breakfast from the freezer {from home, not the store!}

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been a little extreme with my breakfast planning.

For some reason, toast every morning no longer works and I’ve been preparing “more exciting” meals ahead of time.

Except I don’t want to be prepping breakfast and lunch every night for the next day.

I want my poached eggs and I want to eat them too!

Ok, poached eggs aren’t really a possibility but I’ve come up with a number of other breakfasts that can be made ahead of time and then frozen so that they can be enjoyed any morning! Breakfasts that come from the freezer, but not the store!

Here is a list of my favorite breakfast items that can be made, frozen and then saved for a later date!

Now I just need more glass tupperware…

Have any ideas to add to the list?

 

top 5 convenience vegetables

 

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There were so many things I learned through the #SNAP4aWeek Challenge, but one was that it is so much easier to fit in vegetables when you can buy them washed and ready to eat. Certainly not all vegetables take a long time to clean or prepare, but having a bag of cleaned greens in the fridge means I have absolutely no reason to not eat them for lunch. Having a bag of baby carrots means I have no reason to eat saltines instead of carrots.

It’s definitely something I take for granted.

Here are my favorite convenience vegetables that make fitting in fresh produce SO easy!

  • washed lettuce, salad mix, greens, etc.
  • baby carrots – I actually prefer to peel and cut my own, and I often do, but if I’m short on time, baby carrots do the trick!
  • frozen vegetables – typically they just need a quick saute (green beans are my favorite)
  • bag of washed  broccoli or cauliflower florets, green beans, etc. – you can steam them in the bag, toss them in oil and roast or saute with other vegetables
  • asparagus – a quick rinse and snap of the ends make asparagus on the speedy side

What convenient vegetables do you rely on?

simple & healthy: stir-fry

Stir-frys are always a great choice for simple and healthy meals that come together in minutes.

In fact, usually the rice takes longer to make than the stir-fry itself. If you are short on time, consider trying frozen brown rice or instant brown rice. (You can also make your own brown rice in large batches and then freeze for later use).

Then gather up all of the vegetables you have, along with some protein and have a flavorful dinner on the table in minutes!

(Beef & Basil Stir-Fry from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything)

Stir-Fry Tips and Steps: 

  1. Prepare rice, grain or pasta if using
  2. Prepare all ingredients (slice, chop, etc) so they are all ready to go
  3. Heat pan and oil in pan (you can flavor oil with garlic and ginger)
  4. Add ingredients by length of cooking time, adding ingredients that take longest first*
  5. Add sauce (can be as simple as a splash of soy, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, etc.)
  6. Serve immediately

*If your stir-fry includes meat or seafood, consider cooking the meat, removing from pan and then cooking the vegetables so you don’t over cook your meat

Stir-Fry Recipes to Try:

Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir-Fry 

Sauteed Baby Squash with Basil & Feta

Chicken & Leek Stir-Fry

Spicy Asparagus-Tempeh Stir-Fry

Brown Rise Stir-Fry with Kimchi, Pork & Tofu

Grace Young’s Best Stir-Fry Tips

 

simple & healthy: sausage & peppers

I hope you all are enjoying my simple & healthy meal ideas. The whole purpose is to give you meal ideas that are delicious and nutritious while at the same time satisfying your family and going from the kitchen to table in less than 30 minutes.

Todays meal, Sausage & Peppers, is one that you can go in many different directions with. Richie loves it over pasta, I’m a huge fan of it stuffed in bread, but you could also serve it over brown rice or even use it as a pizza topping or in a calzone.

Serve with a fresh side salad for a complete meal.

The process is fast and simple:

  1. Prepare grain component if necessary.
  2. Grill or saute sausage, slicing after grilling or before sautéing.
  3. Saute peppers, onions and other vegetables, sliced into bite size pieces.
  4. Top with “extra flavor” if desired.

Grain:

  • brown rice
  • whole grain pasta (or a whole grain/white blend)
  • sub roll
  • on pizza dough or wrapped in it for a calzone

Protein:

  • chicken sausage
  • pork or blend sausage
  • veggie sausage

Vegetables:

  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • spinach (thrown in at the last minute to quickly wilt)

Extra Flavor:

  • marinara sauce
  • roasted or canned tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese
  • smoked mozzarella cheese