I knew I wouldn’t feel like cooking for a little while after the baby was born. So I had this great plan that I would pre-make and freeze several meals so I could just pop them in the oven and have real meals without the work. What I didn’t realize was how hard it would be to stand in the kitchen for hours prepping these meals while eight months pregnant…
If I had the opportunity to do it over, I would still make the meals (even more of them) but I would make them earlier, maybe during the blissful second trimester!
I started by picking the recipes I wanted to make (meals I know my husband and I like). Then I hit Costco with a list of supplies I needed.
Here are the meals I decided to make to freeze for after the baby came.
Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers:
- Your choice of sausage (I picked mango jalapeno chicken sausage)
- Bell peppers
- Yukon Potatoes
- Blackened seasoning
- Poultry seasoning
- Cut sausage, potatoes, peppers and onion into bite sized cubes.
- Season all evenly and mix in a medium bowl.
- Vacuum seal and freeze.
Bacon, Egg and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich:
- Cheese bagels
- Cream cheese
- Precooked bacon
- Scramble the eggs, season to taste.
- Spread cream cheese on each side of the bagel.
- Layer bacon and egg and place the other half of the bagel on top.
- Wrap in clear wrap and foil.
Preheat over to 400 degrees and place bagel sandwich in over for 30 minutes.
Cheese Stuffed Meatballs:
- Ground Turkey
- Bread Crumbs
- Season Salt
- Combine all ingredients except the cheese.
- Grab a chunk in the estimated size of the desired meatball.
- flatten meat in the palm of your hand, place a square of cheese in the middle and roll into a meatball.
- Vacuum seal and Freeze.
Breakfast Burrito Filling:
- Precooked bacon
- Yukon potattoes
- Shredded cheddar jack cheese
- Season salt
- Scramble eggs
- Cut potatoes into cubes
- Tear bacon into small pieces.
- Season eggs and potatoes to taste.
- In a vacuum seal bag layer salsa, eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese.
- Vacuum seal and freeze.
Thaw ingredients and warm up in the microwave for 3 minutes. Spoon filling into tortillas for breakfast burritos.
- Chicken Breasts
- Cheddar Jack Cheese
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Sour Cream
- Diced Tomatos
- Chili Powder
- Boil chicken breasts and shred and cool.
- Chop onion.
- Drain tomatoes.
- In a medium bowl, combine soup, sour cream, salsa, onion, tomatoes, Rotel and chili powder.
- In a separate bowl combine chicken, cheese and 1/3 sauce mixture.
- Fill six tortillas with chicken filling and roll into enchiladas.
- Place rolled enchiladas in a tin disposable casserole dish.
- Pour remaining sauce evenly over enchiladas.
- Top with additional cheese, chopped onions and diced tomatoes.
- Cover with tin foil and freeze.
Preheat oven to 375 and place enchiladas in oven still frozen (DO NOT THAW). Cook for 45 minutes to an hour or until warmed through and bubbly.
These meals worked out great for my family! It was so convenient to not have to worry about all that goes into creating a meal or running to the store for missing ingredients while trying to figure out this new tiny human I had just brought into the world.
Breakfast! Best meal of the day! Most important meal of the day! Least motivated meal of the day… This is not necessarily for those high energy morning people who enjoy jumping out of bed and rush to the kitchen to create a fabulous well balanced breakfast everyday. This idea is for those who love breakfast foods but when morning comes they shuffle to the coffee pot just trying to keep their eyes open.
This is the easiest omelette ever!
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This week on Monday Meals, Chicken Enchiladas!
These enchiladas are one of my all time favorite meals! They create an explosion of flavor with each bite! I am proud to say this recipe was created by my husband. I hope you and yours can get as much enjoyment out of it as we do!
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I am loving the motivation Monday Meals is creating in me to document when I cook! I am so excited to share all my new recipes with you all!
This week I am going to show you the easiest way to make a full steak and potatoes meal any day of the week, any weather!
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Hey Guys! Stephanie here with another Monday Meals!
On the Menu tonight… Pizza Pasta!
If I had to choose one type of food to live on for the rest of my life, my choice would be pasta. It never gets old for me. Different noodles, sauces, veggies, meats, the options are endless! I don’t even get tired of eating the same classic spaghetti in tomato sauce several days in a row; but my husband does. He’s easily bored with pasta and it’s a challenge to mix it up enough to keep him interested.
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Hey guys! In an effort to get myself back on a schedule with blog posts I have picked three different topics to cover each week. I am excited to reveal the first, Monday Meals! (I realize this post is a couple days late, Shhhhhh). Each Monday I will post a new recipe. I am by no means a professional chief so these won’t be fancy pants meals… These recipes will be simple, everyday meals that anyone can create. Let me know what you think if you try out one of my recipes and how you would change it for your own tastes!
Pork Chop Bundle!
This is probably the easiest meal to make ever!! This meal is great for a busy weekday or when you just don’t feel like cooking. Just throw it all together and let it cook! The pork chops come out amazingly tender and the flavors, all cooked together are divine!
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Maraschino Cherry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
I made these for a Christmas cookie exchange party at my office but they turned out looking more appropriate for Valentines day than Christmas… They taste great though! That’s what really counts, right? If you leave the icing drizzle off they look more “Christmasy” but I prefer a little more sweetness with my cookies. ♥
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There are a lot of Thanksgiving traditions and they vary family to family, especially regarding food. I wanted to share with you some of my families traditions. There are so many dishes we could talk about here, all equally delicious. Personally my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is dessert! So, here are three of my families go-to Thanksgiving pie favorites!
- 1 Pie Shell
- 1 Can 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbls Honey
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a mixer, combine the pumpkin, milk and eggs
- With the mixer running slowly add the honey, cinnamon, ginger and salt
- Mix until well blended
- Pour mixture into pie crust (I didn’t have time to make my own this year so I bought a pie crust and pre-cooked mine. You don’t have to pre-cook the crust if you don’t want to.)
- Bake until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pie, about 50 minutes
- Cool over night and top with whipped cream when serving if desired
- 1 Pie Crust (pre-cooked)
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3 Cups Whipping Cream
- 4 Egg Yolks
- 1 1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tbls Butter
- White Chocolate Candy Bar (optional)
- In 2 small bowls separate your egg whites and yolks, set aside
- In a large saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt and stir until well blended
- Add the cream and egg yolks to the saucepan and whisk until well blended
- Turn stove to medium/low heat, stirring frequently
- In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter
- Add the chocolate morsels and stir constantly until fully melted
- Once the chocolate is fully melted add the vanilla extract, continue to stir constantly (if you stop stirring for any amount of time your chocolate will burn, I was lucky to have my husband help me stir one pot as I tended to the other)
- The sugar/cornstarch mixture will start to thicken as it cooks. Once the mixture is think and has just started to bubble remove from heat and immediately add chocolate mixture
- Whisk mixture until fully combined
- Pour mixture into cooled, pre-cooked pie crust
- Let cool for at least 4 hours
- Once the pie is set add white chocolate curls and shavings by scraping a potato peeler firmly down the edge of a white chocolate candy bar (I used Ghirardelli white chocolate)
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cups White Sugar
- 1 Tbls Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tbls Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
- 2 Cups Walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
- Mix until well blended
- Pour mixture into the pie shell
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown
These are just a few of my family favorites! What are your favorite Thanksgiving desserts?