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Please share a recipe that can be frozen for later use. Link it below via Mister Linky and leave me a comment!

With summer coming up, I suspect these cups will be a popular treat at our house. I am guessing you can change out the fruit you use for variety.

Frozen Strawberry Cups

1 (16-ounce) package frozen whole unsweetened strawberries, thawed
1 (8-ounce) can unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat strawberry-flavored yogurt
1 large banana, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons sifted powdered sugar

Place thawed strawberriesin container of a food processor or electric blender;
process until smooth.

Spoon strawberry puree into a large bowl. Add pineapple, yogurt, banana, pecans,
and powdered sugar. Stir mixture well.

Spoon 1/3 cup strawberry mixture into each of 12 paper-lined muffin pans. Freeze
until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

Tomato-Basil Meat Loaves

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!

A little late putting this up… got lost in THE wedding! LOL!

Here is a recipe for 4 small meat loaves (  2 servings each ), but I think I will make 2 family size meat loaves out of it. One for dinner and the other for the freezer.

Please share a recipe and link it below. Comments are always welcome!

Tomato-Basil Meat Loaves

3 eggs
2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
½ cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
1 cup chopped Italian plum tomatoes (3 medium)
½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
½ cup ketchup
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in all remaining ingredients until well blended. On large sheet of waxed paper, shape mixture into 4 (6 1/2×3-inch) loaves. Wrap 3 meat loaves tightly in heavy-duty foil; freeze up to 2 months.

2. Place 1 loaf in ungreased shallow baking pan; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and meat thermometer reads 160°F. Let meat loaf stand 5 minutes before serving.

3. To thaw frozen meat loaf, place in refrigerator for 24 hours, or unwrap and place on microwavable plate; microwave on Defrost about 10 minutes or until thawed. Bake meat loaf as directed above.

Makes 8 servings (1/2 meat loaf each)

I haven’t done an official Menu Plan Monday in a LONG time… but after returning from vacation, I believe it is time to get back into that habit… so here is the plan for the kids and I this week ( it is a simple plan, but allows me to use what I have )

Please feel free to check out and join in on my  Freezer Food Friday Meme.

Fettucini Alfredo ( Tuna Helper )

Trader Ming Orange Chicken over rice

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Bisque Soup

Breakfast for dinner ( Pancakes & Sausage )

Hot Dogs & Chips

Pizza from the freezer

Homemade energy bars

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!

Today I have granola bars that can be made ahead and frozen. I hope you try themout and find them enjoyable!

Homemade energy bars

Makes 12

For long storage, pack the bars in zipper bags and freeze. Remove a bar, wrap it in foil or plastic, and you will be well fueled for a run or whatever your day brings.

Butter (for the pan)

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

¾ cup loosely-packed brown sugar

½ cup natural-style peanut butter

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)

½ cup whole-wheat flour

½ cup coarsely-chopped walnuts

½ cup raisins

½ cup chocolate chips

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed for 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the peanut butter until blended. Add the banana and vanilla, mixing to incorporate them.

3. Add the oats and flour. Mix just until combined.

4. Remove the mixer bowl from the stand. With a large metal spoon, stir in the walnuts, raisins, and chips.

5. Turn the batter into the pan, smoothing the top with the spoon. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool completely. Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

7. Make 3 cuts in one direction and 2 cuts in the other to form 12 bars.

Clara Silverstein.

Adapted from Susan Katcher.

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!

Today I have a recipe from Fix, Freeze, Feast a book full of recipes to prepare in bulk and stock your freezer with.

Share your recipe on your blog and link it below or share it in the comments here.  Thanks f0r coming by to participate.

Teriyaki Chicken

1 tray (about 7 pounds or 16 pieces) of chicken thighs on the bone, skin removed
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 teaspoons minced garlic (about 9 cloves)
3 teaspoons minced ginger
3 1-gallon freezer bags, dated and labeled

Rinse and divide chicken evenly among freezer bags. Combine — stirring until sugar is dissolved — soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and oil in small bowl. Divide marinade evenly over chicken. Into each bag, measure 1 teaspoon garlic and 1 teaspoon ginger. Put bags in freezer.

To cook 1 entree: Thaw entree in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place meat and marinade in ungreased baking dish. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of meat reads 180 degrees. Turn pieces twice during baking. The longer the cooking time, the thicker and stickier sauce will be.

Rich Chicken Stew

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!

It may be nearly Spring, but it still feels like winter here. Soup is a favorite food of mine. Here is a recipe that can be prepared ahead.

Rich Chicken Stew

This is delightful over egg noodles.

8 servings, generous 3/4 cup each | hours

Ingredients
•1 pound mushrooms, stems trimmed, caps wiped clean
•1/2 cup finely chopped shallots, (2 large)
•2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1/2 cup water, divided
•4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1 cup thinly sliced carrots, (1 large)
•1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
•2 bay leaves
•2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut in 2-inch chunks
•2 1/4-inch-thick lemon slices, (including peel), seeded
•1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
•2 tablespoons cornstarch
•1/4 cup whipping cream
•2 tablespoons lemon juice
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•Freshly ground pepper, to taste
•1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, rinsed under cold water to thaw
•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. Combine mushrooms, shallots, oil and 1/4 cup water in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are juicy, 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth, carrots, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil.

2. Place chicken in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and lay lemon slices on top. Turn heat to high. Carefully pour in the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a bowl; discard bay leaves and lemon slices. Skim fat and pour the juices into a large saucepan; add lemon zest. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add cream and lemon juice; stir until boiling. Return the chicken and vegetables to the sauce and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in peas and parsley. Simmered Stew variation: Total: 1 1/2 hours In Step 1, use only 1 1/2 cups broth. In Step 2, add chicken, lemon slices and lemon zest to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 45 minutes. Discard lemon slices and bay leaves. Omit Step 3. Continue with Step 4, cooking everything in the Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Tips & Notes

•Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 up to adding the peas and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, and reheat on the stovetop, in a microwave or in the oven; just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

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Today I have a breakfast recipe to share.

Mushroom, Broccoli, and Egg Cupcakes

3 tablespoons butter
6 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
1-pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
11 Eggs
1 tbsp. Dried Tarragon

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Grease the cupcake tins with a little olive oil.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter. Add the mushrooms and sauté
until they become browned and crusty on the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the cooked mushrooms to a food processor and blend until minced. (Can be
chopped by hand)

Steam broccoli for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and place in large mixing bowl.

Add olive oil and mash broccoli lightly with a fork until chunky. Add the minced
mushrooms and grated cheese.

Season with salt and pepper.

Mix well.

Fill each cupcake tin half full with the mushroom-broccoli mixture.

In a bowl, beat the eggs with a splash of water until light and fluffy. Season with Tarragon.

Pour batter into the cupcake tins until about three quarters full.

Bake the cupcakes for approximately 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Can be stored in refrigerator or can be frozen.

Yield: 10 Cupcakes

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