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Mother of 2, Student, Girlfriend, and all around bad ass!

More freezer meals

Ok so were  not out of freezer meals yet but I wanted to add some more and I need more breakfast meals. I have also learned that some of these freezer meals just do not work out as well as one would expect! And that some of my more ‘creative’ ones the kids will NOT eat! The meals with ground beef turned out OK….the beef needs to be browned just a bit so the blood doesn’t seep into the other food, makes the other food kind of gross! The vegetables need to be blanched before they are frozen. I have a couple of sites pinned for blanching on pinterest.

Ok so here we go;

Green Smoothies

  • fruit- all kinds
  • spinach
  • coconut water/almond milk/coconut milk/water/milk
  • flax seed
  • cane sugar/honey
  1. cut up the fruit you want to use.
  2. put the fruit and spinach in a bag.
  3. freeze them
  4. when you are going to make one put the fruit in the blender and add whatever kind of liquid you want and a sweetener if needed.

Lasagna

  • Everyone makes it different……just dont cook it after you assemble it  and freeze it

Breakfast bowls

  • eggs
  • turkey sausage
  • cheese
  • hash browns
  • salsa
  • gravy
  • peppers
  • onions
  • homemade gravy (made from beef broth/wheat flour/butter)
  1. prepare it all and put it in bowls, except for the salsa and gravy, only add one of those. And I made a HUGE mistake in making these…..you can not put aluminum foil in a microwave! Dumbass!

Breakfast….rolls/biscuits/bread?

  • eggs
  • turkey sausage
  • cheese
  • grands biscuits
  1. rolls out the grands
  2. add what you want
  3. cook the

Tomato Basil Soup

  • 8 peeled tomatoes
  • 8 cups of tomato juice
  • fresh basil
  • half and half
  • real butter
  • salt/pepper
  1. cook the tomatoes and juice in a large stock pot for an hour.
  2. let them cool just a bit
  3. put them in the blender and puree them with basil
  4. put back in stock pot
  5. add half and half and  butter and salt/pepper
  6. let simmer for a couple hours
  7. let cool completely
  8. put in freezer bags

……pasta I made up

  • bow tie pasta
  • tomatoes
  • puree
  • parmasean
  • motz
  • galic
  • onions
  • salt/pepper
  • beef/italian sausage
  • beef broth
  • spinach
  1. I made a home made sauce with all this junk in it.
  2. boil the pasta
  3. brown meat
  4. put it all in a pan
  5. top with motz

Margarita pizza

  • homemade wheat pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • fresh basil
  • motz
  1. make dough
  2. cook it till it is lite brown
  3. add sauce/basil/cheese
  4. cook

Spinach and Motz Calozone

  • wheat flour
  • yeast
  • water
  • sea salt
  • honey
  • spinach
  • motz
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  1. make homemade bread out of yeast, wheat flour, honey, sea salt, water
  2. let it rise
  3. cook spinach with garlic
  4. add red pepper flakes
  5. roll out dough in the size you want
  6. add motz and spinach
  7. cook for a few minutes so they are not sticky when you put them in the bag to freeze them.

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How are the freezer meals going?

OK so this is going to be a quick one because I have a ton of school work to get done because Dean is coming in all weekend……here we go. FREEZER MEALS! They are not working out amazingly LMFAO! And this is why, you MUST take them out of the freezer like 3 days before you plan to make them so they can thaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that we have realized this we should be ok!! Once again, give them ample time to thaw!!!!!!! Other than them taking like3 times as long to cook because they were not completely thawed, they are working out wonderfully. They taste great and clean up is a breeze. I am using the ones from Sam’s, and the size is working out wonderfully for feeding 3 adults and 2 kids.

My breakfast burritos are pretty much the greatest things EVER. All I have to do is grab one out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave for about 40 seconds and it is done. They taste amazing, next time though I will use a different type of potato and more hot sauce!!! The boys are chomping through all their freezer breakfasts as well.

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Today I made some breakfast sandwiches and a couple more freezer meals.

Breakfast sandwich

  • english muffins
  • cheese
  • turkey sausage patty
  • egg
  1. Scrambled 12 eggs, they were very small, and bakes at 350 in a glass pan for about 25 minutes
  2. cooked the turkey sausage patties
  3. cooked bacon
  4. assembled sandwiches.

