Thanks to Gooseberry Patch and this cute little book full of Freezer Friendly Recipes I had the best day cooking and hanging with my girls AND my freezer has 10 ready to go meals in it for busy harvest nights! OK technically only 9 as the first thing we did was eat Megan's Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves!
I honestly spent a ridiculous amount of time reading, re-reading, analyzing, making my family read and choosing a recipe - I actually let everyone else choose first so that I had less choices - then I narrowed it down and finally (2 days before the big cooking day-which is way ahead of schedule for me) I picked 'Lisa's Chicken Tortilla Soup' and headed to GFS for all my goodies!
I have never shopped in bulk to cook in bulk - I won't lie I actually had to read labels and do math - it was scary and I actually had to call Chris while in GFS to have him double check me-because really nobody wants to many re-fried beans, that kind of thing just isn't pretty!
Lisa's Chicken Tortilla Soup
4 14.5oz. cans chicken broth
4 10oz. cans dices tomatoes with chilies
1 cup canned or frozen corn
1 30oz. can refried beans
5 cups cooked chicken, shredded
In a large stockpot over medium heat, combine broth and tomatoes with with chilies. Stir in corn and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken and heat through. To serve, garnish as desired.
Freeze & Serve Instructions: Cool; do not garnish. Ladle into freezer container and freeze. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Ina saucepan, simmer over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Garnish as desired.
Couple of things I did:
1. I used chicken base instead of stock -all the flavoring in already in the soup and when I cook it I will just add the extra water - basically I made a condensed soup!
B. To freeze I left the chicken out and froze separately - I think chicken sometimes gets 'wonky' or a different texture when it sits in liquid too long!
I have no yummy looking picture of my soup because as hard as it is to not give in, all the food is still in my freezer-I am normally all about instant gratification but I am practicing great restraint knowing that once we get in the field I will be thankful one evening at 10pm when we finally come in that in less than 10 minutes I can have a hot pan of soup on the stove to feed 5 grumpy and tired people!