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Vacation Meal Plan of Attack 2016

Here’s our Plan of Attack for 2016 (2014, 2015 Vacay Meal Prep):

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TIP: LOOK OUT FOR SALES-Prep few months in advance:
Frozen Burger Patties
Pkgs. Hot Dogs (Freeze)
Chicken Legs
Other Meats (Ground Meats, Bacon, Roast, Chicken, whatever)
Buns (Buy close to, but Keep Eye Out for Coupons, etc. For Purchase)
Cheese Bricks
Miracle Whip (Sandwiches/Tuna or Bacon Salad)
Canned Items (Tomatoes, Corn, Beans, etc.)
DON’T FREEZE MEATS that have been Frozen then already Thawed!
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 A few BREAKFAST / LUNCH Ideas:
– Lunch Meat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Canned Food, whatever…

Chicken Bacon Fiesta-Wiches
 – CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES
2 Frozen Chicken Breast (Boiled in water with few CRUSHED Chicken Broth Cubes)
3T-4T canned Southwestern Corn (Peppers/Onions kind)*
2T REAL Bacon Bits
Sauce:
1 TO 1.5T Mayo
1 TO 1.5T Miracle Whip
3/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge kind)

For Serving: A lil swipe Miracle Whip, Buns/Wraps

Boil in water with few CRUSHED chicken broth cubes. Remove chicken, shred. In bowl mix Sauce ingredients. Mix in rest. Place in tightly sealed container. KKEP COLD! Eat within week.

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 – Frozen Burritos (Any works, ours are tTt’s Sausage, Egg, Taters):
Potatoes, cubed small
Olive Oil + shake of Seasonal Salt
add to pan, add Potatoes, season with:
Dried Oregano, Basil, Pepper

1 lb Ground Pork Sausage, cooked with:
1/2 pkg. Frozen Sweet Bell Pepper/Onion Mix
4 Mushrooms, sliced or chopped

Scrambled Eggs+ Basil Oregano

Soft Shells
Mayo
Shredd. Cheese

PreCooking: Cube Potatoes. Mix Olive Oil with Seasoned Salt. Add to pan, add Potatoes. Cook and Season with Oregano, Basil, Pepper. In sep. pan cook Sausage with Pepper Mix and Mushrooms. On Soft Shell add All (Including Mayo, Shredd. Cheese). Butter Flavor Cooking Spray skillet. Brown all sides. Freeze single layer on plate sprayed with cooking spray (Don’t allow to touch, may stick). Wrap in Foil if using Crockpot Cooking Method (May need to Butter Cooking Spray Foils before wrapping!).
Cooking: Rub with wet finger. Microwave. Bake: Butter spray pan and tops. Bake. Or, place pre-prepped Burritos in foil that was SPRAYED WITH BUTTER FLAVOR COOKING SPRAY. Wrap. Freeze. Add to Crock and Cook on Low/Warm til warmed through. Rotate if needed.
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Using Leftover Potatoes (From Burger Foils) and having Frozen Pork Sausage at home, we made some tasty Breakfasts. Here’s one:
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Potatoes fried in Crisco (What we had for Fish fry, if we caught any), seasoned with Pepper, Basil, Oregano, and a lil Salt. Side Aside and top with Sandwich Cheese Slices and Onions (Onions Optional). Cover to melt.
Give light wipe of Pan with Paper Towel. Cook Sausage. In same pan, in Sausage Grease, fry up some Eggs.
Pork Sausage served under Eggs. Look at those about to Burst Yolks!
Toast on Side

********* MAIN (Supper) MEALS: *********

– Frozen premade store bought Burgers/Hot Dogs
Simple… You know how to cook.


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– CHILI DOGS
Hot Dogs/Brats (Keep Frozen til use)
Hormel Chili (Or Favorite)
Shredd. Chedd. Cheese
Buns, Ketchup, Mayo (Optional)
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– CHICKEN LEGS / TUNA (Or BACON) SALAD (Forgot Tuna, so made BACON Salad)

 – BBQ Chicken:
Family Size Pkg. Chicken Legs, skin removed
3T White Vinegar
1-1.5T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1.5-2T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce (Optional, some liked it plain, too)

PrePrep:
Buy Chicken NON FROZEN!!! REMOVE SKIN! Place Chicken and Vinegar into ziploc bag. Mix Around. Add in McCormick’s Seasonings. Toss evenly. Lay Flat, Freeze!
Cooking: Thaw, cook on Grill. Near end, brush with BBQ (Optional. Tasty plain, too).

