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Inspired by a sweet and sour meatball sauce recipe in Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, I made these:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe - perfect as an appetizer, or serve on noodles.

They were great as fingerfood on toothpicks, but would also be tasty served on a bed of noodles! Of course you can always make the meatballs without the sweet and sour sauce, and serve them with spaghetti and red sauce. Here’s what I did…

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 c. Italian-style Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. steak sauce
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1-2 Tbs. orange marmalade
  • optional: cornstarch (if needed for thickening)

MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, Panko bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 c. of the chopped onion. Shape mixture into meatballs; approximately 1-2 inches each. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

WHILE MEATBALLS BAKE, MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, heat oil on med-high heat, then add 1/2 c. onion, and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add broth, ketchup, steak sauce, pineapple, and marmalade. Bring to a boil, and cook a couple more minutes. If too thin, add a little cornstarch a teaspoon or so at a time until desired thickness. Strain sauce into a bowl with a mesh colander, and discard “pulp” mixture left behind in the strainer.

TO SERVE: Dip meatballs in sauce, and place on serving dish or on noodles.

Buffalo Chicken & Feta Rolls – topped with shredded mozzarella and baked (not fried)!

One of my favorite Crock Pot recipes is an easy four-ingredient Buffalo Ranch Chicken.

I recently wrapped some of this delicious slow cooker buffalo-y goodness with some cheese into some egg roll wraps and baked ’em. Verdict: delicious! Instead of egg roll wraps, you could also use the smaller won ton wraps, for a bite-size version.

Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Roll Wraps with feta and mozzarella

Buffalo Chicken & Feta Rolls

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine chicken, sauce, and ranch mix in CrockPot. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Approx 30 mins before serving, add butter, then shred the chicken with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400°F while you prepare the egg roll wraps. Place a spoonful or two of chicken on each wrap. Top each with feta, then fold as pictured (wet your finger with a little water to make a “glue” to seal the edges).

Place wraps on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (or covered in foil) then bake for 12-15 mins, or until they start to crisp and brown. One to two minutes before removing from the oven, sprinkle each roll with mozzarella.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe - with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Rolls Recipe - with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried in egg roll wrappers.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Roll Wraps with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Guess what we had for dinner? Another freezer meal – shocking! Ha. 🙂

This time was French onion crusted pork chops and they were really tasty. I wasn’t sure if they would do ok in the freezer, but they were delicious. Here’s what I ended up with:

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Make a double batch and freeze the extras!

recipe adapted from Paula Deen y’all!

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

If preparing right away…

Preheat oven to 400F.

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

If freezing for later…

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops in a gallon freezer bag, labeled with a permanent marker, and freeze.

To prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge. Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400F for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Freezer friendly. Quick easy AND delicious.

As you can tell from this blog, I looove me some freezer meals. Our basement freezer was almost empty (gasp!) so I made 10 freezer-friendly recipes to stash away for our weekend meals. It took A LOT of time, but I figured it was worth it since I could buy everything at once, make a big mess in the kitchen at once, and then not have to worry about weekend meals for a long time.

Don’t have a lot of room in your freezer? You could always give some of these to families with a new baby, someone who’s having surgery, or even invite some friends over for a prep party. Split up the ingredients so everyone buys what you need, then make a day of making all the recipes (optional: add some wine to your shopping list! 🙂 )

 

shop once make 10 freezer recipes: includes a giant list of all the supplies and ingredients you need. Makes 2 lasagnas, 2 fiesta chicken, 3 brats & kraut casseroles, buffalo ranch chicken, 15 individ burritos, cheesy ranch pork chops, 3 chicken taco soup, 5 loaded baked potato soup, 3 chili, and 2 meatloaves.

Here are the 10 recipes I made (and qty of batches I ended up with):

Creamy Onion Lasagna (2)

Fiesta Chicken (2)

Turkey Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Casserole (3)

Buffalo Ranch Chicken (1)

Individual Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos (15)

Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops (1)

Chicken Taco Soup (3)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (5)

Best Ever “No Recipe” Recipe Chili (3)

Mother-in-Law’s Famous Meatloaf (2)

And here’s the ginormous list of ingredients and supplies I needed.

First I stopped at the dollar store and stocked up on freezer bags, foil pans for the casseroles, spices like chili powder, and a few canned veggies like corn, beans, and tomatoes. Then I went to the grocery store to finish up the rest of my shopping list.

