Showing posts with label healthy eating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy eating. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

OUR TABLE || Freezer Meals

those two words can put a busy mama's mind at so much ease. and in my case, a mama caring for a two year old + a newborn! 
a delicious (still homemade) meal that's ready to go without the need to prep the meal. 
I had mentioned back in my one month favorites how I had prepped freezer meals towards the end of my pregnancy. hands down the best thing I've done to prep for adding a new baby to our family. I still haven't had to actually make dinner yet! and we're 7 weeks in with our little Tanner. that's a combination of freezer meals, friends/family bringing us meals, and any other reason we haven't been home at dinner. but I still have a good handful of them in the freezer and it gives me a peace of mind that I don't have to worry about what's for dinner
that question that is so often so dreaded.
"what's for dinner?"
must admit I went a little bit overboard with how many I made, but when you have an extra freezer in the garage that's just waiting to be filled... it was plum full!

here are ones that I found on pinterst and made:
spaghetti casserole // this one was a win! I'll be saving this recipe to make it even not as a freezer meal
slow cooker sweet and tangy meatballs // simple, easy, and good! win, win, win!
slow cooker honey sesame chicken // we haven't had this one yet, but looks delicious.
spaghetti sauce // this has been my favorite spaghetti sauce recipe. I decided to make it, split it in two, and freeze it.
baked ziti // now this one we have tried, and honestly I wouldn't recommend it. it's fine, but there just isn't much flavor to it.
slow cooker 8-can taco soup // haven't had this one, but looking forward to it as Fall is rolling in!
ravioli lasagna // good, but a little bland.
crock pot sweet and sour bbq meatballs // still have this one to try, but how can you go wrong with meatballs, bbq, and sweet + sour?!
slow cooker black bean and corn salsa chicken // another one that is waiting for us :)
cheesy chicken and black bean enchiladas // these are a fave for sure!! I made them first while I was pregnant with Harper and they have carried through over the last two years!

 no question it is time consuming to make all these. it took me a good two afternoons. but I tell ya, it was so, so worth it.

a few tips from my experience:
-pull all your recipes, make that big, long grocery list, and knock all your shopping out in one big trip.
-use frozen, diced onions. save yourself from all the chopping.
-make sure you have all the saran wrap, tin foil, disposable pans, and freezer ziplocs you'll need.
-take it one recipe at a time and try to do those that have the same meats back to back.
-recruit your mom or a friend to help.
-being SO pregnant, you might find yourself being SO over it when you're about half way through (I did!)... and remind yourself that you'll be happy you did all this once baby arrives!

freezer meals are our dinner life line right now!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

OUR TABLE || turkey meatloaf cups

It's been a little while since I've shared a meal on here. We still have been eating some good meals (here and there). However, it took a heck of a lot more effort on my part during the first trimester! BUT this baby brother and I are now into the second trimester and feeling more alive with energy to get back into the swing of things! and we'll start with sharing this favorite meal :)

During these winter days there really isn't anything like a home cooked meal. Am I right!??
The best is staying inside, enjoying a warm dinner right from the oven, and of course one that little effort and time.
and what's a better comfort food than meatloaf??!
Well the answer to that is these turkey meatloaf cups. I can absolutely promise you won't feel disappointed :)
In the past I made my meatloaf in my bread loaf pan, but discovered that these 'cups' cook more evenly and are easier to serve. This one is a favorite around here and gets thrown into the meal rotation quite frequently. Husband and toddler approved! A win win :)
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 lb ground italian sausage
1 medium onion chopped
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried oregano
salt + pepper to taste
1/4 cup dried italian bread crumbs
4-6 slices of bread*

Glaze Ingredients:
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1/3 cup ketchup (I like to use the HEINZ no salt added)

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Add all ingredients (except slices of bread and 'glaze ingredients') to a large mixing bowl.
-Tear slices of bread into small (dime sized) pieces and add them to the mixing bowl. 
*I save the heels of my loafs of bread, keep them in a bag in the fridge, and then use those in my meatloaf. It allows the bread to dry out a little by the time I am ready to use them for my meatloaf :)
-Now mix all ingredients in the mixing bowl together with your hands until well combined.
-Lightly grease muffin pan.
-Evenly fill all 12 'muffin spots' in your pan with your meat mixture.
-Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.
-While meatloaf is cooking, mix the glaze ingredients together in a bowl.
-Once meatloaf is done, spoon glaze over each meatloaf cup.

Now add this to your weekly dinner menu and enjoy!!


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