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Monday, January 10, 2011

Freezer Meal #1

When you're expecting, one of the best things you can do to prepare for your baby's arrival is to prepare some meals ahead of time for the bad days that are sure to come. Maybe they'll be early in your time home, like the first few days. Maybe you won't need them until your baby is a few weeks old or even a couple of months old. But believe me, at some point, you'll wish you had some frozen meals so that you could just pull something from the freezer and prepare it quickly and easily.

For the next few weeks, we'll post some freezer meal ideas once a week to help get you started.

Chicken Pot Pie- The Soup, Not the Pie

This recipe is really just my own. You can add or subtract as you like to make it what you want it. My numbers are estimates as I never actually measure what I'm using for this. Double it to get a freezer meal and a dinner out of it.

Ingredients:

-1 lb chicken breast (or you can use a whole chicken, just pieces of white and dark, whatever you want)
-6-8 small to medium russet or red potatoes, peeled and cut to bite size pieces
-pot pie noodles (I use about 1 egg to 1 cup of flour, more or less and do about 3-4 eggs)
-saffron
-salt and pepper to taste
-some extra chicken stock, broth, or bouillion cubes

Directions:

1. Boil chicken in a pot of water until cooked through. Remove from water and then use 2 forks to flake the chicken.
2. Place peeled and cut potatoes into boiling chicken water, adding more stock/broth if necessary to completely cover the potatoes. Add saffron, salt, and pepper. Return to boiling. Continue boiling while you prepare the pot pie noodles.
3. Pot pie noodles: Break as many eggs as you'd like to use and beat well. Add flour as necessary to make a soft dough. If it's too dry, add a small amount of water. If too wet, add a little more water. Roll thin and flat, cut to the size you'd like to use. I do this step in shifts since my cutting surface is normally not large enough for the amount of noodles I like to make.
4. Add your pot pie noodles to the boiling soup; stir after every few so they don't stick together. Return to a boil, stirring regularly so as to avoid any noodles sticking to one another or the bottom of the pot. Allow to boil about 10 more minutes so all the noodles are cooked through.

-This recipe feeds my family of six. If I wanted to freeze some, I would have to completely double this.

Let me know how it turns out if you try it! My family loves it. :)

1 comment:

Jill said...

I totally meant to do this with my first, but we moved 3 weeks prior to my due date and went into labor 2 days later. It was an absolute nightmare. I'm so doing this the next time around, not just regular food, but cookies, everything I can think of. We subsisted mainly on frozen pre packaged meals and candy bars the first couple of weeks.

My mom has an awesome 'refrigerator mashed potato' recipe that I plan on putting into effect, should we get lucky again, lol. It stays good for quite a few days in the fridge and I'm sure is pretty calorie packed, good for a new nursing mom!