This week on Sunday Night Live with Ruth Ann, over on my Facebook Page, we are prepping 3 vegetarian freezer meals.
Lentil soup, Twice Baked Potatoes and Easy Mac N Cheese are on the prep menu for Sunday night! (more…)
Batch cooking and freezer meals are my favourite meal prep strategies.
Over the years I have tried many meals that you prepare ahead and freeze, some you prep partially and mix together when cooking and others you simply combine ingredients in a freezer bag and dump into a slow cooker for an easy flavorful meal.
I have shared a few Chicken Freezer Meal recipes before, but this one is a simple dump Pork meal.
**Freezer Meal: Combine all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook, dump into slow cooker and cook 8 hours on low.
Smoothies are not just for those wanting to lose weight. In fact, smoothies are great for everyone who is busy and needs a portable breakfast or snack. Getting up early to get the kids off to school, or maybe your kids have early morning sports practices? Smoothies are a super option to kick start their day and yours. Why not add a smoothie drink or smoothie bowl to your breakfast routine. They can pack a punch of protein, nutrients and you can add veggies and fruit that maybe the kiddos wouldn't normally try!
Early morning swim practices will give me a chance to get Lorne eating healthier during the week. Our smoothies will be prepped and frozen, some made up already, and some in smoothie packs (all the ingredients except liquid, in a freezer back to just pop in the blender).
Smoothies are something I have always wanted to be able to make well, and for some reason, I have had a hard time getting them to turn out. So I have compiled a few that are awesome and my goal for the New Year is to have smoothies on our menu on a regular basis!
Kale-Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe - Everything Unscripted
Lunch Box Smoothies- East Coast Mommy
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl - Older Mommy Still Yummy
Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl - Older Mommy Still Yummy
Persimmon Smoothie - Country Parent
Ground Turkey Sauce with Spaghetti Squash
This recipe is delicious, healthy & easy on the budget. With being on a weight loss and healthier lifestyle journey, finding options to replace my starchy and carb loaded meals is high on my list. Replacing pasta with vegetables is one way to go.
If you have never tried Spaghetti Squash, you should give it a shot. It is light and a great substitute for pasta in any dish. I also LOVE Zoodles (zucchini noodles). Both spaghetti squash and zucchini are quite bland in flavour and that means the sauce you choose is going to make the dish.
We eat more ground chicken or turkey than any other ground meat, but you can certainly substitute any ground meat in this recipe.
These are one of my family's favourite twice baked potatoes.
About a year ago I tried making twice baked potatoes for the first time. It seemed like a daunting task to cook, remove, blend, replace the potato in skins then bake again. Now they are something we eat often.
Here's why:I make them in bulk and freeze them! Yes, it's as simple as batch cooking 25 to 30 potatoes and freezing for future meals.
Once potatoes are baked, let them cool to warm. Cut in half and scoop out potato into a large bowl. Depending on the recipe, add your ingredients to season the potato stuffing.
In the case of these Taco Potatoes, I added ground meat, corn, taco seasoning, cheese, sour cream, butter and milk.
Fill the potato skins with filling and top with a little extra cheese. Bake only to reheat, as they are already cooked.
Twice Baked Taco Potatoes are a super easy option for freezing as well. Make up a double batch and freeze for future meals. Simply take out of freezer in the morning (into fridge), bake to heat through at meal time!
These twice baked potatoes are a meal in themselves. I try to get the largest russet potatoes I can find to make these. Serve with a side of salad.
Once filled DO NOT bake. Wrap individually and freeze in freezer bag. To serve, thaw in fridge overnight and bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes.