It’s back to school time once again, and this year is the most challenging one yet. We have 2 kids in high school, but two different high schools! What a blessing it is to have options for kids who are not “one size fits all”, but it sure makes for some crazy scheduling. Add in sports and work schedules, and I could be driving all through the early evening. To help get dinner on the table in a timely manner I decided to start filling the freezer with some meals, and sauce packages.
For this first run of fall freezer cooking, I pulled out recipes for some favorites, and one new recipe. I picked up several packages of chicken from Sprouts, so that’s what I started with. Cashew Chicken is a new one for our family, and we’ll try it out early next week. The Sesame Chicken is an absolute favorite, and we like to pull together some fried rice to toss the chicken into. For the Sloppy Joes, I just mixed up the sauce ingredients, which is the most tedious part of making this family favorite. Now whoever is making dinner just has to chop a couple of veggies, brown the beef and then add the sauce packet.
The Chili Taco Seasoning is a mix I make several times a year. It’s called Taco Seasoning, Mexi Spice or Chili Seasoning around here. That’s why it seems to be named differently within the blog posts. We use it for Tacos, Burritos, Chili, Rice & Beans, you name it.
I also put together several individual meals for my daughters who work. Their shifts often are over the dinner, or lunch hours, so it is great to have some food for them to grab and go. There is a microwave at their place of employment, so I think these meals work great. This time I made shells and cheese and enchiladas. I love these pyrex bowls!
We also put together about 2 dozen breakfast burritos, and some bean & cheese burritos that should make the dash out the door easier in the morning or between school and work.
Just this one activity helps ease the tension I am feeling about the fall schedule. I work hard at not letting anxiety take a hold in me, but this month it’s been a tough fight. Getting food in the freezer, and telling everyone what’s what has helped quite a bit. Now to finish sorting out how to get to two different schools by 7:30, without dropping someone off crazy early!
Are you filling your freezer in anticipation of the fall back to school season? What are your favorite recipes?