Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Steam Fresh Bag Recipes...GREAT IDEA!!!

Yesterday on Facebook one of my friends, Sheridan's status read "Just made 20 Steam Fresh Bags"...so of course, this peeked my curiosity so I commented "what in the world are those?". She wrote me back and said they are bags of uncooked food she makes ahead of time and then throws them in the freezer. She said it has been working out awesome because it's total portion control and her husband has lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks eating these. I told her I wanted to learn more and to send me info. She sent me recipes and pictures of the finished product right out of her freezer.

I'm going to post them here for you guys because I'm giddy excited about this. I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to the store today to buy one of the recipe ingredients and the Steam Fresh Bags. I will make it and do an update. But for now check out this idea...very cool for the moms that work, men that don't cook, or just the all around busy busy person.

Here's her recipes and all the info she sent me:

The intention is to fill the bags with more veggies than carbs. I always make a big salad before with whatever dressing, fat or no fat, and then one of the bags. Daniel is doing really well with these. I just take one hour and make a ton of them and freeze them. I mix up and add or take away so each bag is different. I add full sugar/fat sauces. But you can add spices so that there is barely any additional fat or sugar added. Get creative in the spice section, salt/pepper, curry, lemon/pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, taco seasoning, you name it. Replace veggies with ones you like if you don't prefer the ones I put. Add nuts too! Each box of medium steam fresh bags have ten each in them (you can find them by the ziploc bags)

Sweet and Sour Chicken:

divide chicken and veggies into 4 portions and put into each bag seperately

1 pound skinless/boneless chicken strips diced
1 can pineapple1 red or green bell pepper diced
1 white onion diced
1 jar of sweet and sour sauce (just put 1 to 2 tablespoons in each bag)
1 bag of Uncles Bens 90 second rice

Teriyaki Chicken and Asparagus:

1 pound skinless/boneless chicken strips diced
1 stalk of asparagus
1 carton of mushrooms
1 onion diced
1 can water chestnuts
Garlic (1-2 cloves per bag)
1 jar of teriyaki sauce (1 to 2 tablespoons in each bag)
1 bag of Uncle Bens 90 second rice

Curry Lamb:

4 lamb steaks (cheap at Bashas,like $2 a piece)
1 small bushel fresh mint (put 3-4 leaves in each bag)
1 tablespoon curry spice
1 Garlic (1-2 cloves per bag)
1 carton of portobello mushrooms
1 zuchinni sliced
1 onion diced
1 bag of Uncle Bens Basmati 90 second rice

Steak and Asparagus:

4 medium sized steaks
1 Garlic (1-2 cloves per bag)
1 onion diced
1 carton mushrooms
1 stalk of asparagus
2 white potatoes diced
1 bag baby carrots
salt/pepper to taste

Buffalo Chicken:

1 pound diced chicken
1 bottle buffalo marinade (1 to 2 tablespoons per bag)
one onion diced
2 white potatoes cubed

Fajitas Fun:

1 pound stir fry beef
1 onion sliced in circles
1 red or green bell pepper
1 jalepeno (if your brave enough)
one pack taco seasonings
one 90 second bag of spanish rice
with or without a pack of tortillas you have fajitas

Honey Mustard Salmon:

1 large salmon sliced into fours
Honey Mustard (1-2 tablespoons to bag)
1 scallion diced
1 garlic (1-2 cloves per pack)
1 yellow squash sliced
1 carton white mushrooms
one pack gnochi

Beef and Broccoli:

1 pound stir-fry beef sliced
1 onion
1 garlic minced
1 stalk broccoli
1 can water chestnuts
1 bag baby carrots
teriyaki or soy sauce to taste
one bag 90 second brown rice

Chicken Tortellini:

1 pound chicken strips
1 onion
1 garlic
1 can spaghetti sauce (2-3 ts per bag)
1 carton portobello mushrooms
1 bag shredded cheese(put a small handful in the bag, or after you cook it)
1 zuchinni diced
1 medium bag frozen cheese tortellini or ravioli

Each Bag States on the front how long each piece takes. I do between 5-7 minutes for each one. You have to live and learn, depending on how your microwave is, your portions sizes ect. If it isnt cooked, put it back in for 2 minutes and you are golden.
Sheridan with her son Carter

Thanks Sheridan...great idea!!!


oneshotbeyond said...

that's a lot to think about! Great stuff.

Jenifer (and_she_makes_four) said...

What a great idea! I love cooking meals on the spot - but this is something I would do for veggies...thanks for sharing!


Barbara Bakes said...

Good idea so often veggies go bad in my fridge. I'll have to give this a try!

~RED~ said...

what a great idea!!!!
thanks for the recipes too!

teresa said...

I've been thinking a lot about filling my freezer with frozen dinners, this would be a great way to start.

girlichef said...

These are pretty awesome. I saw them on The Biggest Loser and have been wondering about them...I will definitely have to try them out now!

sherri said...

Great idea! gonna have to print this one out.

Helene said...

I'll have to find these in stores. Thanks for the recipes.

Reeni♥ said...

These are terrific! I bet they would be good for leftovers, too.

Bunny said...

This is terrific!! I can't wait for your update on this!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great idea! I've done corn in a steam bag and it worked out well.

unconfidentialcook said...

Great idea...but I worry about nuking anything in plastic. What do you think?

Gloria Chadwick said...

This is a really GREAT IDEA!!! :)
BTW, I love the name of your blog. My daughter's names are Jennifer and Jaime.

Mommy Gourmet said...

Brilliant. I left a award for you over at my blog

Hornsfan said...

these are a terrific idea!

the happy couple said...

I have always wanted to try these and now you have given me a few reasons and ways to experiment with them. Thanks!

Brad G said...

This is great!! I live in a residence dorm and have nothing but a small toaster oven, flat grill and micro- but I still love to eat healthy, tasty meals. This is such a great idea. I've been using my roomate's steam bags and didn't even think about pre-making meals in them and freezing them... great stuff!

janice andrews said...

Thanks for this post x