Saturday, March 03, 2007

Let the freezer cooking begin!

I am going to do something different for when the new baby comes. I hope to have my freezer stocked with meals ready to thaw and heat. I have a wonderful friend that works full time with 3 kids and she does this monthly. I am going to try to double recipes that I make over the next few months and freeze a portion to have when I don't have time to cook. Phylliese has some wonderful recipes that she let me borrow that work great for freezer cooking. The first one was a BIG hit.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna

makes 3- 8X8 pans
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C. chicken broth
1 lb. lasagna noodles (no boil required kind)
1/2 lb. shredded ham
1 T. dried parsley

1 C. butter or margarine
3/4 C. flour
3 C. milk
2 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 C. chicken broth, reserved
1 C. grated parmesan cheese

Cook chicken in pot with 1/2 c. broth and enough water to cover breasts. Cool and cut into bite size pieces. Save broth.

Make sauce: melt butter or margarine. Add flour. Cook and stir slowly. Add milk, cream, and reserved broth. Cook until boiling, stirring constantly. Add cheese and parsley.

Grease 3 8X8 pans. Spread a little sauce in the bottom and layer noodles, sauce, chicken, and ham. Repeat 3 times ending in sauce. I sprinkled a little more parsley on the top for looks.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes until bubbly.
Wrap tightly with press and seal and put into a 1 gallon freezer bag. Label with date and directions. Thaw frozen lasagna when ready and cook for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees until bubbly. ENJOY!


Kim said...

This sounds great, Audrey! I'm totally going to freeze some meals in the next couple months--if I can clear some space in my freezer, that is!

Anonymous said...

It's also a great time (having a new baby) to enjoy people pampering you and BRINGING you some of those yummy meals!! Although I have to say I got really sick of stew, I LOVED getting meals!!