Time Saving Meals

Here’s a quick link to some of my favorite time saving meals:

1. Healthy Eating While at Work
2. Bran Muffins
3. Slow Cooker Chicken
4. Freezer Friendly Meals
5. Rum Glazed Salmon
6. Slow Cooker Ham
7. Baked Cheese Cappelletti
8. Classic Macaroni Salad
9. Brown Sugar Meatloaf
10. Best Ever BBQ Hamburgers
11. Chicken Noodle Soup
12. Double Duty Cookies

Stay tuned, more to come!
What are some of your favorite time saving meals.

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Slow Cooker Chicken

If you’re looking for a quick, simple and healthy go to meal for supper, this is it!
I usually watch the sales for the whole chickens and stock up. Unless you have a large family, I tend to be able to make two meals out of a whole chicken. Keep it simple of flavour it up. You can put the whoe chicken in the slow cooker frozen in the morning and come home from work to a delicous cooked chicken. Add some quick cooking egg noodles and some steamed veggies and dinner will be on the table before you know it.

4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup onion, chopped (optional)

Mix all the spices together in a small bowl.

Pour 1 cup of water over the frozen chicken, this will allow the spices to stick to the chicken. Place the lid on the slow cooker, set to cook for 10 hours or on low and run out the door for work. Let your slow cooker do the rest.

whole-chicken-in-crockpot

Slow Cooker Ham

hamI’ve always used my slow cooker to cook my hams. It makes it easy to cook for a week night dinner, or when you’re expecting company. Buy a pre-cooked ham and try one of these variations.

Beer Ham

Place the ham in the slow cooker, and add a bottle of beer of your choice. Top up the liquid to half way up the ham by adding water.

Honey Garlic Ham

Place the ham in the slow cooker. Add water until half way up the ham. Drizzle honey across the top of the ham and sprinkle with garlic powder.

Cook on low heat for 8 hrs.

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Baked Cheese Cappelletti

This is a fantastic and super easy meal to make. This meal freezes extremely well and can be kept for months in the freezer.

INGREDIENTS:
1 pkg Ravioli, cheese
1 pkg Cream cheese, softened
1 jar Spaghetti sauce
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Other types of cheeses

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the ravioli on the stove as per directions. In a casserole dish, heat the marinara sauce in the microwave slightly. Stir in a handful of freshly chopped parsley. When the ravioli is cooked, add cream cheese to the warm marinara sauce and add the hot ravioli (drained) to the casserole dish. The hot pasta will help melt the cream cheese to incorporate with sauce.

When sauce, cream cheese and pasta is well mixed, layer the cheeses on top. Put as many types of cheeses as you like.
If you’re going to freeze the meal, this is the point to seal it up well to prevent freezer burn. Other wise proceed to cook it.

Put in oven at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Note: Ravioli can be substituted for any type of stuffed pasta.

cheese cap

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Freezer Friendly Meals your Family will Love!

_DSC2813Every August I feel the need to stock pile food in my freezer for the winter. Maybe it’s the impending school year, maybe a need to be ready for the snowy winter months to come. Truthfully, you can do this any time of year you want to get ahead of the game. This is usually a 2 weekend process as tackling this over the course of 1 weekend would be completely insane.

I have a full up-right freezer that I like to get cleared out for the stock piling to begin. The first weekend I will go through all the food that is in the freezer. I tend to like to do this at least once a month anyhow. I will take an inventory of what is in my freezer and write it on a list. That way when it comes time to plan for meals, I know what I have in my freezer. I’ll throw out any freezer burnt mystery meat, defrost the entire freezer and clean it out well. Now it’s ready to be loaded full of yummy meals you can make ahead and pull out when you’re in a rush or just plain feeling lazy.

Here are some of the meals I like to make ahead of time:
• Perogies
• Meat pies
• Shepherd’s Pie (using the left over cheesy potato from the perogies and the meat from the meat pies)
Cheese cappelletti
Lasagna
Spaghetti sauce (use this for your cheese cap or lasagna if you’re making it at the same time)
• Chili
By this time of year, this is when I use up my frozen tomatoes in the spaghetti sauce.
These meals are super freezer friendly and will definitely be a family favorite. Stay tuned for the recipes!