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This is one of my family’s favorite ways to use up turkey leftovers. Freezes ahead great, too! It’s from my original Frozen Assets book under the 10-Day Holiday Meal Plan.
(Makes two casseroles)
I’ve found that cooling the manicotti shells completely before stuffing them makes the stuffing process much easier than attempting when the noodles are hot. I’ve also discovered that using a long-handled infant feeding spoon with a tiny bowl works perfectly for stuffing the shells.
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 cups cooked chopped or shredded turkey
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 cups tomato sauce or 2 jars (15 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
- 16 manicotti shells, cooked until just barely soft
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the turkey for 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the ricotta, black pepper, Parmesan cheese, green onions, parsley, rosemary, and eggs. Mix well.
- Cover the bottom of two(2) 9″x12″ baking pans with 1 cup tomato sauce. Stuff the manicotti shells with the turkey mixture, and place them in the baking pans. Pour in the remaining sauce. Cover the baking pans with foil. Label them, and freeze (if you wish to bake at a later time).
- Thaw the frozen meal in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- To serve, sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the manicotti. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes, or until bubbly and hot in the center.
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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
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If you suffer a power outage, keep your freezer closed! Little or no thawing should occur within the first twelve to twenty hours.
If you know a storm’s heading your direction, fill empty milk jugs with water and freeze them solid before the power goes out. A full freezer will stay frozen longer than a partially empty one.
A simple way to know if things have thawed and perhaps refrozen during a power outage is to put a bowl of ice cubes into the freezer prior to a problem. If the ice cubes have melted and become just a bowl of water (or refrozen into a bowl of ice), you’ll know that the contents of your freezer have experienced the same thing. Your frozen goods would no longer be safe to eat in that case. Continue reading
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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 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!
Deborah Taylor-Hough, author of the bestselling Frozen Assets cookbook series
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