I forgot how precious the holidays are when you teach school! I have really enjoyed my time off and we were so blessed to be near our family and able to see them multiple times throughout the holidays. As this first day of 2015 wraps up, I have begun to think about work again (I might have to start a summer countdown calendar though). One thing that I will be doing before school starts back up and I am busy-busy again is that I will freeze some meals for those days that I just can’t spend time cooking. I am planning to put two different “main entrees” into the freezer before Sunday night. One of them, Porcupine Meatballs, I’ve blogged before. This new one is a recipe my Aunt Gwen shared with me. Neither of us have made it after it was frozen, yet we have made it fresh. However, I’m going to try freezing it and bought gallon-sized freezer zip bags at the store this week for that very purpose!
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Place into a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag:
- 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast (if they are crazy big chicken breasts, cut them to make thinner)
- 4 Tablespoons of lime juice (about 2 limes if using fresh)
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped (this was about 3 cups prior to chopping it)
- 1, 16 oz, bag of frozen corn
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- salt and pepper to taste.
Once all the ingredients are in the bag, mix it all together and zip the bag closed.
Place in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to prepare the dish, remove it from the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Slow Cooker: This recipe works great in the slow cooker.
- Low for 8 hours
- High for 4 hours
Stove: I found this site that helps convert recipes from stove to slow cooker. I may try this when I cook this for my family as the slow cooker and my teaching hours don’t mesh well. According to this on stovetop it would take about 45 minutes to cook this meal. I will most likely pull the chicken out and brown it on both sides and then pour the rest in on top to finish cooking it all together. I will update this post after I try it to let you know how it works!