 1 (9X13) baking pan. Bake (if desired) Cool, cover, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Easy Lasagna Rolls in a 9X13 baking pan as directed, to step 7. Cover, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif By now, the BBQ Pork should be cool. Shred with two forks. Set aside 3 cups of shredded pork for Make-Ahead Chimichangas. Portion remaining meat in Ziploc bags pressing out all the air and laying them flat. You should get at least 2-3 (4 cup) servings depending on the size of your roast. Label and Freeze.
    icon_biggrin.gif You are doing great!! icon_biggrin.gif
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Make-Ahead Chimichangas as directed.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Breakfast Bagel Sandwiches (Oamc) as directed.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves as directed in 9x9 baking pan and bake in sauce. Cool completely. Cover, Label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Asian Pork Tenderloin as directed, label and freeze. Wash hands and work area well after working with raw meat.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Crockpot Honey Ham (OAMC) as directed label and freeze.
    icon_biggrin.gif You did it! Twelve recipes!!! Great Job icon_biggrin.gif

    Labels for Recipes

    If you copy and paste these into a WORD document and change the font to 8pt (I use comic sans MS), these should print perfectly on address labels icon_wink.gif



    121307 Pizza Bagel Bites Date:
    Bake from frozen at 350 degrees
    20-25 minutes or until heated through.


    120012 Freezer Microwave Rice Date:
    Thaw. Add some water or broth to rice.
    Microwave on high 5 minutes. Stir. Heat
    For an additional 3-5 minutes if needed.

    120513 Chicken Thighs With Lime and Honey Date:
    Thaw. Transfer thighs baking pan and bake for
    25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
    You can also BBQ/grill if desired.

    37465 Vicki's Gourmet Potatoes Date:
    Thaw overnight. Bake at 350
    for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    60238 Perogy Lasagna Date:
    Defrost overnight and bake for 30 minutes at 350.
    OR bake from frozen covered for 1 hour 30 minutes.

    131058 Easy Lasagne Rolls Date:
    Bake, covered, from frozen for 1 ½ hours OR
    Thaw, cover with microwave-safe wrap and zap
    on high, 10-20 minutes, until cheese is melted.

    43186 Crockpot Cola Barbecue Pork Roast Date:
    Thaw. Heat in the microwave or in a sauce pan
    on the stove top and serve on buns.
    Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.

    43186 Crockpot Cola Barbecue Pork Roast Date:
    Thaw. Heat in the microwave or in a sauce pan
    on the stove top and serve on buns.
    Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.

    43186 Crockpot Cola Barbecue Pork Roast Date:
    Thaw. Heat in the microwave or in a sauce pan
    on the stove top and serve on buns.
    Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.

    84335 Make Ahead Chimichnagas Date:
    Bake at 350 about 50 minutes or until heated through.
    Or, thaw. Bake 30 min., Unwrap. Bake 10 min. more
    or until tortilla is crisp and brown.

    120519 Breakfast Bagel Sandwiches Date:
    Remove wrapping. Place upside down in microwave
    and heat for 30 seconds. Place right side up, zap for
    30 seconds or until heated through. **time may vary**.

    59056 Lil’ Cheddar Meat Loaves Date:
    Thaw. Bake at 350 degrees
    for 45 minutes or until done.

    54114 Asian Pork Tenderloin Date:
    Thaw. Place in foil lined roasting pan,
    bake at 450 for 25 minutes or until meat thermometer
    reads 160 degrees. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

    101112 Crockpot Honey Ham Date:
    Place 4 tbsp of honey over ham before cooking
    cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours
    Add more time if cooking from frozen.
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:09 pm
    Food.com Groupie



    On the Menu:

    *All Purpose Ground Meat Mix
    *Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
    *Piquant Chicken With Basil (oamc)
    *Spiced Citrus Dump Chicken
    *Honey-Soy Glazed Pork Chops
    *Citrus Marinated Pork Chops (oamc)
    *Our Family Favourite Crockpot Chili (oamc)
    *Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC)
    *Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Oamc)
    *Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC)
    *Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc)
    *Judy's Grilled Flank Steak
    *Make-Two Macaroni and Cheese



    INSTRUCTIONS:

    icon_arrow.gif Read everything before you go start, even the recipes!
    icon_arrow.gif Add each recipe to your Shopping List. Look over the Grocery List and check your own pantry for anything you might already have. Clean out the fridge too. It will help you to take inventory of what's inside and give you a place for all those groceries!

    icon_arrow.gif Print updated list. Go shopping!!
    icon_arrow.gif Follow the Prep List to get any tasks done ahead of time that you can. This will make your big cooking day go very smooth and quick!
    icon_arrow.gif On your Big Cooking Day, follow the Instructions to easily and quickly get your dishes prepared and in the freezer!

    You will need:
    13-15 Large Ziploc bags
    3 large rigid freezer containers
    2 9x13 baking pans
    foil
    2 1 ½ quart baking dishes
    cookie sheet for flash freezing

    Appliances:
    large pots
    a bread machine, if desired for making dough for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC)



    PREP WORK LIST
    Sometime before your Big Cooking Day, finish these tasks:
    **TIP** placing prepped items in Ziploc bags will cut down on dishes you’ll need to wash. Make sure to label the bag with the ingredient, amount, and recipe it will be used for! Then on the Big Cooking day, you can just dump the pre-measured ingredients in with the rest of the ingredients!
    icon_arrow.gif chop 2 cups celery and 1 cup green pepper for All Purpose Ground Meat Mix
    icon_arrow.gif roast red peppers as directed for Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
    icon_arrow.gif chop 1 onion for Piquant Chicken With Basil (oamc), 1 onion for Our Family Favourite Crockpot Chili (oamc), 1 onion for Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc), 1 onion for Judy's Grilled Flank Steak, 2 cups onion for All Purpose Ground Meat Mix,
    icon_arrow.gif chop 1 carrot and 1 potato as directed for Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc)
    icon_arrow.gif shred 1 cup (or more) mozzarella cheese for Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc)
    icon_arrow.gif grate 1 cup (or more) cheddar cheese for Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC), 4 cups cheddar cheese for Make-Two Macaroni and Cheese


    Before cooking day, streamline your counters. Remove everything from kitchen counters except a cutting board, and the appliances you will need.

