Aug 5, 2014

Freezer Meal Swap. Dairy Free Style.

One of the ladies in the LHAECPTA (Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association) had the fantastic idea to start a freezer meal swap. This is such an amazing idea because we are all busy moms. We want to cook homemade and healthy meals every night but between toddler tantrums and newborn feedings, some nights getting a meal on the table feels impossible!

For August one of the groups was dairy free which meant I could participate! Our group had four people, and we each made four batches of a meal so we could keep one and swap the other three. In exchange for a nap time of cooking, I left with four meals cooked and in my freezer (and one in my fridge because I actually did my recipe times five!)

 

Frozen Meals after the Swap
 

I made Mexican Haystacks, a simple yummy meal that freezes well.

 

Ingredients (To make one meal. Remember I did this x5!):

 

RICE
2 cups cooked rice. This time I did plain white minute rice. I would love to experiment and try to make a cilantro lime brown rice is the vein of the brown rice at Chipotle.

MEAT
1.5 pounds ground turkey
1.25 cups onion, chopped (1 large onion)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste (recipe calls for 1/8 tsp of each)
4 cups salsa (I like to use chunky salsas)

-- Brown the meat and onions. Add in seasonings. Combine well. Add in the salsa. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Or more. I simmered mine closer to an hour to get the texture and consistency I wanted.

8lbs of turkey.
20 cups of salsa.
Testing the limits of my pot!
 

TOPPINGS
1-2 avocados, chopped
1-2 red peppers, chopped (Or if you go to the store late at night on Sunday and they are out of red peppers, go ahead and buy a combination of yellow and orange peppers. Whatever.)
1-2 ripe mangoes, chopped (Casey couldn't find mango at the store. And I didn't want to cut 10 mangoes. Maybe it was good he couldn't find them. So peaches it was!)
fresh cilantro for garnish

Pretty peppers. Imagine they are red.
I love avocado. Like love.
And want to eat this whole bowl.
Eight delicious avocados (all Kroger had late at night on a Sunday!)
-- Chop all of the toppings. To freeze I combined all of them into one bag. If you are making this fresh, it would be fun to keep all of them separate and let everyone assemble their own haystack.

 

Chopped fruits and veggies combined in one bag.
 

Packaged and labeled.
 

Instructions to reheat and prepare.
 

Pretty packaging.
 

The bags Casey bought were storage not freezer.
So my cute packaging got thrown into a big freezer safe ikea bag.
 

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