Freezer Meal Recipes save so much time and money!
We love freezer meal cooking!
One of my favorite, and probably the easiest Freezer Meal recipe I make, Ham and Scalloped Potatoes is simple, fast and nutritious!
Freezer Meal Recipe: Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
For 1 Meal
6 Potatoes, Fresh, Sliced (about 1/4 inch thick)
1 10 3/4 oz cans Cream of Chicken Soup (can substitute any Cream of Soup you have, it all tastes great!)
1 1/3 C Water
1.25 lbs Ham
2 cups broccoli (this is 1/2 bag frozen broccoli (16 oz) if you want to save time)
Salt and Pepper
4 oz Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1 Gallon size Freezer Bags
For 4 Meals
Because this is so simple, it only takes about 5 extra minutes to make 4 instead of 1, so I always do 4 at a time
24 Potatoes, Fresh, Sliced (about 1/4 inch thick) about a 5 lb bag
4 10 3/4 oz cans Cream of Chicken Soup (or 2 Large Cans-you'll have about 3 TBSP left over)
5 1/3 C Water
5 lbs Ham
8 cups broccoli (or 2 bags 16 oz frozen broccoli)
Salt and Pepper
1 lb Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
4 Gallon size Freezer Bags
Preparing For the Freezer:
Place 2 cups Broccoli in each gallon bag
Add 1 can (or 1 1/3 cups, if from the big cans) Cream of Chicken Soup to each bag
Add 1.25 lbs cubed ham to each bag
Add 1 1/3 cups (or one can, if you used the little cans of soup) water to each bag
Place 6-7 sliced potatoes (we like yellow or red-and leave the skins on for quicker prep) on top.
Seal and lay flat to freeze.
Preparing after Freezing:
To cook, defrost slightly (enough to get out of Freezer Bag), place entire contents in Crock Pot and cook on low for 8 hours.
In the last hour of cooking, add 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese (or if like me, you forget this step, add it at the end and stir gently)
Freezing the Potatoes:
Some people aren't having very good luck with freezing potatoes... I suggest you try one of the following:
1. Bake the potatoes about half way, then slice and freeze.
2. Keep potatoes in pantry and then slice on cooking day.
3. Buy frozen potatoes from the store.
I do all the the other work in the same time it takes my sweet hubby to wash and slice the potatoes. Doing all four meals takes the 2 of us about 15 minutes.
I like to buy a 5 LB ham, and cut in in half, and then the halves in half (so each quarter looks identical), it saves time and measuring :)!
You can add the cheese into the bags if you want to save a step, I just personally think it tastes better added at the end of cooking time
If you don't add the potatoes at the end, and freeze right away, they may turn brown/black. This doesn't mean they are bad, it just is what they look like if left in the air to long.
Cost for all 4 Meals
Broccoli $0.78 each ($1.56)
Cream of Chicken soup $1.98 each ($3.96)
5 Lb Ham $9.28
Cheese $4.99 2 lb Brick ( Albertsons Round Up-Ends Tuesday.) ($2.50)
Final Price: $19.80 or $4.95 per meal!
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