    Big Cooking Day
    The night before:
    icon_arrow.gif The night before your big cooking day, prepare All Purpose Ground Meat Mix as directed. Preparing this before will make tomorrow’s recipes go together much more quickly. Reserve meat necessary for Our Family Favourite Crockpot Chili (oamc), Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC), Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC). There should be enough cooked ground beef to make 2 or 3 packages to place in the freezer. Cool, label and freeze. For serving ideas for these packs, there are many ideas here
    icon_arrow.gif Thaw dough for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC). or If you are making your own dough for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) put it in the bread machine on the dough cycle first thing in the morning. I have used a half batch of Pizza Dough and a third recipe of Homemade Buns with great results.
    Big Cooking Day:
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup as directed, reduce heat and let simmer.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Piquant Chicken With Basil (oamc) as directed, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Remove Mexican Cornbread and pinto bean Dip from heat and cool completely. Transfer to rigid freezer container, label, and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif prepare Spiced Citrus Dump Chicken as directed, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Make Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Oamc) and place on a foil lined cookie sheet until firm.
    Wash hands and work area thoroughly after working with raw meat.
    icon_arrow.gif cook 42 pasta shells in boiling water to make Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC) and Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc).
    icon_arrow.gif prepare Citrus Marinated Pork Chops (oamc) as directed, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif prepare Honey-Soy Glazed Pork Chops as directed, label and freeze. Wash hands and work area thoroughly after working with raw meat.
    icon_arrow.gif You are doing great! icon_biggrin.gif
    icon_arrow.gif drain pasta shells. Combine filling ingredients for Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC) using the All Purpose Ground Meat Mix that you already prepared and fill shells. Place as directed in a 9x13 baking pan. Cover well, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif prepare filling for Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc) and stuff shells. Place as directed in a 9X13 baking pan. Cover well, label, and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC), remove dough from bread machine, roll out and make as directed. For filling use ground meat mix that you already prepared. I have also used chopped pepperoni and that works well too. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
    icon_arrow.gif While rolls are baking, combine ingredients for Our Family Favourite Crockpot Chili (oamc) in a large Ziploc or rigid container that will fit your crockpot. Label, and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif remove Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) from the oven and cool completely. Package in a large Ziploc, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Make Make-Two Macaroni and Cheese as directed. Have one for supper. Cool the other completely, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Take Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Oamc) out of the freezer and place in a Ziploc bag. Label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Judy's Grilled Flank Steak as directed. Label and freeze. Wash hands and work area thoroughly after working with raw meat.
    icon_arrow.gif You did it! 12 recipes! Great job icon_biggrin.gif



    Labels for Recipes

    If you copy and paste these into a WORD document and change the font to 8pt (I use comic sans MS), these should print perfectly on address labels icon_wink.gif

    #31008 All Purpose Ground Meat Mix Date:
    Use in any recipe calling for ground beef
    to reduce cooking time.


    #31008 All Purpose Ground Meat Mix Date:
    Use in any recipe calling for ground beef
    to reduce cooking time.


    #31008 All Purpose Ground Meat Mix Date:
    Use in any recipe calling for ground beef
    to reduce cooking time.


    #145074 Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup Date:
    Defrost overnight. Reheat in microwave or stove top
    To reach desired temperature.


    #120514 Piquant Chicken With Basil (oamc) Date:
    thaw chicken overnight. Transfer baking dish,
    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear.
    Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.

    #52990 Honey-Soy Glazed Pork Chops Date:
    Thaw. Place chops in a non-stick skillet; reserve marinade. Cook til brown
    (5 min), repeat both sides. Add marinade, reduce heat. Cook covered until
    done. (7 min) Remove chops, whisk on high for 3-5 minutes until sauce is thick.


    #101273 Our Family Favourite Crockpot Chili (oamc) Date:
    Thaw. Heat on stove top, microwave, or crockpot.
    Sprinkle with cheese to serve, if desired.


    #50772 Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) Date:
    Thaw roll-ups and warm them in a preheated 400F oven for 10 minutes
    or put them frozen in the microwave; heat on high for about 2 minutes.
    Serve with warmed Italian Tomato Sauce.

    #79944 Bacon Wrapped Chicken (Oamc) Date:
    Thaw. Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 35-40 minutes
    or until juices run clear. Broil 6 inches from the heat
    for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

    #57772 Mexican Stuffed Shells (OAMC) Date:
    Defrost overnight and bake at 350 for 30 min.
    (Cook from frozen for 2 hours at 300 degrees.)
    If desired sprinkle additional cheese on top after baking.

    #125496 Veggie Pasta Shells (Oamc) Date:
    Thaw overnight. Cover with foil and bake at
    350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.


    #120517 Citrus Marinated Pork Chops (oamc) Date:
    Thaw. Place chops in a non-stick skillet; reserve marinade. Cook til brown
    (5 min), repeat both sides. Add marinade, reduce heat. Cook covered until
    done. (7 min) Remove chops, whisk on high for 3-5 minutes until sauce is thick.

    #54991 Judy's Grilled Flank Steak Date:
    Thaw. Place on broiler pan under preheated broiler, 6 “from heat.
    Broil 6 minutes per side for rare. Let stand for 5 minutes.
    Cut across the grain into thin slices.

    #182179 Spiced Citrus "dump" Chicken Date:
    Thaw. Oven: cook at 350 for 45-60 min for pieces,
    20-30 min for breasts. Crockpot: 6-8 hours low, 4-6 on high.
    Or Grill over medium heat until juices run clear.