 – BACON SALAD 
(Was gonna be  Tuna Salad, but forgot Tuna!):
Space Saver– I bought Miracle Whip. I kept a lil over 1/2 the jar. Rest I placed into separate container (For sandwiches on vacation). Then, I used Miracle Whip Jar to store the Salad SAUCE. In jar, I did:

I kept a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip (Leave in jar!)
1+1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4-1/2tsp Paprika
1.5T Dill Pickle Juice from Pickle Container (USE A TASTY Dill Pickle!)
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
  -MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN Miracle Whip container.
-Then, add to jar, on top of Sauce (Don’t mix in):

1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese
1c Frozen Peas
  -Place on lid.
-1 hour Prior to Serving:

About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked
Baked Bacon, cut up (Kept in pkg. Cooked day of making)

PrePrep: I premade sauce morning of trip. For leak reinforcement: I placed some plastic over top of Miracle Whip jar (I used ripped sandwich bag. Reinforced seal), twisted on top. Keep cold til serving.
About 1 hour prior to serving: Cook Bacon. Cook noodles (I add pinch of Salt and a lil Oil to keep from sticking). Mix Sauce and Bacon together. Add Noodles into Sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit and absorb some. Keep cold til serving.
OPTIONAL to top with Cherry Tomatoes for Serving. You can also keep the Miracle Whip unopened, and place pickle juice and Seasoning in a small container and place into Noodle Box, place in fridge on arrival. Mix as needed. Your choice.
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– HAMBURGER FOILS:
Frozen Burger Patties, 1 per foil
1 Potato per foil, diced
1 bag Baby Carrots, split up (1 bag lasted 6 foils)
Chopped Onions (We used 2 small for 4 people)
1 Onion Season Pkt. (A small sprinkle per foil. It goes a LONG way!)
1-2T Butter per packet, we forgot, and a smidge of Crisco worked well!

Prep: We buy a pkg. of Frozen Burger Patties, and KEEP FROZEN til use. Doubles as ice for cooler.
Cooking: I cut vegis at cooking. Dice potatoes and cut onions. Give each person foil. Kids love making their own! Add in desired vegis. Top with butter or crisco. Add one frozen burger to top. A small sprinkle of onion pkt. seasoning. Double or triple wrap. Add to hot fire pit coals. Ours cooked in about 45 minutes (Time varies). Rotate, we didn’t flip!
Rest of burgers we had for supper another night. We also ate leftover Tuna Salad with this meal.
Healthier options: Turkey Burger. Butter Spray/Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

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– FRITO TACO SALAD, a ritual for a while now.
1.5-2lb Beef
2 GOOD Taco Season Pkt.
1/2c Water
1/2 can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3/4c Salsa
1/2can Refried Beans*
1 small onion, chopped (Added right before freezing)

Serving: Serve with tomatoes (Canned works), fritos, sour cream, shredd. cheese, lettuce, whatever other toppings of choice.

PreCooking: Cook beef. Add in taco seasons, beans, salsa, tomatoes with juice, shakes of: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder.
Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag (I double bag), lay flat.
Cooking: Throw into crock. (I kept on warm, flipping.) Serve with toppings of choice.
*(If using, rest of cans we used for tacos, the night I premade meals) These are also optional. Point is, just premake and freeze.)

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 – SICILIAN DELUXE MEATBALL SUBS:
Sauce:
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb. Turkey Sweet Italian Sausage Links, remove from casings
2T Balsamic Vinegar
1.5T Red Wine Vinegar
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/2c canned whole Olives, halved
1/2c Onions (I believe I did Sweet Red)
4T jarred whole Pepperoncini, minced
1/2c Sweet Mini Bell Peppers (Optional)

1 jar Tomato Onion Garlic Spaghetti Sauce
1 can Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Tomato Paste
1/2tsp Brown Sugar
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/4 Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/8tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Dried Rosemary

1lb. Meatballs (LATER ADDING-Keep frozen)
Provolone Brick (Later Adding-Freeze)
Hot Dog Buns (For Serving)

I cut my links into chunks (Can remove casings and cook as ground). Cook in Oil with Onions. Add in Garlic and Vinegars. Cook down some. Add Olives, Peppers, and Pepperoncinis. Cook down juices. Once juices are mostly gone, add in rest of ingredients. Simmer a lil bit.
ONCE COOLED… Add to Ziploc Bag, on it’s side. FREEZE. Cooking: Add Regular Beef Meatballs to Crock with Sauce. Cook on Low. Top with Cheese last 30min-1hour. Serve on Buns/Wraps/Hoagies with Cheese… We used Hot Dog Buns. Mayo/Miracle Whip is Optional.

