Freezer Meal Plan: [Recipe Review] Salsa Chicken

salsa chicken

salsa chicken

Next on the freezer meal plan is Salsa Chicken, from Six Cents.

This recipe works out to two meals of 4 servings each.

The approximate cost of each meal broke down as follows:
chicken thighs (6) – $5.50
onions – $0.50
corn – $2.10
salsa – $2.79
canned tomatoes – $1.25
shredded cheese – $2.50
black beans – $2.29
green chilis – $1.15

We omitted the taco seasoning. We didn’t miss it.

That’s a total of $17~ish for 4 servings, working out to $4.25 a serving. A little on the higher side and so far the most expensive of the previous meals I’ve reviewed this week. It did however, seem to provide larger portions than the previous meals, so there’s that at least. This took about 15 minutes to put both of these meals together.

We served this over a bed of lettuce, with tortilla chips and sour cream (not included in the cost breakdown). This was my favourite meal so far this week.

salsa chicken

salsa chicken

Leftovers are going to be fantastic on nachos.

Thank you Six Cents for this recipe.

Freezer Meal Plan: [Recipe Review] Hearth and Holm’s Mu Shu Pork

mu shu pork

mu shu pork

Tonight on the freezer meal plan is Hearth and Holm’s Mu Shu Pork. In her post about advance meal prep, there is a link detailing all of the recipes she used.

This recipe works out to two meals of 4 servings each.

The approximate cost of each meal broke down as follows:
steak – $10.35
carrot – $0.40
napa cabbage – $1.50
baby corn – $1.10
hoisin sauce – $0.75
ginger, garlic, green onions – $0.25-ish (I’m guessing)

That’s a total of $14.35 for 4 servings, working out to $3.55 a serving. A little higher than the previous meals I’ve reviewed this week. Next time I’ll wait until there’s a better sale on pork to get the price down just a bit. This took about 20 minutes to put both of these meals together.

We served this with tortillas (not included in the cost breakdown). We also added a bit of extra hoisin and some sriracha for serving. So good. The next time I’ll probably go as far as to make some green onion pancakes to take the place of our tortillas.

mu shu pork

mu shu pork

This mu shu pork recipe was a real favourite for my husband. One bite down and he declared, “I’d eat this again!”. Good sign. Definitely a good sign.

Thank you Hearth and Holm for this recipe.

mu shu pork

mu shu pork

Freezer Meal Plan: [Recipe Review] Six Cents’ Savoury Pepper Steak

pepper steak

pepper steak

Next up on the freezer meal plan this week is Savoury Pepper Steak from Six Cents. The recipes in her post were all very intriguing to me when I went looking for freezer meals. I’m excited to try the rest of the recipes on this blog too. Check it out!

Six Cents’ recipe works out to two meals of 4 servings each.

The approximate cost of each meal broke down as follows:
steak – $5.50
onion – $0.50
pepper – $1.15
canned tomatoes – $1.25
flour, garlic, bouillon powder, steak spice, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce – $0.50-ish (I’m guessing)

That’s a total of $8.90 for 4 servings, working out to $2.25 a serving. Another economical meal. This took about 15-20 minutes to put together too.

This may sound a bit funny, but I’m also pretty proud of myself getting all of these meals made. They’re all full of lots of veggies, and no fake ingredients. This pleases me greatly.

We served this over rice (not included in the cost breakdown).

It was really good! We found it quite peppery and it leaves a bit of heat in your mouth, which we like, but if you don’t want it really peppery, I’d cut back on the steak spice a bit.

Thank you Six Cents for the great recipe! Now I can’t wait to try your Salsa Chicken a bit later in the week.

I’m really starting to get quite enamoured with this freezer meal thing!

pepper steak 2

Freezer Meal Plan: [Recipe] Man Pleasing Chicken (Maple Dijon Baked Chicken) Review

man pleasing chicken 1

As you read in my earlier post, this week we’re trying to prep meals ahead we’ll be eating one this week and putting one in the freezer for after the baby arrives.

First on the menu this week is Witty in the City’s Man Pleasing Chicken. Please check out the original recipe if you’re interested. It’s basically chicken in a maple dijon rosemary sauce.

We changed the recipe just a bit. Instead of fresh rosemary, we used dried rosemary. We also added some onions, carrots, and green beans to the mix, making it a more complete meal. We did that mostly to ease in our freezer meal preparation. Instead of baking it for 45 minutes, we baked it for an hour.

