The Big FREEZE ( the 3rd part to my FREEZE-O-RAMA CHILL-ogy) was a BIG success. I do believe this was the biggest GOODe freezer cooking day yet. I am so stoked about the recipes I have waiting for me in the freezer.
One HUGE family hit is Texas Ranch Soup.
GOODe FREEZE-O-RAMA TIP: I like cooking up a soup on freezer days for the family to eat on throughout the day and then freeze the leftovers at the end of the day.
This recipe comes from one of my new Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, Mom’s Favorite Recipes. I am IN LOVE with this cookbook. It is quickly becoming my new favorite. I got it for Mother’s Day along with Summer in the Country and Farmers’ Market Favorites.
I hadn’t even asked for this book, but when we were ordering the two I wanted, it made sense shipping-wise to get one more book… and I don’t pass that kind of opportunity up, so I opted for this one. Boy am I glad I did. You will be seeing a lot of this baby in the future. This cookbook just “gets” me… Just sayin’.
(Click on image above to bring up screen to print recipe only.)
Then added in some fresh herbs from my potted herb garden. (Don’t be too impressed. If I can grow herbs, anyone can… I have the brown thumbs to prove it! When I realized the whole plant cost the same as a handful of sprigs, I decided it was well worth the risk.)
I also tossed in some frozen spinach (1/2 cup) for a vitamin boost.
Then I returned to the recipe… well sorta
Ya see it called for 2 can “Ranch Style” Beans. Call me ignorant, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find beans that were labeled “Ranch Style”. The closest I found were “Texas Ranch” and they had jalapenos in them… This Goode doesn’t do heat, so I went safely to what I knew… “Baked Beans”–the big can.
Then two cans of diced tomatoes… I heart Red Gold
Then 1 pack Taco Seasoning
2 cans corn or the equivalent of frozen corn.
Salt & Pepper to taste and then mix’er up.
Add some shredded cheddar and a little crush tortilla chips (I like lime flavored).
Now one of Puddie’s favorite dishes!
Like I said, The BIG FREEZE was a big success. Check out what is hanging out in my freezer right now:
8 family size beef meals
8 individual size lunches
5 packs chopped onion
4 family sized poultry/pork meals
5 poultry marinade packs for grilling
- 3 Italian Chicken
- 2 Balsamic Rosemary Chicken
Whew! Did I mention I was tired?
Sure glad I don’t have kitchen clean up for another month