Cajun Pasta

  • wheat penne
  • 1/2 1/2
  • garlic
  • parmesean
  • salsa
  • chicken
  • summer sausage
  • shrimp
  • peppers
  • onion
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • blacken seasoning
  1. cook meats
  2. Add blacken seasoning
  3. saute veggies
  4. cook pasta
  5. make Alfredo sauce
  6. add salsa to alfedo
  7. add all of this shit in a pot and let simmer for 20 minutes so flavors will combined

Chicken Noodle Casserole

  • chicken
  • noodles
  • bacon
  • onion
  • cream of chicken
  • salt
  • pepper
  • milk
  • korn flakes
  • chicken broth
  1. cook chicken
  2. cook noodles in broth
  3. cook bacon
  4. chop onion
  5. add all this to pan and cover in korn flakes

Also something I did to help me out and know what we have and dont have is to make a master list. I put all the freezer meals on it and posted it on the deep freezer. Anytime something on the list is taken out it is crossed off. This way I know what is in there, what needs to be eaten, and what needs to be made. ALSO the chicken con pollo was NOT good!!! It lacked flavor something awful!!!!! It is a great idea but the flavor was just off and the boys were not feeling it.

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Meals!

As previously stated I am in the process of becoming a reformed fat ass, well maybe not this weekend since I’m menstrual and have only eaten pizza since like Thursday…..such is life. But any-who, so my breakfast habits have changed completely. I use to eat cereal (cocoa pebble, fruity pebbles, captain crunch, etc), waffles, and sausage biscuits all the time. Or just skip breakfast completely. My breakfast in high school was a bag of honey nut cheerios and a Mt Dew. My mom never got up and cooked breakfast, sorry to call ya out but ya didn’t. So I just ate whatever I wanted……Once again I am a nazi when it comes to what my kids eat. So knowing that I have to start leaving my house no later than 5:20 to make it to clinical by 6:30, I decided to also do freezer breakfast. Typically for breakfast I make eggs, sausage/turkey bacon, waffle/french toast,pancakes, and then some type of fruit (now this is for the boys, not me). My boys are big on breakfast. So I wanted them to be able to continue this while under Nana’s care. Breakfast was a lot easier and did not take nearly as much time. For the boys, and capi and nana, I made;

Sausage pancake muffins/blueberry sausage pancake muffins

  • maple sausage link-turkey
  • pancake mix
  • butter milk
  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • blue berries
  1. make your pancake batter as stated on the directions
  2. cook sausage almost completely
  3. *add berries to the batter if you want to use berries, stir gently
  4. put a small amount of batter into the bottom of muffin pans
  5. cut sausage in half, whole piece won’t fit
  6. drizzle a small amount of pure honey over sausag
  7. fill the rest of the tin up almost completely
  8. bake at 350 for about 18 min, until golden brown

turkey bacon maple pancakes

*you can make any flavor pancake but since I don’t allow syrup I flavor with some sort of natural flavoring (we have maple, lemon, strawberry, vanilla, honey, etc)

  • turkey sausage
  • pancake mix
  • milk/butter milk
  • olive oil
  • flavoring
  • eggs
  1. begin to cook bacon. I used to square frying pan, not sure the technical name.
  2. Make batter as stated in directions
  3. add flavoring
  4. flip bacon
  5. once bacon is almost fully cook pour pancake mix over top bacon. It will spread so do not pour to much
  6. flip pancake bacon combo

Blueberry pancakes

  • pancake mix
  • milk/butter milk
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • fresh blueberries
  1. make batter as stated in directions
  2. mix well
  3. add blueberries
  4. stir genlty
  5. cook

Blueberry bread

*just find a recipe that you think looks good. I used http://katiesperk.blogspot.com/2011/08/blueberry-bread.html The OJ made it a bit tart so I won’t make this recipe again, but it isn’t awful. I also substituted the white flour for wheat and the sugar for pure cane sugar.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes *freaking amazing!

  • Pancake mix
  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • milk/butter milk
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • oats
  • chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  1. Grind your oats in a food processor/magic bullet
  2. mix all ingredients together
  3. cook

I adapted my recipe from this one http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-pancakes/

Raspberry Breakfast Bars

*http://chefthisup.com/recipe/7910/raspberry-breakfast-bars/

French Toast

  • texas toast bread
  • eggs
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • milk
  1. mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together
  1. dip bread in batter
  2. cook

You cook all of this stuff like you normally would, let it cool, put them in freezer bags, and freeze. Make sure that they are completely cooled before putting them in bags or they will get hard. I also went ahead and fried up some turkey bacon and maple sausage links and about  5-8 in small bags. And I always keep tons of fruits in the house so that shouldn’t be an issue. When mom gets breakfast out all she has to do is pop it into the microwave or toaster.

Now for myself I kind of went big, lol. My breakfast recently has been; 1 eggs and a cutie or A piece of 35 calorie bread with Better’n Peanut Butter and a cutie or a piece of 35 calorie toast with a smidgen of nutella and fresh strawberries/blackberries/raspberries on top. But I know that I am going to need a lot more than that to be up and functioning at 4:30am! And I am going to be in a very busy hospital so I have no idea when I may get to eat lunch. So for myself I made;

Breakfast Burritos

  • eggs
  • turkey sausage
  • hash browns- I made my own so that they wouldn’t be deep fried and I used red potatoes
  • peppers- all colors
  • onions
  • hot sauce/salsa
  • cheese
  • Tortilla shells- I used the medium size whole wheat life balance
  1. cut potatoes- I used a tools something like this

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  1. Season with pepper and seasalt
  2. bake 400 until soft and golden brown
  3. mix eggs, milk, salt, pepper. Make eggs just like you would scrambled eggs- depending on how big of a batch your making use as many eggs as you think necessary.  I believe I used 15-18. Now I used farm fresh brown eggs and they are typically bigger than store bought eggs.
  4. Saute peppers and onions in a little bit of EVO
  5. Brown sausage
  6. Once everything is done cooking let it cool and then mix it all in a bowl. *Really you can use anything you like in these. Gravy, tomatoes, bacon, etc
  7. cut foil into a squares bug enough for the shells to sit on them.
  8. Add mixture to the shell. Not to much or you wont be able to roll them. *When Dean and I first started dating he asked me to make burritos, I had no idea how to. So I watched a ‘how to roll the perfect burrito’ tutorial on youtube!
  9. Add hot sauce/salsa
  10. make into burrito
  11. place in corner of foil and roll and tuck ends and finish rolling. *I learned this technique from the great people of Chipotle!
  12. freeze

With the amount of ingredients that I used, and my mom getting a few scoops out to eat, I made 12 burritos. If I only eat them on clinical days, which I will, they will last me a month.

OH! BIG must do!! At least for me since I won’t be the one getting the stuff out and cooking it. Make a master list of all the prepared food item in the freezer. Threaten everyone with their lives that if they get something out of the freezer,  they had better mark it off the damn list!!!! This way I know what is left and when more meals need to be prepared and what is lingering in the bottom of the freezer! This really is all about, hopefully, saving time and making sure that the ‘fast food quick fix’ does not happen.

As long as all of this works out I fully plan on continuing it. Now I can not really do this here in Moundsville but once I am back in Columbus I plan on hopefully finding a ‘mommy freezer meal swap group.’ In these groups you make your own freezer meals but you will swap a few with others in the group. This way its kind of like your eating out and you are not always the cook. And you get to try new things!

