Guest post by Rachel of day2dayjoys
Hi there Humbled Homemaker readers, I am so thrilled to be sharing here today! Erin and I have been friends for a few years and I absolutely love how Erin encourages grace for moms. This is something I try to do also! No matter which side you are on, breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, disposable vs. cloth diapers, vaccines vs. no vaccines, organic vs. non organic, the list goes on, let’s encourage and offer grace to each other!
Freezer meals are so easy and convenient.
As a busy mom of 3, some days I fail to plan dinner, 4 p.m. rolls around and I’m thinking what in the world is for dinner? I don’t like to admit it but meal planning is one of my weaknesses. Can any of you relate?
So when I’ve meal planned, it helps, but what I find helps me the most are freezer meals. This can be done several different ways but the ways I think are the easiest are the “dump all ingredients into a freezer zip bag and freeze method.” It’s the method used to make this chicken divan recipe I am about to share with you.
When I was late into my third pregnancy and preparing for my first homebirth, I decided to make a bunch of meals for our family to enjoy when baby London arrived and to share with a couple of friends who were also having babies around the same time.
In this method, you prepare several batches of the same recipe and freeze them in 8×8 disposable pans. So if you have a favorite recipe that your family eats a lot, especially casseroles, you could double or triple the recipe to make more for next time.
For this recipe, these are all of the ingredients you need to make 6 chicken divan casseroles. When I have prepared these in the past, we ate one of them for dinner and saved the other 5.
Yield 6 Freezer Meals
- 7 C uncooked rice
- 8 chicken breasts, shredded
- 32 oz mayonnaise (I use vegenaise)
- 2 C sour cream
- 8 C chopped broccoli
- 4 C cheddar cheese
- 1 T garlic powder
- 1 T onion powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Gather ingredients.
- Cook rice to according to the directions. (It will take a long time since there'll be so much.)
- While rice is cooking, prepare chicken. You can do this a few different ways such as boiling, sauteing, baking, in the Instant Pot or even in the crock pot beforehand.
- Chop the broccoli, then steam it. Set aside.
- Once the rice, chicken and broccoli are prepared, divide ingredients into two large mixing bowls.
- Then divide the remaining ingredients into the two bowls except for 2 cups of cheese, mix well.
- Pour mixture equally into 6 disposable pans, sprinkle tops with the remaining cheese.
- Cover each pan with foil and place into a freezer zip bag.
- Write cooking directions on zip bag.*
- Place in freezer.
- Enjoy for several dinners to come!
* Cooking directions to write on foil or zip bag:
- Chicken Divan Casserole (everything is pre-cooked)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until middle is done
Note from Erin: If you’re looking for a place to get affordable chicken in bulk, check out Zaycon Foods. I have been getting chicken breasts there for as low as $1.69/lb! Zaycon also carries other meats, including wild Argentine shrimp! Their prices are typically a fraction of the price you would pay in the grocery store! Check out Zaycon here.
I hope you love this recipe–it’s one of our family favorites! For those of you who like some spiciness, you can splash with some buffalo sauce, something my husband always does.
Here are 9 other freezer recipes to enjoy!
- Make Ahead Meatballs
- Chicken Cacciatore
- Baked Ziti
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole
- BBQ Chicken
- Mexican Chicken Chili
- Sunday Night Stew
- Beef Stroganoff
- Chicken & Dumplings using this cream of chicken soup
- And enjoy these freezer biscuits while you’re at it!
Do you ever make freezer meals? What are your favorite recipes?
Rachel is a mother to 3 kids and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog as a tool to do that. Her husband also has a feature on her blog called “Ask Dr. Jake.” He would be happy to answer any of your health related questions or at least direct your path to some better options.