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Thursday, May 21

Freezer Cooking 101 : May

Crab and Pasta Casserole

Qty
Ingredient
Directions
4 oz
Spiral Pasta
uncooked
1 cup
Onion(S)
chopped
1/2 cup
Fresh Mushrooms
sliced
1/2 cup
Green Bell Pepper(S)
chopped
2
Garlic Cloves
minced
1/2 cup
Butter
1 8 oz pkg
Imitation Crabmeat
1/4 cup
Sour Cream
1 tsp
Salt
3/4 tsp
Basil Pesto
1 cup
Cheddar Cheese
shredded

Directions:

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. 
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté onions, mushrooms, green pepper, and garlic in butter until crisp-tender. Remove from heat. 
  • Drain pasta; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in crab, sour cream, salt, and basil. 
  • Transfer to an 8 inch square baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. 
To Freeze:

  • Cover with foil and freeze.
To Bake :

  • Remove from freezer and thaw in refrigerator.  
  • Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.  
  • Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes.

Moroccan Turkey Patties & Brown Rice

Qty
Ingredient
Directions
1 lb
Ground Turkey (Lean)
2
Garlic Cloves
minced
1/2 cup
Onion(S)
chopped
1 Tbsp
Paprika
1 tsp
Cinnamon
1 tsp
Cumin
1 tsp
Allspice
2 Tbsp
Coconut Oil
1 tsp
Salt
2 Tbsp
Parsley
dried
3 cups
Brown Rice
cooked

Directions:

  • Cook brown rice according to pkg directions. 
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine turkey, garlic, onion, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, 1 tbsp coconut oil, parsley and salt. 
  • Form into 6 patties. 

To Freeze :
  • Place patties in a freezer bag with parchment paper between each patty so they don't stick together when thawing. 
  • Place 3 cups of brown rice in a freezer bag and place both patties and rice in the freezer.
To Bake :
  • Remove patties and rice from the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator.  
  • Once thawed, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the turkey patties and cook on each side until no longer pink in middle. 
  • Meanwhile, heat rice in the microwave until heated through.  
  • Transfer rice to a platter and top with the patties.

Freezer Tips

If you want your food to keep, you'll need the right supplies.  Plastic containers and foil baking pans are reusable and keep well.  Freezer storage bags are easy to store in the pantry, but you will want to double up the bags (especially if you're freezing soup).  Finally, use a good permanent marker to label the meal and date.
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