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 – SLOPPIES
1.5lb – 2lb Ground Pork or Beef
Brown Meat, season with few good shakes of:
Basil
Oregano
Garlic Powder
1 can diced Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix
1 sm. Onion
Celery, minced

Cook all above. Once cooled. Add to ziploc bag, lay on it’s side, for flat storage. Freeze. Cooking: Add to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock… Cook on Low or Warm til thawed and heated through. Eat on Bread or Buns.

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 – EASY PHILLY (Stems from This Recipe and This One) 
1-1.5 lb. Chili Style Ground Beef or Pork (I used 1/2lb. Beef 1lb. Turkey-What I had)
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2T Soy Sauce
1tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Dried Oregano
1 Beef or Chicken Broth Cube, crushed
1/2T Grated Parmesan Cheese
1c (Packed) Kale or Spinach Mix
Up To 1/2c Green Peppers, sliced (Don’t Add, Yet)
1/4-1/2c Onions, to taste (Don’t Add, Yet!)

Provolone Cheese Brick (Freeze)

Cook in skillet all above, EXCEPT Peppers, Onions, and Provolone. Once cooled, add to ziploc bag. ADD IN Peppers and Onions. Lay on side (I folded mine in half). Freeze. Cooking: Cook on Low or Warm til heated through. Top with Cheese. Once Melted, serve on Buns of Choice with Miracle Whip/Mayo. Or try packing away a small container of Tay’s Balsamic Garlic Sauce.

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 – CARNE ASADA CHILI (Stems from This Recipe):
1.5-2 lb. Chuck Roast or Chicken Marinade:
1/2 Taco Pkt. (I used Fiesta Style)
2 1/2T White Vinegar
1/4c Soy Sauce
1T Cumin
1/2T Garlic Powder
1/2T Onion Powder
1/2T Dried Oregano
1tsp Chili Powder
1tsp Paprika

1/2 pkg. Sweet MINI Bell Pepper Mix (Orange Red Yellow)
Onions
Mushrooms (Optional)
1 Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 can (Mild) Black Beans with Jalapeno in LIME JUICE, drained
1 can Southwestern Corn (Bell Pepper/Onion kind), drained

RICE:
2c Rice (Instant)
2c Water
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed

Add NON FROZEN Meat to Bag. Add in Marinade Ingredients. Mix Around. Lay as Flat as you can. Freeze. Cook Rice in Water with Broth Cubes (I cook in Microwave). Once Cooled to handle, place in Freezer Bag. I flattened and Folded. Freeze.
In A SEPARATE Freezer Bag, Add in Vegis. Lay flat and Freeze.
Cooking: Add all to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock Pot. Cook on Low til all’s done. Shred up Meat. Last hour, I wrapped Rice in Foil and place RIGHT ON TOP of Chili to cook. Serve each bowl of Chili with a lil Rice, Sour Cream, Salsa, and Fritos/Tortillas.
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OTHER OPTIONS
Roast Wiches (Don’t Pre Cook. Add ingredients to freezer bag, MINUS Water that the Broth Cubes call for (Takes up too much room!). Write on Freezer Bag the amount of Water needed during cooking.
Black Bean Salad Tacos
– Root Beer Barbacoa
Tay’s Easy Chili
Soups
tTt’s Trailer Trash Legs (Buffalo)
*** Vacation Meals 2014
*** Vacation Meals 2015

 

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Party in my Egg Roll (Chicken Avocado Egg Rolls- Avocado Optional)

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Not an Avocado Person? NO WORRIES! Just skip it!

