The Freezer Has Died – Need Recipes!

The Freezer Has Died – Need Recipes!

Well, I’m sorry to say that this is my freezer as of right now.  I walked into my garage today to get the mail and was welcomed with an interesting smell.  My heart sank as I opened the freezer.  And, sure enough, the freezer had stopped working.

The worst part is, I had a half empty freezer until about 2 weeks ago.  For the last 2 weeks I have been stocking up on meat.  All of the ground beef I picked up for 1/2 price is gone.  Such a bummer!

But, the good news is, I still have half defrosted boneless chicken, tilapia and ground turkey.  The bad news is, I have to cook it all today and tomorrow.

So, I need your help.  If you’ve got a great recipe to cook any of these meats/fish so that I can easily refreeze them as meals, I’m all ears.

And, now, I need to find a deal on a freezer…grrr!

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  • Danielle

    my crew eats a lot of chicken noodle soup and turkey chili. Good time to have friends and family over. Best of luck.

  • Stella

    No recipes but I use my freezer as an island.. it is full of baking items, pans, crockpot, etc.

  • Dana

    If you have a can of tomatoes and/or beans and some chili spices, turkey chili! Chicken is easy if you have any sort of bottled sauce. I throw frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot with sauce and let it cook for 6 hours. Or just cook the chicken and shred it for use in future recipes. Tilapia.. Parmesan on top and baked?

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  • Rebecca

    I think I’d be making some turkey chili and some sort of shredded chicken in the crock pot (my fave is shredded buffalo chicken… so simple and so tasty!). Don’t have any ideas about the tilapia, though. Sorry!

    Here is a link for the buffalo chicken:

  • Anonymous

    Pulled bbq chicken, chicken soup, chicken chunk salad, turkey chili, turkey meatballs, meatloaf, tacos (with fish or turkey). Good Luck!

  • Susan k

    Use the chicken for chicken ‘n dumplings or homemade chicken pot pie. I use bisquick for my dumplings and they thicken in the broth, easiest thing ever to make! I also use the bisquick the crust of pot pie, a can of veg-all, and some Campbells chicken soup, another easy one and they both freeze great!

  • sarah

    Ground turkey meatloaf, meatballs……..

    Simple Baked Tilapia Recipe

    What you need:

    tilapia fillets, washed thoroughly
    fresh lemon juice
    olive oil
    salt and pepper
    vegetables of your choice, cut into strips
    coriander and lemon slices for garnish

    What to do:

    1. Put the tilapia fillets in an aluminum foil, big enough to close it later into a pocket.
    2. Brush both sides of the fillets with enough olive oil.
    3. Squeezed in the lemon juice.
    4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    5. Add the vegetables on top of the tilapia fillets.
    6. Close the aluminum foil into a pocket to seal the fillets inside.
    7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until tilapia flakes easily with a fork.

  • Trish

    parmesan crusted chicken= 4 chicken breasts
    1/2 C. mayo (I use lite mayo–it makes me feel better about it), 1/4 C. parm cheese–mixed together and slather onto chicken. Sprinkle italian bread crumbs over top (a couple tsp per breast). Bake 425 for 30 min. Yum.
    Don’t salt the chicken the cheese is plenty salty.

  • Melinda

    So sorry, Cindy! One of my favorite, EASY recipes to make with boneless chicken is called Catalina Chicken.

    Boneless Chicken Breasts (about 4-6)
    1 bottle of Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing
    1 can of whole berry Cranberry Sauce
    1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix (dry mix in pouch)

    I like to thin and pound my chicken breasts first to get them nice and tender. Place in 13×9 pyrex. Mix together dressing, cranberry and onion soup mix. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve over white or brown rice. Delicious and soooo easy!

    (You can use your Kraft Catalina for the dressing and lipton soup mixes are cheap starting Sunday at Shoprite! Plus at that free Carolina rice!)

    • Denise

      This sounds soooo good. My family loves the Catalina dressing, we make taco salad with it. Silly question maybe, is the dressing 8 oz. or the big bottle? Cant wait to make!!