    #132355 Make –two mac and cheese Date:
    Bake frozen casserole covered at 375 degrees for one hour
    or until bubbly and hot in center.
    Uncover casserole and bake 5-10 min to brown top, if desired
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:10 pm
    Food.com Groupie


    On the Menu:
    *Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs *double recipe on shopping list*
    *Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes
    *To Die for Crockpot Roast
    *Pasta Sauce
    *Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs
    *Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup
    *Two-Cheese Pasta And Broccoli Casserole
    *Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    *Quick and Easy Grilled Pork Chops (Or Chicken)(3 Ingredients)
    *Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat *double recipe on shopping list*
    *Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore
    *Cajun Chops

    Optional recipes to replace pre-packaged mixes:
    Italian Dressing Seasoning Dry Mix
    Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix
    Bulk Taco Seasoning Mix
    Cream Soup Mix (Replacement for Cream of ___ Soups)


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    icon_arrow.gif Read everything before you go start, even the recipes!
    icon_arrow.gif Add each recipe to your Shopping List. Look over the Grocery List and check your own pantry for anything you might already have. Clean out the fridge too. It will help you to take inventory of what's inside and give you a place for all those groceries!
    icon_arrow.gif Print updated list. Go shopping!!
    icon_arrow.gif Follow the Prep List to get any tasks done ahead of time that you can. This will make your big cooking day go very smooth and quick!
    icon_arrow.gif On your Big Cooking Day, follow the Instructions to easily and quickly get your dishes prepared and in the freezer!

    You will need:
    glass/plastic spice containers for optional mixes, if using
    cookie sheet for baking meatballs
    13-15 large Ziploc bags
    cookie sheets for flash freezing baked potatoes
    2 large pots for pasta sauce and mushroom sauce
    2 rigid freezer containers
    1 large rigid freezer container or 4 individual freezer containers for the soup.
    9x13 inch baking pan for Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    9x13 inch baking pan for Two-Cheese Pasta And Broccoli Casserole

    Appliances:
    crockpot



    PREP WORK LIST
    Sometime before your Big Cooking Day, finish these tasks:
    **TIP** placing prepped items in Ziploc bags will cut down on dishes you’ll need to wash. Make sure to label the bag with the ingredient, amount, and recipe it will be used for! Then on the Big Cooking day, you can just dump the pre-measured ingredients in with the rest of the ingredients!
    Optional Recipes If you want to prepare homemade mixes and soup, do this before your big cooking day. Doubling the recipe will give you some extra to store in the pantry.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Italian Dressing Seasoning Dry Mix to use in To Die for Crockpot Roast and Quick and Easy Grilled Pork Chops (Or Chicken)(3 Ingredients). It is also a great dressing for a salad when mixed as directed.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix to use in To Die for Crockpot Roast and it also works as a great salad dressing if you want to use a salad as a side dish for any of these meals.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Cream Soup Mix (Replacement for Cream of ___ Soups), if desired, to replace the cans of soup in Chicken Enchilada Casserole. I just add a bit of chicken boullion to give the mix a similar flavour to cream of chicken soup. As the powdered mix is not as thick as the canned soup, I just use about ¾ of the water as directed in the recipe.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Bulk Taco Seasoning Mix for Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat and Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup

    Prep Work:
    icon_arrow.gif Grate 1 cup sharp cheddar for Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes, 3 cups cheddar for Two-Cheese Pasta And Broccoli Casserole, 10 oz cheddar for Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    icon_arrow.gif chop 1 onion for Pasta Sauce, chop 1 small onion for Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs, 2/3 cup onion for Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup, 1 onion for Chicken Enchilada Casserole, 1 onion for Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 1 green pepper for Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore reserve 2 tsp green peppers for Pasta Sauce
    icon_arrow.gif cook and chop 2 slices of bacon for Pasta Sauce, and 2 for Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup
    icon_arrow.gif chop ½ cup red peppers for Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup
    icon_arrow.gif chop 1 cup mushrooms for Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup, chop 6 oz mushrooms for Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

    Before cooking day, streamline your counters. Remove everything from kitchen counters except a cutting board, and the appliances an supplies you will need.

    Big Cooking Day

    The night before your big cooking day
    icon_arrow.gif Make a double of Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat in your crockpot. In the morning, shred and then set aside to cool.

    Cooking Day
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare double amounts of Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs. I do not fry them in a skillet, but rather bake the whole bunch on a cookie sheet in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through. (If you triple the amount, you will have an extra meal. Recipe ideas are found in here ) Serve 1 bag of meatballs with Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs and 1 bag with Pasta Sauce.
    icon_arrow.gif For To Die for Crockpot Roast, place roast in a large Ziploc bag. Cover with mixes, pre-packaged or your own homemade. Remove as much air as possible, label, and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Remove meatballs from oven. Cool completely. Divide the meatballs into two large Ziploc bags, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Bake potatoes as directed in Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes. Bake for 1 ½ hours.
    icon_arrow.gif Set aside 3 cups shredded chicken for Chicken Enchilada Casserole and 2 cups for Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup and label and package the remaining shredded meat for tacos or another recipe such as any of the recipes listed here
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Pasta Sauce (with or without the meat) as directed and let simmer on stove. Stirring occasionally as needed. (You can serve this sauce with the meatballs and then the meat in the recipe is unnecessary unless you want meatballs in a meat sauce like my meat loving husband does icon_wink.gif )
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs as directed. Cool, label and freeze in a rigid freezer container after step 3.
    icon_arrow.gif You are doing great!
    icon_arrow.gif Allow potatoes to cool slightly, then prepare filling as directed and transfer back to potatoes. Place potatoes on cookie sheet and place in freezer until frozen.
    icon_arrow.gif Remove Pasta Sauce from heat. Cool and Package in a rigid freezer container. Label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup as directed using some of the Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat for the chicken. Simmer 10 minutes and then let cool. Package in a rigid freezer container, label and freeze. Or pack in single serving size for lunches.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Two-Cheese Pasta And Broccoli Casserole as directed. Wrap well after step 7. Label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Prepare Chicken Enchilada Casserole as directed using some of the Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat for the chicken. Wrap well, label and freeze after step 11.
    icon_arrow.gif ForCrock Pot Chicken Cacciatore place chopped onions in a ziploc bag, chicken pieces in another bag and remaining ingredients in third large Ziploc bag. Pack together and label. Squeeze out as much air as possible and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Combine ingredients for Quick and Easy Grilled Pork Chops (Or Chicken)(3 Ingredients) in a large Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Combine ingredients for Cajun Chops in a large Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Transfer frozen Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes to 2 large Ziploc bags, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif You did it! 12 recipes~Well Done and great job! If you made your own mixes you made 16 recipes~ Awesome grouphug.gif

    Labels for Recipes

    If you copy and paste these into a WORD document and change the font to 8pt (I use comic sans MS), these should print perfectly on address labels icon_wink.gif

    #4957 Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat
    Heat throughly and serve in your
    Favourite chicken recipe or in tacos


    #4957 Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat
    Heat throughly and serve in your
    Favourite chicken recipe or in tacos


    #87537 Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs Date:
    Thaw and Use in your Favourite recipe.



