Freezing meals to save time and money

Freezer meal recipes and tips

Lifestyles have changed since the 1950s. Today our lives are overflowing with work, soccer games, dentist appointments, and dinner. It's not always possible to prepare a meal before or in between activities. Freezing meals ahead of time is a great alternative to expensive restaurants and unhealthy fast-food. Here are some tips to help you manage your dinner table without going crazy.

Tips for Freezing Meals:

* Transfer meals from freezer to fridge the day before you plan to eat them. This allows time for safe thawing.

* Be sure to date everything, and use a first-in, first-out system.

*Storing meals in freezer bags maximizes freezer space.

* Cooking in large batches saves time and money.

Autumn Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup each onion, celery and parsnips, chopped

1-3/4 cups cooked turkey, diced

3 tablespoons flour

1/2 cup milk

1-1/2 cups sweet potato, cubed

1/2 teaspoon each rubbed sage, dried thyme, and dried oregano

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons chicken bouillon

2 cups water

2 9-inch pie crusts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Prepare vegetables and turkey.
  3. Melt half the butter in skillet over medium heat. Add all vegetables except sweet potatoes. Sauté 10 minutes.
  4. Melt remaining butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Add turkey and stir in flour. Add milk and heat through.
  5. Add sweet potatoes, herbs, seasonings, bouillon and water to vegetable mixture and bring to a boil.
  6. Stir turkey mixture into vegetable mixture. Heat through.
  7. Place one pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan. Add filling.
  8. Top with second crust and seal edges. Cut slits in top to allow steam to escape.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 25 minutes more.
  10. Let cool completely before freezing.

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