Bacon and Baked Potato soup. This one had me at, "Hello." I'm not lying. Well, actually, it had me at "Bacon." My family flips out for this soup. You can also double this recipe if you want to feed a small army, and it's really pretty with a few baked potato garnishes on top. (Also. And don't tell anyone this, but I often add leftover mashed potatoes right into this soup at the end. It's sooooo good!)
Bacon and Baked potato soup.
Dice up 2-4 peeled potatoes.
4 c water
1/4 c. chopped green onions (or 1 small onion if that's all you've got.)
salt and pepper
*Place above into a large soup pot, bring to boiling. Then simmer over medium high heat, about 10-12 minutes, until potatoes are soft and mashable. Use a potato masher to lightly break up some of the potato pieces, leaving some larger chunks. Place lid on pan, remove from heat, and set aside.
*In a separate saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of butter, add 1/4 cup flour, stirring until smooth. Then slowly add 2 cups milk into the pan, and whisk until smooth. Cook and stir, over medium hat until thickened. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese, and 1 jar of bacon pieces.
*Add cheese mixture into potato mixture, and stir. Serve immediately or freeze in small containers.
pop them frozen and wrapped, right into the microwave, for a couple of minutes. I don't even really have a recipe for these, they are that simple.
Breakfast Burrito, non-recipe:
Package of burrito sized, flour tortillas
*Place the following, into a large bowl:
One dozen eggs, scrambled
One package of ground, mild Italian sausage, cooked
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
Optional add-in hashbrowns, cooked.
*Mix all the above, then spoon evenly, into tortillas, fold sides in around mixture, then roll. Wrap in parchment paper. Store in large ziplock bag, freeze, and microwave as needed. (Substitutes for sausage, could be ham, bacon, or sauteed veggies. Yum!)
tiny sized meatballs, (1") cook some pasta, place it into a greased pan, then layer on some spaghetti sauce, straight from the jar, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Press meatballs randomly into the pasta, cover and freeze. Then when you want it, thaw, pop into the oven, and heat for 20 minutes or so, until hot. Incidentally, one batch of my meatballs can make a few pans of this, as well as some meatball sandwiches. (Just purchase some hoagie rolls and cheese slices and place into the freezer, alongside a bag of meatballs in the leftover jarred spaghetti sauce.)
pkg ground turkey
pkg ground Italian sausage
TBSP Italian seasoning
1 chopped onion
1 c breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
2 crushed garlic cloves
1-2 grated carrots (optional, but good for picky eaters!)
*Mix and shape into 1" or 3" balls. Bake at 350 20 or 30 minutes, depending on size of balls.
Tupperware microwave steamer and I love it. Once cool, I put it into a freezer ziplock bag, and scoop it out as needed, microwaving for just a few minutes, until hot. Often, I chop up a few chicken breasts, and add some Teriyaki sauce over them. Then I freeze this in a ziplock bag, and it takes only a few minutes in a hot skillet to serve alongside of the cooked rice.
Anyway, these are our favorites, and preparing and freezing them in advance, keeps me sane, and saves me precious time.
Do you have any quick and easy meal ideas that serve your family well? I'd love to hear about them!
(P.S. Happy 15th Anniversary big man. I love you every day. You are my knight in shining armor. You always have been. Always will be.)