    #87537 Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs Date:
    Thaw and Use in your Favourite recipe.



    #27208 To Die for Crockpot Roast Date:
    Thaw. Place roast in crockpot. Pour ½ cup water
    Over roast and cook for 7-9 hours on low.


    #57062 Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes Date:
    Cook from frozen at 350 degrees on baking sheet
    and loosely cover with aluminum foil for 45 minutes.
    Uncover and bake 15 min until potatoes are hot.

    #57062 Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes Date:
    IN A BIG HURRY: These potatoes can be completely
    heated from frozen state in microwave, heating
    just until they are hot. Skins will be softer than in the oven.

    #66861 Pasta Sauce Date:
    Heat thoroughly and serve over your favourite pasta.



    #121093 Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs Date:
    Defrost in fridge overnight or in microwave;
    add cooked meatballs and cook or bake until heated through


    #181330 Lunch Box Taco Chicken Soup Date:
    Defrost overnight in fridge,
    then warm in microwave
    or stove top until heated through.

    #88091 Two-Cheese Pasta And Broccoli Casserole Date:
    Cover loosely with foil, and place in the center of the oven
    for 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
    Let casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    #42543 Chicken Enchilada Casserole Date:
    Thaw overnight in fridge.
    Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
    or double cooking time if cooking from frozen.

    #97695Quick and Easy Grilled Chicken or Chops Date:
    Place the chops on a hot grill and cook until juices run clear.
    Baste these with butter as they cook so they stay tender.
    Serve with your favourite BBQ sides.

    #41685 Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Date:
    Thaw. Place onions, then chicken, then sauce
    in crockpot. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours or high heat
    for about 3 to 4 hours. Serve over pasta or rice.

    #97849 Cajun Chops Date:
    Thaw. Heat butter and oil over high heat in large skillet
    until very hot. Add chops in skillet and then reduce
    heat to medium, 7 to 8 minutes. Turn once during cooking.
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:11 pm
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    Chicken Little – OAMC Mini Plan

    Menu Plan by JillAZ

    A “mini” cooking day is a great way to easily stock your freezer without a full day commitment. This is a good way to “try out” once a month cooking and see if it might be for you. I find that when our schedule is really hectic, this is a way for me to still make and serve my family delicious, homemade meals. It’s also a great way to take advantage of a great sale at the market!

    I’ve started with boneless, skinless chicken breasts as this is what is on sale this week in my area and is what my family enjoys. Of course, substitute whatever kind of chicken your family prefers! Let’s get started!

    Instructions:
    icon_arrow.gif Print out and read through all recipes and directions thoroughly. This way there will be no surprises on cooking day.
    icon_arrow.gif Make a master list by adding all the recipes to your shopping list. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and check off any items you already have.
    icon_arrow.gif Make sure you have the appropriate containers and freezer bags.
    icon_arrow.gif Print out the revised list and go shopping!
    icon_arrow.gif Perform all preparations tasks on the task list the night before.
    icon_arrow.gif Most importantly – Have Fun! icon_biggrin.gif

    The Recipes:
    Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat- make a triple batch of this
    Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    Pineapple "dump" Chicken
    BBQ Chicken Calzones
    Sweet Salsa Dump Chicken - OAMC
    Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto
    I have included 5 meals plus, if you triple the taco meat, you will have some extra to freeze on its own.

    Containers needed:
    3 gallon sized Zipper freezer bags
    2 sheets of foil to wrap calzones
    9 x 13 pan
    1 quart sized zipper freezer bag
    Lg. rigid freezer container or 1 more gallon sized bag for pasta
    Plastic wrap

    Kitchen tools needed:
    Crockpot – if you don’t have this you could always roast the chicken until tender and then shred.
    Large pasta pot
    Colander
    Large skillet
    Large baking sheet
    Large saucepan
    Food processor – helpful but not necessary

    Task List: Remember – do this the night before!
    I like to hang my recipes on the fronts of my cabinets for easy reference when cooking. Place all ingredients in labeled zipper type bags and place in fridge overnight. Makes for easy assembly the next day!
    icon_arrow.gif Place chicken for Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat in crock-pot before you go to bed. It will be ready to use in the morning. Alternatively, do this the day before and refrigerate until you need it the next day.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 onions. Put ½ cup in a baggie for Pineapple "dump" Chicken. Put ½ cup in a baggie for BBQ Chicken Calzones. Put the rest in a baggie for Chicken Enchilada Casserole.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 T. cilantro and put in baggie for BBQ Chicken Calzones.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 cup mozzarella cheese and place in baggie for BBQ Chicken Calzones.
    icon_arrow.gif Slice 1 red bell pepper into strips and place in baggie for Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto.
    icon_arrow.gif Grate 10 oz. cheese and place in baggie for Chicken Enchilada Casserole.
    icon_arrow.gif Grate 1/3 cup parmesan and place in baggie for Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto.
    icon_arrow.gif Wash broccoli and cut into bite-sized florets (4 c. worth) and place into a large zipper baggie for Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto.
    icon_arrow.gif Cut 1 lb. of chicken breast into strips and place in baggie for Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto.
    icon_arrow.gif Lay out all the containers and equipment you will need for tomorrow.
    icon_idea.gif It also helps to have any canned goods and spices on the counter grouped by recipe.

    Cooking Day:
    Shred crock-pot chicken taco meat. Reserve 1/3 for Chicken Enchilada Casserole and 1/3 for BBQ Chicken Calzones. Package the remaining 1/3 in a quart sized zipper bag. Seal, label and place the final 1/3 in fridge to chill. When cool, freeze.

    Preheat oven and assemble BBQ Chicken Calzones using 1/3 of the chicken taco meat. Bake and allow to cool. Once cool, wrap in foil and place inside a large zipper bag. Seal, label and freeze.

