Beef Fajita Kit -
Slice enough meat (I used sirlion steak this time) to feed your family one meal. Toss it into a skillet with a little bit of oil and your favorite fajita seasoning. This could be a packet from the store or whatever spices are in your cabinet just whatever you are comfortable with.
Once the meat is cooked, let it cool to room temperature and then add it, along with a large onion and 2 bell peppers that are sliced into a gallon freezer bag. Place the bag into your freezer until you are ready to serve. One the day you wish to use the kit pull it straight from the freezer and pour into a skillet,. Heat this just until the meat is warm and the peppers tender. Serve with your favorite mexican rice, some tortillas, and salsa. It's a yummy meal ready in minutes.
The price of chicken just keeps rising!!! So, to cut corners and stretch my dollar farther I have stopped buying boneless, skinless chicken and switched to split chicken breasts. I can usually find these on sale for .99 cents a pound at my local stores. When I find a sale, I stock up so that I can do this....
I bake lots and lots of chicken breasts with very little seasoning. Then when it is done, I let it cool to the touch and chop all the meat off the bones. Then I put the meat into a gallon size freezer bag and store until I need it.
Or I will toss it and some green peppers and onions into a skillet with taco seasoning for yummy chicken tacos.
Whatever I use it for having the chicken cooked and cubed saves precious minutes during my normal dinner prep time.
And for after dinner....
And for those busy mornings.........
Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits*
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup shortening/butter/margarine
2/3 cup milk
Combine all ingredients just to wet. Pour onto floured counter and mix in more flour as needed. Once the dough is not sticky flatten with your hand or a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (and raisins if desired). Fold in half. Sprinkle again with only cinnamon sugar. Fold in half. Sprinkle again with only cinnamon sugar. Now, flatten out the dough to about 1/2 inch again and
cut with buscuit cutter or glass. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
*Omit the layering step and these buscuits can be made into regular buscuits. These are by far my families favorite buscuits.
Once the biscuits are baked and cooled you can put them into a freezer bag or a container and freezer. And the next morning you are in a hurry and need a quick warm breakfast grab out a biscuit or two, wrap in a paper towel and warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds (time will vary by appliance so watch it closely the first time). And enjoy yourself a nice warm breakfast on the way out the door or to the table whatever describes your day!
There you have it! Just a few ideas to help you be able to survive these busy days with a little less stress. I hope that you enjoy them and that they become some of your families favorites. For more freezer meal ideas, check out my website (just visit the freezer meals label in the right side bar).
Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes