Freezer Cooking – Shopping List and Breakfast Burrito Recipe


This week’s Freezer Recipes will be centered around Tortillas!  Yup!  It’s all about Tortillas.

I made 5 different freezer meals and here is the shopping list of all the items I needed:

  • 108 Tortillas
  • 5 lbs Cheese (I used the Mexican Blend)
  • 1 can diced chilies
  • 4 lbs ground beef
  • 4 Taco Seasoning Packets
  • 3 Cups of Rice (Brown or White)
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast
  • 1 8oz, Cream cheese
  • 1 32 oz package sliced Ham or Turkey
  • 18 Eggs

As you can see from the list, my recipes weren’t hard, in fact they were pretty simple.

The first recipe I’d like to share with you is:

Freezer Breakfast Burrito

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients

  • 18 Tortillas
  • 18 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Shredded Cheese (Any Flavor)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Crack eggs into a bowl and beat them until they are a pale yellow.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of milk continue to beat until mixed together, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly grease pan with (cooking spray, 1 tsp oil or 2 tsp butter) Heat over medium heat until pan is hot.
  4. Add eggs and with a spatula gently push one edge of the egg into the center. Continue to do this until all eggs are firm.
  5. Heat Tortillas in microwave for 30-45 sec
  6. Then add eggs and cheese on top of tortilla and roll into a burrito.
  7. To roll burrito, fold in sides first then roll.
  8. Wrap each burrito in plastic wrap then store in freezer bag and freeze.
  9. To Reheat Burrito, place in microwave for about 30-45 secs and continue to do this until center of the burrito is warm.
  10. To reheat in oven heat oven at 400 degrees and heat for 15-20 minutes.

Notes

Other things you can include in your burritos are: Meat, Bell Peppers, Onions, Jalapenos and more.

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Join me tomorrow for our next recipe Freezer Recipe Chicken Quesadillas

 

 

 

Freezer Cooking: Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer Cook Should Know

Freezer Cooking

Welcome back to Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer cook should know.  If you are just now joining in on this series, be sure to check out Part 1 – The Benefits of Freezer Cooking , Part 2 – Different Methods of Freezer Cooking  and Part 3 –Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps

Stuff every freezer cook should know.

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Lingo

Flash Freeze – You’ll hear me say this.. This method use to freeze food items individually.  Here’s an example of Flash Freeze.  Lets say we are making meatballs, you’ll roll each meatball, place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with wax paper and place the baking sheet in the freezer until all the meatballs are frozen.

Get the Air Out – You’ll hear me say this… This method is used to remove all of the air in your storage container.  Air is the enemy when you’re freezing foods.

Foods that should not be frozen

  • raw potatoes
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • mayonaise
  • eggs in their shell, whole hard cooked eggs

 Freezer Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

Do make sure you have all of your supplies on hand.

Do take breaks

Do prep foods the day before hand

Do wear an apron

Don’ts 

Don’t go overboard, especially if this is your first time freezer cooking

Don’t shop and cook on the same day

Don’t refreeze a frozen meal

Don’t forget to label each item along with the date

 

This concludes the Freezer Cooking series… Join me on throughout the week where each Friday, I’ll be using the multiple meal cooking method.  Then throughout the following week I’ll share with you my shopping list, recipes as well as my tips and tricks on how to shop, save and reduce your time in the kitchen.

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Freezer Cooking: Part 3 ~ Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps

Freezer Cooking

Welcome back to Part 3 –Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps. If you are just now joining in on this series, be sure to check out Part 1 – The Benefits of Freezer Cooking and Part 2 – Different Methods of Freezer Cooking.

In order to get started with Freezer Cooking there are a few necessities you will want to do before you get started.

Step One:  Organize your pantry.  This is important because you need to know what you have on hand and how much you’ll need to purchase to get started.

Step Two:  Stock up on Freezer Storage Supplies which include:

  • Freezer Bags, Gallon and Pint size
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Drinking Straw
  • Sharpie
  • Optional:  Freezer Containers, Aluminum Trays.  – These tend to take up more space in your freezer.  I would only recommend using them if you have the space.

If you have a foodsaver and the bags, those work wonderful, however can be pricey.  I’ll be showing you the cheaper way around that, but still an effective method.

Step Three:  Think of all of the appliances you have and can use.  Examples are items, such as Crockpot, Rice Cooker, Grill, etc.  This can help you cook more items at once and get done quicker.  When planning your menu, be sure to include those recipes.

