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Fill the Freezer - Basics to Freeze
Our next Made at Home series with Becca Stackhouse from the University of Georgia will help you fill your freezer with good, nutritious options for meals at home!
by Katie Cullum
How would you like to have meals ready to cook every night? But you don't want to
pay a small fortune, OR gets tons of extra sodium in the process. You can fill your
freezer with healthy meals at a fraction of the cost that you'd pay for those sodium/fat-laden
meals at the store! We'll help you.
Today, we're talking about the basics of freezing - measuring, food safety, and packaging.
Check out the video for all the details, along with the food demo (which also goes
along great with the Slow Cooker post)!
1 cup onion, sliced
1 cup bell pepper, sliced
4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 jar (about 25 ounces) spaghetti sauce, low-sodium or heart-healthy
1 can (about 15 ounces) diced tomatoes, no added salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Half of 1 lb. box of whole-grain pasta, cooked *not needed until day of cooking
Makes 4 servings. Serve over cooked pasta with a side salad.
To Use: The day before cooking, move bag to refrigerator to thaw completely. Place contents
in a slow cooker, then cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. (*The safe internal
temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit). Serve over cooked pasta.
Nutrition Information per serving: calories 520; total fat 8g; sodium 130mg; total carbohydrate 68g; fiber 6g; protein 49g.
Tip: Use an empty coffee can or wide mouth half gallon Mason jar to hold the bag upright
while filling it with ingredients.
Freezing Cooked Food for Future Meals: Freezer Bag Tips from the University of Nebraska Extension