Seriously Good Freezer Meals contains 150 recipes and all info needed to become a freezer-meal genius: information on shopping, cooking, freezing, thawing & everything in between including meal plan programs to guide you in cooking 7 to 50 meals in a day. Mascarpone Key Lime Mini Pies recipe included.
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Author: Karrie Truman
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Robert Rose (February 22, 2018)
Cover price $24.95
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Don’t Freeze Up at Meal Time — Reach Into the Freezer Instead
Let’s admit it: we all want to save time and money while still putting healthy and tasty homemade food on the table. But how? Karrie Truman, creator of the much-beloved blog Happy Money Saver, is going to let you in on a secret: the answer is freezer meals.
When she was an exhausted young mom, Karrie found herself serving processed or fast food at the end of a busy day even though she knew it wasn’t what she wanted her family to be eating. Then she discovered freezer meals. Immediately, she had home-cooked, easy and delicious food at her fingertips and more time to spend with loved ones.
In Seriously Good Freezer Meals, Karrie shares 150 recipes that will change the way you think about freezer cooking. You won’t find your mother or grandmother’s freezer meals here (except lasagna, of course). Her recipes include Morning Energy Bars, Empanada Hand Pies, Coconut Cashew Basil Curry Soup, Smoky Grilled Louisiana Turkey Legs, and Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with tons of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options, too. Plus, she adds a bulk-batch chart for ease in making large quantities of each freezer-meal recipe.
Karrie gives you all the tools you need to become a freezer-meal genius: information on shopping, cooking, freezing, thawing and everything in between. The book includes beginner, intermediate and advanced meal plan programs to guide you in cooking 7 to 50 meals in a day. You read that right: 50 meals in a day. No more excuses: it’s time to start cooking delicious meals that will have you feeling anything but left out in the cold!
Karrie Truman is the creator of Happy Money Saver (www.happymoneysaver.com), a blog devoted to making delicious freezer meals and helping people learn ways to live life to the fullest while on a budget, which garners about 800,000 visitors per month. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Seattle Magazine. Karrie lives with her husband, and four children on five acres in Eastern Washington.
Batch cooking and making freezer meals is a great way to save time on busy nights. It can also save you some money. For those unfamiliar with freezer meals, the beginning of this cookbook explains all of the basics, including helpful tips, commonly used items and ingredients and even sections on cookign and thawing. Then come the recipes.
Chapters in this cookbook include:
- Appetizers & Snacks
- Soups, Stews & Chilis
- Meatless Mains
- Side Dishes
- Bases & Sauces
The recipes are all clearly written and easy to understand. Most of the recipes have an option for making it now, or for making and freezing to eat later. At the bottom of each there is a batch cooking guide that helps you easily scale a recipe up or down depending on how much you want to make. The cookbook contains a lot of color photos, most of the included recipes have one. You will need to read through a recipe to determine how much prep and cooking time is required, so you know if you hae time to try making it.
This cookbook would be perfect for anyone that is interested in batch cooking and preparing freezer meals.
Courtesy of Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money & Sanity by Karrie Truman © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Available where books are sold.
Image credit: Charity Burggraaf
Mascarpone Key Lime Mini Pies
These mini pies are truly my biggest addiction. The refreshing light, sweet flavor of Key limes and the creamy, airy mascarpone are the obvious stars, but the real surprise lies in the unique taste of cardamom in the graham cracker crust. It’s a magical combination!
Makes about 12 mini pies.
- 8 oz (250 g) mascarpone cheese, softened
- 1 can (14 oz or 300 mL) sweetened condensed milk
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) freshly squeezed or bottled Key lime juice
- 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) graham cracker crumbs (about 41/2 oz/130 g)
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cardamom or ground cinnamon
- Additional frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), optional
- Sliced Key limes (optional)
1. Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer), beat mascarpone cheese on High for about 1 minute, until creamy. Add condensed milk and lime juice; beat on Medium for about 1 minute, until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping, until blended.
3. Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and cardamom, stirring well.
4. Sprinkle crust mixture evenly over each mini pie. Press gently with the back of a spoon to flatten. Freeze for about 2 hours, until firm.
Make It Now – Remove from freezer. Gently remove silicone liners and invert mini pies onto a serving plate, crust side down. Top with additional whipped topping and a slice of Key lime, if using. Serve frozen.
Make It a Freezer Meal – Remove from freezer. Transfer mini pies, in their silicone liners, to 2 labeled gallon-size (4 L) freezer bags. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze.
Serve Remove from freezer. Gently remove silicone liners and invert mini pies onto a serving plate, crust side down. Top with additional whipped topping and a slice of Key lime, if using. Serve frozen.
If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out this Smoky Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe and this Thai Beef Stir-Fry recipe, both of which I have shared with permission of the publisher. You can purchase Seriously Good Freezer Meals on Amazon.