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Monday, October 5, 2009

Tasty Tuesday: Freezer Meals and a Cookbook Giveaway

Do you feel like dinner time is a stressful hour in your home? Freezer meals might just solve your problem! I used to go with friends and make a pile of freezer meals for the family and it helped me make it through some rough dinner times when the kids would hang on my legs!

There's a website that gives a complete Once A Month Menu Sampler Here. The writers of the website have come out with this great new cookbook titled "Once A Month Cooking" by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerburg and I'm dying to give it away to a reader so you can make your freezer look like this! Just comment below and be sure that you have a link with your email address connected to your profile and you'll be entered to win!

The authors were asked: What are your top three favorite recipes in the new Once-a-Month Cookbook Family Favorites—and why?

Mary Beth answered:
1. Country-Style Ribs (This slow cooker entrée provides great aroma-therapy!)
2. Corn Soup with Basil, Avocado, and Crab (This delicious soup proves that frozen entrees can be both elegant and delicious.)
3. Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage (My son Drew keeps asking me when we’ll have this one.)

Mimi answered:
1. Lemon Chicken (It’s so fast and tasty! Great for unexpected guests; it can be on the table in ten minutes.)
2. Uptown Joes (Great for picnics or ballgames in wide-mouth thermos.)
3. Beef Pot Roast (I love this one for its smell. There’s nothing like coming into a house that smells good.)

So here are two of the recipes they recommend:

Lemon Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Mix all ingredients and place in a 1-gallon freezer bag, label, and freeze.

To serve, place in microwave-safe dish and cook in microwave on high power for 5 minutes. Baste the chicken with the juices, turn, and microwave for 3 more minutes. Serves 4.

Country Style Ribs

Salt and pepper to taste
4 1/2 pounds country-style pork loin ribs
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup red wine
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth

Salt and pepper meat and place in a 1 gallon freezer bag.

Combine all the other ingredients and pour into another 1-gallon bag. Label and freeze, with the two bags taped together.

To serve, thaw the ribs and place into a slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours - the whole house will smell wonderful! Serves 8.

Please click on comments if you live in the U.S. and would like to enter to win the Once-A-Month Cooking cookbook - I will announce the winner Saturday AM. Be sure to check out their neat website too at

I am participating in Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, Dining With Debbie and "In Passionate Pursuit's" Tasty Tuesday . For more blogger recipes go to these links.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the Once-a-Month spaghetti sauce to be delicious. When our younger granddaughter was born, I went to spend a couple of days helping out when she and her mommy came home from the hospital. I took along my OAM cookbook and did a mini cooking marathon, leaving a bunch of prepared dinners for her in her freezer. She ate them most of the month, and it helped her so very much. Since I am trying to eat more vegetarian meals, I wish they had one for vegetarians.

October 5, 2009 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

Is that a picture of your freezer? If so, I am seriously impressed. I love freezer meals...makes a busy time of day so much easier.

October 6, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Moms in Need of Mercy said...

Winning this would be great! I have three little boys under 5. A friend of mine recently suggested I try OAMC because she said it really does make life easier. Some other mom friends and I are thinking about getting together at our church to do this, using the church kitchen since it's bigger than our's! Thanks for the giveaway!

October 6, 2009 at 1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cookbook would be great for me, cooking these days is not the same as before our youngest was born. I have been so much busier these last two months!

Aimee M

October 6, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Ann @TheAssetEdge said...

Wow - this looks great! The author's answers to your questions totally sold me on the cookbook!

October 6, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like such a great idea! Our evenings have suddenly gotten busy, with the kids doing choir and gymnastics at night; and I find myself gravitating towards convenience foods (which aren't cheap or healthy). I'll have to check out that website; and I'm definately going to try the Lemon Chicken recipe. Yum!

October 6, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea of once a month cooking!!! This would really make the dinner time rush not so rushed. For some reason even though I am organized and scheduled in everything else throughout our very busy day this is an area I really struggle with! If something woul be waiting in the freezer that would help so much. I cannot wait to try the crockpot rib recipe! Thanks for this great and very helpful blog-keep up the good work!!

October 6, 2009 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Sounds delicious! And it looks like it might make that 4-6 pm time slot a bit less angst ridden, for all of us!

Thanks for the contest!

October 6, 2009 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Luczywo said...

I would love to win this book! I love freezer cooking but usually do it every two weeks (and not for every meal). I am also pretty impressed with that freezer! That's not how mine looks! :)

October 6, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

I have never heard of that book, but my freezer looks like that! I like to stack my ready made foods flat. I usually don't see other people doing it flat like that. I thought I was the only I enjoyed my visit. Thanks for the yummy souding recipes.

October 6, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

Ooops...I forgot to leave my email. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

October 6, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea to have freezer meals! I work part time afternoon shifts at the hospital and alot of times my husband and 3 children are on their own for supper. Would be nice to just pull some meals out of the freezer and put them in the crockpot so he wouldn't have to mess with making supper after a long hard day at work! Plus he runs the girls to dance classess, soccer practices, etc. while I am at work. Would definately make life alot easier!