1 FROZEN Chicken, Boiled in Broth, Cut up
3T: Red Onions, Red Bell Pepper, grated Cucumber (Opt.)
3-4T Spinach, minced
Sauce:
1 nice ripened Avocado (OPTIONAL!)
1/2c Sour Cream
1tsp Dried Cilantro
1/4tsp Lime (Fridge 100% kind)
1/4 Garlic Powder
1T-2T Fresh Jalapeno, minced (I did 2T)
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1tsp Wishbone/Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Pkt. (Or to taste)
1/8tsp Dill Weed
2tsp REAL Bacon Pieces

Shredded Cheese (Try Moz. or Mexi/Taco Blend)

Add FROZEN Chicken to a pot with Water and 1-2 crushed Chicken Broth Cube(s). Turn on heat. Bring to Boil til cooked. Allow to set a few minutes in Broth. Cut up.
Mince Vegis. Toss Chicken, Bacon Pieces, and Vegis.
Blend Sauce ingredients. Mix, TO DESIRED CONSISTENCY, with Chicken (I did all). Add to Egg Rolls. Optional to Top with Shredded Cheese. Brown in Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet. OR, Bake in Oven (Sprayed with Butter Spray on both sides). OR, Fry in Oil (Try Coconut Oil)Serve with Salsa and Sour Cream.

Notes: Up, Downsize, or Skip Vegis, to your taste!
Optional to Season Chicken once cooked/cut up (Try Greek Seasoning or 1/2pkt Taco Season)

FREEZER FRIENDLY. Once browned (I use Butter Flavor Cooking Spray), add to plate. Freeze. ONCE FROZEN, add to Freezer Ziploc Bag! ReHeat in Oven or Microwave-Cooks fast!

Tay’s LEAN Lazy Cuisines – BETTER THAN Lean Cuisine’s Paninis – Tastier, even LOWER in Calories- FREEZER FRIENDLY

REPOST! REPOST! REPOST!
MAKING these for YEARS! Still a HIT! This, along with our Frozen Egg Rolls, helped with hunger for “FOOD, FOOD”, yet, saves on Calories. If you buy the Lean Cuisine, save the container! If not damaged, you can reuse for these, a few times, in the MICROWAVE, making these some Quickies!
 * Tay’s Loaded Chicken Bacon Ranch are ONLY about 82 Calories per slice (Brings TAY’s to 164! Lean Cuisine’s Chicken Club = 350!!!  So, enjoy MORE of Tay’s!
 * Tay’s Mushroom Steaks are ONLY about 146 Calories per slice (Brings TAY’s to 292! Lean Cuisine’s Philly = 330!)
NOT TO FORGET: Mine lacks the excess of Processed Ingredients
   *** Plus, MORE RECIPE IDEAS BELOW! ***

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Tay’s Loaded Chicken Bacon Ranch:
2 Chicken Breast (Marinade):
1T Vinegar
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 Pkt. 0.4 oz. Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch

2 Slices Bacon, baked, minced (Or Real Bacon Pieces)
4T Sweet Red Bell Pepper
3T Red Onion
1/2T Jalapeno, minced
1T Dried Tomatoes, chopped small (We skipped)
3-4T Spinach, minced
1/2c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese + 2T Italian 6 Cheese

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray
Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
Optional: Sprinkle lil Butter Powder and Parsley
Low Cal. Loaf (We used French-What we had), sliced thin-ish

Marinade Chicken about 4 hours. Foil line a baking dish. Bake Bacon til crispy. Crumble. Add Marinaded Chicken to Nonstick Pan. Cook til mostly cooked, then, add in rest (Except Cheeses and Loaf, der!). Cook down juices. Set aside to cool.
Thin slice French Loaf. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray each side (Or just bottoms). Sprinkle each side with a lil Garlic Powder and Onion Powder. Once Meat mix is to cool, add in Cheeses. Top each slice with Meat/Cheese mix. Sprinkle tops with Butter Powder and Parsley (Optional). Wrap in Foil. FREEZE (Make sure to freeze face up, til frozen (Few hours), then add to ziploc freezer bag).
Cooking: PREHEAT Oven to 450. Open Foils some (So, tops aren’t touching foils). Bake about 12-15 minutes, or til nice and toasty and melted.
Make even Healthier with Turkey Bacon!

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Tay’s Mushroom Steak:
1 Small Steak (Marinade-Double if larger steak):
1/2tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Optional)
1tsp Soy Sauce (I believe I did 2)
1/4-1/2tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning (I did 1/4)
1tsp Dried Oregano
1/4tsp Dried Thyme
1/2tsp Mustard

1c Mushrooms, chopped
1/2c Onions, minced
1tsp White Wine (Movendo)
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1.5tsp Worcestershire
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1/2tsp Dried Oregano
1/2tsp Jalapeno, deseed, minced
2T Sweet Red Bell Pepper, minced

1/2c Italian 6 Cheese + 2T Shredd. Chedd. Cheese
French Loaf, sliced thin-ish (Or Low Cal. Loaf)

