It is operation: baby coming soon still and I am getting down to the “one month to go” mark which is pretty crazy!
I already talked about my list of foods that I wanted to try to make for the freezer in my last post and guess what!? I have actually done some cooking ahead! 🙂 Unfortunately (or not because I had such a mess going on) I did not get pictures of the process which always make a blog more worth reading, but I will try to work on getting some pictures! It is hard for me to take pictures when I have created such a mess and have a little one on my hip – somehow it just slips my mind to stop and capture every moment! 🙂
What I made today and froze:
Spaghetti Bake with Veggies (version of the day)
- ground beef (really good if you have some Italian sausage to mix in too, but I was out)
- marinara sauce
- shredded zucchini – sautéed
- shredded carrot – sautéed
- onion – sautéed
- noodles of choice – I used one pack of the new “veggie” noodles and one pack of whole wheat noodles
- cheese of choice (I used shredded mozzarella) to stir in and also give a nice blanket on the top! Cheese is magical.
I don’t follow recipes too much, a lot of times I just kind of work off of something in my head so I can tell you what I did if that helps…
I went to Costco and bought a big pack of beef, cooked it all in a big pot, added some marinara and wa-la, ended up with a pile of meat sauce ready to go! Then I boiled a bunch of spaghetti noodles… too! I also had some zucchini and carrots to use up in the fridge and an onion too, so I processed them in my food processor, sautéed them and stirred it into my meat sauce before combining it all with some noodles and cheese. I got super excited and we had company for dinner so did not freeze a ton of extra but that is ok, I don’t want to have too much of one thing in the freezer. Variety sounds pretty good. I put a good amount of my mixture into a 9×13 pan, sprinkled a lot of cheese on top, covered it with foil and put it in the fridge to bake for company later. Then I put the rest into two gallon size Ziploc bags. In addition, I had enough extra meat to freeze a gallon size bag of just the meat sauce so I can use it in spaghetti or maybe a lasagna later.
Tomorrow I will be making another dish so stay tuned!