    Assemble Chicken Enchilada Casserole using 1/3 of the crock-pot chicken taco meat. Cover dish well with plastic wrap and then foil. Label and freeze.

    Assemble Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto. Freeze in a rigid freezer container or a large zipper bag. Seal, label and freeze.

    Assemble Sweet Salsa Dump Chicken - OAMC, placing in a zipper bag. Seal, label and freeze.

    Assemble Pineapple "dump" Chicken, placing in a zipper bag. Seal, label and freeze.

    Labels: I like to use the bigger 2” x 4” labels. Avery makes them and calls them shipping labels. I used comic sans 12 pt font.


    BBQ Chicken Calzones
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Reheat in 400 degree oven
    until warmed through.


    Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Let sit at room temperature for
    about 20 minutes before placing in oven. Bake
    at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly
    and hot.


    Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Use in any recipe calling for
    cooked chicken. Or, use for tacos, burritos,
    taco salad, etc.


    Chicken and Broccoli Pasta With Pesto
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge or microwave. Bake in a 9 x 13
    pan or casserole dish at 350 for 30-35 minutes
    until heated through. Sprinkle with extra
    parmesan if desired.


    Sweet Salsa Dump Chicken - OAMC
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Dump thawed chicken into a
    large baking dish and bake at 350 degrees
    until juices run clear. 45-60 minutes for
    pieces or 20-30 minutes for breasts.


    Pineapple "dump" Chicken
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Dump thawed chicken into large
    baking dish and bake at 350 until juices run clear.

    Stand back and admire all your hard work icon_exclaim.gif


    Last edited by * Pamela * on Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:51 am, edited 1 time in total
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:15 pm
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    Menu plan by divinend


    I wanted to post my OAMC plan that I did over this last weekend. Everything I did was geared towards stocking my freezer with single servings, and I spread this over 2 days to make it easier.

    The recipes:
    A chicken fajita kit idea I had while I was at Costco the other day. You do it on a per chicken breast half, and you basically just cut it into small fajita sized peices, season it with your favorite seasoning mix, and flash freeze the seasoned meat peices. Then per pile of you meat, you cut up 1/2 each of green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, plus 1/2 an onion. I sealed kits of chicken plus veggies in two connected foodsaver bags. When I was done I had 8 kits, so I used 4 of each of the veggies and 8 chicken breast halves. Each kit makes 2-3 servings. Let me know if that doesn't make sense.
    Double batch of Potato Chip Chicken, with the chicken peices cut into fingers. When I make this for the freezer, I do a dip into seasoned flour, a dip into an egg wash, and then a dip into the chip coating, I find it adheres better.
    Double batch of Microwave Meatloaf.
    Double batch of Macaroni & Cheese.
    Meatballs for Spaghetti Sauce [freezer].

    So you need the ingredients for the above recipes, sheet pans and waxed paper for flash freezing, and a ton of foodsaver bags or freezer paper.

    So my order went like this, over two days, with long pauses while I waited for something to flash freeze.

    icon_arrow.gif Prep the chicken for the fajita kits and the potato chip chicken and let them flash freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Make the meatloaves and the mac and cheese. Let them cool.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop all the peppers and onions for the fajita kits.
    icon_arrow.gif Bag the chicken fingers. I did them in packs of 5.
    icon_arrow.gif Bag the fajita kits. I made back to back food saver bags by sealing a large bag down the middle.
    icon_arrow.gif Divide the meatloaf and the mac and cheese into serving sizes, and flash freeze. I did 8 slices per meatloaf, and 8 wedges from each round mac and cheese.
    icon_arrow.gif Make the lasgagna. Let it cool.
    icon_arrow.gif Bag the meatloaf and the mac and cheese. Again, mine were done as single servings.
    icon_arrow.gif Divide the lasagna into 12 3X4 peices, and flash freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Make the meatballs.
    icon_arrow.gif Bag the lasagna. Flash freeze the meatballs.
    icon_arrow.gif Seal the meatballs.
    icon_arrow.gif DONE! You have between 40 and 50 single servings in your freezer!

    I know it looks skimpy compared to some other plans, but what a lot of vacuum sealing! Plus this makes me feel so good. I keep wanting to open my freezer. I thought people might like to see a single person plan.
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:18 pm
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    Menu Plan by KrabKokonas


    An OAMC (Grown-up) Lunchbox

    My husband works in a remote area, far from any restaurants and microwaves. He has been taking ramen noodles to work for lunch for the past 3 months and is absolutely sick of them. I decided to do an OAMC lunchbox for him, taking into account the fact that he couldn’t heat anything up. He also requested that some sweets be added to the list of recipes so that he could have a “complete” meal.

    Instructions:
    icon_arrow.gif Print out and read through all recipes and directions thoroughly. I like to read through them several times, just in case! This way there will be no surprises on cooking day.
    icon_arrow.gif Make a master shopping list by adding all every recipe’s ingredients to your shopping list. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and check off any items you already have.
    icon_arrow.gif Make sure you have the appropriate containers and freezer bags. I highly recommend freezer bags as many things can be frozen flat which saves considerable space in the freezer!
    icon_arrow.gif Take your revised shopping list and go shopping!
    icon_arrow.gif Perform all preparation tasks on the task list the night before.

    The Recipes:
    Lunch in a Loaf - make a triple batch of the dough
    Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce – make a double batch with ground meat (half meatballs and half loaves); sauce optional
    Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto – make a double batch (to be eaten on crackers and with the pizza roll-ups)
    Ham Salad Sandwiches – make only the filling
    OAMC Chicken Fried Rice
    Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) – you don’t need to make the tomato sauce (use Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto)
    Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) – only make the filling
    Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC – make muffins instead of loaves
    Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies
    Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins


    These recipes together make about 15 calzones filled with three different types of filling. It also makes 10 servings of OAMC Chicken Fried Rice, 6 servings of Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) (with 6 servings of Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto sauce on the side), 4 servings of Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce, 7 individual servings of Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto and 2 extra servings of Ham Salad Sandwiches to be eaten on crackers. You will also have enough desserts to accompany each of these meals. All in all, you’ll have about 44 days – about a month and a half - worth of worry-free cold lunches that can be mixed and matched!