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Freezer Meals

Over the past few days I have been in freezer meal HELL!!!! Freezer Meals are no joke people! It is hard and exhausting. I am doing freezer Meals main for breakfast and dinner. I am trying to ensure that my boys get good solid meals everyday. I am not a milk and cereal kind of mom or a “lets stop and get fast food.” I cook full on meals for every meal. Not that I am against cereal and fast food but thats just not what I want for my kids. I grew up eating whatever I wanted at all times. My mom didnt get up and cook our breakfast or make our lunchs, so we ate whatever we wanted. And dinner time was even worse! When my parents were still married my dad did the bulk of the cooking and he is a meat and potatoes kind of man, I fed mine to the cat. And after they divorced my mom worked most nights so again we were left to feed our selves, frozen pizzas or Little Caesars were on my menu. And now look at me, Im fat. Up until the first of this year I ate horribly!! Soda, chips, candy, to of pizza, large portions, etc. But I finally got sick of me. I got sick of never having energy. And I got sick of being a complete fat ass!! Yeah I was still smoking hot but I was a fat ass!! Now I am a bit less of a fat ass, I lost 32lbs! I have kicked 95% of my bad eating habits and I feel so much better. I don’t want to teach my boys the bad eating habits that I grew up with. Now many would say that I am a bit of a nazi about what they eat but I don’t care. They only get; milk, water, and 100% juice to drink….sometimes G is allowed to have lemonade. I do rarely give them candy….unless I need to bribe them! I will allow them to have usually one “treat” a day, whether it be a sucker, animal crackers, oatmeal cream pie, etc. And yes when we are at parties and function they are totally allowed to be like other kids and have cake, cookies, ice cream. But pretty much I am just trying to give them a…..’basic structure’ for their eating habits. And they do, they eat very well. My kids will eat just about anything I place in front of them, except asparagus! The rule is, you eat what I make or you do not eat! There are exceptions to the rule; if they try it and truly do not like it, I will not make them eat it but they have to take at least 3 bits to make sure that they do not like it. If I am making something that I know is out of their ‘heat index’ then I will make them a more mild version or something else. Other than that, you eat what I make or you do not eat. Ok with all of that being said, I made freezer meals! I started out on Pinterest looking at what others were making and how they organized the process. After doing my research I made lists, lots of them! I make a list of everything I wanted to make and the ingredients in those. Most of the meals that I chose to make were things that I knew everyone in the family liked. I cook for a lot of people so choosing meals is sometimes hard. But just like the boys, if they do not like what I make then they do have to eat it. I have said to my mom and my sister many times “I am not a short order cook. If you don’t like what I am making then cooking your own dinner!” So after I chose what to make I went shopping…in all the compound fridges, pantries, and freezers, there are 5 homes on the compound. I wanted to utilize what we already had and what needed to be used. Now my mom is a couponer/hoarder so we did have a lot. If she shes meat on sale she will stock up and freeze it. After I raided all of the houses I made a new list of the foods that I was going to make because of some of the item I had found. Then I made a shopping list. I took the meats out of the freezer to thaw on Monday and gathered all the other item I needed from everyone’s houses, and also went to the grocery store. On Tuesday I went to Sam’s and bought disposable aluminum foil pans, lids and gallon freezer bags. Now I did not do an amazing job at the store, there were many things that I did not buy enough of or I managed to leave off the shopping list. On Wednesday I woke up and got started! I cooked from 9 am till 10pm! I made about 50 freezer meals. The first thing I did on Wednesday was to figure out what meats needed to be cooked and to get them on. Then I got my soups on, because they have to be cooked completely and then cooled so that they can be put in bags and frozen. And that was about the end of any kind of rhyme  or reason. I most certainly could have planned all of this out a lot better!!! But for my first time it wasn’t awful!

Ok so here is what I made and I guess the recipes, I don’t really use recipes so pretty much the ingredients.

BBQ Brats and Peppers

  • Brats- doesnt matter what kind. And use as many as you think your family will eat.
  • Peppers- all colors cut into chunks.
  1. I put all of this in a disposable pan and yep thats it! This is an easy one.
  2. You will put the cooking directions on the lid so that if someone else gets them out they know what to do with them.
  3. I did not add the BBQ because I felt that it would be best for the meat to cook a bit before the BBQ was added. So on the cooking directions I put “Cook on 400 for 45 min with lid, add BBQ and cook 20-30 minutes without lid.”

Turkey Meatloaf/Beef Meatloaf

  • Meat- I made one turkey and one beef
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • milk
  • eggs
  • salt- sea salt
  • pepper
  • onion
  • ginger
  • crackers
  • mustard
  1. Combined everything except ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar
  2. put the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in the bottom of a disposable meatloaf/bread pan
  3. add meat mixute
  4. put on lid
  5. don’t forget direction
  6. freeze

Jambalaya

  • smoked sausage
  • shrimp
  • diced tomatoes
  • sea salt
  • chicken broth
  • jambalaya mix- uncle bens
  • a few shakes of chilli powder
  1. Put everything except mix in a bag
  2. freeze it
  3. all of this will go in to crock pot for 8 hours on low or 4 on high
  4. add mix
  5. cook 30 more minutes on high

Chicken Tortilla soup

  • chicken
  • corn
  • rice
  • onion
  • rotel
  • black beans
  • chicken broth
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • a bit of tomato paste
  • cheese
  • tortilla stripes
  1. cook the chicken
  2. add all of this to a pan and cook
  3. add chicken
  4. let cook for about an hour
  5. let cool
  6. freeze

Pot Pie

  • chicken
  • mixed veggies- I used frozen
  • onion
  • cream of chicken
  • milk
  • sea salt
  •  pepper
  • bisquick
  • cheese
  1. cook chicken
  2. mix; veggies, chicken, milk, cream of chicken, onion, salt and pepper
  3. put in a disposable pan
  4. mix; milk, bisquick, and cheese
  5. pour over veggie mix
  6. I baked it for about 5 minutes just to let them crust set so it didn’t seep into the veggies.
  7. let cool
  8. add cooking directions

