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Here’s a delicious risotto recipe I tried. It is creamy and delicious, with three cheeses: fontina, mozzarella, and parmesan; and a touch of white wine.

THREE CHEESE RISOTTO RECIPE:

Three Cheese Risotto Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

3 c. chicken broth
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 c. Arborio rice
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/2 c. freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. freshly shredded fontina cheese
1/2 c. freshly shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

In a saucepan, heat broth over medium heat. Lower heat a little while you prepare the rice in a large pan. (I used the back burner for the broth and the front burner for the rice so it was easy to ladle in the broth.)

Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat.

Stir in onions and cook until they are translucent, approximately 5 minutes or so.

Stir in rice just until it is coated in the butter. Do not brown.

Pour in wine and cook until wine absorbs.

Pour in one ladle of hot chicken broth.

Stir consistently until liquid is absorbed. Repeat process, one ladle at a time, until all broth has been absorbed by the rice.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses until they melt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand a few minutes. Serve.

recipe adapted from lifesambrosia.com

 

P.S. Here’s a show and tell of my new ladle, which was perfect for adding in the broth as I went: Nessie!!!

 

Have leftovers? Use them in some cheesy fried risotto goodness!

Arancini di Riso - Cheesy Risotto Balls - Delicious way to use leftover risotto!

 

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!

Here’s an easy snack I made with a zucchini from our garden: Cheesy Baked Pizza Bites

Delicious Zucchini Pizza Bites - cheesy baked goodness. Low carb and great meatless option. Can also top with veggies, or other fave pizza toppings.

WHAT YOU DO: Slice a zucchini, and place the slices on a foil lined baking sheet. Top with marinara sauce (or pizza sauce) and shredded Parmesan cheese. Broil in the oven for 3-5 mins, or until cheese starts to bubble and brown.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - slice into coins then top with pizza toppings.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - top with sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - low carb and great meatless option. Bubbly, baked, cheesy goodness.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - low carb. Add fave pizza toppings. Bubbly, baked, cheesy goodness.

Have a few extra minutes to make a similar recipe? Try this Roasted Eggplant Pizza. It has a homemade sauce, and is awesomely delicious.

Roasted Eggplant Pizza Recipe

 

I adapted some recipes from heymikiheymiki.wordpress.com and thetipgarden.com, and made a braided loaf- pepperoni pizza style. I used frozen bread dough for the crust, and pepperoni for the filling, but you can use whatever pizza toppings you like. Also, this is freezer friendly, so you can make some extras for later!

Here’s what I came up with…

YUM Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 (1-lb.) loaves of Rhodes frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/4 c. pizza sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. pepperoni slices
  • 2 c. shredded mozarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Minced garlic, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

If baking right away…

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Roll out dough into a large rectangle on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Spread marinara sauce down the middle of the rectangle.
  • Add mozzarella and pepperoni.
  • Using an oiled knife cut diagonal strips up each side of the dough, from the edge, to the sauce.
  • Fold the strips up and over the filling, alternating sides to achieve a braided look.
  • Melt butter, then stir in grated Parmesan and garlic. Brush on top of the braided dough.
  • Bake for 35 mins, or until golden brown.

If freezing…

  • Roll out pizza dough into a large rectangle on a piece of saran wrap.
  • Spread marinara sauce down the middle of the rectangle.
  • Add mozzarella and pepperoni.
  • Cut 1-inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough using an oiled pizza cutter or knife.
  • Fold the strips up and over the filling, alternating sides to achieve a braided look.
  • Melt butter, then stir in grated Parmesan and garlic. Brush on top of the braided dough.
  • Wrap in saran wrap, then in foil. Label with a permanent marker and freeze for up to 4 mos.
  • To Bake: Remove from freezer and allow to thaw in fridge. Place bread dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 375F oven for 35 mins, or until golden brown.

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

Braided Pepperoni Pizza - put a twist - literally - on homemade pizza

2 ingredient pizza dough - seriously just 2 ingredients! Customize with your fave pizza toppings or use for breadsticks, garlic bread, dessert pizza, and more.Want to try a recipe for homemade crust? This one has just 2 ingredients! Greek yogurt and self-rising flour. YUM.

 

 

Delicious Zucchini Pizza Bites - cheesy baked goodness. Low carb and great meatless option. Can also top with veggies, or other fave pizza toppings.Or how about a low carb pizza?

Use zucchini coins instead of crust!