some recent favorite recipes

you know that amazon prime commercial where they talk about being in a “show hole” with your significant other? are we the only ones who have to actually watch commercials because we don’t have cable? anyway, they’re talking about how you’ve watched through all the shows you’ve wanted to watch on tv and now you have nothing to watch. in comes amazon prime! (or any other streaming website like netflix or hulu) they’re here to save you from having nothing to watch, with having a database of all these shows/movies that are no longer on tv. all that to say, i feel like sometimes i get into a “dinner hole”. meaning, i’ve made everything that i know and am bored. well, here are some of our current faves, in case you’re in a dinner hole.

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The easy way to freezer cook

A different kind of post for you today. Although, this post was still inspired baby baby number 2 coming.

I’ve done some freezer cooking a few times before. I’d say I’ve had some successes with it.
But I’ve always felt two ways afterwards.
1. That took a lot of time.
2. That took “a lot” of money.

A little under three months from my due date, I started thinking about freezer meals for after he comes. I know I’ll be getting meals from my church family, but it would be nice to have even more saved up, if possible. However, this time around I was not really in a place, with time and money, to do the typical “8 meals in 2 hours for $80” freezer cooking.
So I had to come up with another idea.

We’re still a tiny family when it comes to the amount of food we need for dinner, especially since Micah is in a super picky phase. Often, if I make a 9×13 dinner, we have at least half of it left over, if not more. And by the time we’re done eating all the leftovers, we don’t want to see lasagna for another year. So often times, I put the other half in the freezer.

And so my idea was born. What if I don’t cook the entire 9×13? What if I split the dish between two 8×8 pans, cook one for dinner that night and freeze the other?! I started thinking of meals I could do this with. I had ten weeks before my due date, so I came up with ten meals. Each week, until the baby comes, I would make one of my meals, giving me 10 freezer meals. Win! I tried to choose a wide variety, and nursing baby safe. I did a couple soup recipes too, where I would make the entire pot, and freeze the leftovers. Because soup is better the second time anyway. This way, I’m not spending any extra money to buy a whole bunch of ingredients for 3-4 months from now and I’m not needing to carve out “2 hours”, which somehow always ended up really meaning my entire afternoon. And Jerry’s not stuck eating lasagna for lunch every day for a week 😉

So far, it’s been working out great. I decided on Sunday to take this week off, and I’m glad I did. Between Micah getting sick, having a half a bushel of apples that need to be turned into applesauce, Micah’s birthday celebration on Sunday and trying to do a really good, deep cleaning of the house, I just felt like I needed a break. But that’s OK, The soups ended up being 2 freezer meals worth, so I’ve already 8 meals in the freezer! Now, I understand this probably won’t work for families that are larger than ours, but if you’re still small like us, this would work for you!

Freezer MealsThere’s more there than what it looks like.

Here’s a list of the recipes I decided to make:
1. Chicken and Rice Soup (Better Homes and Garden Cookbook)
2. Chili
3. Lasagna
4. Black Bean Soup with Sausage (Better Homes and Garden Cookbook)
5. Mexican Chicken/Soup (this is a crock pot meal that starts out as filling for tacos and then you add chicken broth to the leftovers to make it Chicken Tortilla Soup)
6. CP Chicken Pot Pie (I’ll top with biscuits instead of tater tots)
7. CP Chicken Fajitas
8. White Chicken Enchilada Casserole
10. Mexicali Hashbrown Taco Casserole
11. Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

Pepperoni Roll

It’s a recipe dump kind of day… mostly because I’m meal planning 😉

This recipe was inspired when Jerry told me he needed to bring an appetizer to his office Christmas party, the day before. Silly boy 😛

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Pepperoni Roll

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of pizza dough (homemade, store bought, I’ve even used the refrigerated pizza dough that comes in the Pillsbury can… shhh!)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 24 pepperoni slices
  • pizza/marinara sauce for dipping
  • muffin tin

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray muffin tin and set aside
  2. Roll out pizza dough into a 12×8 rectangle
  3. Sprinkle cheese over dough and then pepperonis.
  4. Roll up dough, starting with the longest side. Cut off 1/4″ of dough on ends.
  5. Cut into 12 equal pieces and place in muffin tin. (I have sprinkled the tops with parmesan cheese)
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden and cheese has melted into cheesy goodness 😉
  7. Rest in tins for a few minutes and then serve warm.

These are good room temp, next day, late night snack… you get the point!