The approximate cost of the meal broke down as follows:
chicken thighs (6) – $5.50
onions – $0.50
carrots – $0.35
mustard – $1.25
maple syrup – $1.00
rosemary, pepper – negligible

That’s a total of $8.60 for 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings (3 or 1.5 chicken thighs and veggies per serving), working out to either $4.30 a serving for 2 servings, or $2.15 a serving for 4 servings. That’s pretty good!

We served this with a mashed potato (not included in the cost breakdown).

For us, this worked out to 3 servings. We had two thighs and lots of veggies each, and we have the same portion saved for a lunch in the next couple of days.

We will ABSOLUTELY make this again. It was scrumptious. We’ll also keep the changes we made – the veggies were fantastic with the chicken. The only thing we’ll probably also do next time is make one and a half times the sauce. So for us, here’s how the recipe looked:

6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups frozen cut green beans
2 large carrots, chopped
3/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary
black pepper

Mix sauce ingredients together. Coat chicken and veggies with sauce. Bake (uncovered) at 450F for 1 hour.

Thank you, Witty in the City, for such a fantastic recipe! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

man pleasing chicken 2

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: March Week 2

We’re trying something a bit different this week.

In preparation for the arrival of Baby Bee, I’m trying something new to us. It’s something all over Pinterest and the internet, but we’ve never done it. This week I’m going to prepare freezer meals that can then be thawed, thrown in either a casserole dish or the slow cooker and cooked. I’m hoping we’ll find some real winners in the meals we’re going to try, that we’ll save time prepping these meals all at once, and that we’ll save a bit of cash this way too.

The meals I’m going to prep for this week are:

Mu Shu Pork (freezable and slow cooker) – hearth and home
Pepper Steak (freezable and slow cooker) – six-cents.com
Man Pleasing Chicken (freezable, then bake in the oven) – witty in the city
Salsa Chicken (freezable and slow cooker) – six-cents.com
Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole (freezable and slow cooker) – side tracked sarah

Here’s how I did this.

I checked out each of these recipes and made a super grocery list so that I’d have enough to double each of these recipes. That way we’ll have a meal for this week, and one for the freezer for later. This is how we’ll save on a lot of prep time. It’s more efficient if you can use recipes that share a lot of the same vegetables.

Mu Shu Pork – http://hearthandholm.blogspot.ca/search/label/Freezer%20Meals

Savoury Pepper Steak –

Man Pleasing Chicken –

Salsa Chicken –

Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole –

Based on these recipes, here is the grocery list I compiled (this is enough for double of each recipe). I organized the list by areas of the grocery store:

4 lbs pork roast
6 lbs chicken thighs
2 lbs ground beef
3 pounds round steak
9 carrots
3 onions
4 garlic cloves
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1/2 shredded Napa cabbage
1 bunch green onions
½ bottle hoisin sauce
2 T. grated Ginger
1/2 cup flour
2 16oz cans of Italian style tomatoes
2 15oz cans of black beans
2 cans cr. Mushroom soup
2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can Bamboo shoots
2 tbsp beef bouillon
4 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp of steak seasoning
2 tbsp of steak sauce
1 cup dijon mustard
1/2 cup Maple syrup
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
dried rosemary
1 family size frozen bag of corn
2 bags frozen chopped green beans
2 32oz bags tater tots
1 jar of salsa
1 packet of taco seasoning
4 cups of cheddar cheese
1/2 c. milk

We didn’t need to buy all of these things, since a lot of them we had in our pantry already. Tomorrow I plan on putting all of these recipes together and freezing half of them for future use. The others we’ll be trying out this week. Expect some follow-up posts this week with our results and some photos of the meals we enjoyed. I’m also really going to try to break down the cost of each of these meals.

Here is the total of what we put in our grocery cart this week (we spent about $208):

chicken thighs – huge family pack
pork roast
round steak
carrots
a pack of 6 sweet peppers
napa cabbage
2 cans of Italian style tomatoes
2 cans of black beans
can of diced tomatoes
2 cans of green chilies
1 can baby corn
steak seasoning – Costco-sized
dijon mustard
frozen corn – giant Costco bag
frozen chopped green beans
2 bags tater tots
salsa
shredded cheese – giant double pack from Costco
butter
nectarines
bananas
mushrooms
toilet paper – Costco-sized
kitchen bags – Costco-sized
crumbled bacon – giant Costco bag
5 lbs lemons
goat cheese
Coke
potato chips
goldfish crackers

If this will help us prepare a couple of weeks worth of meals, that’s not too bad. We’ll see how this experiment goes.