      • Melinda

        Hey Denise,
        Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, and not a silly question, I should have been more clear. Depending on how much chicken you’re using will determine how much dressing you need, but I tend to use the bigger bottle, especially if I’m cooking the meal with 6 breasts I would use the whole big bottle. If you’re only cooking for two, I sometimes make this with less dressing but still use one can of cranberry and one packet of Lipton Soup Mix. It can never hurt to have extra sauce from this recipe. We pour the sauce over our rice and it’s just delicious. Once you try and see how easy and awesome tasting this is it will definitely be a regular in your house 🙂 Enjoy!

  • amy

    Go to . I have been very happy with the recipes they have on their site. I would make a pot pie, chili, chicken parm, beef and barley soups, meatloaf. I am sorry, I cannot think of fish items that freeze well, except for fish sticks, and I have no clue on how to make those.

    Good luck.

  • Jennifer

    I am not a good cook so I don’t have good any recipes to share, but that really stinks (LOL – no pun intended)! I hope you have good luck finding a deal on a freezer.

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  • Pawla

    This has happened to me before too! I saved the day using those packets of McCormick Seasonings! Your Boneless Chicken can easily be turned into pre-cooked Fajita Chicken, ready to freeze again! I don’t do much with ground turkey, but I’m sure you could pre-make your spagetti sauce, meatloaf, or even Taco Meat…and reload your new freezer! Good luck! :))))

  • Paige

    I have a couple ideas for the turkey, you can brown the ground turkey to add to pasta & sauce or make chili, or cook it with taco seasoning to make tacos, or make turkey meatballs & freeze them. For the chicken you can cook for 4-6 hours on low in the crockpot with 1 packet of taco seasoning & 1 jar of salsa poured on top. When the chicken is fully cooked it will be so tender you can shred it using two forks. The shredded chicken is great for tacos, chicken chili, enchiladas, quesodillas. One of the best recipes I’ve ever found is for chicken chili, here is the link I can’t believe how many people have asked me for the recipe. You can even just make the chili & freeze it. You can also cook the chicken plain to use for chicken salad. I’m sorry I don’t have ideas for the fish!

    • Denise

      Once meat if frozen and thawed can you make a meal, say meatballs, and refreeze again? I thought once it thawed you couldn’t refreeze.

  • well for the fish… fish and chips… for the chicken… chicken and dumplings or chicken chili…. ground turkey… do thanksgiving burgers 🙂

  • Diana F

    What’s wrong with the freezer? Is it not turning on at all? Who makes the freezer?

    I work in the HVAC world….

    • Cindy

      It seems to be running but the temperature is up to 50 degrees. There are 2 lights, a green light labeled power and a red light labeled run. Both lights are on.

      • Diana

        50 degrees… sounds like it could be room ambient. Do you hear the compressor kick on? Or just the fans? Who is the manufacturer?

  • Lora

    Super easy pulled chicken recipe. Measurements are estimates as I never follow recipes and just throw a little of this and a little of that in.

    Place 3 boneless chicken breasts in a slow cooker.
    In separate bowl mix about 3/4 cups of barbecue sauce, 1/2 cup italian dressing, about 1/2 cup water, and a handful of (1/4 cup?) of brown sugar. Mix and pour over chicken and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Discard liquid and shred chicken. Add more barbecue sauce to taste or leave it be, both are delicious. Great for sandwiches, wraps.

    I usually throw this together at night and let it cook through the night.

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  • carol

    Ground Turkey is easy. You can add it to your sauce, make meat sauce, meat balls, turkey tacos, chili. For the chicken I would probably use it for soup, so maybe just do the base soup, then add the noodles or rice to it at another time. This site might provide some information on some recipes. Fish I am at a loss for, maybe have a small dinner party 🙂

  • My MIL’s grandmother’s “stuffing” recipe. She stuffs the Thanksgiving bird with this, but we also make it as a meal, with a side salad.

    1 box of Minute Rice
    3 reg. size jars of Heinz Chicken or Turkey gravy
    1 to 1.5 lbs lean ground beef (or substitute)
    1 lb. block mozzarella cheese
    garlic power/onion powder/salt & pepper to taste

    Make rice according to box directions. Brown and drain ground beef. Shred or cube mozzarella cheese. Mix it all up with gravy. Spread loosely in 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 for 45 min. to 1 hr. Top should get barely brown/crispy. Serve. YUM!

