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    • #269064

      The container meal project
      Ok I am starting a thread for my newest venture. I have posted befor about wanting to cut gerocery costs on a small time table. My solution was to make container meals that could be easily made in little time.

      I am trying for as few premade items as posable. Meaning less box mixes they are costly. i am going to post some container meal recipes here.

      I hope others can add some ideas as well. I would love help setting up recipes to make this work.

      the recipes

      skillet Lasangna cmp mix

      Tex-mex casserole cmp mix

      Asian ramen skillet

      Jambalaya cm mix

    • #408858

      skillet Lasangna cmp mix

      mix

      1/4 C. plus 2Tbs. instant dry milk

      2tbs. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch

      2 tsp chicken or beef bouillon

      1/4 tsp. basil

      1/4 tsp. thyme

      1/4 tsp. pepper

      1 tsp parsley flakes

      1/2 tsp garlic powder

      1/4 C. dried minced onion

      1/4 C. parmesan cheese

      3 C. egg noodles

      to cook:
      1 mix

      1 lb ground beef or turcky

      2 C. water

      1(16oz.) can tomato sauce

      2C. mozzarella cheese

      Brown meat, and drain. Add mix,watter,tomato sauce. bring to boil , reduce heat and simmer 15 min stirring untill thick.

      serve toped with cheese.

    • #408861

      Can the items be from a container in the freezer? If so I can help you with some freezer meals that cost between $3.00 and $6.00 to feed a family of 3 for at least 2 meals (with good size portions and not too many calories). I will wait to post them until I know!

    • #408862

      Tex-mex casserole cmp mix

      mix

      1C rice

      2 tbs chicken bouillon

      1/3 C. dried onion

      1 1/2 tsp. chilli powder

      1 tsp. basil

      1/8 tsp cumin

      to cook:

      1 mix

      3 3/4 water

      1 tbs olive oil

      2 C choped chicken

      1 16 oz can diced tomatos. (I use the seasoned ones.)

      1/2 c shredded chedder cheese

      In skillet add olive oil and mix. Cook and stir for 2 min. stir in water.

      bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer coverd for 20 min.

      Stir in tomato and chicken and transfer to casserole dish. bake coverd at 425 for 25 min.
      add chese to top and serve.

    • #408863

      I was looking more long term. frezzer meals tend to last the month. How long are they good for??

    • #408868

      Asian ramen skillet
      quick simple and easy meal from pamperd cheff party. I am sure I can convert this but not sure it needs to be. its easy as is.

      All expireable ingreadents can be kept premeasured in baggies in the freezer. Mark your baggies.

      ingredients

      2 medium carrots, peeled & julienned
      1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
      5-6 green onions with tops, sliced
      2 lbs pork tenderloins or chicken,beef cubes, sliced into thin strips
      2 tablespoons sesame oil
      1 tablespoons Asian seasoning, mix
      4 (85 g) packages orienta, chicken, beefl-flavor instant ramen noodles
      1 tablespoon oil
      4 cups water

      directions
      1
      combine meat with sesame oil, asian seasoning mix & 2 of the instant noodle seasoning packets. mix well.
      2
      add oil to a large skillet (12″); heat over medium-high heat. add half the meat.

      cook & stir 2-3 minutes/until browned; remove from skillet & keep warm. repeat with remaining meat.
      3
      add carrots and bell pepper to skillet. cook 2 minutes/until tender crisp.
      4
      add water & remaining seasoning packets; stir to loosen browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
      5
      add noodles & white parts of onion to skillet.
      6
      cover; simmer 4-5 minutes/until noodles are softenend.
      7
      add the meat; remove skillet from heat & let stand covered 3/4 minutes (until meat is heated through).
      8
      garnish w/ green onion tops.

    • #408890

      @ShellVera777 99623 wrote:

      Can the items be from a container in the freezer? If so I can help you with some freezer meals that cost between $3.00 and $6.00 to feed a family of 3 for at least 2 meals (with good size portions and not too many calories). I will wait to post them until I know!

      ok you are holding out on me lol i want these recipes pleaseeee, you could put them in the dirt cheap recipes forum. i think it would fit well there.

