Saturday, July 13, 2013

Freezer Meal- Southwest Black Bean Burgers

The second freezer meal that has proven to be awesome, is:

Southwest Black Bean Burgers (recipe cred: Nicki Britten and Joanie Gentry)

Get out a big bowl and dump 3 cans black beans and smash up with a large spoon. Just until mostly smashed not all.

Chop up two or three colored bell peppers, one medium onion or a couple shallots, 4 cloves of garlic. Sautée in a pan with some olive oil until onions become translucent and peppers get a little soft.  

Mix in peppers and onions in bowl with black beans, add some chopped fresh cilantro, about two big handfuls. Squeeze some lime juice and add spices. 1.5 tsp cumin, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp. salt. Add 3 eggs and 2-3 cups plain bread crumbs or enough until it becomes like a thick paste that you can mold into patties. 

I got about 18 burger patties! That is a real savings from 3 cans of beans. 

This is really so easy. You can even adjust recipe to your taste, add jalapeños for more kick or even a can of corn etc. 

Then flash freeze and put in freezer bags. They are so delicious and handy! Just pull a couple out nuke for 1 min and then sauté in a pan or on the grill. We love pepper jack cheese and avocados on them!

Freezer Meal- Kale Lasagna Roll-ups

I went on a freezer meal blitz the other day, while prepping for dinner. I thought I would share a couple things that have proven to be easy and good!

First up...Kale Lasagna Roll-ups! 

I bought a huge bunch of Kale at the farmers' market, roughly chopped it up, sautéed in a pan with some olive oil and minced garlic until wilted. I boiled one package of whole wheat lasagna noodles. I then mixed: 1 large container small curd cottage cheese, 1 8oz. mozzarella/provolone shred cheese, 1 8oz. Shred Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, salt, pepper to taste and mixed in the sautéed kale. 

Then lay out lasagna noodles flat and spread some of the cheese mix on top and roll up the noodle like a little rug. Pop in a freezer bag and voila! Instant meal ready to take out set in a pan with a little spaghetti sauce on top. 425 degree oven for about 45-55 min. 

What I love about these are: 

1. You can take out as many as you need. Great for a meal for just one or two people. Or if guests show up pull out more!

2. I love that my kids are eating whole wheat noodles and kale! Kale is all the rage these days, it is a major superfood. Look it up. :)

3. Fast! This took me much less time than layering a traditional lasagna.

Try it!