Make-Ahead Meals

My Favorite Make Ahead Meal

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Hey, this is Melissa Kirby, one of Dustin’s contributors.

A number of you asked what my favorite freezer meal is so here you go:

Chicken Satay


In a 1 gallon freezer bag, place:

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves, sliced into strips

In a mixing bowl, add:

3 teaspoons (6 cloves) pressed garlic

4 tablespoons grated gingerroot

4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup Hoisin sauce

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

4 tablespoons sesame oil (optional)

4 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Mix well.  Pour half of the mixture into the bag containing the chicken breasts.  Gently and carefully squeeze the bag to

force out any air then seal the bag.  In a 1 quart freezer bag add the remaining half of the sauce mixture.  Gently and

carefully squeeze the bag to force out any air then seal the bag.  Place the two plastic bags into a 1 gallon freezer bag gently squeezing out the air and seal it.  On the outside bag, label or write the recipe title/number and today’s date using a Sharpie marker on the bag and place in the freezer.

Leanne’s Tip: Make a note on your freezer bag to start soaking your skewers to prepare for the meal (if using wooden ones) when you start defrosting your meal.

At Time of Cooking:

Preassembled Ingredients

6 Bamboo skewers (Tip: presoaking wooden skewers keeps them from blackening when you grill!)

Cooking Instructions:

Remove preassembled Chicken Satay from the freezer and defrost. (This is a great time to start soaking skewers if needed.)  Preheat outdoor grill, indoor grill or oven broiler. Remove chicken strips from marinade; thread chicken strips onto bamboo skewers. Cook over grill, using marinade to baste chicken.

Heat reserved marinade from second freezer bag and use as sauce for chicken; serve.

Serving Suggestions: Grilled asparagus and a big salad.

Nutrition per serving: 452 Calories; 21g Fat; 34g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 115mg Cholesterol; 2122mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 Fat; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. Points: 10

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Make Ahead Meals

By | Blog, Kids nutrition, Nutrition, Uncategorized

This post is by Melissa Kirby, a contributor to Dustin’s blog.

My husband and I sent our kids off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house this weekend.  We didn’t go out for a high calorie meal and a movie.  We went to the Farmer’s Market with a large list and spent the day preparing and freezing a month and a half worth of dinners.

We find that freezer meals save us time, money, sanity and health.  At the beginning of the week I pull a few dinners out of the freezer to thaw and when we get home at night, dinner is half done.  This saves us from going out to eat or ordering pizza.  Both things that can rob us of our good health and hard earned money.

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