Poor Mans Dinner/Sheppard’s Pie

  • Meat- I made a beef and a turkey
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • french cut green beans
  • onions
  • cheese
  • frenches french fried onions
  1. I boiled my potatoes first thing in the morning so the could cool and I could cut them.
  2. Layer in a pan; meat, onions, sliced potatoes, cheese, green beans, and corn
  3. Add cooking directions “Bake 400 for 50 minutes without lid. Add Frenches and bake 10 more minutes

Beef Stew

  • Roast
  • red potatoes
  • carrots
  • purple onions
  • beef broth
  • beef stew mix
  • onion soup mix
  1. Cut up veggies and add everything to a freezer bag

Broccoli and Carrots- side dish

  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • chopped garlic
  • honey
  1. add broccoli, carrots, and garlic to a freezer bag
  2. cooking directions “steam for 10 minutes. Add honey, serve”

Orange Glazed Carrots- side dish

  • baby carrots
  • OJ
  1. add to freezer bag

Chicken Teriyaki

  • chicken
  • carrots
  • red onion
  • pine apple
  • garlic
  • teryaki sauce
  • chicken
  1. add it all to a bag and freeze

Steak Fagitas

  • steak- I use whatever is on sale! It cooks for so long that even cheap steak turns out great
  • beef broth
  • rotel
  • jalepenos
  • peppers
  • onions
  • fajita shells
  1. add everything but peppers and onions to a bag and freeze.
  2. cooking directions “cook in crock pot on low for 6 hours. Add peppers and onions. Cook 30 more minutes.

Burrito Stuffing

  • Meat- I did beef and turkey
  • corn
  • spanish rice
  • taco seasoning
  • rotel
  • cheese
  • taco sauce
  • lettuce
  • burrito shells
  1. Cook meat
  2. add seasoning and rotel
  3. cook rice
  4. mix meat mixture, rice and corn
  5. Add to freezer bag
  6. cooking directions “thaw and heat. Add sauce, cheese, lettuce. Roll in shell,”

Southwest Burger Patties

  • meat- beef and turkey
  • Kraft southwest mix- found in the refrigerated section by the cheese
  1. Mix it all and make patties
  2. Freeze with wax paper between

Parmesan Asparagus- side dish

  • EVO
  • asparagus
  • parmesan
  1. Add it all to freezer bag

Baked Spaghetti

  • whole wheat pasta
  • sauce- I used prego 3 cheese
  • italian sausage
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • onions
  • beef
  1. Cook pasta
  2. cook beef
  3. let cool
  4. add everything in a pan and freeze

Italian Sausage Bake

  • Italian Sausage
  • peppers
  • red onions
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red potatoes
  1. add it all to a pan
  2. freeze
  3. Cooking directions “Bake at 400 for 2 hrs.”

Stuffed Shells

  • pasta shells
  • sauce
  • ricotta
  • spinach
  • italian sausage
  • motzerella
  • parmesan
  • italian seasoning
  1. Cook the shells, aldente
  2. mix remaining ingredients
  3. stuff shells with mixture
  4. put in pan and add sauce
  5. sprinkle with cheese

Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

  • pork loin
  • sage
  • garlic
  • water
  • pepper
  • brown sugar
  • corn starch
  • balsamic vinegar
  1. Add it all to a bag and freeze
  2. Cooking directions, ” Crock pot on high for 4 hours.’

Azzo Con Pollo

  • chicken
  • salt
  • pepper
  • peppers- all colors
  • garlic
  • corn
  • chicken broth
  • diced tomatoes
  • brown rice
  • onion
  1. slightly cook chicken
  2. add everything to pan and freeze
  3. Cooking directions “add chicken broth, cook 350 for 30-40 minutes.”

I also made extra cookies and cookies dough when I was making them for Bryse’s birthday. You have to have goodies also!Image

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Now it’s late and I need sleep! I will try to get to the breakfast food tomorrow while the boys are napping! Oh and please excuse an grammatical errors that you found in this. Kara Leasure did not proof read my paper!

A little back story

As many of you know, for the most part I am a single mom of a 2 year old and a 3 year old (Single in the sense that Dean lives in Columbus and we are here). I am also in college for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound Tech). I left Columbus a little over 2 years ago while pregnant with Bryson so that I could go back to school and my mom could watch my boys. I have 11 months left of school and I start clinical Monday. So I guess this blog is going to be about the things I do to make mine and my moms lives easier over the next year.