  • Vera

    I just made this unreal chicken. Start the chx by Salt/Pepper then browning both side, then chop up an onion & shredded carrot and cook that in the oil from the chx. Let that reduce. Add some soup mix. I use either Vegeta (cant spell) or Soup Consume (found in the Koser Isle @ SR) Add some water and put the chx back into the carrot/onion mix. Let that simmer for 10 min then move it into the crock pot for 4 hrs on high.

  • Donna

    There is a great recipe on food network for turkey meatloaf. I havent made it yet but i know friends who have, its by the Neelys.
    hope it helps

  • ken lake

    ive been looking for a good freezer and i found this one at home depot.. GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White for 198.00 plus free shipping! i hope this helps.

  • Well thanks to your site, I love another site, once a month you featured it a few weeks ago in What we love Wednesday. You can find recipies that can be re frozen. So sorry about your freezer 🙁

  • Jessica

    We use ground turkey for tacos – since you want to cook it and freeze it you can always add the seasonings and then refreeze.

    For chicken – try chicken piccata. I don’t flour the cutlets, just pan saute and then when they are not quite done add lemon juice, capers and some white wine and saute until completely cooked thru. Add a T of butter at the end to make the sauce richer. If you want to thicken the sauce, take out the chicken and add some flour (or corn starch if you prefer) to the sauce and cook a few minutes. This is great with rice (white or brown but unflavored), the sauce soaks into the rice.

    Sorry – I am one of those cooks that uses my eyes and taste buds, I don’t follow recipes.

  • Leigh Ann

    Cindy I feel for you!!! I lost my freezer twice this summer…the last was when we came back from vacation in August after a week….I just sat and cried!!! I know exactly how you feel!!

  • vicky

    Sorry to hear. It just happened to me in September 🙁

  • Madeline Stekowicz

    My kids love Chicken Ritz.

    Boil the chicken (4 breasts) and cut them in cubes.
    Throw chicken in a baking dish. (I have an 8X8 dish I use)
    Add half a container of sour cream and a can of cream of chicken soup. Salt and pepper. (If you have poppy seeds, put some of them in there as well but no biggie if you don’t.)
    Crush up a sleeve of ritz and throw them on the top.
    pour some melted butter of the crackers.
    Cook on 350 until bubbly!

  • Kris

    I can’t cook to save my life however my boyfriend is an excellent cook and food network addict. Below is a recipe from that we have used however it is modified to suit our tastes. I listed the original ingredients and directions in parentheses. Tips from my bf – if substituting oil for butter, don’t use olive oil – it breaks down at high heat. He also says if making with pasta, cook it al dente or so its still slightly chewy, strain and put right into hot pasta sauce.

    Quick Chicken Parmesan

    4 boneless chicken breast halves without skin
    2 eggs beaten (1 egg, slightly beaten)
    1 cup flour mixed w/seasonings & bread crumbs (1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs only)
    enough vegetable oil to decently coat the skillet (2 tablespoons butter)
    16 ounces spaghetti sauce, or 1 1/2 to 2 cups homemade
    1 cup mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese)
    1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
    Italian seasoning (1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)

    Wash chicken and pat dry. Put chicken between pieces of wax paper, or in a food storage bag; pound gently to flatten for even cooking. Dip chicken into egg then into crumbs to coat. In skillet over medium heat, in hot oil (butter), cook chicken golden brown on both sides. (Originally, just brown the chicken and then add sauce then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.) Sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and parsley. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, until cheese melts.
    Serves 4.

  • mandee

    lowe’s will give to 10% off if you just ask.

  • Scott Hosler

    You know, I was just reading an article that debunked the myth that you can’t refreeze meat after it has been thawed. I think it even used the USDA as a reference. The key is it can’t have been out of the fridge for very long, so if it was partially thawed when it left the freezer and you kept it in the fridge, you could refreeze it.

    The catch is, the thawing and refreezing will suck out quite a bit of moisture, so you will want to pick a good recipe for keeping it moist when you eventually cook it.