    • #408963
      Quote:
      i was looking more long term. frezzer meals tend to last the month. how long are they good for??

      the standard i believe for this is that most items in the freezer will still have a fresh taste for at least six months, some items up to a year-a lot depends on how well you protect the item from freezer burn.

      i like to do a lot of freezing of the items, i don’t normally keep any item for the six months because i like to use all that i have before i purchase more.

      someone correct me if i am wrong on the freezer standard for most items.

    • #409013

      CMP also sounds similar to convenience mixes.. is there a difference?

    • #409020

      not sure. most the mix recipes I have seen are cocoa and soups and biscuts. I want to work out dinners.

      Things that keep us from going out to eat because there is little time ,we feel too tired or just plain lazy. I also want to avoid haveing to cook all day just to make that happen. I know there are the freezer sites whear you cook for two days straight and freez everything but thats about all the time I get each week and its taken up with other chores.

      I thought the meals were only good for a month though. Six monthes is better and makes the venture a more worth while one. I would be happy for those recipes.

      What about a food sealer?? I have heard If I get one that I can make some meals that can be cooked right in the bags?? that would be handy.

      maybe then they can be microwaved or put in a crock pot at work for meals?? I am still trying to solve the work meals thing. I am easy to please but I work with DH and he is a paine.

      We ended up out $60 this week in take out because I ran out of time to prepare anything and he wont do sandwiches or reheats without sulking. maybe I just need to let him sulk but then I just feel like a bad partner.

    • #409145

      there are some convenence mixes on the site that are what I mean. Thank you starsinnight !!!

      Convenience Mixes

    • #409163

      @redring 99841 wrote:

      not sure. most the mix recipes I have seen are cocoa and soups and biscuts. I want to work out dinners.

      Things that keep us from going out to eat because there is little time ,we feel too tired or just plain lazy. I also want to avoid haveing to cook all day just to make that happen. I know there are the freezer sites whear you cook for two days straight and freez everything but thats about all the time I get each week and its taken up with other chores.

      I thought the meals were only good for a month though. Six monthes is better and makes the venture a more worth while one. I would be happy for those recipes.

      What about a food sealer?? I have heard If I get one that I can make some meals that can be cooked right in the bags?? that would be handy.

      maybe then they can be microwaved or put in a crock pot at work for meals?? I am still trying to solve the work meals thing. I am easy to please but I work with DH and he is a paine.

      We ended up out $60 this week in take out because I ran out of time to prepare anything and he wont do sandwiches or reheats without sulking. maybe I just need to let him sulk but then I just feel like a bad partner.

      ok maybe i am a little confused, i see you want freezer meals but dh doens’t like reheats. i don’t know of anything you would be able to make an entire dinner without at least one item being a reheat. am i misunderstanding what you need?

    • #409170

      How about the crock pot? Fill the liner ( assuming it is removable) the night before & stick in the fridge. Next morning take out the liner & put in the pot, turn it on & off you go.

      Dinner is done when you get home or shortly after. I did that while I was working as we never ate out & the family enjoyed a hot meal every night.

    • #410242

      We are not home for lunch or dinner. Our shift is really odd. We do work togather though.

      well we are the whole shift actually. I have been trying reciped in the crock pot this last week for meals at work. We only ate out once!!!

      yay us!!! I need recipes that can be done in 4hrs or I need another crock that I can swap the liners in though. Right now sandwish lunches and crock pot dinners are doing well.

      I petitioned Dh for a food sealer too. that may also help. You can cook in the bags!!

    • #410266

      These container meals are great ideas for my kids too!! Thanks!

    • #410275

      Thanks ill post any others I find that work.

    • #410361

      Redring, I love your idea you have here. I also would love to be able to make a few thing like this for my family. Even if they have to be froze is okay.