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray
Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
Optional: Sprinkle Butter Powder and Parsley

Marinade Steak with top 7 Ingredients. Cut up. Add to Nonstick Pan. Cook, adding in rest (Except Cheeses and Loaf, der!). Cook down juices. Set aside to cool.
Thin slice French Loaf. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray each side. Sprinkle each side with a lil Garlic Powder and Onion Powder. Once Meat mix is to cool, add in Cheeses. Top each slice with Meat/Cheese mix. Sprinkle tops with Butter Powder Seasoning and Parsley (Optional). Wrap in Foil. FREEZE (Make sure to freeze face up, til frozen (Few hours), then add to ziploc freezer bag).
Cooking: PREHEAT Oven to 450. Open Foils some (So, tops aren’t touching foils). Bake about 12-15 minutes, or til nice and toasty and melted.

 *** I’ve done MANY types of these. Some Other Options:
(Prep Loaf/Bread by slicing thin. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray each side of Loaf Slice. Sprinkle each side with a lil Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Parsley optional. Once Toppings (Below) are added, it’s Optional to sprinkle tops w/ Butter Powder Seasoning, Parmesan Cheese, and Garlic Powder. Right before freezing. I do!):
  – Steak/Pork Marinade:
Soy Sauce, McCormick’s Montreal Steak, Garlic, Onion Powder. Marinade. Cook, cut up. Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Add cooked meat. Add on Onions, Peppers, and Mushrooms + Cheese (Can season Vegis with Oregano)
Steak/Pork Marinade:
Montreal Steak Season, Soy Sauce, Balsamic. Marinade. Cook, cut up. Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Add cooked meat. Add chopped Vegis + Cheese.
Steak Pork Marinade:
Pesto, Balsamic, Soy Sauce, Salt/Pepper, Lil Mustard Powder. Marinade. Cook, cut up. Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Add cooked meat. Add on Onions, Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms + Moz. Cheese. (Adapted from this Recipe).
  – Made Pizza Types: Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Dried Tomatoes (Or canned Basil Oregano), Turkey Pepperoni, Pizza Toppings, Cheese. (Skip Sauce). Sprinkle tops with Oregano and Grated Parmesan Cheese. Also, a great Pizza Recipe, just cut everything small , to fit: tTt’s Pizza Pie
   *** ANY STEAK MARINADE WORKS! Combo of McCormick’s Montreal Steak, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire and/or Balsamic Vinegar, + Vegis and Cheese… Or Check Out Our Site under Marinades.
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BBQ: Cooked Chicken (Can boil frozen Chicken in Broth. Just throw Chicken into Water, THEN, bring to boil til done.). Cut up, toss with BBQ (You don’t need much!). Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Add BBQ Chicken to Loaf Slice. Add, Corn, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions + Shredd. Cheddar Cheese (Bacon Pieces Optional (Turkey Bacon))
  – Alfredo Chicken: Favorite Alfredo (I season my sauce with Garlic, Pepper, minced Onions). Toss Sauce with Cooked Chicken (Can boil frozen Chicken in Broth. Just throw Chicken into Water, THEN, bring to boil til done.). Prep Loaf/Bread as above states. Top Alfredo Chicken onto Loaf Slice. Top with Vegis of Choice (Options: Celery, minced. Broccoli, chopped. Onions, minced. Peas. Carrots, grated. Etc.) + Moz. Cheese and Sprinkle of Grated Parmesan Cheese.
  – OTHER FLAVORS COMING SOON (Chinese, Thai, Shrimp, etc. – CHECK BACK SOON!)
NOTES: You can choose to skip Butter Flavor Cooking Spray and use your favorite Oil. May alter Calories.

*** Also, More – Quick-On-Hand Healthier Recipe Ideas –  (Click links for our Recipes that Might Work):
Freeze Soups in large Muffin Pans. Once completely frozen, place into Freezer Ziploc Bag. Microwave as needed.
Freeze Burritos/Egg Rolls. Place burritos on Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed plate and freeze, separately. THEN, place into Freezer Ziploc Bag (Check out our site for Egg Roll Recipes or Tacos and Wraps)
Make your Own Pizza Rolls, Buffalo Rolls, Jalapeno Popper Rolls, etc.

