- BBQ Meatballs from The Pioneer Woman
- ground beef was on sale in a max-pack last week
- we'll be eating this for dinner tonight and still have leftovers for another meal
- My mom's Italian meatballs to freeze
- with leftover meat from above
- to easily freeze meatballs, I put them on a standard baking sheet as I form them like I would if I was going to cook them right away, then slide the sheet in the freezer until the balls are completely frozen. Once frozen, remove from sheet and store. I use Tupperware FreezerSmart containers because I sell them :) Large zip-top freezer bags would also work, but don't stack as nicely in your freezer.
- frozen meatballs cook the same as regular meatballs. Just add another 10 minutes or so to the baking time.
- Romesco sauce from the Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook
- I will cool and store sauce after preparing, then just pour over chicken and bake for a quick meal later this week.
- Beans and Cornbread from The Pioneer Woman
- dried beans are probably the cheapest form of protein you can buy. I have at least one bag in my pantry at all times!
- once cooked, the beans will store well. on the day we want to eat this meal, I'll just have to make some cornbread.
- this recipe also calls for a few strips of bacon which is expensive! But with a sale and coupons I bought a couple packs recently for $1.97 each. To easily freeze extra bacon, roll each piece individually into a tight roll and place in a flat-bottomed freezable storage container. Frozen bacon is fairly soft because of the high fat content so it's easy to chop for a meal like this (it's actually much easier to chop frozen than fresh!). Or, if you want crisp-cooked bacon, just place the still-rolled bacon in a cold pan and turn on the heat. As the pan heats up, the bacon will unroll on its own and cook normally.
|mmm ... bacon|
Cooking on the day we want to eat it:
- Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo from the Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook
- fresh chicken was also on sale this week in a max-pack. Any chicken I have leftover after this recipe and the Romesco, I will freeze to use another week.
- since the chicken cooks with the orzo and there are lots of veggies tossed with it, including fresh spinach, this would not be a good meal to make, store and reheat.