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Food Preparation For After Gravy Baby is Born

One of the things that I like to do in preparation for the birth of a baby is making lots of food to put in the freezer.  This makes my life so much easier meal wise after baby is born.  We have started the Great Freezer Stock-Up of 2011.  I do not care for noodles, potatoes, rice,  or various other things out of the freezer, so I make things that can easily be added to other things to make a complete meal.

So Far I have made,

  • 10 pounds of browned ground beef (made in my big crock pot).  I put 2 pounds in freezer bags.  I will use it for tacos, soups, casseroles, sloppy joes and who knows what else.
  • chicken enchiladas.  I made about 10 pounds of meat in the crock pot (yes I love my crock pot).  We ate some for lunch and then Sean tore the leftover chicken up.  Then I added cream of chicken soup, taco seasoning, enchilada sauce and cheese to the chicken.  Finally I warmed up the big tortilla shells.  Assembly time.  I added the mixture to the tortilla and then wrapped it up.  I froze them on trays and then put them in gallon size freezer bags.  I put 4 or five per bag.  Because I plan to make some ground beef enchiladas, I will be able to mix and match the flavors.  I’ll cook 8 or 9 each time.  When its time to make them, all I will need to do is pull them out, add some enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan and on top and cover with cheese.  Viola, bake for 30-45 minutes at 350.  I will need to remember to take them out the night before.  Serve with lettuce and salsa.  Oh yummy.
  • Italian meatballs, meatballs, meatballs.  I have made 10 pounds of Italian meatballs, but I want to make another 10 pounds worth.  They are beyond yummy.  I don’t really follow a recipe.  I use eggs and water mixed together, add the raw ground beef, then breadcrumbs (made from dry bread and processed in the food processor), Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese,garlic and salt and pepper.  Make into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Then I freeze them in quart sized freezer bags.  I put at least 40 in each bag, more if they will fit.  Olivia and Miriam made some small ones and we are going to use them to put in lasagna.  I made my own sauce from scratch and the hardest thing for me is remembering to start it early enough in the day.
  • Meatball Skillet Meal Meatballs.  I will include the recipe using 1 pound of ground beef, but again, I make it 10 pounds at a time.  I love these with frozen mixed veggies and a can of cream of chicken soup and a little milk.  Yummy.  Oh, I could eat these tonight.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 t. dry mustard
  • 1/2 t. celery salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 14 t nutmeg
  • 3T chopped onion( I don’t use onion)
  • 1 pound hamburger

Mix all the ingredients together and shape into meatballs.  Bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool and then put in freezer bags.  I will likely make 20 pounds of these too as they are easier to make at one time then to make them 10 times.  We try to stuff as many into a gallon size freezer bag and only use one bag at each meal.  I use a 32 ounce bag of mixed veggies and add one can of cream of chicken soup and one can of milk to the veggies.  Let simmer, stirring often, until cooked.  Add meatballs and mix in.  Let simmer until heated through.

 

I have also started on the Great Pantry Stock Up of 2011.  I used our tax return money to buy things I will need to make the freezer meals including condensed tomato soup (for sloppy joes), cream of chicken soup (for meatball skillet meal and to make the enchilada filling), tomato sauce (spaghetti, lasagna, pizza), pickles, salsa, frozen veggies (not in the pantry.), and various other things.

I hope to continue stocking the freezer after Gravy Baby is born.  It saves me time overall with just a few hours invested each week.

Did I miss any of your favorite meals that I can prepare part of ahead of time?  If so, let me know.

 

Susan

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