When I laid out my freezer cooking and batch cooking Plan for the month, I knew it was just a plan. Due to varying schedules and things that come up, I knew things would be shuffled and changed.
Such is the story of this weeks menu. I had intended to make Chicken and Dumplings. Then I realized I had potatoes that I needed to use and hadn't made Chicken Pot Pie yet this winter. So on Monday I made the freezer version of this recipe. The ingredients remain the same, the order of cooking is what changes.
I cooked up the broth, chicken and all the veggies in the crock pot. Then I divided out the veggies into three containers. One for the oven and two for the freezer. I added the cream of chicken and a can of water to the dish headed for the oven and dropped biscuits on top once the base got bubbly. I sent the other two containers to the freezer. When it's time to cook them, they'll get matched up with cream of chicken, a bit of water and biscuit dough. I cut the potatoes a little on the big side since they tend to break down in the freezer, but the rest of the mixture will hold up well.
I also mixed up an amazing batch of Cranberry Orange Bread. Two loaves, one to MOPs, one here at home. They barely lasted three days. All that remain are crumbs! I think I have another bag of cranberries in the freezer. If I can find them, I'll be making this again! I left the nuts out, used half white whole wheat and put a glaze on the top. It was absolutely delicious!
Up on the Batch Cooking Menu for next week: Chicken Stuffing Casserole, Minestrone and since our temperatures are back in the single digits, probably some baked goods!