10 Freezer Meal Shopping List

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DAIRY
16 oz cottage cheese
16 oz French onion dip
3 packages of cream cheese
6 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 c. shredded Swiss cheese
4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. cream
2 sticks butter
6 eggs
SPICES/SEASONING
Kosher salt
chili powder
garlic powder
1 packet taco seasoning
2 envelopes dry Ranch dressing mix
cornstarch, if needed, to thicken soup

 

PRODUCE
minced garlic in a jar
4 cloves garlic (or just used minced jar)
2 onions
1 bunch green onions
7 large potatoes

 

MEATS
1 lb. ground turkey
2 lbs ground beef
5 turkey bratwursts
4-6 pork chops
approx 4-6 lbs. chicken breasts

 

BOXED PASTA
4 c. uncooked penne pasta
2 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles

 

CANNED GOODS
2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
4 or 5 cans of tomatoes for chili (various types: stewed, diced, chopped, Italian-style, etc)
2 cans black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can refried beans
3 or 4 cans of beans for chili (variety of black beans, kidney beans, chili beans, red beans, etc)
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can green enchilada sauce
16 oz sauerkraut, drained
1 can (10-12 oz) chicken breast
2 jars (approx 16 oz ea) of salsa

 

SOUPS
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cans Cheddar Cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
11 c. chicken broth (or bouillon cubes to make broth)
2 envelopes onion soup mix

 

FOR STORING/FREEZING/LABELING
permanent marker
two 9×13 foil pans
three 8-in square foil pans
freezer-safe soup containers (I used 11 alltogether)
paper towels (I used 15 individual paper towels to wrap burritos),
roll of heavy duty foil
pop-up foil wrappers (for individual burritos) OR just use roll of heavy duty foil
gallon freezer bags (I used 20 alltogether)
jumbo 2.5 gal storage bags (I used 3 alltogether)

 

CONDIMENTS
2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
2 Tbs. yellow mustard
12 oz bottle Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce
1/2 c. ketchup

 

MISC
16 crushed saltines
15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
slow cooker liners

 

OPTIONAL IDEAS… for when you eat the recipes, so I wait to buy these (or get the non-perishables now and the fresh items later):
Individual burrito toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes
For chili: bread bowls, toppings such as sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, Fritos/corn chips
For loaded baked potato soup: bread bowls, toppings such as bacon bits, sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, chives
For buffalo chicken sandwiches: buns, toppings such as provolone cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Ranch dressing, feta, blue cheese. For buffalo chicken salads: shredded lettuce, Ranch dressing, onions, tomatoes, feta, blue cheese.
Toppings for chicken taco soup: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado

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I split the preparations into two groups. The first day I made:

The second day I made:

 

Shop once, make tons of awesome freezer meals. Great variety of lasagna, soups, individual burritos, casseroles, chicken, pork chops, and more.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to let me know! This was a big project and I’m sure I left out something or need to tweak some instructions, etc! 🙂

Want more freezer inspiration? Here are some other make-ahead recipes:

Individual Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Braided Pepperoni Pizza

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Greek Marinated Chicken

Ceddar Ranch Chicken

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

Crock Pot Garlic Ranch Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Kickin’ Buffalo Lime Chicken

Crock Pot Citrus Chicken

Crock Pot Garlicky Goodness Honey Mustard Chicken

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

Cheesy Pork Chops and Potatoes

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

3-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

I made two lasagnas and froze them, though you could always prepare one right away, and freeze the extra.

Creamy Onion Lasagna - makes 2 batches. FYI 1 sauce in the photo but need 2. Part of shop once make 10 freezer recipes.

Creamy Onion Lasagna

MAKES Two 9×13″ pans of lasagna — 12 servings each

Adapted from Taste of Home Ultimate Meals from the Freezer Magazine (page 49)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 16 oz French onion dip
  • 2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce – FYI I accidentally used just 1 in the photo, but you need 2 😉
  • 24 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • Two 9×13 baking pans (I used the foil type)
  • If freezing: heavy duty foil, permanent marker, plastic wrap, jumbo storage bags (a 9×13 pans fit into a 2.5 gallon bag perfectly)

WHAT YOU DO:

Cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl then add 1 jar pasta sauce, eggs, cottage cheese, and dip.

Spread a layer of sauce from the unopened jar in each of the 9×13 pans. Add a layer of noodles on each, then the meat mixture, and cheese. Repeat layers, alternating the noodles, meat mixture, and cheese until pans are full.

