Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fill the Freezer Weekend

Our "Fill the Freezer" weekend is least in the sense that the weekend is over. Unfortunately, our cooking is not. I came up with an extremely ambitious plan and we accomplished a lot. We cooked all day Friday, and, ironically, ordered pizza for dinner; and worked until about noon on Saturday until the kids had to don their curls and ghillies for another Irish dance performance. Then after everything, our freezer died! So much for saving money! We spent about $450 on groceries (for 2-3 months worth of freezer meals) and have to buy a new freezer. We'll finish up the rest of our plan over the next weekend and enjoy a well deserved night off from cooking!
Here is what we made....
60 chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
53 pumpkin streusel muffins
2 large loaves of banana bread
27 turkey burger patties (check out my will change the way you eat turkey burgers forever!)
10 pounds of meatballs
4 meatloaves
4 pans of King Ranch Chicken
4 pans of Macaroni and Cheese
4 pans of hash brown casserole
2 pans of turkey tetrazzini
4 recipes of corn chowder
4 recipes of white chili
1 big bag of diced bell peppers
1 big bag of chopped leeks
and a partridge in a pear tree!!!!

Whew! I have to say, my girls are amazing cooks and helpers. I have been blessed with teenagers who are not eye-rollers or back-talkers and who aren't ashamed to hang out with their old mom. I don't know what I did to deserve them but thank you, God for not giving me a teenager like I was!

Amazing Confetti Turkey Burgers
This turkey burger recipe was actually a crab cake recipe but we don't like crab much and ground turkey is so blah by itself, so I decided to give it a try. It's so yummy and the ingredients are so colorful (hence the confetti portion of the name), you will never look at ground turkey the same way again.

3 tablespoons butter (you can sub olive oil for a little less fat)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream (again, you can use's just fat tastes so good!)
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and celery in butter until soft, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, hand mix all ingredients together until well combined. This is a great kid job...getting to squish stuff is something our kids fight over. Form into patties of desired thickness (we like 'em thick!). Warm a little olive oil or butter in a skillet and cook burgers until no longer pink in the middle. Rare poultry is not a good thing. You can also bake or grill these burgers or make it into a meatloaf. We serve them on a toasted bun with a sauce made of Miracle Whip and salsa mixed together. They are great with avocado, too.

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