  • Kim

    While I am just a really big fan of browning the gound turkey so it can essentially become anything after defrosting. Turkey chili, spaghetti, lasagna, ect…

  • Stephanie
    Join their site. It is free and you type in the ingredients you have and their search engine gives you recipes from all over the internet. It is cool. Plus I have made some really neat stuff.

  • Cindy C

    Turkey Meatballs in the Crock Pot!
    take just ground turkey (I use 3 lb.), make mini meatballs from them. Place them in the crock pot with a 16 oz jar of grape jelly and 12 oz og chili sauce. Cook on low for 5 hrs. it makes a sweet/sour ish sauce and we serve it over egg noodles. Easy to make and everyone eats them.

  • Debra Maines

    Sorry this has happened. I had the same thing when the flooding was going on, lost a whole freezer full of food. Please let us know about any deals on a freezer that you find. My favorite site for recipes is Taste of Home…you will find anything you need. Hope all goes well.

  • Tilapia- Fish Tacos (I know you can’t freeze them, but they are quick and good for a lunch or dinner)

    Boneless Chicken- Homemade ckn pot pie (if you would really like the recipe please let me know)

    Ground Turkey- ???? Sorry, don’t eat it-just go to and type in the meat you need a recipe for, and you will find thousands 🙂

  • Laura

    UGH!!! I know that feeling all too well!! So sorry!! Makes me sick to my stomach!!

  • Ellen Gannsle

    These recipes are from a great website, skinnytaste, but I make them for the whole family.They love them and they have no idea that they are also good for them.

  • All4Savings

    I am sorry to read thhis. I have a tilapia recipe:

    wash the tilapia and put it on a paper towel to dry. Put some olive oil and drops of lemon in a pyrex, then salt, then a layer of tilapia, the same on top and put some ground cumin as well. It’s easy and delicious!!! I am generous with the cumin.

    By the way… sent you an email… did you get it?

  • Nic

    I would egg and bread chicken cutlets and freeze after frying. Then you can just take out and make chicken parm or my son likes to eat it as a snack after school. For ground turkey how about meatballs or meatloaf.

  • Kandi

    I just bought my freezer from Costco – $299 before tax. Even if you have to buy a costco membership, that’s only an extra $50. They also do a referral system where you AND a friend get a $10 giftcard. That’ll take $10 off the cost. Or just use the friend’s membership! 🙂

    • Kandi

      Oops! I meant $199 before tax. $299 is SPENDY! 🙂

  • robin

    You may be able to grab some dry ice and, at least, be able to keep everything cold in there for the time being.

    One of our favorite quick, easy recipes for chicken cutlets:

    3-4 chicken cutlets
    Parmesan cheese
    1 can of chicken broth
    1 cup heavy cream
    1 jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil
    oilive oil
    lots of italian-style spice, ( I like to use those spices they sell for dipping oils. They are perfect. Pick any one of them that is more italian)
    penne pasta

    Cut the chicken cutlets into bite size pieces. Heat some olive oil on a med. low heat and throw in a chopped clove of garlic. Cook until aromatic. Throw in the chicken pieces and brown. Pour in the chicken broth and cream. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes and julienne. Throw those in. Look at it. Say: “This needs cheese.” Toss in lots of cheese. Don’t be shy. Throw in a tablespoon, or so, of those spices. Maybe more. Are there lots of spices floating around on top? Good! Keep the lid off and let that simmer awhile. The chicken will get nice and tender. Shortly before you are ready to serve, steam the asparagus for a couple of minutes. Cut that up into pieces 2-3 inches long. Throw that in with the chicken. Taste the sauce? Does it need more cheese??? It may. You can’t go wrong with cheese! Cook up the penne pasta and serve the chicken over the penne. It’s fabulous.

  • Cathy

    Chicken pot pie freezes really well. Cook the chicken first then cut into pieces and mix with jar of gravy (I got them last week on the Heinz deal) and a bag of frozen veggies. You will need the premade pie crusts, but I have cut them up to make individual pies. Freeze in the dish and when ready to eat cook frozen pie at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.

