Between WDW vacations and visiting out-of-state family, it feels like we travel alot. A few years back, I found a method of cooking that helps put a good meal on the table when you're short on time. This is really handy when you're just back from vacation and having a hard time dealing with the real world again. I am referring to "freeze ahead" or "large batch" cooking. No matter what you call it, it's great. I love it when my freezer is full of items I can use to quickly and easily feed my family.
While this is a little off topic for a Disney blog, we're all busy all the time, so why not make life a little easier between trips?
1 pound (give or take) round steak
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pack dry onion soup mix
1/4 cup water
Sour cream to taste
Slice the round steak into strips. I like to cut mine while it's still slightly frozen so it slices more easily. Place into your crock pot. Top with remaining ingredients and stir well. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Stir a little sour cream into the portion of the mixture that you'll be eating immediately. Leave the sour cream out of the portion that will be frozen. I serve it over rice, but potatoes or egg noodles would be good too.
When you are ready to serve, open the bag a little to vent and microwave it for about a minute. Once it's thawed enough to break apart with your hands, transfer the mixture into a saucepan and heat thoroughly. Before serving, stir in a little sour cream.
Freeze ahead cooking requires a little planning but it pays great dividends. It's wonderful to know you can have a homecooked dinner on the table in the time it takes to cook rice. And since you've done all the real prep and cooking on another day, the clean-up is minimal as well. Just what you need as you're readjusting to the real world.
More recipes and tips to come...