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The “Vacay Menu” Jury has Spoken

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With a vacation full of fun and relax, we wanted to do just that. Also, save space for packing vs. packing many ingredients for meals. Especially, a family our size gone a week! We premade/preassembled meals, then froze them. And, brought the Crock Pot. This technique SAVES SPACE! SAVES TIME. Food lasts longer. DOUBLED AS ICE FOR COOLER! And, it HELPS FINANCIALLY! Because, you can buy the meats ahead of time when they’re On Sale. Make and Freeze as you go. Versus, all at once … At full price.

– (Also, check out our Roast Sandwiches Recipes, Chilis, Soups, Stews Recipes, and Our Crock Pot Meals for More Ideas. You can View Our Recipe Gallery HERE. Most, if not all, are FREEZER FRIENDLY! And, Check out our 
2014 Vacation Meal Post HERE)

***TIP: Try to freeze everything flat. I realize large cuts wont flatten.  But, whatever can be flattened, do so, without smooshing! Also, FREEZE whatever you can. Cheese Bricks/Slices, Prepped meals, Lunch Meats. And, PACK kids’ FREEZIES!, etc. Doubles as ice, keeping everything cool. Lasts longer!
YOU CAN EVEN FREEZE Buns! Luckily we have a toaster where we go, for quick thaw/toasting. Or use foil in Fire Pit. Or, toast on Grill. Also, awesome if you see them ON SALE at the store! Be sure to keep frozen til use. Or, they will thaw and mold!!!

I would not have picked this one, due to extra ingredients needed to bring and NEVER freezing this. But, kiddos wanted it. So, this momma provided. My plan of attack is:

– Mock Chow Mein:
2lb Ground Beef, browned seasoning with few shakes: Butter Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Dried Parsley, Dried Basil
1 can Cream of Mushroom
1 can Cream of Celery (Chicken works, too)
2T Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 small Garlic Clove
1 small Onion
1/3c Mushrooms, sliced or chopped large
1 Celery, halved long way, then sliced
1/2 4.9oz. can Water Chestnuts* (For trip, I may skip)
1/2 can Bean Sprouts, drained* (For trip, I may skip)
Rice cooked in Chicken Broth (I used 1 broth cube per 1c water, crushed)
Hard Chow Mein Noodles.

In skillet, Brown meat, while seasoning. Add in all, except rice and noodles. Simmer, covered, stirring frequently, til vegis are only 1/2way tender. Set aside, covered, to cool. Cook rice in broth (I cook in microwave). Set aside, allow to cool COMPLETELY! (You may stick in fridge overnight to be sure). Place meat mixture in Freezer Ziploc Bag, lay flat.  Freeze. Wrap rice, by 1c size, in saran wrap, tightly. (I do flat square shapes). Then, place the amount of cups of rice needed for vacation into a freezer bag, freeze.
Cooking: Place into BUTTER FLAVOR COOKING SPRAYED crock. On warm or low. Serve once fully heated through. Top with noodles.

– Hamburger Foils:
Frozen Burger Patties, 1 per foil
1 Potato per foil, diced
1 bag Baby Carrots, split up (1 bag lasted 6 foils)
Chopped Onions (We used 2 small for 4 people)
1 Onion Season Pkt. (A small sprinkle per foil. It goes a LONG way!)
1-2T Butter per packet, we forgot, and a smidge of Crisco worked well!

We buy a pkg. of Frozen Burger Patties, and KEEP FROZEN til use. Doubles as ice for cooler.
Cooking: I cut vegis at cooking. Dice potatoes and cut onions. Give each person foil. Kids love making their own! Add in desired vegis. Top with butter or crisco. Add one frozen burger to top. A small sprinkle of onion pkt. seasoning. Double or triple wrap. Add to hot fire pit coals. Ours cooked in about 45 minutes (Time varies). Rotate, we didn’t flip!
Rest of burgers we had for supper another night. We also ate leftover Tuna Salad with this meal.
Healthier options: Turkey Burger. Butter Spray/Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

– Frito Taco Salad, a ritual for a while now.
1.5-2lb Beef (Turkey can be used)
2 GOOD Taco Season Pkt.
1/2c Water
1/2 can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3/4c Salsa
1/2can Refried Beans*
Little less than 1/2 can Black Beans w/Jalapenos* Optional (I may skip for trip)
1 small onion, chopped (Added right before freezing)

Cook beef. Add in taco seasons, beans, salsa, tomatoes with juice, shakes of: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder.
Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag (I double bag), lay flat. Day of eating, just throw into crock. (I kept on warm, flipping.) Serve with FRESH tomato, fritos, sour cream, shredd. cheese, lettuce, whatever other toppings of choice.
*(If using, rest of cans we used for tacos, the night I premade meals) These are also optional. Point is, just premake and freeze.


