Tag Archive: Make ahead


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Today was food preparation Sunday.  I did my shopping yesterday (following the great, inspiring sales this week), and prepared food today.  The meatballs are a combination of several meats and I made them jumbo, like mini meatloafs.

3 lb. ground beef

1 lb. ground chicken

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 lb. ground pork  (optional)

2 tsp. baking soda mixed with 2 Tbsp. water

2 c. crumbled cornbread

2 eggs

1/4 c. sweet pickle relish

1/4 c. pesto

3 Tbsp. steak seasoning

1 lb. ricotta cheese

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Gia Russa)

4 oz. each ricotta salada and fontina cheeses, shredded

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Combine meats with baking soda water and add in relish, pesto, seasoning, ricotta cheese, and seasoning.

Prepare 13 x 9 baking dishes by spraying with cooking spray.

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Using large scoop, form meatballs and put into baking dishes sprayed with coconut oil.

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Bake at 375F for 40 minutes until internal temperature is 165F.

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Pour  spaghetti sauce over cooked meatballs and top with shredded cheese.  I used ricotta salada and fontina.

 

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Meanwhile as part of food prep Sunday, I browned the remaining ground meats I bought (about 3 lb. total) to freeze and use in a future meal.

I bought a variety of sauces on a clearance sale at the local market and put boneless chicken breasts and thighs into large containers and coated them with the sauces and froze the chicken for future meals.  I only used half of the meatballs I made for tonight’s dinner.  I froze the rest for another night.

 

I served the Jumbo meatballs tonight with a tortelloni that was on a BOGO sale at my local supermarket.  I also bought their spinach ricotta ravioli, and everyone loved the freshness of this delicate pasta.  I will go buy more before the sale ends!

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All in all, a successful food preparation Sunday, ending with a delicious, easy meal made of ingredients bought on sale!

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2 boxes elbow macaroni, cooked according to directions

12 leftover chicken fingers (you could use any leftover meat)

1 package broccoli slaw, steamed in the microwave (any steamed veggies will work!)

1 jar alfredo sauce (variation – mushroom soup, marinara, any sauce!)

1 c. shredded cheese (I used sliced and shredded up some cheese I had on hand)

Mix cooked macaroni and alfredo sauce.  Place half in the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil spray.

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Top with cooked broccoli slaw.

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Cut up chicken tenders and spread evenly over broccoli slaw.

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Top with remaining macaroni and sauce.

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Top with cheese.

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Bake at 350F until melted and golden, about 25-30 minutes.  Loved it!!

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4 c. leftover french fries

1 lb. breakfast sausage

1 crescent dough

10 eggs

1/3 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheese

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Butter 13 x 9 baking dish and spread crescent dough (I used garlic) into the bottom, sealing seams.

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Brown sausage (I used maple) and drain well.

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Spread sausage over crescent dough.  Top with fries.  If the fries are soggy, put them in the oven for a few minutes at 450 sprayed with coconut oil spray until they are a little crisper.

Combine eggs and milk (as you can see from my picture I did a terrible job and had poorly blended eggs – looks terrible but still tastes yummy)

Top fries with shredded cheese and pour egg mixture over carefully.  You can refrigerate overnight at this point, so you’re not making it all drowsy in the morning, like I was.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.

Substitute any meat for the sausage.  Substitute any potatoes for the fries.  Use any cheese you like (I used colby jack). Add in vegetables (this is a great way to use up leftovers) or make it vegetarian to make it healthier!

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1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean Maple since i was on sale)

1 package frozen seasoning vegetables (onions, peppers, celery, parsley) or fresh, if you have it!

12 eggs, soft scrambled

1 c. cream soup (I used sausage and bean from an earlier meal.)

I envelope shredded cheese (I used Trader Joe’s cheese alternative which is really good)

Cook sausage, breaking into bit size pieces.

When the sausage is seared on the outside, but still raw in the center, add in frozen seasoning vegetables.

Cook until veggies are soft, but not mushy.

Meanwhile, soft scramble some eggs.  I mixed 12 medium eggs and 1/2 c. milk with salt and pepper.

