Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dinner is Ready!

I need to share something with each and everyone of you....pull up a chair. Remember when I posted about making a meal plan and list before going grocery shopping?? Well guess what it totally works and I am saving my family $$$ and no one is losing any weight:) One of my favorite discoveries are the "Don't Panic, Dinner is in the Freezer" cookbooks. Even with being a full time teacher and driving kids from this place to the next I try to make dinner almost every night. The tough part was I was like a freakin' maniac trying to make something for dinner that I could put together quickly and throw in the oven. Now on Sundays I make my meal plan, look to see what I need and head to the grocery store. When I get home I unpack and start cooking or preparing as many meals for the week that I can get away with! You have no idea how this has decreased my stress level. I take dinner out of the freezer before leaving for work ( and even if I forget it isn't a big deal, I just defrost it in the microwave). When I get home I am good to go! Usually all I need to do is is make a side item and some veggies. I am going to share an easy recipe with you I tweaked it a little to fit our families tastes, but it is easy and delicious! (the original recipe calls for marjoram,thyme, and sun dried tomatoes. It also recommends a cream sauce, but we didn't care for it much)


Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts. (serve with a side of pasta,garlic bread and a salad)

6 boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
dry Italian seasoning
6 mozzarella/string cheese sticks
6 thin slices of prosciutto ham

Cooking day:

Flatten chicken breast to 1/8 of an inch. Season with salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. Wrap each mozzarella stick with 1 slice of prosciutto. Place wrapped mozzarella stick in the center of each chicken breast. Roll chicken breast around filling. Wrap each chicken breast individually in plastic wrap. Freeze in a freezer bag. ( nope no cooking)

Serving day:

Thaw completely. Unwrap chicken breast and place close together in a baking dish. Baste with 4 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with a little bit of italian seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes basting every 15-20 minutes. Do not over bake or chicken will be tough. Bake until juices run clear.

While chicken is finishing up cook pasta and heat sauce.

Serve chicken with sauce on top and a side of pasta.


Wanda said...

You are so right. I am so relieved when I organize and cook a mess of things in advance and the freezer is well stocked. It's a little (lot)of effort at first but so worth it. Thanks for reminding me again.

Great recipe. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Need that book.

I've been looking for ways to save. Thanks so much for the ideas!!

Colleen said...

Sweet!! That sounds yummy and this is something I need to get better at!

Lisa and Tate said...

Awesome! I will be buying this book and get planning, cooking and freezing. I am sure home cooking will cut back on the calories of fast food grazing.

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

OMG.. that sounds amazing. I think we will have to try it this week and I definitely need to get that book!