Monthly Archives: February 2012

Start Small

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Start Small!  Have you been thinking about freezer cooking, but the idea of cooking all day just overwhelms you?  Are you afraid that the food you freeze won’t possibly taste good later? Have no fear, it’s possible to freezer cook in smaller batches, and what you make will taste just as good when you warm it up as when you make it originally.  You’ll enjoy the meal even more when you know that the prep and clean up is a breeze. 

I’ve been talking to many busy working moms about my freezer cooking adventures.  Some are making crock-pot meals for 2 times a week when they have kid chores (dance practice, cheer practice, gymnastics, etc.).  Others are making some quick and easy breakfasts and lunches to have on hand.  Whatever your need, START SMALL.  I’m posting some easy go to recipes to get you started.

Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients:

Eggs or egg whites

Cheese

Onions and peppers

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped ham or sausage

Tortillas

  1. Cook sausage or sauté ham in skillet.  Add onions and peppers.
  2. Add eggs or whites and scramble all together.
  3. Add cheese and cook until cheese is melted and well combined.
  4. Warm tortillas and add filling.
  5. Wrap up and set aside. 
  6. Wrap each burrito in either wax paper or plastic wrap, and then again in foil or freezer paper. 
  7. Place all your burritos in 1 bag. 

To serve: Remove from freezer.  Remove foil and plastic/wax paper.  Wrap in paper towel and microwave for about 1 minute, or until warm.  ENJOY on the go!

To make these stretch a little farther, add some hash browns to the mixture.  This is my personal favorite!

BBQ Quesadillas

Ingredients:

Shredded chicken or chunked can chicken

BBQ sauce of your choice

Cheese

 

1.Mix chicken with BBQ sauce.

2.Warm each tortilla on grill and add chicken mixture.

3.Sprinkle with cheese and fold over.

After cooking, let cool.  Wrap each one individually in wax paper and then again with foil or freezer paper.  Store in large freezer bag.

Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken or Gluten free by using corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas.  Change the meat to pulled pork or whatever you left over.

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Let’s get ready for the week!

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So no freezer cooking this weekend.  I spent the weekend with my mom, celebrating my birthday at a quilt class.  I stopped at a fabulous kitchen store- Sur La Table, and found some great little toys.  I came home with what I am going to call a hot pocket/pop tart maker, an egg ring for making breakfast bagel sandwiches, and a dolphin cookie cutter.  My 4-year-old loves picking out cookie cutters when we go there, and this time he chose what he thought was a fish.  No one tell him it’s technically a dolphin!  I had a great time, but the week is upon me, and I’m wondering what I am going to do.  No fear, I had a few extra meals in the freezer, so we’ll make it to the end of the week.  I am however all ready for my big cook this weekend!

The menu is set.  The groceries are bought.  The kitchen will be cleaned and the kids will be busy with dad.  I’m sure my ‘helper’ will come in to help throughout the day.  What’s on the menu you ask?  Several healthy and creative meals!  I’ve taken some of the meals from the diet, traditional, and whole foods menus on Once a Month Mom.  I liked a little of each, so there we have it.  Of course there are several favorites on our menu this month, including pizza, BBQ chicken baked potatoes, quesadillas, muffins, poptarts, and various smoothies. 

Tonight I pulled out dinners for the next couple of nights, and started making some smoothies and BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes.  I love these potatoes because they are so filling.  And when you buy your potatoes at Costco, then you have a meal in itself.  The recipe couldn’t be easier.  Bake your potatoes.  While they are cooking, you can get the mixture ready.  Use cooked cubed chicken, or in this case a can of chick (drained well), and mix with your favorite BBQ sauce.  I had a coupon for Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce today, so that’s what I will be using.  Mix in a small handful of cheddar cheese.  Once the potatoes are baked and cooled slightly, remove the filling and mix with the BBQ chicken.  Carefully spoon the potato chicken mixture back into the potatoes.  Top with cheese.  To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap and then foil.  Put all the potatoes in one bag and freeze.  I usually pull these out the night before and let them start to defrost in my fridge the night before.  They will continue to defrost during the morning before lunch.  Simply reheat in the microwave and enjoy!

I love smoothies for breakfast, and while they are simple enough to make, I truly hate making them when I am trying to get out the door in the morning.  I usually just combine frozen fruit, yogurt, juice, or milk, and some fresh fruit.  Make a blender full, pour individual serving sizes into quart freezer bags.  Take one out in the morning to defrost while you are getting ready, and presto- a healthy breakfast on the go.  Tonight I was inspired by the Dark Chocolate and Strawberry smoothies on the Once A Month Mom website.  I used vanilla almond milk, though you can use whatever milk you want, a mixture of frozen berries (the last bits of several bags in the freezer) and some dark chocolate chips.  All I can say is OMG!!  This smoothie is not only healthy (8 WW points plus, 290 calories, 38 sugar, 6 fiber, 11 fat), but delicious!!  It’s a bummer that I have to wait until the morning for breakfast to come! 

Have a wonderful week everyone.  Get your menus together and your ingredients ready so you can cook your way to an organized month.

The original posting for the BBQ potatoes: http://www.cookingwithmykid.com/recipes/ 1

The original posting for the smoothies: http://greenlitebites.com/2011/02/14/dar 1