    I also love make ahead burritos, I do chicken or ground beef, but the fish could work. Cook chicken on stove, add a jar of salsa and black beans or canned corn. Put filling into flour tortilla, add cheese and roll. Wrap in tin foil and freeze in ziploc bag. You can pull as many out as you need and cook frozen for 1hour at 350 degrees. I like mine a little crispy, so I unwrap the burrito fo the last 10 minutes of cooking. They turn out great!

    Good luck finding a freezer and restocking!

  • Rachael

    These are two of my fave chicken crockpot recipes:

    2 lbs chicken breasts and 1 jar spaghetti sauce. Low for 8 hours/high for 4 hours.

    Shred and serve over favorite pasta (I use angel hair).

    1 lb chicken breast
    1 Jar salsa
    1 packet taco seasoning
    1 clove minced garlic

    mix salsa, garlic and taco seasonings and cover chicken. High 4 hours/low 8 hours. Shred and serve in tortillas with shredded cheese and sour cream

  • lovescoupons

    Our freezer did the same thing at the end of the summer. It wasn’t worth fixing (for us) cost more then to buy new. My father in law is in hvac, we had he look at it & see if it was worth it to fix. Sometimes homeowners and/or renters insurance will coveer this but it could also raise your prices. Although we haven’t replaced it yet, haven’t found a great deal. I hope you do soon.
    as for ways to cook the meat: tilapia fish tacos or Parmesan crusted. Chicken cacciatore, parm,marsala, Francaise, piccata, stir fry, breaded cutlets. Ground turkey chili, meatballs, tacos, meatloaf, burgers, etc hope this helps im out right now so can’t provide recipes but maybe you can google some. Ill try to post recipes later when home. Good luck and sorry!

  • ok through all chicken in oven with some olive oil on top with salt and pepper cook until its done then cool shred or cube and freeze then u have a bunch for tacos, casseroles ect ect same as ground turkey!!!!!! as far as the fish, fish fry!!!!

  • Dana B

    For the tilapia

    Saute onion & mushrooms just until mushrooms let out moisture. Add 1 to 2 boxes of drained frozen spinach and saute. Season to taste. Place mixture on fillets, roll, and close with a toothpick. Place all rolls in a baking dish and pour melted butter over them. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. or until fish is white and flaky. It is really yummy!

  • felicia

    I just scored big at home depot on a freezer. They were on sale for $198 for the 7.0 cubic feet one (free shipping online or in store, but it fit in my santa fe). I guess a lot of people have bought them and retuned them (too big/small) my home depot had 3 returned from on-line sales. They knocked $50 off the price AND gave me a 10% military discount I ended up paying $125.

    As for the chicken- I make and freeze chicken enchiladas for quick week night diners. I practice Cook-wan-do, I rarely ever use recipies.

    • Meli

      What home depo did you go to i really need a frezer

  • theresa

    So sorry to hear about your freezer but wow such great recipes everyone is posting.

  • kathy

    My subzero died last month! Lost everything in fridge and freezer. It cost a fortune to fix and restock. I truly feel bad for you. Like many others, I have always been pleased with the recipes from Good luck!

    BTW – was the stange smell from the food defrosting? If the food is iffy, don’t chance it!

  • chia
    This Kenmore freezer is marked down from $234.99 to $159.99 and you can use code KM2011 for extra $5 off plus shop at home is giving 5% cash back. Shipping is free with in store pick up and it is in stock under zip code 07039.

    • Cindy

      Oh you are good 🙂

  • Veronica

    ;( Oh Cindy – I am so sorry 🙁 Are you 100 percent sure the freezer is gone – – – my husband is a frozen manager and twice my freezer had ‘died’ he revived it – had to take the back panel out – defrost the coils with a hair dryer etc and it worked fine. 🙁 But I do have a coupon at home for $5 off Kmart (know it’s not much) and I think a $10 or $20 – ugh not sure coupon for Sears that I would be more than happy to mail to you if you could use it- just email me your address. I have a Kids Stuff coupon book too I will check it out when I get home.

    • Michele

      LOL Veronica…picturing your husband the “frozen manager” as the male version of Lucille Ball in the hilarious freezer episode of I Love Lucy!

