Tuesday, January 5, 2010


These recipes are for you to make with five other friends for SIX families. Enjoy!

1. Rio Rancho Taco Meat
For tacos, burritos, taco salad, or nachos

6 med. onions, diced
9 lbs. ground beef
6 cups of mild or medium salsa
6 packages of taco seasoning
3T brown sugar
6 cans of diced green chiles
8 cloves fresh, minced garlic
1T salt
1 1/2 t pepper
1 1/2 t ground red pepper
4 1/2 cups water

Cooking day instructions: Brown onion and ground beef until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease. Add salsa, taco seasoning, brown sugar, green chiles, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper. Stir until mixed well. If you like your meat hotter, add more ground red pepper to taste. Add the water and simmer on low for 30 - 45 minutes until mixture has thickened and spices have had time to blend. If meat mixture is too thick, add more water and adjust seasonings. Cool. Freeze in meal-size portions, using freezer bag method.

Serving day instructions: Thaw meat or defrost in microwave. Heat through and serve in taco shells or soft, warm tortillas. Top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, or any of your favorite toppings.

2. Honey Pecan Chicken

36 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Marinade ~
3 cups of olive oil
1/4 cup fresh thyme, minced
18 cloves garlic, minced
1T salt
1/1/2 t pepper

Honey cream sauce ~
3/4 cup butter
1/3 cup shallots, minced
6 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cups whiskey
6 cups whipping cream
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t pepper

Serving day ~
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup flour
Olive oil

Cooking day instructions: For the chicken - mix olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place chicken breast in freezer bags, then pour olive oil mixture over chicken breasts. Freeze.

For the sauce - melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Saute shallots in butter until tender. Add orange juice and whiskey over medium heat, and continue cooking until liquid is reduced by one half. Add cream. Continue cooking until slightly thickened. Add honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cool. Freeze separately.

Serving day instructions: Thaw chicken breasts and cream sauce. Mix chopped pecans and flour together. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture. Heat a small amount of olive oil in large skillet. Pan fry chicken breasts until golden brown and cooked through. Heat sauce over low heat until warm; do not boil.
To serve, place chicken on individual serving dishes and pour cream sauce over chicken breasts.

3. Lasagna

3 (48 oz.) containers of cottage cheese
12 eggs, lightly beaten
9 cups of Parmesan cheese
39 cups basic red sauce
54 lasagna noodles, UNCOOKED
6 lbs. lean ground beef, cooked and drained
24 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking day instructions: Combine cottage cheese, eggs, and 6 cups of the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Lay 6 baking dishes before you and spread 1 1/2 cups red sauce in the bottom of each. Assemble lasagnas in layers in the following order:

Layer one ~
3 uncooked noodles
2 cups red sauce
1 cups cooked ground beef
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese mixture
1 cup mozzarella

Layer two ~
3 uncooked noodles
2 cups red sauce
1 cup cooked ground beef or whatever remains
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese mixture or whatever remains
1 cup mozarella

Layer three ~
3 uncooked noodles
2 cups red sauce or whatever remains
2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmesan

Wrap each dish entirely in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze.

Serving day instructions: Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and foil. Cover with new foil, and bake for one hour.

The recipe books Elli bought...

1. Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer...Part 1 and Part 2

2. Fix, Freeze, Feast

You can buy them all on Amazon for about $30. Good luck!

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8


Brittany said...

They all sound delish! I want to make the taco meat for sure!

I hope you had a great Holiday season!

Donna said...

These recipes sound so yummy! I think sharing the task of making dinner is such a wonderful idea! Praying for you today, Katie!

Summer said...

Sounds yummy! Now I just need to get motivated to cook! LOL :0)

southernbelle825 said...

Katie, thanks for posting this! do u think u could get the other 5 girls u cooked with/for to type out their recipes too and post them here? or did they already post and can u link to them? i would love to see what everyone else made. i have wanted to try the 'once-a-month cooking' freezer meals thing, but i get overwhelmed with thinking of trying to prepare 15 or more different meals just for my family. i'd rather do several of 2 or three things and share like y'all did.
thanks much!

Kelly said...

What good recipes. I'm no good at math, but I'm going to figure out how to make them for my family of four. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a good day!

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Thanks Katie! I am going to try to get some friends together to make these recipes! YUMMY!!!

Brunch at Saks said...

Thank you so much for these recipes! I am going to try the chicken one and taco meat today! XO

BIO said...

Try my garlic salsa on your mexican food and I bet it will taste so much better. I'll be more than happy to send you a free sample.

Lauren Kelly said...

I will definitely have to print these off!!!! :)

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing these recipes. What a motivator to start the year on some sort of structure=).

Been praying for you...

Mrs. Williams said...

These all sound really good!

Lindsay said...

Oh thank you, I cannot wait to try them! They all sound so good. We're having tacos tonight, so I may try and make rio tacos for our family.

carissa said...

thanks so much katie!!! i am always in a recipe slump because i tend to beat things into the ground, so this is so so very helpful!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Thanks Katie!

Lena Medina said...

Thanks Katie! I love the recipes from "Don't panic..." I have used many of the "dump chicken" recipes...so easy! Thanks for sharing!
God Bless!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you thank you thank you for posting these. Some girlfriends and I at church want to try this after telling them about you and this idea. Praying for you today in Indy!

Kelli said...

You are so kind to share these recipes with us!!! I can't Wait to try them out!! Hugs:)

Life with my sweeties said...

It sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try them!!!

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Thanks, Katie! That was so sweet of you to share. I bet it was a good time getting together and cooking all of it! I will definitely be using some of these. I want to try the freezer meals. With two kids in sports and two little ones, this would be the ticket for me! Hope you are having a good day.

Momofgirls said...

Just catching up on blogs, yours is always my first! You are never far from my mind. I am glad you made it through the holidays. I know it was difficult.

Still praying for you, sweet girl!

(thanks for sharing the recipes...now if only I lived near my friends that cook...)

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Sarah said...

Thats so much for giving us the taco meat recipe.I've been wanting to make it since I first read about it; it sounds so yummy!! :)

I hope you have a great weekend! ♥

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