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!):
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.
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!
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!)
|Chopped fruits and veggies combined in one bag.|
|Packaged and labeled.|
|Instructions to reheat and prepare.|
|The bags Casey bought were storage not freezer. |
So my cute packaging got thrown into a big freezer safe ikea bag.