Step Four:  Choose a Freezer Cooking Day

Step Five:  Make a list of the recipes you want to freeze.  If you are trying a new recipe, make sure to cook one ahead of time to ensure your family likes it.  This way you aren’t making a weeks worth of food your family will not eat.

Step Six:  Make your shopping list and shop ahead of time.  You don’t want to shop and cook on the same day.  You’ll be exhausted before you even get started

Step Seven:  Have Fun!!

Join me tomorrow where I’ll conclude this series with Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer Cook should know.

 

Freezer Cooking: Part 2 ~ Different Methods of Freezer Cooking

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 Freezer Cooking

Welcome back!  If you are just now joining us on this series, be sure to visit Part 1 – The Benefits of Freezer Cooking

Today I wanted to share with you the different methods of freezer cooking.  Here are some of the most common methods:

  1.  Once a Month Cooking – This is where you take an entire day or two and you cook for an entire month.
  2.   Bulk Cooking – This is where you do mini sessions, throughout the month .
  3.   Multiple Meal cooking – This is where you cook daily, but you make more than one meal.  You’ll eat one then freeze the others.
  4.   Freezing Leftovers –  This is when you take  leftovers and freeze them into another meal, a single meal or to add on to a future meal.

Which method is best?  Well that all depends on you.  Depending on your schedule the once a month cooking may work best for you.  Others may want to double or triple their meals so the multiple meal option may be better for them.

I started off with the once a month cooking and for me it’s exhausting, especially doing it by myself.  Once the weekend was over, I was thrilled and the benefits paid off when we got to enjoy all of the meals I made.

You can set an hour a day to get your freezer cooking done.  You can save on time and cooking by getting  a few friends involved and do the multiple meal cooking method.   Where 5  of your friends each makes 5 of the same meals.  Then Swap.  You instantly have 5 different meals.  Like I said choose the method that will work for you and your schedule.

Before we move on to part 3 – I want to make sure that each of you understand with freezer cooking you still have to “cook” the meal.  When you pull it from your freezer some of the recipes will require you to defrost them and all of the require you to “cook” them.  What you are saving on is the preparation time and clean up time.

Still interested?  Join me tomorrow where I show you the Necessary Freezer Cooking Essentials.

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Ways to Save on Meat

Save on Meat

The other day I purchased some center cut pork chops.  In the package there were 6, 1 inch pork chops.  With their being 6 of us in the family, that’s one pork chop each right?

Wrong.  One of the ways I save is by stretching my meals as far as I can.  Meat can be very expensive and it’s amazing at how much we can overspend, by thinking this way.  In the past I would have cooked all of the pork chops and served one to each of us.  Not only were we overspending, we we’re overeating too.

What I did was cut the pork chops in half and malleted them into thin slices.  I marinated half of them and made  kabobs out of the other half.  Of course, this is just one way to save on meat.  There are several different ways you can stretch your meat.  So next time your’re looking to save on meat, don’t just save on the price!  Consider saving on the quantity too.  If a recipe calls for 2 lb of meat, reduce it down to 1 lb and instantly you’ll save 50% off of your meat.

 Save on Meat

What’s Cooking This Week 5/21-5/27

 

If you really want to save money on your groceries, it’s a necessity to plan a weekly menu, from what you have on hand.  Weekly grocery shopping should be to stock up and buy perishables such as milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables.

When I don’t do my menu planning, it becomes more hectic around my house.  Dinner takes me longer to make and we often eat out more.

I haven’t really shopped much in the past 2 weeks, therefore my stockpiled has dwindled and unless I want to eat spaghetti each night this week I’ve got to really creative.  So after searching through my fridge, freezer and pantry…. Here’s what I finally came up with!

 

Monday – Chicken Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Tuesday –  Broccolli and Cheese Quesdillas with Pinto Beans

Wednesday – (Closing Baseball Cermony – Pizza)

Thursday – Stuffed French Toast and Turkey Bacon

Friday – Chicken Tetrazzini

Saturday – Leftovers

Sunday – (Pot Luck with Church Group)

 

The only ingredients I need to make these meals are eggs.  I have everything else on had.  Which is a relief.  Now I just need to start searching all the sales ads coming up to plan for next weeks menu and increase my stockpile.

How are you doing with your menu planning?  Do you agree that it’s more stressful when you don’t have a plan?

 

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