Avoid any last-minute food outings, by preparing freezer meals with 100 percent whole-food ingredients. Seriously Good Freezer Meals (Robert Rose, 2018) by Karrie Truman offers all the encouragement, guidance and delicious recipes for both beginners and advanced freezer cooks to help save time and money while giving yourself and family a healthy happy meal. Truman’s recipes range from homemade sweet milk waffles straight out of her great-grandmother’s recipe box to healthy homemade empanada hand pies filled with Spanish rice and cheese to eat for an afternoon snack, on the go lunch or weekend brunch. The following excerpt is from the “Seafood” chapter.
“Girl, what have you done?” Those were my husband’s first words after he laid eyes on these tacos the first night I made them. With all their delightful flavors of garlic, lively lemon and dill, I’m certain you too will swoon over these, especially when you realize how fast they are to make!
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) melted butter
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) chicken broth
• Grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons
• 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried dill
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) minced garlic
• 2 lbs (1 kg) skinless tilapia fillets (about six 6 oz/175 g pieces)
• 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
• 12 6-inch (15 cm) corn tortillas, warmed
• cup (250 mL) shredded lettuce
• 1 cup (250 mL) canned or cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) salsa or pico de gallo (optional)
1. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, dill and garlic.
2. Place marinade mixture and tilapia fillets in a gallon-size (4 L) freezer bag or bowl. (Label the bag if freezing for later.) Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, or cover bowl. Transfer to refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.
Make It Now
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle olive oil over a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to oven while it preheats. Once oven is preheated, remove baking sheet from oven, add fillets and return it to oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until fish is flaky and lightly crisped on the edges. Remove from oven and chop into chunks. Arrange tortillas on a work surface. Evenly divide fish and lettuce, plus beans and salsa (if using), among tortillas. Serve.
Make It a Freezer Meal Freeze bag.
Thaw and Cook
Place bag in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours to thaw. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. (Drizzle olive oil over a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to oven while it preheats. Once oven is preheated, remove baking sheet from oven, add fillets and return it to oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until fish is flaky and lightly crisped on the edges. Remove from oven and chop into chunks. Arrange tortillas on a work surface. Evenly divide fish and lettuce, plus beans and salsa, if using, among tortillas. Serve.
Karrie Truman is an urban homesteader wannabe who is the proud owner of the blog Happy MoneySaver. The site is currently ranked number 1 on Google search engines for the term “freezer meals” and, on average, garners 1 million unique monthly page views, has over 600,000 unique visitors and reaches 215,000+ through social media.
Karrie has worked with brands including Frigidaire, Quaker, Albertsons and Kimberly-Clark. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, and featured in All You magazine and her local news. Karrie resides in eastern Washington.
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Courtesy of Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Available where books are sold.