Woo Hoo! Got us some Chicken Legs, huge family size, $4/pk.!

– BBQ Legs with Tuna Salad (Or our other BBQ Recipe Here):
Chicken Legs (THAWED WHEN BOUGHT)
White Vinegar
McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
Favorite HONEY BBQ Sauce

Buy Raw (Not frozen) Chicken Legs. At home, brush the legs with white vinegar and sprinkle a little with McCormick’s Montreal Seasoning on all sides. Place into FREEZER Ziploc Bag. Make as flat as can. Freeze.
Cooking: Thaw legs. Grill. When done, slather BBQ. Flip, slather BBQ. Flip one more time, to thicken BBQ on other side. Eat!

– Tuna Salad:
Space Saver- I bought Miracle Whip. I kept a lil over 1/2 the jar. Rest I placed into separate container (For sandwich uses up there.). In the miracle whip jar, FOR SAUCE, I added:
I kept a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip
1tsp + 1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Dill Weed *SEE NOTES
2 tsp Vinegar *SEE NOTES
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS in Miracle Whip container.
Then, set on top, below 2:

1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese
Then, 1c Frozen Peas
Add later (When time to eat):
About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked hour before eating
2 cans Tuna, drained (1 hr. prior to eating. KEEP IN CANS TIL THEN!)

I premade sauce morning of trip. I placed plastic over top of miracle whip jar (I used ripped sandwich bag), twisted on top. For leak reinforcement. Keep in fridge til serving. About 1 hour prior to eating, cook noodles. Mix sauce and tuna together. EYEBALL adding noodles into sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit and absorb some. Place into fridge.
*NOTES: I didn’t have pickle juice from the jar, what we usually use, so improvised with vinegar and dill. Try pickle juice first. I always eyeball it. About 1T to 1.5T… About.


– Philly Chickies (Try Chicken or Pork (Roast/Chops) with our Other Philly Recipe):
3-4 Frozen Chicken Breast *See Notes
3/4c Water
1 Chicken Broth Cube, crushed
1/8tsp Liquid Hickory Smoke
1/2tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1T + 1tsp Soy Sauce
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
3/4tsp MCCORMICK’S Montreal Steak Seasoning
Onion, sliced
Green Pepper, halved & sliced (Add last hr.)

Topping: Shredded Moz. Cheese and Mayo/Miracle Whip
Buns of choice

LIGHTLY/Barely Rub Crock with Butter. Add all, EXCEPT peppers.
Cook on Low 5hours. Shred Chicken. Allow to cool!
Place into ziploc bag, ADD IN sliced Green Pepper. Make sure tightly closed. Lay flat in freezer, freeze.
Cooking: Add to crock on low. Last 15minutes, top with favorite shredded white cheese (We used moz.) Serve on toasted buns with Mayo/Miracle Whip.

Notes: I use chicken from 3lb freezer bag, to get idea on size. Pork works, as well.

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– Tay’s Roast-ier-er Roast Wiches:
1.5lb.-2lb. Large Pork or Beef (We used Pork Butt)
2 Beef Broth Cubes + 3c Water
Onion Soup Packet
Au Jus Packet
1T Butter
1tsp Worcestershire
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Onion

Add all (Uncooked), EXCEPT WATER, into a Freezer Friendly Ziploc Bag. WRITE ON BAG “3c Water”. Freeze.
Cooking: Add into crock. Pour 3c water into ziploc bag and swish around to get left behind season. Pour ALL 3c into Butter Flavor Cooking sprayed crock. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Top with White Cheese (Provolone or Moz.). Once melted… Serve on buns or wraps with Mayo/Miracle Whip.

– Pepperoncini Roast-wiches:
1.5-2lb. Pork Butt
1 WISHBONE Ranch Dressing Packet
1 WISHBONE Italian  Dressing Packet
12oz Jar Pepperoncinis, RESERVE 1/3 juice from jar, cut stems off
1/3 of Juice from Pepperoncini Jar
1c Red Onion
2 Beef Broth Cubes, crushed some + 2.5c Water
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Yes, this is an ingredient-Add!)
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1tsp Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf Kind) *Optional

In a Freezer Ziploc Bag, add all, EXCEPT WATER. Write on bag “2.5c Water”. Freeze.
Cooking: Add bag contents to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed crock. Add the water TO THE BAG. Swish around to get seasons left behind. Add water to crock. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Top with White Cheese. Once melted, serve on bun. Bring some Arby Sauce Packets for topping (Optional)

Notes: This is setting … So, another 1/4c water may need to be added. Allow to cook, if needed, then add.

