Freezer Cooking

This past week I have done some batch freezer cooking every time I’ve been in the kitchen.  Recipes I’ve put away are 6 breakfast burritos, 18 beef and bean burritos, and 6 chicken verde taquitos.  Plus, I pre-chopped 5 pounds of onions, 6 bell peppers, and 3 zucchini for the freezer.  Here are the recipes if you are interested.

Breakfast burritos:  7 whole wheat flour 6″ tortillas, 14 eggs-scrambled, 14 turkey sausage links-chopped, 1 box of frozen spinach-sqeezed completely dry, and 1 cup of any kind of cheese you like.

I did not season the scrambled eggs.  I try to use very little sodium.  Plus, I used pepper jack cheese which is full of flavor.  I mixed all the ingredients together then scooped approximately 1/2 cup onto each tortilla shell and rolled up.

Tip:  These are decent sized breakfast burritos, not huge, but decent.  You can cut these in half with a serrated bread knife before you microwave it and just eat half with a piece of fruit yogurt and coffee and have a very filling, nutritious breakfast and make the burritos last longer.

Beaf and Bean Burritos:  8 inch flour tortillas, 1 lb of fajita seasoned ground beef with onions and peppers, 1 cup chopped zucchini, 1 bag of birdseye southwestern seasoned rice-or 2 cups of any rice your have that is precooked, 1 bag of black beans-2 cups-cooked from scratch, 1 cup of cheese, and 1 can of diced tomatoes.

I always cook my beans from scratch to control the sodium and seasonings.  To reduce gas and stomach upset, I recommend the quick soak method on the back of most dry bean bags.  It has worked every time I make a pot of beans.  For these black beans I added light salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder, not much because the meat has fajita seasoning.  When the beans are finished I completely drain them.  I just browned the ground beef and drained it.  Then in the same pan I sauteed the onions, peppers and zucchini.  I saute separately so the grease from the beef doesn’t absorb into the vegetables.  Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.  Lay out each tortilla shell and scoop approximately 3/4 cup of the mixture onto the shell.  Fold over one side of the shell to cover the bean mixture, then fold in the ends, then roll the shell on over and close it up.  This makes a sort of pocket burrito with a square shape.

Tip:  I plan on serving these with a guaca salad and fruit for a nutritious, quick lunch.

Chicken Verde Taquitos:  6 whole wheat tortilla shells, 2 cans chicken breast meat-drained, 1 box frozen spinach-completely squeezed dry, 1 package cream cheese, and 1 can of diced green chiles.

Mix together all ingredients.  Scoop approximately 1/2 cup of mixture onto tortilla and form into a thin, long strip.  Tightly roll up tortilla and place in freezer bag.

Tip:  I plan on baking these on my pizza stone and spraying with smart balance cooking spray.  This will save calories by not frying them in grease as is the traditional preparation but  not sacrifice any of the brown crispy goodness.  I will also be serving these with guaca salad.

What are recipes you use for freezer/batch cooking?

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The past few years have been tough on everyone financially, especially those with only one household income.  Lately I have been fortunate with the blessing of coupon shopping helping my little family tremendously.  This couponing thing has opened up doors I would never have imagined:  blogging, affiliate income, saving money on more than groceries, great new friends and connections, and most surprising of all is learning about tons of new things other than couponing!  I owe all my recent financial opportunities in one way or another to coupon shopping :)

I have a few friends, family members and other moms who are struggling with some financial issues, big and small.  I have been using myself as a test market researcher to find out the worthy money making opportunities online you can use to earn some extra income or replace some lost income.  Here is what I have found:

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Now, your demographic information will determine how many surveys you get sent.  So if you have lots of medical issues, own pets, have small kids and large kids, etc, these will all increase  your probability for more frequent surveys.  They even have a download for a little start up bar app where you get instant notifications when you have a new survey available to take and you get points for downloading.  It does not monitor web usage.  If you are interested in learning more or signing up, go here:  MySurvey.

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There are a few others that I have known about or signed up for but currently do not use because of time constraints.  They are:  ChaCha-you get paid to answer questions; eBates-you earn cash back as you shop for items online; and IntelliShop-getting paid to do mystery shopping in your area.

This doesn’t even begin to cover the ways you can earn money if you have a blog!  And it also doesn’t count ways to make money Freelance Writing Online.  Stay tuned…..

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