If preparing right away: Bake 50-60 mins at 375F or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 mins before cutting.

If freezing:  Wrap in foil and plastic wrap/jumbo storage bag. Label with a permanent marker as pictured, and store in freezer. To use, thaw in fridge overnight. 30 mins before baking, set out. Preheat oven to 375F and bake 50-60 mins (or until internal temperature is at least 165F), until golden brown and bubbly.

Creamy Onion Lasagna - makes 2 batches - freezer friendly

Creamy Onion Lasagna - my little helpers

Creamy Onion Lasagna - freezer friendly - just mix up and freeze unbaked - then bake in the oven when ready

Creamy Onion Lasagna - freezer friendly - just mix up and freeze unbaked - then bake in the oven when ready

Best Lasagna EVER - secret ingredient is French onion dip. Includes freezer instructions - make 2 and freeze the extra. Throw all of your other lasagna recipes away! :)

Have a little more time to make an awesome lasagna with a homemade red wine sauce? Try this…

Italian Red Sauce - so easy and fresh and homemade - includes an awesome lasagna recipe - I make giant batches and freeze for later

Best lasagna recipe ever - includes freezer instructions - Not sure why but they always taste better the next day as leftovers!

I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need.

Here’s a healthy-ish one: Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups.

spinach lasagna roll-ups

WHAT YOU NEED:

9 lasagna noodles, cooked and excess water removed
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, partially thawed
15 oz low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper, to taste
1 jar of pasta sauce
3 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

WHAT YOU DO:

In a bowl, mix together the spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt & pepper. Lay out a piece of waxed paper and lay the lasagna noodles out flat on top of the waxed paper. Divide the spinach mixture evenly on each noodle (approximately 1/3 of a cup each). Roll the noodles then place seam-side down. After you have finished all of the rolls, flash freeze them on a baking sheet for 30 minutes, then transfer to a gallon freezer bag. Label with a Sharpie and freeze.

To prepare: Preheat oven to 350F. Place a small amount of pasta sauce on the bottom of a foil-lined baking dish. Put a roll-up on top, then top with more sauce. Add mozzarella cheese and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 30-60 minutes (depending on the amount of rolls, and until cheese melts).

recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com

lasagna roll-ups I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups: I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups: I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups: I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need. I love recipes that can be frozen into individual portions, so you can make only the amount you need. spinach lasagna-roll ups spinach lasagna roll-ups

I needed a couple of avocados for a recipe, and ended up with an entire bag of ’em (thanks, Costco, lol). I decided to use the rest in some homemade guacamole. I combined just a few simple ingredients and came up with this:

fast & fresh & easy guacamole

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 ripe avocados, sliced and mashed

3 cloves garlic, minced

lime juice (I used 2 Tbs. bottled)

2 Tbs. onion, chopped

Kosher salt, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve with chips.

add baking soda to water when hard boiling eggs to help shells peel easier

I read on Pinterest that if you add baking soda to the water when hard boiling eggs, it will make the shells easier to peel. I tried it and it really works! I was afraid the dye might not stick to the eggs so I rinsed them after they were done just in case, and the dye worked like normal.

Here’s how I hard-boiled this year’s batch of Easter eggs:

Place 12 eggs in a large pot, then fill with COLD water, until eggs are covered by at least 1-2 inches of water. Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda.

Bring to a ROLLING boil then cover with lid and remove from heat.

Let stand 17 minutes.

Remove eggs with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice and cold water for 15-20 minutes. The cold water helps the yolks stay yellow and not make a green ring on the white part. After cooled, rinse to remove any baking soda residue.

Set water aside and after it’s cooled, use for watering plants or your garden since the water has calcium and minerals from the eggs.

Another tip: sprinkle crushed egg shells in garden soil to deter slugs and snails, since they won’t want want to crawl over the sharp edges.

After we dyed our eggs we used them for lunch: Deli-Style Egg Salad

Easter 2013 – We used our dyed eggs for a batch of Deli-Style Egg Salad.

I love egg salad with yellow mustard and onions, both of which are in this version.

deli style egg salad

The measurements for the mayo, mustard, and onion are approximate, since I mixed everything together to taste. Literally, to taste, ha 😉 I also added a little extra mayo to make it creamier than usual.

MIX TOGETHER:

egg salad