I actually did lots of cooking this weekend, but most of it went straight in the freezer! Once it's defrosted, cooked and consumed I will post the recipes on here.
This evening I made 3 dishes of Shepards Pie - 1 to eat and 2 for the freezer. Here's the recipe I used:
Shepherd's Pie Freezer Cooking Recipe
Can easily double or triple to make multiples for the freezer.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 carrots, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1 tbsp flour
1-1/4 cups beef stock (use chicken stock if using ground turkey instead of beef)
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp thyme
1 lb cooked ground beef or turkey (PLEASE NOTE: COOKED turkey. Good to note before you get started...)
1 1/2 lbs mashed potatoes (i didn't add any of the stuff below to my potatoes, just some skim milk)
2 tbsp butter, softened
3 tbsp cream
1 egg, slightly beaten (for cooking day) (didn't use this)
In medium saucepan, heat oil and fry onions and carrots until soft. Add flour, creating a paste, cooking for one minute. Add ketchup, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper, bringing to a boil. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then add ground beef or turkey, simmering until heated through. Add to foil disposable casserole. In a separate bowl, combine mashed potatoes with butter and cream, then top meat mixture with it. Cool and freeze. If you have a small family, split into two casseroles instead of one.
Thaw overnight in fridge or 4-5 hours at room temperature. Brush top with egg (optional). Preheat oven to 425F and bake for 20-30 minutes (if you split into two casseroles, cooking time may be shorter).
The garlic toast was also special! We often just have pasta or soup or salad for dinner but rarely have any bread to go with it. I found this recipe for make ahead garlic toast and just did the bare essentials. I got a loaf of french bread and cut it into 20 pieces. With margarine, I mixed garlic powder, onion powder and some fresh pressed garlic. I spread it on each piece and put them all on a baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour. They are now all in the freezer in packages of 2. When we want garlic bread all we have to do is take out a package and throw it in the oven for about 6 minutes. It tasted really good too!
MY REVIEW: Yum! Shepards pie was good with a little hot sauce and I'm excited for toast of the future.
JASON'S REVIEW: He's doing laundry but I'm pretty sure he loved it...