    Containers needed:
    48 quart sized freezer bags (Antipasto, fried rice, extra ham salad, muffins, cookies)
    A roll of aluminum foil (calzones, pizza roll-ups, mini meatloaves)

    Kitchen tools needed:
    Large skillet
    Large pot
    Several muffin tins
    Several large mixing bowls
    Two large baking sheets
    Food processor – helpful but not necessary
    Various assortment of stirring spoons, knives, etc.

    Task List: Remember – do this the night before!
    This is very important to do the night before – otherwise you’ll be in the kitchen ALL DAY the next day instead on only about 6 hours. Place all ingredients in labeled zipper type bags and place in fridge overnight. Makes for easy assembly the next day!

    icon_arrow.gif Make room in your freezer and refrigerator for the big cooking day.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups of green onions. Put ½ cup in a baggie for Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce, ½ cup in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto, ¼ cup in a baggie for Ham Salad Sandwiches, ½ cup in a baggie for OAMC Chicken Fried Rice, ¼ cup in a baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) Filling.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups green peppers. Put in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 4 medium sized eggplants. Put in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 cup cheddar cheese and place in baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc).
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 cup mozzarella cheese and place in baggie for Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC).
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2 cups green beans and place in a baggie for Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 2lbs chicken and cook thoroughly in skillet. Cool and place 4 cups in a baggie for OAMC Chicken Fried Rice. Place the remaining chicken in a baggie for Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc).
    icon_arrow.gif Either chop or process 1lb ham and place in a baggie for Ham Salad Sandwiches.
    icon_arrow.gif Mash 3 cups banana and place in baggie for Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC.
    icon_arrow.gif Juice 2 limes. Half will be used for Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins and half for the Ham Salad Sandwiches.
    icon_arrow.gif Lay out all the containers and equipment you will need for tomorrow. It also helps to have any canned goods and spices on the counter grouped by recipe.

    Cooking Day:
    *** As stated above, this whole process took me about 6 hours without any interruptions or significant breaks.***

    Prepare plenty of trivets and cooling racks either in your kitchen (if you have the counter space) or on a nearby table.

    Make the triple batch of Lunch in a Loaf bread dough and leave to rise. You will need to split the dough up to rise in two different bowls (unless you have a huge bowl!). You can also choose to add the basil to only one batch of dough if you like. However, I think the basil is excellent in each recipe - the Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc), the Lunch in a Loaf (filled with Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce meatballs and Ham Salad Sandwiches), and the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC).

    Make the double batch Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce. Make half into meatballs and cook in skillet. Put the other half into muffin cups and bake in oven. Set meatballs aside.

    Make the Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto (this is SO quick because everything is pre-chopped). Put in big pot to simmer on back of stove.

    Make the Ham Salad Sandwiches. Set aside. Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce should be done by now and set aside to cool.

    Your bread dough should be risen by this time. Roll out 1/3 of dough and make the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC). Bake.

    Prepare Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) filling. Set aside.

    Punch down the remaining bread dough and roll out about fifteen 8” circles.

    Fill 5 of the circles with Ham Salad Sandwiches, 5 with Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce meatballs, 5 with the Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc) filling. Pinch shut into half moons. By the time that you’ve done this, your Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC) should be ready to come out of the oven and cool on racks. This leaves room to bake the 15 calzones on two large cookie trays.

    While calzones are baking, turn off Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto which should have simmered down nicely by now. Set aside to cool.

    Make rice for the OAMC Chicken Fried Rice.

    While rice is cooking, start wrapping or bagging the food that is cool enough to go into the freezer (I was able to wrap the Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC), the Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce and the extra Ham Salad Sandwiches by this time). This will make room for the calzones and the cookies to come!
    Don’t forget to keep an eye on the rice! There’s nothing worse than cleaning a burnt rice pan. 

    Check the calzones. If they’re ready, take them out to cool. If they’re not, keep and eye on them while you stir-up the Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC. Put batter into muffin cups and put into oven.

    Finish assembling the OAMC Chicken Fried Rice. Set aside to cool completely.

    Stir up the Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies. Once the Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC muffins are done, put in your first batch.

    *** The timing for this part is subject to how quickly you can complete certain tasks. Feel free to make adjustments according to your own speed – that’s what’s so wonderful about cookies batches. You can put them into the oven as you see fit.***

    While your first batch is baking, wrap the cooled calzones for the freezer. This will make room for the many cookies that this makes.

    While your second batch is baking, stir up your Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins. Put into muffin tins.

    When second (or third, depending on how quickly you can stir up the second batch of muffins) batch of cookies comes out of the oven, put the muffins in to bake.

    While muffins are baking, this will give you time to bag the Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto into about 13 individual servings. This freezes beautifully flat! Then, bag the cooled Chicken Fried Rice which also freezes flat when put into freezer bags.

    Take muffins out to cool and put in last batch(es) of cookies. Once cookies have all cooled, wrap muffins and cookies in desired portion sizes and slip them into your already very full freezer!

    Finally, have someone take you or take yourself out to dinner for your favorite meal because YOU DESERVE IT!

    Labels:
    The wonderful thing about these recipes is that they were chosen because they taste good when cold. My husband just reaches into the freezer every morning, chooses what he want to eat that day and slips it into his bag. When lunch comes around, the food is defrosted and ready to eat! You can, however, warm most of these recipes up nicely with a minute or two in the microwave.

    I just take an indelible marker and note the name of the recipe and the date that I made it on the freezer bags and/or tin foil that I’ve used to store the food in. However, for those of you who like to print labels, here they are!