      • Veronica

        lol 😀 Yeah pretty much hahahaha – the guy can’t fix himself a sandwich (my husband I mean lol) but he can sure fix a freezer lol 😀

  • jodiann

    My favorite thing with ground turkey is to make TACO MEAT. Then freeze it for future use. I like to stuff crescent rolls with turkey taco meat and shredded cheddar…YUM.
    An easy chicken recipe is….GRILLED LEMON CHICKEN from Taste of good luck

  • LisaCT

    I picked up an almost new stand up freezer with an alarm for $325 on Craigslist. It was an awesome deal. Now if the alarm goes off, I guess I would need to cook all the meat up anyway but hoping I would not lose as much money as not having an alarm.

  • Shita

    Easy to thing to do with chicken is stir frie it. Cut into bite size, ground fresh garlic. brown the garlic with oil then add chicken and stir until is cook. just need a bit water and salt (what ever seasoning you like). cool down the chicken before put in freezer for storage. just add frozen mixed viggie and gravy with the chicken in a pan to cook. skip the gravy if you put seasoning in the chicken other than salt.

  • Jessie A

    Here is a link to the best turkey chilli I have ever had. It is good with our without the butternut squash and if you don’t have beer you can substitute chicken stock. It is also quite forgiving to tinkering I have added ither thinks and it always comes out great.

  • Erin McDermid

    I agree with the turkey chili folks – I use Rachael Ray’s crock pot recipe that uses grated sweet potato in it… it’s great!
    For Tilapia, I bake it in the oven for about 10 min, first pour over it, chopped reconstituted sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary and garlic. It’s delicious with rice!!

  • You should be able to just cook up that gr. turkey and refreeze it. Take it out as you need it. You could make some chili and use the chicken &/or gr turkey in that. Make some soups. Right now I have a crock pot of Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup going. I got the recipe from That is a great place to search for recipes.

  • Alice

    Your readers are wishing you the best energy to deal with this. Being the great deal maker you are sure you will score a deal with a new freezer. 🙂

  • Jen,1749,149162-241206,00.html

    recipe for Cincinnati chili. Used to live out in the midwest for a few years before I returned to NJ, and was introduced to this recipe. Couldnt find the exact one I use, but it is a different type of chili with coco powder and cinnamon. Sounds strange, but really yummy!!! good luck…hmmm makes me want to go make it!!!!

  • Mehreen

    I know how you feel Cindy T.T I remember we had no electricity for a week…
    For boneless chicken, I recommend tandoori chicken. If you did get free kikoman variety powders from months ago, you can make that. cut chicken into cubes n marinate with tandoori powder and lemon juice. You can bake em or bbq.
    tilapia mmmm hehehe I use Mccormic brand seasoned salt on it with olive oil and lemon juice. Bake them for 20mins without flipping them and it taste yummy! Eat fish with free 1lb carolina rice. 2-3 fish fillet and a bowl of rice for an adult serving =)
    Ground turkey woot! turkey burgers or chilli sounds nice…

  • Bridget

    OH, what a bummer! Heres a good chicken recipe I do” Creamy garlic Parmesan chicken – About 2-3 BIG tablespoons of minced garlic in pan with butter, saute. remove from heat and add a few tbls of flour ( more or less for consistency). Mix it up till smooth, then put back on heat and start adding cream or milk ( I use milk) Add Parmesan and parsley flakes. Dice up chicken and cook in separate pan with spices, then add to sauce. Pour over your favorite pasta or rice. YUM!!

  • Tracy

    tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon honey
    ¼ teaspoon dark sesame oil
    2 tablespoons scallions
    2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    ½ teaspoon fresh ground ginger (I used ¼ of dried ground ginger)

    4(6 ounce filets)
    Course salt & pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon of light olive oil in the sauté pan

    4 cups gourmet lettuce (I used butter leaf – hydroponically grown)

    Make dressing ahead. You will spoon it onto the fish once it is plated.
    Sautee tilapia for about 1.5-3 minutes on each side or until fish is white and flakes easily with a fork.
    Place filets ontop of 1 cup of lettuce and spoon a few teaspoons of dressing on fish.