October 6, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I purchased their 1st book 10 yrs ago. I just happened to make the Mexican Stroganoff last night for the freezer. I would love to win the new book. Thanks.

October 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Southern Girl said...

I would love this! A great idea and solution to a lot of frazzled evenings running around trying to put together a good, healthy and hot meal for my kiddos! IT is so hard to plan ahead when you work full-time - some days its good just to be on time (which is hardly ever and when we are - we doing the on time dance!! Ha)

October 6, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Would LOVE to win this one. A great idea with the busy holiday season approaching. :)

October 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

What a great idea. I would love to win the book. I wish my freezer looked that good.

October 6, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

The recipes look good and the cookbook sounds great!!! Thanks for the recipes and the giveaway!

October 6, 2009 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Devildogwife said...

I would love, love, love to win this book. I need to get back into making more freezer meals, and I could really use some inspiration!

October 6, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

A co-worker and I are both pregnant and are planning on cooking up some freezer meals so that when the babies come dinners will be simple. Winning this cookbook would be fantastic! :)

October 6, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

That rib recipe looks good!

October 6, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger darnold23 said...

Thanks so much for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I really appreciate your participation and great suggestions. This cookbook sounds quite interesting. I used to prepare lots of freezer meals but not so much anymore. It would be a great idea for my daughter, however. Thanks again.

October 6, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Even though I don't really work outside of the home things can get very busy - and then the kids are home from school :) ! Would be great to win this book and love the website!

October 6, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Sign me up! I'd love to win because I think I would prepare some freezer meals for friends and family when they have a new baby or surgery, or just need a break from cooking.

October 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

This is my first time to your site. I found you through Crockpot Wednesday. Just thought I would say hello and that I would love to win! I've done some freezer meals on my own, but would love to have the book as a guide.

October 6, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

those ribs look really good! These are good recession ideas as well.

October 6, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

I have always wanted to try this ... after yet another night of Sloppy Joes, I think my family might just fly to Ohio and hug you if I did.

Perhaps this will inspire me!

October 6, 2009 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Hi Courtney! Can family win the cookbook? I would love to have it! I haven't done much freezer cooking lately and need to get back to it! It is hard work, but it simplifies life on busy days and it saves a lot of money!

October 6, 2009 at 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

Hi, Courtney - TMTT and TT just passed me by this week, but boy was I glad to have a freezer meal in the bag (literally) when I got home at 4:15. :) Such a helpful plan. The photo is great motivation. :)

October 6, 2009 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I just found you. It is wonderful. Those recipes sound great, thanks for sharing. If you get the time, stop by and see me .

October 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger LouAnn said...

Oh, I would love to win this! I was just sitting down this morning trying to find some meals to make and throw in the freezer. As I was searching, came across your site - WOW - I am so excited and will be subscribing to your site!!!!! :)

October 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger ~ Kristie said...

I have an entire freezer just waiting to be filled!

October 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I am just getting introduced to the idea of freezer meals. I love it, and am anxious to learn more! :)

October 8, 2009 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh how I want my freezer to look like that. Please enter me.

lrohler630 at gmail dot com

October 9, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooo LOVE this!!! count me in ;)

October 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger jsknowlton said...

You have a beautiful blog. I would love to learn more about Once a Month cooking. Put me in the drawing. Thanks, Shonda

October 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I remember a long time ago James Dobson talking about this cookbook and I have always wanted a copy.
Thanks!! Your blog is great.
lise -

October 9, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Doing some weekend blog surfing via TMTT! What a great blog you have here!! I have an old version of this book I think! I love all the ideas and recipes in books like this!
Count me in for the giveaway!!

Hoped you don't mind me following you, I would love to keep up with your blog and recipes!!

October 11, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Oops. I missed the Saturday deadline. LOL!!! That's ok. I'll stop by again soon

October 11, 2009 at 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Thank you for sharing the pic of your freezer. I've done OAMC for years now....but never put the labels on the ends like that! Why didn't I ever think of it???? I am a single homeschooling mother of 3 that does daycare out of my home. So the whole 3:30-5:30 time is crazy busy with parents picking up and dinner prep. The girls and I spend time together cooking and freezing each month so that after the last child has left for the day....we can all sit down to a quiet peaceful meal together. It's our favorite time of day! LOL Thank you again for sharing! I can't wait to implement!!

November 18, 2009 at 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Sally's Trove said...

Hi Courtney,

I'm requesting your permission to use the freezer photo in this post for an article I've written on This photo is perfect for my content. You can see my article and how I used and cited your photo here:

Thank you for your consideration. If you would rather I didn't use your photo, let me know and I will remove it from my article.

Best regards,

(Sally's Trove on

January 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

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