Ziploc bag method
1 (16 oz) package spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
5 tablespoons butter, melted
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion
When you are ready to use this meal, place back in pan and thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-24 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Spaghetti: $.92 seasoned salt $.02
meat: $ 2.88 Parmesan cheese $. 34
onion $.43 butter $ .35
spaghetti sauce $1.12 cottage cheese $1.46
2 eggs $.23 mozzarella $2.09
Total cost: $9.84 for 8 servings or $1.23 a serving
Now you have a nice, inexpensive meal and your pan is free until you need it for thawing and baking. In the meantime, you can use the pan for more important things like this:
Rocky Road Brownies
1 1/4 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs (lightly beaten)
3/4 cup butter
2 cups miniature marshmallow
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups assorted nuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13 x 9 metal baking pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a 3 quart saucepan, heat butter and chocolate over med-low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; stir until well mixed. Stir flour mixture just until blended. Spread batter in pan.
Bake brownie 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from edge comes out clean. Sprinkle top of brownie evenly with marshmallow; top with nuts. Bake 5 minutes longer or until marshmallows melt slightly. Cool in pan on wire rack.
Some things to remember when freezing meals: Potatoes don't freeze well. Spices can get stronger over time. Slightly under cook pasta to prevent sogginess. Bread-based toppings like crackers or chips get soggy when frozen with the meal. Freeze these in a separate bag and add just before baking. Some recipes freeze better than others--experiment with your family favorites.