    Lunch in a Loaf
    Date:

    Oriental Mini Meat Loaves With Honey Garlic Sauce
    Date:

    Eggplant (Aubergine) Antipasto
    Date:

    Ham Salad Sandwiches
    Date:

    OAMC Chicken Fried Rice
    Date:

    Pizza Roll-Ups (OAMC)
    Date:

    Bar B Que Chicken Basil Calzones (Oamc)
    Date:

    Super Moist Super Easy Banana Bread - OAMC
    Date:

    Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies
    Date:

    Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Muffins
    Date:
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:19 pm
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    Last edited by * Pamela * on Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:35 pm, edited 2 times in total
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:20 pm
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    On Menu:
    All Purpose Ground Meat Mix
    Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc)
    Our Family Favourite Crock Pot Chili (Oamc)
    Beefy Chicken Loaf (oamc)
    Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs
    Ospidillo Cafe Spaghetti Sauce

    if desired make your own homemade Bulk Taco Seasoning Mix

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    icon_arrow.gif Read everything before you go start, even the recipes!
    icon_arrow.gif Add each recipe to your recipezaar Shopping List. Look over the Grocery List and check your own pantry for anything you might already have. Clean out the fridge too. It will help you to take inventory of what's inside and give you a place for all those groceries!
    icon_arrow.gif Check off items on your shopping list.
    icon_arrow.gif Print updated list. Go shopping!!
    icon_arrow.gif Follow the Prep List to get any tasks done ahead of time that you can. This will make your cooking day go very smooth and quick!
    icon_arrow.gif On your Cooking Day, follow the Instructions to easily and quickly get your recipes prepared and into the freezer!

    You will need:
    3 large ziploc freezer bags
    3 large rigid freezer containers (min. 8 cups capacity...10 cup is better!) Or 3 large ziploc bags
    4-6 medium ziploc freezer bags
    saran wrap
    1 loaf pan
    2 cookie sheet
    1 Large mixing bowl
    1 Medium bowl
    2 large pot

    Appliances:
    a food processor will make chopping a breeze!

    PREP WORK LIST
    Sometime before your Cooking Day, finish these tasks: **TIP** placing prepped items in Ziploc bags will cut down on dishes you’ll need to wash. Make sure to label the bag with the ingredient, amount, and recipe it will be used for! Then on the Big Cooking day, you can just dump the pre-measured ingredients in with the rest of the ingredients!

    *Cut mini bagels in half for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc)
    *dice 1 red pepper for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc)
    *dice green pepper, 1 for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc) and 1 cup for All Purpose Ground Meat Mix if using.
    *chop onions, 1 for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc), 1 for 101273, 1/4 onion for Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs, 1 large for Ospidillo Cafe Spaghetti Sauce, 1 for Beefy Chicken Loaf (oamc), 2 cups for All Purpose Ground Meat Mix
    *grate or cube 1 cup cheddar cheese for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc)
    *grate 1 cup cheddar cheese for Our Family Favourite Crock Pot Chili (Oamc), if desired (freeze grated cheese in a ziploc bag attached to container or bag containing Our Family Favourite Crock Pot Chili (Oamc) to use for garnish)
    *make Bulk Taco Seasoning Mix if desired for Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc) and Our Family Favourite Crock Pot Chili (Oamc)
    *chop 2 cups celery for All Purpose Ground Meat Mix

    The Cooking Day

    In one of the large pots, combine the ingredients for Ospidillo Cafe Spaghetti Sauce and bring to almost boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    In the second large pot, prepare All Purpose Ground Meat Mix according to directions.

    Using 2-3 cups of All Purpose Ground Meat Mix, prepare Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc) as directed. Place completed bagels onto a cookie sheet and place in freezer to flash freeze.

    In large bowl, combine ingredients to make Our Family Favourite Crock Pot Chili (Oamc) using two cups of All Purpose Ground Meat Mix. The ground beef is already cooked, you don't have to heat the entire recipe before freezing, just stir to combine and then ladle into a large rigid freezer container or ziploc bag. (The container will be easier to reheat in, but the ziploc will be faster and will take up less room in the freezer..it's your choice) Now label and date your finished product and place into freezer.

    Divide remaining All Purpose Ground Meat Mix into 4-6 medium ziploc bags. Label, date, and put into the freezer. This can now be added to recipes using ground beef and will cut prep time in half! Here are some Ideas for using the cooked meat

    Wash large bowl and dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients to make Hubby-Will-Inhale-Them Meatballs. I always bake the meatballs instead of frying, but again, it's your choice. Baking is quicker and less messy! Bake on cookie sheet or fry meatballs until cooked through. Cool completely and then pack in a ziploc bag. If they are completely cool, then they should not freeze in one solid lump but individually. Label and date and place into the freezer. Serve meat balls your favourite recipe or use one of the recipes from This Collection

    Rinse bowl and then add ingredients to make Beefy Chicken Loaf (oamc). Press mixture into a loaf pan and top with sauce. Cover with saran wrap, slide into a large ziploc bag, label and date. Place in freezer.

    After the three hours, you can simmer the Ospidillo Cafe Spaghetti Sauce longer if you wish, Pour the sauce into 2 large rigid containers or 2 large ziploc bags. (Again....The container will be easier to reheat in, but the ziploc will be faster to thaw and will take up less room in the freezer...it's your choice) Cool completely to prevetn ice crystals from forming (I always cool sauce overnight in the fridge and then move to the freezer the next day) Label and date the 2 items.

    Transfer frozen Taco Bagel Bites (Oamc) to a large freezer bag. Label, date and put back into the freezer.


    Labels for Recipes
    If you copy and paste these into a WORD document and change the font to 8pt (I use comic sans MS), these should print perfectly on address labels icon_wink.gif

    121o86 Taco Bagel Bites Date:
    Bake from frozen at 350 degrees
    20-25 minutes or until heated through.


    101273 Family Favourite Chili Date:
    Thaw overnight in fridge. Dump into crockpot
    and cook on low 4-6 hours or heat through
    on the stove top or in microwave.

    87537 Hubby will inhale them meatballs Date:
    Reheat over stovetop or in the microwave.
    Use in your favourite recipe.


    114030 Ospidillo Cafe Sauce Date:
    Reheat on stovetop or in microwave until
    heated through. Serve over pasta or in
    your favourite lasagna recipe.

    114030 Ospidillo Cafe Sauce Date:
    Reheat on stovetop or in microwave until
    heated through. Serve over pasta or in
    your favourite lasagna recipe.

    123099 Beefy Chicken Loaf Date:
    Defrost overnight and bake covered
    for 60 minutes at 350. OR bake from frozen
    covered for 1 hour 25 minutes.

