Saturday, May 21, 2011

Frozen Pudding Parfaits

Freezer cooking is something that seems to be hot in blogosphere right now.   Also called, Once A Month Cooking, freezer cooking allows you to spend one day and cook multiple meals so that you don't have to cook everday.  Working from home with four kids and summer fast approaching, I became curious and intrigued by the idea.  So, I thought I'd start out small and work on a few things. 

My first, and easiest meal, that went into my freezer was a batch of French Onion Soup.  I made this the other night and had enough left over the freeze for a future meal.  Easy enough, yeah?!  My second was a batch of breakfast burritos.  I browned up some sausage, threw in some onion and green pepper, eggs and cheese then stuffed it into a tortilla, rolled and wrapped 'em individually and boom...12 burritos!

With school letting out next week I started thinking of breakfast items and quick snacks.  Enter my Frozen Pudding Parfaits.  This recipe is a compilation of a few I read online combined with what I actually had on hand.  And, here you go...

2 sm boxes sugar free instant pudding (any flavor, I chose vanilla)
2 1/2 cups cold milk
1 can crushed pineapple
1/2 tub Cool Whip
2 cups diced strawberries
2 med bananas, sliced
5 oz plastic drinking cups
freezer bags

Start by blending the pudding mix and milk together 'til smooth and it begins to thicken.  Fold in Cool Whip then add entire can (including juice) of pineapple.  Spoon a small amount of pudding mix into plastic cups, add 2 banana slices and 2 strawberry chunks, top off with more pudding.  Place cups on cookie sheet in freezer for 4 hours or until frozen through.  Remove from freezer and place cups in freezer bags and put 'em back in the freezer.  Yields 16 cups (minus one, I had to taste it, right?!).  To serve, defrost in fridge or dip bottoms in warm water 'til desired consistency.  Here's what mine looked like before I put them in the freezer...

You could totally play with the added fruit options too.  Think tropical and you could add bananas, nuts and coconut.  Mmmmm! Try these, I promise you won't be disappointed!  And, if you do try them let me know what you think of them!

Thanks for stopping by!  More to come soon on my new freezer cooking ventures.


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