– tTt’s Sloppies (Aka Sloppy Dad’s):
Now, we usually use Turkey or Beef for these. But, we have TONS of Pork to be used. So, thus Ground Pork. Saves money!

1.5lb – 2lb Ground Pork
Brown Pork, season with few good shakes of:
Basil
Oregano
Garlic Powder
1 can diced Basil Oregano Tomatoes
1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix
1 sm. Onion

Brown meat, with seasoning. Add rest. Allow to cool. Add to Freezer Ziploc Bag. Lay flat in freezer. Freeze.
Cooking: Add to crock. Turn to Warm or Low. Stirring frequently. Once heated thoroughly, serve on buns.



LUNCH:
We plan on eating leftover burgers from the Frozen Patties (Used for Hamburger Foil Recipe above). Also, we scored some Brats on sale 99cents for the good kind! So, we have enough dogs to eat for a year!  That alone should cover lunches, with side of chips. Plus, we usually have leftovers from supper the night before, too.  You can FREEZE and pack lunch meat, as well. Seeing as we will already have bread/buns, cheese, and Mayo/Miracle Whip.

Tip: On trip up, for Lunch, I plan to make fun meal packs: Sandwich, Fruit Snack, Rice Crispy Treat, small Drink (Not too much!), Surprise Toy, Chips, annnd a wipe.

TIP: FREEZE LUNCH MEAT & Cheese Blocks/Slices, doubles as cooler ice! Thaw upon arrival.


– Breakfast Burritos (Also, try tTt’s other Sausage, Egg, N Potato Burritos):
Eggs
Basil
Oregano
Black Pepper
Onion, chopped
Some Chopped Green Pepper
Meat of choice: Bacon or Pork Sausage (We used Pork Sausage)

Cook meat. Then cook eggs and seasoning.  Add to meat.
Add Eggs/Meat to Soft Taco Shells, with: Cheese, Miracle Whip/Mayo, Small Spoon of Salsa. Roll burritos. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet, Brown each side of Burritos. Freeze single layer on plate that was sprayed with cooking spray (Don’t allow to touch, may stick). Cooking: Rub with wet finger. Microwave or bake til warmed through. Butter spray pan if baking.


TIP:
Keep an eye out on sales. ESPECIALLY, Non-Perishable Items/Long lasting ones. Buy, set aside. Meats were on sale, too. But, buy and use those within date of use. DO NOT thaw, then refreeze meats- Unless cooked!
On top of the $4 Family Pack Chicken Legs and 99cent Brats… We scored Cereal $1/box. Chips $1/bag. Scored Cereal few wks. ago, Hot Dog last wk., Chips this wk. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners, AND snacks… On the DOLLAR!!!


Now, I will need to pack the ingredients- Ex.) Taco Salad (Lettuce, Sour Cream (I will pack some into smaller storage container), Fritos, Cheese)… That’s okay, because the ingredients double for other meals: Lettuce-Burgers/Sandwiches, Fritos-Snack, Cheese-Top on crockpot sandwiches/Burgers/etc.
I will plan on bringing 1 brick of WHITE cheese or WHITE shredded cheese. I’m leaning toward Mozzarella Cheese. It will go with ALL the above meals.
I will bring Miracle Whip, vs. Mayo. Kids love it. And it will be leftover from Tuna Salad. Also, it will go with sandwiches/breakfast burritos/etc.
I will bring bread (Cheaper & you get More) for Sloppies, hot dogs, burgers, breakfast toast, and lunch meat sandwiches (In case I bring a pkg. meat, but, I probably won’t. There’s enough meals to have leftovers, and not to forget the hot dogs and burgers!). Buns for rest of sandwiches. Taco shells, because I like wraps vs. sandwich buns. Taco shells work great for breakfast burritos and great for any leftover Taco Salad for tacos the next day for kiddies. Shells also work great for leftover crock dishes. Making wraps the next day, served with cheese and Miracle Whip. We don’t need to, but will bring Fresh Tomatoes, because that’s our preference for Taco Salad, Burgers, etc. I have yet to try, but, you can blanch whole tomatoes. Freeze. Slice and thaw for use. Slice while frozen for easier handling.

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