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Adventures in Freezer Cooking: An Update

Remember my grand plans for adventures in freezer cooking?  Well, they sorta happened…but not really.  I bought all of the stuff on Saturday and was ready to go on Sunday.  Unfortunately, that’s where my brilliant plans and good intentions ended.

Sunday my plans to do all my batch cooking got totally derailed when Nik and I decided to meet my parents and brother for breakfast.  After we got back to my parent’s house my dad and Nik decided to wash and detail my car and change the oil which basically left my trapped at my parents’ house.  I’m certainly not complaining, because let’s be honest, the last time my car had been washed was early September 2011, but it definitely interfered with my plans to cook, cook, cook!

I did end up making a loaf of bread and a giant batch of chicken stock on Sunday.  I also made the frozen black bean burritos based on Cassie’s recipe.  Of course, I didn’t actually follow her recipe at all, but she was the original inspiration.

I’ll be posting the recipe later (once I locate the scrap of paper with my chicken scratch on it reminding me what actually went into them and maybe take a nice photo or two…), but for now, let me just tell you that…These burritos turned out AWESOME.  They reheated incredibly well.  To be honest, they reheated much better than I expected them to.  I will definitely be making them again as they’re perfect to grab on the days I don’t feel like making lunch or don’t have leftovers to bring.

I do still plan to make the Green monster smoothie packs (hopefully sometime yet this week) since I’ve got 6 over-ripened bananas on my counter, a giant tub of nearing its expiration Greek yogurt in my fridge, and four bags of frozen spinach in my freezer.

I also still plan to make breakfast sandwiches (sooner rather than later) since I have 2 ½ dozen eggs in my fridge and two packages of whole wheat english muffins wasting away on my counter top.  My Weight Watchers weekly had a recipe for mini frittatas that I want to try as the “base” for the breakfast sandwiches.

So that’s my update for now.  At least I’ve had a bit of success.  I’ll be sure to let you all know how the smoothie packs and breakfast sandwiched turn out when I get around to making them!

Operation Grab and Go Freeze Meals

When it comes to breakfast and lunch recently, I’ve been going out to eat far too often. And if we’re being really honest here, that’s really just a nice way of saying I have been supremely lazy.  The worst part is that the meals I’m buying (especially breakfast) aren’t even very good!  It’s 100% laziness/ convenience.

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In order to (hopefully) remedy this problem, I’ve decided I am going to spend a day (this Sunday) stocking my freezer with quick and easy options. I’ve never really done any sort of batch cooking or frozen meal prep before, so I’m pretty much flying blind here.  Rather than jumping into the deep end to sink or swim, I’m attempting to create a plan of attack.  I will be sure to report back next week on my success (or lack thereof!)

SO…My goal: make the six recipes below on Sunday afternoon.  I have no idea if this is a realistic goal or not, but I’m going to give it the ole college try.

Breakfast Recipes
Heat and Eat Quiche Breakfast Sandwiches also from Cassie
Green Monster and Smoothie Quick Packs inspired by Samantha at The Peanuts Gang (I also want to make her French Vanilla Banana Muffins at some point, but I’m not sure if those will make it to the freezer!)
Steel Cut Oats

Lunch Recipes
Freezer Black Bean Burritos from Cassie at Back to Her Roots
Freezer Black Bean Burgers from Mom on a Mission
White Chicken Chili (I believe one of my Weight Watchers cookbooks at home has a recipe.)

The Plan:

As it stands right now, I’ve got a grocery list, and I’m planning to shop sometime tomorrow.  This way, I can make the black beans for the burgers and burritos in the crock pot overnight on Saturday, and the steel-cut oats can cook in the crock pot during the day Sunday while I cook the rest of the stuff.  Hopefully once I’ve got all my ingredients and work space in front of me, I can come up with an efficient way to make everything quickly.

Other Thoughts:

I considered making waffles to reheat in the toaster and pancakes for the microwave, but those aren’t quite as “grab-n-go” as the sandwiches.  I also thought about of casseroles and pasta dishes as they generally freeze very well, but getting dinner on the table in the evening isn’t usually much of an issue for me. I really love cooking, and most of the time it’s a de-stresser for me so when I’ve had a really rough day is often when I look forward to cooking really complicated meals. (I’m sick; I know.)

Breakfast is a big issue for Nik since he doesn’t give himself time to make and eat breakfast before leaving. He needs options he can heat up and eat on his way out the door. I struggle more with lunch especially when I don’t have leftover to take. So pre-portion breakfast options that Nik can warm up in the microwave on his way out the door and lunch options I can reheat in the microwave at work were my priority, and unfortunately casseroles and pasta dishes don’t work super great for either of those meals.

If this works out well, I can definitely see it becoming something I do regularly.

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