With a cold keeping me down yesterday, I opted to do my freezer cooking today! My plan was fairly ambitious, but I’m hoping that preparing and planning these types of things will save money and time in the long run! Here are two easy peasy recipes I made today that turned out yummy! I will easily make some of these at least twice a month if not every week to stock up for the week ahead!
Whole Wheat Pancakes
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. sugar
Pinches of salt, flax, & cinnamon
Mix dry ingredients and then add eggs. Add milk to obtain desired texture (I did not put a specific amount necessary for milk because it all depends on your preference!) Cook pancakes over griddle! I used non-stick which required no oil or butter! I also utilized leftover half n half instead of milk this time around because I had to use it up before it expired.
This recipe made 14 regular sized pancakes. I simply tossed into a freezer bag and labeled with type & date. I’ll put out pancakes and reheat as needed throughout the week.
One of the newer ideas I wanted to try were freezer smoothie packs. This way, each time I wanted a smoothie, I could pull out one pack, pop it into the blender and make final adjustments with what I have on hand. It’s a great way to never have an excuse for a quick and healthy treat for your family. (And I definitely need all the help I can get!) This recipe is customized based on what I purchased, but most fruits will do!
Quick Smoothie Packs
1 pineapple ($1.99)
2 mangoes ($.59/each)
4 kiwi (4/$1)
1 small tub greek yogurt ($2.99)
1 pkg. frozen blueberries ($1.99)
Dice up all fruits except the blueberries. Plop spoonfuls of yogurt into muffin tins (my preference was to use baby food cube trays – perfect size AND easy!) and get that yogurt into the freezer. Portion fruit into freezer bags based on size you think you’d use each time. My formula was about 1/4 c. blueberries, 4 dices of mango, 1/8 c. kiwi, and 5 dices pineapple. It all depends on your preferences! Seal bags and place flat in freezer to freeze. Once yogurt has set, pop out and add 1-3 yogurt cubes into each bag. (I’ll aim for two in mine). Then, when you are ready to use, you can just put the contents into the blender and add whatever liquid and other goodies you’d like!
I’ll plan to add spinach and almond milk most days, but also apples, bananas or whatever fruit I have on hand. Extra veggies like spinach will boost your nutrition content (but still taste great!)
What’s your favorite breakfast freezer food?