I hope that you have enjoyed my Freezer Cooking February Series this month. I will continue to share Freezer Cooking info. and recipes with you but I did want to wrap-up the series. I have one last guest posting to share with you. This one comes from Tanya of The Domestic Contessa. She shares great recipes for breakfast burritos and banana chocolate chip muffins! Yum!! And here’s Tanya:
For me, breakfast is the hardest meal to plan for. I was finding that we were getting stuck in a rut – always the same thing. Cold cereal, hot cereal, eggs… repeat. Then, when I started working to keep our grocery budget at a lower number, the cold cereal was no longer an option. Between actually buying the cold cereal and then paying for the milk needed, it’s quite a budget drainer.
So that left us with hot cereal, eggs…repeat.
I started doing some research and brainstorming for easy ways to add variety to our breakfasts. Getting up early to spend a lot of time making something extravagant was not an option. Not to mention, I still had the budget thing to consider.
I finally found the solution to my dilemma – using my freezer! I try to plan for a day or two each month to cook batches of breakfast foods. I then wrap individual servings separately and freeze them. Then, in the morning, I just grab the amount of food we need from the freezer, thaw, and we eat!
I have found muffins are easy to make and freeze very well for at least a month. With the muffins, I wait until they are fully cooled and then place each muffin in its own sandwich baggie (the kind without the zipper). I then put all the muffin into a large freezer bag. When I need a muffin for breakfast, I take it out of the freezer bag, unwrap it from the sandwich baggie and put it in the microwave on defrost for about a minute. If we have yogurt, I’ll serve a muffin with that – or, it’s a nice thing to serve with a fried egg to add some variety.
Here are a couple of breakfast freezer foods that are a hit around our house:
Easy Freezer Burritos
I once made about 100 of these for a ladies brunch at our church. I made them up several days in advance and cooked them the morning of the brunch. They were a huge hit – no one would believe me when I said they were frozen!
12 eggs, beaten
2 TBS butter
1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
½ cup chunky salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
24 flour tortillas
In a large skillet, melt butter. Add beaten eggs and cook in butter, stirring often, until scrambled and set. Add the cooked sausage and salsa; mix gently.
Place ½ cup egg mixture onto each tortilla and sprinkle with cheese. Roll burritos and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets; freeze until solid. Wrap each individually and place in freezer bags. Freeze.
To eat: Unwrap burritos. Loosely wrap in paper towel and microwave on High for 1-3 minutes. Makes 24 burritos
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 cup white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed bananas (2 medium)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
¼ tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 TBS oil
½ cup mini chocolate chips
Grease muffin tins. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients separately. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir JUST until mixed – do NOT over mix! Add the chocolate chips. Pour into muffin tin. Bake for 18-19 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Freeze them as I mentioned above. Makes 12 muffins.
Thank you so much to Tanya of The Domestic Contessa for sharing these fabulous recipes. I can’t wait to try the burritos one! I was wishing I had the sausage on hand this weekend to make them in my last Freezer Cooking Session, but no such luck. It gives me something to look forward to for next time, though!
A very big thank you to all of my guest posters this month! I know that it takes awhile to type up information for these and it’s so greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your successes, failures and recipes with all of us.
And another big thank you to all of my reader friends for showing your interest in this series with your feedback and excitement. That increased the fun for me to do this! Stay tuned as even though February is over, the recipes are not! I’ll continue to share some with you all and do my best to help save a little time in your kitchen, as well!