Thankfully, our whole family of three share the same rhythm of the school year schedule, though I start a little later than the two of them. Brian's a chemistry professor, Katie's in middle school, and I substitute at local elementary schools. Once September hits us, life comes at us hard with school, studying, exams, sports, meetings, etc. It really helps to have some pre-made meals ready to defrost and cook.
So instead of partying by myself, I cooked. I've been cooking up a storm, trying to re-fill the freezer from the Big Thaw of '08. Over Labor Day weekend chicken was on sale at Albertsons...at the best price I've seen all year: $1.69 for regular boneless, skinless breasts OR $2.69 for the hand-trimmed ones. *I* get the hand-trimmed ones. It is SOOOOOOOOO worth it not to have to de-gunk all that chicken. I buy it and use it as is. It's a laborious chore that I am happy to pay someone else to do. I made three trips to the store, buying 30-50 breasts at a time.
What did I do with all that chicken? I stocked my freezer with:
- Barbequed Herb Mustard Chicken
- Sesame Chicken Bites (new recipe)
- Chicken in Asian Marinade (new recipe...all ready for stir frying)
- Chicken Sate
- Grilled Herbed Chicken (with fresh herbs from the garden)
- Jerk Style Chicken
- 2 C bags of cooked, shredded chicken (for enchiladas, casseroles, etc.)
- Bags w/4-6 chicken breasts in each (ready for new recipes)
- Beer & Brown Sugar marinade w/sirloin steaks (OK, not chicken, but found this at a decent price as well...)
Next post...the whole plan....so you can shop one day, prep the second, and assemble & freeze on the third.