      I agree with Kim, ours isn’t in the freezer that long, we use it up to fast to stay in there for six months. It’s just nice to know that it’s there when your ready to use it. I have a food saver, and I love it so much.

      I use it for everything. And yes you can put a bag in boiling water if you need too. I’m going to make some biscuits this weekend and freeze them so that they are there when I need them.

      My family loves biscuits, so this will be easy for me to just pop into the oven. I also am going to do redrings recipes on here to save me sometime during the week, and seal them using my food saver. Keep the recipes coming, and if can come up with one, I’ll post it also.

      Thanks Redring for the recipes, you have something good going here:)

    • #410370

      redwing,

      Six months is a good standard to stick with. That way you can stay on top of your freezer inventory and have the freshness you desire.
      If I were you I’d take a little time, when you cook and cook extra of what you are have that day ( freeze those protions ), dh shouldn’t think of this as a left over then. or when you are cooking use some of that time in the kitchen to have an extra burner going with another quickie meal..

      once you get into this type of habit , it should become a natural thing that you are doing in the kitchen. and within less then a months time, the freezer will be full.
      sounds like a good plan that you have going on too. every little bit helps..

      i like the idea of having two crockpots also..
      i’m looking forward to more of your recipes here too. like tonia said

      Quote:
      keep the recipes coming, and if can come up with one, i’ll post it also.

      .

    • #410385

      Most everything we cook we get 2 or 3 extra meals for the freezer. It is very nice for the busy days. Every morning DH says ‘what are we having for dinner?’

      I usually say go dig in the freezer. This morning (6a.m.) I said ‘before you ask-I want turkey & dressing’. And yes, we even have the gravy to go with it.

      How easy is that?

    • #410395

      LOL thats wonderfull margret!!! I do still love to cook its just time is so much a facter now. If I make a meal each night befor bed for the fallowing day I end up cooking till i need to go to bed.

      🙁 The mixes and crock pot meals are working well. now i just need to get meal planning. I think I can shorten my gerocerie list a lot that way.

      Now I just go through the store and think “That looks good ill cook that sometime. So i better get the ingreadents” Its awfull I Know.

    • #410397

      here is a faverite meal for me

      Jambalaya cm mix

      mix

      3C long graine rice

      2 1/2Tbs dried onion flakes

      2 1/2 tbs green pepper flakes

      2 1/2 parsley flakes

      2 bay leaves ( I never add so much as bay is VERRY strong to me. mabe half a leaf)

      2 tbs plus 1 tsp beef bouillon

      1 1/4tsp garlic powder

      1 1/4 tsp papper

      1 1/4 tsp thyme

      3/4 to 11/4 tsp crushed red pepper

      to make

      mix

      7 1/2 c watter

      1 20 oz can tomato sauce

      1 1/4 ccooked smoked sasage

      1 1/4 ccooked shrim ( optional)

      in large skillet combine mix, watter , tomato sauce and bring to boil.reduce heat to simmer. add meat and cook for 20 more min.

    • #411503

      I didn’t see this one when it was posted. Good one redring. I’ve tried the other mixes and they turned out great.

      I’ve seen searching as much as time will let me for more recipes.

    • #411574

      I didn’t see this one when it was posted. Good one redring. I’ve tried the other mixes and they turned out great.

      I’ve seen searching as much as time will let me for more recipes.

    • #412102

      🙂 glad you are enjoying them. We found out this week that the tex mex dish dosent do well in the crock pot. 🙁 But Dh is enjoying crock pot dinners at work.

      We had sheperds pie, tex mex chicken (got too mushy), chillie, left overs from sheperds pie and chillie.

    • #412179

      🙂 glad you are enjoying them. We found out this week that the tex mex dish dosent do well in the crock pot. 🙁 But Dh is enjoying crock pot dinners at work.

      We had sheperds pie, tex mex chicken (got too mushy), chillie, left overs from sheperds pie and chillie.

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