Batch Cooking Plan – I’m Home Again and Need to Get Baking…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 25, 2011

I spent the first half of the week roaming around the country doing promotion for my Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook.  I stopped in at a number of different news stations in St. Louis, Nashville and Cincinnati to share about the cookbook, even gave out a few recipes!  (Both links below I’m making Blueberry Breakfast Bake…pictured above!)

So now that I’m back to cold and frigid Dayton, I’m ready to get back to the reality of mountains of laundry, piles of dishes, shuttling children to and from school, and the need to get some goodies into the freezer!

Today and tomorrow I plan to make the following:

I absolutely love having baked goodies in the freezer for when the kids need a quick snack or breakfast, and I love that if I’m having “one of THOSE days” I can grab something from the freezer that can be on the table with very little effort!

Have you done any batch cooking recently?!  What’s on your list?!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara Z. February 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

Do you freeze those Breakfast Tacos? Do they taste ok once reheated? I am a busy working mom and eggs are a good starter for me, but I rarely have time to make them in the morning. My experience has been that eggs don’t reheat well (from the fridge).

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

They freeze pretty well! At least my husband doesn’t complain about eating them after thawing them! I’ve had them a number of times and couldn’t complain either!

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Mandi February 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

Our baby is expected to arrive in just 28 days (scheduled c-section, making things like batch cooking and cleaning the house a bit easier knowing a date!) so yesterday I made muffins for the freezer, and I’ve browned 6 pounds of ground beef and stashed it in the freezer. With these last 4 weeks, I want to do as much as I can so any recipes and ideas are much appreciated Erin!

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Tab February 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

I make breakfast burritos and breakfast mini bagel sandwiches.
The burritos I find reheat wonderfully (about 1 min 25 seconds).
The sandwiches are a bit more finicky. we reheat ours for 25 seconds, then flip over then another 30 seconds. That makes them taste pretty good. All microwaves are different though, so you’d have to wiggle it acording to yours.
But having a nice balanced breakfast ready to go is so worth it!

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Jessica February 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

Do you freeze the Taco’s individually or as a bunch?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

I freeze them in 2s. 2 will usually fit into a quart size baggie. Since they are not “messy,” it’s easy to rinse and reuse the baggies too!

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Heidi February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Thanks Erin… Love the recipe for the Blueberry Bake. Gonna make this one for sure. Great Sunday breakfast for my brood of 6 hungry kiddos!

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Brandi February 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I will be trying out my first batch cooking tonight, meatloaf! wish me luck ladies

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Good luck!!!! It will be great!

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Rachel February 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Yay — love it. I’ve been toying with the idea of batch cooking lately — we have baby #3 coming at the end of August. . . about two days after my oldest starts preschool. I know breakfast will be hard to handle if I don’t have something like this ready to go. Would LOVE to see a series from you on breakfast batch cooking. :)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Congrats Mama!!!!! So excited for you! I’ve got a “breakfast week” coming soon…keep your eye out!

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Jessica February 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

How have I been following you for weeks and am just realizing we are in the same town!? Springboro is basically Dayton ;) ( you should include Drug Mart in your weekly drug store round-up, they usually have one great deal each week)

I don’t cook them, but I make batches and batches of frozen PB&Js – I’ve started swinging by the markdown cart in the bread isle and picking up the discount flatbreads (usually around 60 cents for 8 sandwiches), fill w/ PB&J and stick them right back in the bag to freeze. They are just like the smuckers version but MUCH cheaper. Right now though, all the freezers are STOCKED and we’ve got to start eating! I had a bunch of items in the garage, but that run of warm weather about did me in! ha ha!

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LisaE February 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I also make PB&J’s and freeze them by the dozen. It makes packing lunches so much faster in the mornings. When my 2 girls help out, we go an extra step and cut circles out of the sandwiches, using the crusts to feed the birds and squirrels.

I also make batches of pancakes to freeze so it just takes a minute in the microwave for my girls to have a hot breakfast.

I really need to make a batch of muffins to freeze, it has been awhile!

Erin….I really love your new cookbook, it is awesome….great job!

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connie February 26, 2011 at 12:37 am

Do you take recipe requests? :) Your assembly line reminded me of a breakfast burrito I used to love and I’m wondering if it could be frozen/batch cooked too? I’m new to this and my efforts always seem to get ice crystals/freezer burn.

The burrito had scrambled eggs, hashbrowns or tater tots, cheddar, refried beans, fresh pico de gallo (onion, tomato, jalapeno), …… I think that’s it…… thank you!

This batch cooking idea has been such a blessing. I live with chronic fatigue, chronic pain and a toddler boy. We can’t afford to keep eating out (my health or our pocketbook) but I hit a wall about 2:00 most days. The slow cooker ground meat, slow cooker chicken, etc.. was so exciting. Thank you for all that you share. ~Connie

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Karen Hiebert February 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

I have the pumpkin puree with all the goods to make a pumpkin pie. can you add that to a batch of bisquick pancake mix to make pumpkin pancakes? just like you would add say blue berry or chocolate chip? :)

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LisaE February 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

Connie…you can freeze breafast burritos. My best advice is to wrap individual ones in plastic wrap, then in foil if freezing for a while (otherwise skip it if not), then place in ziplock bags. You can always re-use the ziplocks and even the plastic wrap if the burrito “food” didn’t spill into it.

Hope this helps.

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connie February 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

thank you!

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Jen March 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Everyone who has been talking about freezing the burritos. What is your method of thawing and cooking? Simply the microwave? I like to avoid the microwave as much as possible and didn’t know if anyone had another thawing/warming method. Thanks.

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connie March 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I’ll bet you can wrap them in foil when you freeze them (and then in a ziplock) and then when you take it from the freezer it could go straight into a 350 oven- you’d have to play with the time.

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Trinity August 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

looks and sounds yummy

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