  • hanna

    I would cook all ground with onion, little salt (and pepper if you use them.).
    They can be frozen as is, then take them out to make it meat sauce or chille later when you have time.
    Sometime I make omelette on Sunday morning with these meat then add some peppers and mushroom with it.
    Chiken could do the same and add some vegitable to make stair fly later.
    Just think, you are prepping them for later cooking.

  • krista

    shepards pie, chic enchaladas, burittos, chic stew, turkey meat pies, chic pot pies. I dont think the fish will freeze well in a dish but you could try fish chowder

  • Liz P.

    I don’t know if this helps any, but my hubby and I bought our freezer chest on Craigslist. Took only a couple days to find an awesome deal!
    A couple was down-sizing to a smaller home and had no room for the freezer. Only 2 yrs old made by GE. And the BEST part is they only want $50 for it! They were in a hurry to get rid of it as moving day approached.
    Best $50 I spent!

  • victoria

    I am so sorry! I think with the money you have saved us all, we should all bring you something to restock!
    A very easy, yummy recipe for tilapia…
    brush EVO in a pyrex dish. Squirt honey all over the fillets and sprinkle garlic powder on them. Bake until flakey…..easy and yummy!!!!

  • Denise

    THis just happened to me 3 weeks ago…well…sort of…my husband took the ice cream out and thought he closed the freezer….wish I had all these recipes then…I had the same items to use. Made Chicken noodle in the crockpot, and used to Kikoman packets with some of the frozen veggies and made a delicious stir fry that I re-froze and tasted great. Good Luck!

  • Irene D.

    Hi, If you like stuffed peppers, you can make a Spanish style stuffed pepper. I don’t have exact ingredients but here’s how it goes (somewhat, you can really improvise on what spices and veggies you add)

    4-6 bells peppers (red, green, yellow, orange, I usually mix them up)
    1-2 tbs canola or other oil
    1 lb ground turkey
    1 onion (finely chopped) 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
    1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 can of mexican style corn
    chicken broth
    2 small cans of tomato sauce
    Sazon Goya seasoning packet
    salt and pepper and whatever else you want to add.

    Cut off the tops and chop up the tops. Saute chopped pepper tops with onion and garlic in a skillet. Add turkey and brown. Add a little broth and tomato sauce and seasonings. Add beans and corn and cook until flavors are blended and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stuff into peppers and top with a little more tomato sauce (and cheese if you like) I usually cook on top of the stove in a dutch oven or other heavy pan. Add a little stock to pan to keep the peppers moist. Cover and cook until peppers are soft. You could bake them too, if you like.

    Hope this helps. We like this version at our house

  • Susan

    I too would make some kind of chowder with the fish;not sure how well it would freeze otherwise. Best of luck finding a new freezer!!

  • Laura H.

    I had a friend come over once and made a giant batch of ground turkey tacos, and much to my surprise they froze perfectly. We fried corn tortillas in a little oil and stuffed each one with the taco-seasoned ground turkey and some cheese — folded them into taco shape and froze about 20 of them (some individually for a quick snack, plus a batch of twelve for an actual family dinner) in Ziploc bags… they were so easy to just pop in the toaster oven for about two minutes, add a few more fresh toppings if desired — tasted as good as new!

  • Donna

    Oh, my! My worst nightmare! I would marinate the boneless breasts in a few separate flavors and grill them. Then you can freeze them and take them out as you need them. You can use them as is, or in soups or on salad or even chop to make chicken salad. Once the Tilapia has defrosted, I wouldn’t recommend refreezing it, even if cooked. It will be very mushy. You can bake it with a little lemon or lime juice and some Panko bread crumbs (from the Kikoman offer). 🙂 Or wrap in foil with a few sliced lemons or limes and fresh parsley and grill.

  • liz

    White Bean Chicken Chili – Sloppy Joes – No idea on the Tilapia. PS – We once had a refrigerator in our garage and were informed (by Sears) that the thermostats in Fridges & Freezers don’t hold up like the used to in less than ideal climates. Our garage wasn’t heated so that was our problem. We had to move our next one indoors to our basement. Good luck.

