Here’s what’s in my freezer right now:
• a zip bag of chopped onions If I’m in a hurry, or the recipe calls for only a little bit of onion, I can use these. Frozen chopped onions work for any recipe that’s going to be cooked. If the onion needs to be fresh, I start with a new one. Then what I don’t use goes into the bag.
• zip bags of chopped bell peppers, green, yellow, and red See above.
• a zip bag of sliced jalapeños These can be diced while they’re still frozen, and then tossed into salsa, guacamole, or any other recipe that calls for fresh jalapeños.
• Calavo brand Haas avocado halves I found these at Smart & Final, and it’s so nice to be able to have guacamole or sliced avocado for a sandwich any time I want it without having to go to the store.
• zip bags of individual whole tomatoes (from a can) I have a few recipes, such as tonight’s Spanish rice, that call for only a little bit of stewed/canned tomato.
• zip bags of grated cheese: sharp cheddar, cheddar, and swiss
• zip bags of chopped pecans and walnuts Keep them in the freezer so they won’t get rancid.
• low-carb, whole-wheat tortillas
• corn tortillas
• zip bag of chopped celery
• a can of frozen orange juice concentrate I just scoop out a spoonful or two when a recipe calls for orange juice.
• a zip bag of ground flax, ready to add to all my breads, my yogurt, and other food.
• zip bags of “dollops” of tomato paste, left over from recipes that call for only 1-2 tablespoons.
• blueberries for muffins and whole-wheat pancakes
• mixed vegetables
• bananas for bread-making
and 6 more of Kaylin’s egg “muffins.”
I planned a crockpot dish today, and decided to use a recipe I got from Kalyn’s Kitchen, though I changed it from chicken to beef, using beef broth instead of chicken broth as well. Oh, my! Was that good! I’d tried making beef or chicken fajitas before, but they never came out as good as this. Thanks, Kalyn!
Beef Fajitas and Spanish Rice
1 lb. skirt steak, cut lengthwise across the grain into 4” strips
2 bell peppers, sliced lengthwise 1/2” thick
1-2 onions, sliced lengthwise
1 T lime juice
2 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1/2 t beef bouillon granules
1/2 c hot water
Place beef in crockpot; top with bell peppers and onions. Sprinkle with lime juice. Combine chili powder, cumin, salt, beef bouillon granules and water; pour over meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on Low for 6-7 hours or until tender. Serve with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.
1 T vegetable oil
1 c white rice (regular or converted, but NOT instant)
2 T chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press
2 c water
2 t chicken bouillon granules or 2 cubes
2 T chopped peeled tomato (this is where I use canned tomatoes that I’ve frozen individually)
1/3 c frozen peas or mixed vegetables
In a saucepan, sauté rice in oil over medium heat until rice is brown. Add onion and garlic; sauté another minute or so. Add remaining ingredients. Cover; bring to a boil Lower heat and simmer approx. 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
1 Haas avocado (the black pebbly skin)
2 T finely chopped onion
1/4 t garlic salt
1 T dried cilantro or 2 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 tomato, diced
1 T light or regular Miracle Whip (really!)
2 T light or regular sour cream
1 t finely diced jalapeño ( or more, if you’re brave!)
1/4 t ground cayenne pepper
1 t lime juice
Peel avocado, smash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients; stir well.
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