    31008 All Purpose Ground Beef mix Date:




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    Last edited by * Pamela * on Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:51 am, edited 5 times in total
    * Pamela *
    Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:20 pm
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    Tarteausucre
    Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:47 pm
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    I'm just in Awe of your organization and preperation. I'll have to give this a go. I seem to do something of the sort weekly with chopping all the veggies that can be chopped ahead of time. Again. Great Presentation.
    JillAZ
    Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:43 pm
    Forum Host
    Pork Mini Plan
    On the Menu:

    Pork Chops With Raspberry Glaze
    Thai Marinade for Pork Chops
    Sassy Pork Chops
    Pork Machaca (Tender Pulled Mexican Pork)
    Easy Shredded Beef or Pork Enchiladas
    Skewered Five Spice Pork (Oamc) With Vegetables
    Curried Pork with Rice

    You will need:
    9 - gallon size freezer bags
    3 - quart size freezer bags
    9 x 13 baking dish

    Special equipment needed:
    Crock pot

    Instructions:
    icon_arrow.gif Print off and read through all recipes and directions thoroughly.
    icon_arrow.gif Make a master list by adding all the recipes to your shopping list. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and check off any items you already have.
    icon_arrow.gif Make sure you have the appropriate containers and freezer bags.
    icon_arrow.gif Print out the revised list and go shopping!
    icon_arrow.gif Perform all preparations tasks on the list the night before.
    icon_arrow.gif Have Fun!


    Task List: Do this the night before!
    Place all ingredients in little zipper baggies with the recipe name on the front. This way you can just dump into the recipes as needed.

    icon_arrow.gif Chop 1 t. fresh ginger. Crush 2 cloves garlic, chop 1 T. cilantro. Put all these in the same baggie for Thai Marinade for Pork Chops.
    icon_arrow.gif Make 1 t. orange zest for Pork Chops With Raspberry Glaze.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 2 cups cheddar or jack cheese for Easy Shredded Beef or Pork Enchiladas.
    icon_arrow.gif cube 1 lb. pork and place in baggie for Skewered Five Spice Pork (Oamc) With Vegetables.
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 1/4 c. onion and place in baggie for Curried Pork with Rice.
    icon_arrow.gif Thinly slice 12 oz. of pork for Curried Pork with Rice.
    icon_arrow.gif Put Pork Machaca (Tender Pulled Mexican Pork) in the crock pot before you go to bed. It will be ready in the morning.
    icon_arrow.gif Make sure to clear off counters and start with a clean kitchen in the morning.

    Get some rest!

    Cooking Day:

    icon_arrow.gif Remove Pork Machaca (Tender Pulled Mexican Pork) from crock pot and allow to cool.
    icon_arrow.gif Assemble Pork Chops With Raspberry Glaze. Put the sauce in a small freezer bag and the chops in a larger one. Place both bags into another large bag. Seal, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Assemble Thai Marinade for Pork Chops in a large freezer bag. Place inside another large bag (double bag), seal, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Assemble Sassy Pork Chops. Place chops in a large bag, sauce in a smaller bag. Place both in a large bag and seal, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Assemble Skewered Five Spice Pork (Oamc) With Vegetables. Place all ingredients in a large freezer bag. Double bag. Seal, label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Assemble Curried Pork with Rice. Label and freeze.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred pork machaca. Place half in a freezer bag. Seal, label and freeze to have on hand for pork tacos.
    icon_arrow.gif Use the remaining pork machaca to make Easy Shredded Beef or Pork Enchiladas. Place shredded cheese in a small zipper bag and attach to the top of the casserole. Seal, label and freeze.

    Stand back and admire all your hard work! icon_lol.gif

    Labels: I like to use the bigger 2" x 4" labels. Avery makes them and calls them shipping labels. Use comic sans 12 pt. font.

    Pork Chops With Raspberry Glaze
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Brown chops in pan
    5 minutes per side. Pour sauce over
    chops and continue cooking another
    5-7 minutes or until done.


    Thai Marinade for Pork Chops
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Grill or bake as desired.


    Sassy Pork Chops
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Dump chops and
    sauce into crock pot. Cook on low
    for about 8 hours or until tender
    and cooked through.


    Skewered Five Spice Pork (Oamc) With Vegetables
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Skewer pork and
    vegetables. Grill or broil until cooked through.


    Curried Pork with Rice
    Date:
    Bake from frozen at 375 degrees
    for 55-60 minutes. OR microwave
    on medium high for 5-7 minutes until hot.

    Easy Shredded Beef or Pork Enchiladas
    Date:
    Thaw in fridge. Bake at 375 degrees
    until hot and bubbly.Sprinkle with
    cheese the last 5 minutes of baking.


    Pork Machaca (Tender Pulled Mexican Pork)
    Date:
    Thaw. Reheat on stovetop or in microwave.
    Serve in warm tortillas.



    Last edited by JillAZ on Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:52 am, edited 1 time in total
    Chef Rhanda5
    Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:51 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much for the single serving meal plan - I don't often find recipes geared for one or two people. It would be nice to find more recipes that can be easily halved for one or two servings.
    Chef Dula
    Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:43 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am in awe and amazed! I was just looking around, and came across oamc & wondered what the heck it was, well I found out. Someday I hope to give it a try. Thank You for all Your hard work and time you have put into this. With admiration, Dula
    KrisGoodNews
    Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:20 pm
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    Wow, this forum looks as good as buying the OAMC book! I just sent it to my friends who are interested in OAMC, and I can't wait to try this treasure trove of recipes. I have been doing it for 4 years, (goodness, am I that old? icon_surprised.gif ) and I won't ever go back. Can I contribute some tips? One of my favorite is to set things outside on the back deck during winter weather (in a snow drift if available) to cool them between stages or before packaging/freezing. It frees up your refrigerator. Of course, be wary of the passing dog or wild animal if that's a possibility. (A passing dog once got half a pot of my mom's chili, and we always wondered what condition he arrived home in. . . icon_lol.gif ) An ice bath in your large cooler or bathtub, or the garage floor in winter works well, too. The faster food passes through the freezing stage, the higher quality it will be. Another tip is to freeze any leftover minced garlic or chopped onions in a thin layer in a ziploc. They can be easily broken up and used in future recipes as needed. You may want to double bag them to avoid their aroma from tranferring flavor to other items in your freezer.
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