  • Erika

    This recipe using ground turkey is one of my go to’s. It’s called stuffed pepper casserole.


    1 lb ground turkey
    2 cups rice
    1 can diced tomatoes
    Tablespoon tomato paste
    1/3 onion diced
    2-3 medium bell peppers diced
    Italian seasoning
    Cajin seasoning
    Beef bullion
    Shredded cheddar cheese
    Other vegetables optional such as green beans or mushrooms

    Cook rice with diced tomatoes and bullion
    Brown turkey with onion, garlic, peppers, and other vegetables
    Combine all ingredients and put in greased casserole dish
    Cover with cheese
    Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

  • nadyme

    Here is a chicken recipe that everyone in my family loves and it is easy to make
    1 tray of Chicken legs /quarters
    1 cup italian dressing
    1/2 cup dry cranberries
    1/2 cup dry appricots
    1/2 cup apricot marmalade

    season the chicken with salt and pepper, place it in a baking dish with all the ingredients.Put it in a 350 over for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked nice and golden.
    If you have any frozen sweet potato french fries, you can use them as a side dish. Place them in a baking dish and broil them along with the chicken.
    you can serve with rice too.

  • Lori

    If you have a large pressure cooker you can, can the meat. Look in any Ball cook book or even online for directions on canning meat. I do it all the time and it is GREAT, when you are in a hurry to open up a can of meat and make some soup or a casserole. It turns out real tender too.

  • Joe

    Home Depot has a 7.0cu ft chest freezer for $198.

    Best Buy has the same freezer but for $200.59.

    Best Buy will price match it and give you 10% back which would make it $178 . There is a 12% off mobile coupon if you have a Best Buy card here:

    After all the discounts and the price match it would be $157 for a 7.0cu freezer. I have this freezer and it’s huge.

  • Kristine

    I never tried it but maybe you could substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. Also, my husband said to check out craigslist for chest freezers. He thinks you should be able to find one free or at least cheap!

    Pizza Pot Pie

    1 pound ground beef
    1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
    1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
    1 can (4 ounces) mushroom pieces and stems, drained
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
    1 cup Bisquick Original baking mix (or any other baking mix)
    1/4 cup boiling water

    1~~> Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease four 10- to 12-ounce casseroles. Cook beef, onion and bell pepper in 10- inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
    2~~> Stir pizza sauce and mushrooms into beef. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon beef mixtures into casseroles. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on each.
    3~~> Mix baking mix and boiling water until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Turn doughonto surface dusted with baking mix; gently roll in baking mix to coat. Shape into ball; knead about 10 times or until smooth. Divide dough into 4 balls . Pat each ball into circle the size of diameter of caserole. Place each circle on beef mixture in caserloe.
    4~~> Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is very light brown.

    Number Of Servings:4 servings
    Preparation Time:Prep~~> 20 minutes; Bake~~> 15 to 20 minutes

  • Virginia Forrest

    I would do a simple roasted Tarragon chicken with butter and the take leftovers and boil down for Chicken soup. This is hubbys fave.

  • Michele

    We love Ina Garten’s turkey meatloaf recipe – and it calls for 5 pounds of ground turkey. It can be portioned and frozen after you cook it.

  • Nicole

    Chicken/ Turkey Croquette, Sloppy Joes, Sheppard’s Pie, Meat Lovers Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo I also make a cilantro pesto sauce (substitute cilantro for basil) and add in plain creamer (or half & half / whole mike) to go over the fish. The sauce freezers well but I don’t think the fish would be good refrozen.

  • Sandi

    I only recommend to buy a big freezer. You might as well, because you will be kicking yourself if you can’t fit all of your food in it. I checked around on the internet first, and in the stores too. I wound up at Lowes and they price matched their website price and I also had a 10% off card that I got at the post office, ask your local post office they just might have some too.

  • Beth

    Soooooooooooo!!!! Sorry to hear about your freezer. I was was having worries about my freezer dropping dead also. (Freezer was almost 30 yrs old). If your think about replacing your freezer I just bought a new one at HH gregg. It’s a Frigidaire has two baskets and a interior divider system that can be somewhat configured to you own need. Thought it might save you a little time looking for a replacement.