Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tastefully Simple Taco Terrific! & Smoked Bacon Chicken

Since I am a Tastefully Simple rep, I still use their products, although not alot. I did get the new Dinner Tonight Collection ($59.99) which has recipes, freezer labels & seasonings for 10 different meals. You will be able to make more than 10 meals from this kit.

This recipe, I already had some fresh tomatoes frozen, plus frozen ground meat so I mixed the seasonings, put both frozen packages & a snack ziploc w/ the seasonings in 1 large ziploc w/ instructions on the outside. Cooper can make up some tacos if I ever get away from the house.

Freezer Recipe from TS Tonight Collection
Taco Terrific! - using Tastefully Simple (TS) ingredients
1lb Ground beef
1 TB TS Fiesta Party Dip Mix
1 TB TS Onion Onion
8 oz tomato sauce
1/4c water
1 tsp cumin
Taco or tortilla shells
Cook ground beef in bean pot or large skillet with next 2 ingredients till beef is no longer pink, drain fat. Stir in next 3  ingredients; simmer on low for 10-15 min (or in bean pot, cook in microwave 5-8 min). Fill taco shells with warm meat mixture. Top w/ diced tomatoes, sour cream, shredded lettuce & shredded cheese. 
To freeze: Place cooked cooled taco meat in ziploc bag. Freeze till ready to use. Thaw completely, heat & serve as directed. 

The next recipe is another TS Freezer recipe. I split this recipe into 2 ziplocs & used chicken tenderloins (already frozen). So, a tip when using frozen chicken pieces - they will have extra moisture so your meal may be a bit more runny than if you had used fresh when preparing.

Smoked Bacon Chicken
1 packet TS Smoked Bacon Warm Dip Mix
15 oz jar alfredo sauce
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast (for my half batch, I used 5-6 chicken tenderloins in each)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crumbled bacon
Diced tomatoes

Serve it tonight - preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk first 2 ingredients together; set aside. Place chicken in a greased 9x13 pan. Pour sauce mixture evenly over chicken. Bake 30-40 min or till chicken is done. Top chicken w/ cheese, bacon & tomatoes the last 5 min of baking. 

Serve it later: Place chicken in greased 9x13 pan, top w/ sauce mixture (I just used ziplocs). Cover tightly w/ foil; freeze until ready to use. Thaw completely, bake & serve as above.

So, this kit is available thru Tastefully Simple. Email me your order if you want to make some easy freezer meals (and I mean EASY!).

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