Frozen Assets


Mostly Vegetarian Monthly Meal Plan

SUBMITTED BY: Stephanie (reposted from A Frugal Simple Life)

MOSTLY VEGETARIAN MONTHLY MEAL PLAN (for the freezer)

Here’s one of my plans:

This is only main dishes. I always serve greens, salad, muffins, etc. to go with my meals.

Enjoy! I hope this can help someone eat a few meatless meals.

The Full Month Plan:
1. Meatless Tamale Pie
2. Popeye Pie
3. Lentil Stew Continue reading



Beating the Breakfast Rush Hour

In many families, morning is a hectic and hurried time. Frequently parents feel fortunate just to get everyone out the door fully dressed each day. Serve a hot cooked breakfast every morning? Not a chance. Breakfast (if it’s served at all) often consists of grabbing a toaster pastry and a quick glass of juice as the family runs out the door racing headlong to work and school.

I’ve discovered that taking an hour or two on an occasional weekend to prepare breakfast items for the freezer, takes much of the insanity out of the weekday morning rush. Continue reading



Marinated Lime Chicken

Here’s one of my family’s all-time favorite chicken recipes. The instructions include directions for preparing ahead of time for the freezer. So if you find chicken on sale at a good stock-up price, you can take advantage of the sale prices and have this delicious meal waiting in the freezer for a busy evening later in the month.If you want to bake without freezing first, be sure to allow at least an hour or two to marinade in the refrigerator.

MARINATED LIME CHICKEN (from Frozen Assets Lite & Easy)

6 servings

  • 6 chicken breast portions (about 8 ounces each)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 limes (or 4 tablespoons bottled lime juice)

  • 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar

  • 9 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons basil

Preparation:Squeeze limes into a medium sized bowl. Stir in vinegar, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Place chicken breast portions into labeled freezer bags. Pour lime sauce over top; seal and freeze.

To Serve:Thaw completely. Pour marinade into small saucepan. Heat to boiling. Place chicken pieces into shallow oven-proof dish. Pour boiled marinade over chicken. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through. Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh basil sprigs if available.

I hope your family likes this recipe as much as my family does!

~Debi

Deborah Taylor-Hough, author of the bestselling Frozen Assets cookbook series


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Debi’s Favorite Easter Recipe: Chicken Packets

Before three out of the four of us could no longer eat it due to assorted food allergies and sensitivities, this recipe had become my go-to meal for Easter brunch — they’re actually quite elegant looking and they taste heavenly. Continue reading



Debi’s Baked Ziti

This is one of those recipes my family can never get enough.  I remember my youngest daughter when she was about three, holding out her plate with a huge smile and asking in a sweet little voice, “More yummy noodles, Mommy?”

Always such a pleasure when the kiddos enjoy an easy meal the grown-up folks love, too.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from my book, Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month (SourceBooks). Continue reading



“Help! My Freezer’s Too Small!”

One of the most common concerns I hear about preparing meals for the freezer is this: “I only have the small freezer above my refrigerator — how can I still do a full month of cooking ahead?”

 For someone with only a fridge-top freezer, I usually recommend starting with twice-a-month cooking, or just doubling and tripling recipes as you go about your regular cooking during the week. As Continue reading



Debi’s Mix-n-Match Quick Bread Recipe

I’m always on the look out for recipes that are quick, easy, family-friendly, inexpensive and flexible. This quick bread meets all of my criteria for a budget-worthy recipe.  Plus it’s tasty and super-simple, too!  :-)

Quick Bread Tips: When making any quick bread (banana bread, zuchini bread, cornbread, etc.) be careful not to overmix.  Stir mixture until just combined or it may become heavy and too dense.  Also, be sure to bake in the center of the oven where the temperature is the most consistent.

MIX-N-MATCH QUICK BREAD (from Frozen Assets)
(Makes two loaves) Continue reading




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