Cook over medium heat scraping the bottom regularly so the eggs stay soft.  Undercooked is better than overcooked!

Mix in soup and stir until well incorporated.

Pour half of the egg mixture into crockpot.  (4 or 5 qt).

Top with sausage and veggies.

Sprinkle with 2/3 of the cheese.

Pour remaining egg mixture and top with remaining cheese.

You can refrigerate this overnight at this point.

If you are not refrigerating it, cook it on low for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

If you have refrigerated it, let it sit on the counter before turning it on.

It will take a significant amount of time to heat through.  The only way to be sure it’s warm enough is a thermometer.  Times vary depending on your crock pot and whether you use high or low, or a combo of the tow, it will be at least an hour, probably up to two, to heat through.  If too wet, put a paper towel under the lid to absorb the moisture.

Make sure it is at least 160 before serving.

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Pancake batter for 12-15 pancakes.  You can use Bisquick or Pancake mix.  I used Pamela’s bread flour and made pancakes from scratch as follows:

2 C. flour

4 Tbsp. sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 c. milk (I used vanilla coconut milk)

4 Tbsp. oil

2 eggs

8 oz. vanilla yogurt

1/4 c. cookie butter

1 Tbsp. vanilla

1 package sausage links, fully cooked.

Preheat oven to 425.  Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients.  Set aside.

Mix milk, oil, eggs, yogurt, cookie butter and vanilla.  I used an immersion blender so the cookie butter was really mixed in well.  Blend dry and wet ingredients.  Pour into prepared baking dish.  Top with sausage and bake 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Serve with syrup!

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YUMMMMMY.

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Leftover Scalloped Potatoes (you need enough to make a layer in the bottom of an 13 x 9 baking dish)

1 Tbsp. chopped jalapenos (optional – heat up according to taste and how hot the sausage is)

1 lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled (or sliced)

6 eggs

1 C. baking mix (I used Bisquick Gluten Free)

2 C. milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)

1 C. shredded cheese  ( I used Italian six cheese)

Spray 13 x 9 baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Layer potatoes in bottom of dish.

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Top with sausage.  Then with cheese

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Combine baking mix, eggs and milk.

Pour into baking dish.

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Cover and refrigerate overnight for best results.  (This will still work if you do it right away, but is a little drier and less creamy that way for some reason.

Simple Make Ahead Chicken

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6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into two pieces)

1 tsp. rosemary

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

2 c. white wine

1 large onion chopped coarsley

2 tsp. pickled ginger

Oil for browning chicken

Rinse and dry chicken pieces.

Season.

Heat oil in skillets.

Brown chicken on both sides, being sure to season second side before flipping.  This will take approximately fifteen minutes if chicken pieces are big.  Add in onion, ginger and wine.

Simmer covered about 40-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165-170.

Cut up or shred for future recipes or eat just the way it is.

We did our Doris’ chicken salad with some, chicken, mushroom, alfredo casserole, and still had some left to freeze for future use.

Classic Chicken Burger on Udi's Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free Classic Hamburger Bun

2 lb. ground chicken
2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1 Tbsp. pesto sauce
1/4 c. crushed gluten free crackers
1/4 c. ricotta cheese
1 tsp. garlic salt

Combine burger ingredients.  You can freeze them individually wrapped in foil.  I always spray a little cooking spray so the foil comes off easily when you go to cook them.  I usually try to defrost them before cooking.  It’s nice to be able to grab them from the freezer on a night when cooking doesn’t sound fun!

Pan fry in a little olive oil.  If they are unfrozen, cook the one side until the color changes about half way up the burger, then flip.  It takes about 15 minutes over a medium high heat for them to reach 165 F internal temperature.  If you are cooking them from frozen, add some water into the skillet, and lower the heat and put a lid on to let them steam up and defrost.  That can take up to 30 minutes.  Always check the internal temperature!  No one wants a rare chicken burger 🙂

Top with your favorite cheese.

Daniel tried to write my name in ketchup on the bun for me!

Molly and I (the gluten free ones) ate ours on Udi’s buns, which we toast.

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Yummy.

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