Baked Pork Chops Puttanesca

Baked Pork Chops Puttanesca

Pork Chops Puttanesca is another one of those simple meals that practically cook themselves in a large baking dish.   The ingredients can be combined the night before and the pork chops allowed to marinate in the tomatoes, herbs, and spices.  This helps your Pork Chops Puttanesca to be more tender.    It’s a simple and delicious meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight.

chicken boiled in teriyaki sauce

Freezer Teriyaki Chicken

Last week, I published my recipe for Teriyaki sauce.  This week, I want to share some of the ways I use that recipe to make Teriyaki Chicken.   It’s not uncommon for me to put all of the teriyaki sauce ingredients into a zip top bag before adding chicken.  I put this bag into the freezer so that I have ready made teriyaki marinated chicken which can be cooked in a variety of different ways. One of the easiest ways to prepare this chicken is on the stove top. Put the chicken along with the marinade into a large diameter pan […]

barbecued chicken on a plate

Freezer Marinated Barbecued Chicken

This is a simple and delicious chicken recipe that I make frequently.  The process is very simple, and the final product is very tasty.  I prefer using boneless chicken breasts when I cook it on the stove and bone in pieces when I make it in the crockpot. This recipe is versatile because it can be cooked immediately, but if you want to do this ahead, all of the ingredients can be placed into a zip top bag and stored in the freezer then thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours before beginning with the cooking process.  (Sauteing the onions […]

french dip sliders

French Dip Sliders

This is the story of  a recipe from the make ahead freezer meals that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago.  This is specifically about the  French dip sandwiches that you cook in the crock pot.  The recipe came from Six Sister’s Stuff. The last time I made these French dip sandwiches, my family complained that they didn’t have enough flavor.  I mentioned in my earlier post that I planned to add chopped garlic or onion to the broth the next time I made them, but I came up with an entirely different idea.  The new idea didn’t require any […]

Make Ahead Meals

By now, everyone who comes here knows that I really like to make things simple.  One of the ways I do that is to have some make ahead meals in my freezer that we can use when life gets hectic.  Without planning ahead, we quickly resort to fast food runs to solve the nightly dinner dilemma.  Without leftovers, this often leads to buying lunch the next day.  One week, a hectic life, without planning ahead, resulted in spending $259 on take out.  That is more than  twice what I allocate as a weekly grocery budget for my family of four. I have […]

Cutting out Take Out

Cutting Out Take Out

One of the biggest challenges faced by someone who is trying to build up a well stocked pantry is figuring out what to store.  One of the simplest rules to follow when storing food for future use is to remember to store what you will eat.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to keep track of what you ate as well as when you ate out and why.   Lets start with the list of when you ate out and the reason.  This may seem counter-productive, but statistics say that fifty percent of American meals are eaten away from […]