We’ve been taking belly shots in the same outfit each month and here’s my 9 month picture – our little one has come such a long way since our 5 month pics. Believe it or not, my due date is exactly one week from today (on Labor Day, haha)!
Ever since I found out we were expecting, I’ve been looking forward to filling our freezer with meals in preparation for our little one’s arrival. We have stocked up on some convenience foods at Costco as well (orange chicken, pot stickers, spinach ravioli), but really there’s nothing more comforting than a homemade meal, and I had a lot of fun preparing everything!
One of my favorite bloggers, Annie from Annie’s Eats, had a really helpful post all about stocking the freezer before the birth of her daughter last year, so I followed her lead. When my mom visited a couple of weeks ago, we found these perfectly sized yellow disposable pans that you can freeze and also use in the oven. We made baked ziti (I didn’t follow a recipe, but it was full of spinach, red peppers, feta, spicy chicken sausage, ground turkey, and tomato sauce) and these delicious chicken enchiladas. We assembled both dishes and topped them with cheese, so all I have to do is thaw them the day before in the fridge and then warm them up and melt the cheese in the oven. I think each container holds enough for three to four dinners, and we have three containers of each dish. Last weekend I also made a big batch of white bean chicken chili, which I divided among two plastic containers.
I stashed some goodies in our freezer door too. I was craving banana bread, so I whipped up my favorite whole wheat loaf. After we enjoyed a couple of pieces, I cut the rest into thick slices, which I wrapped in plastic wrap and froze for quick breakfasts or snacks. And last but not least, I made these frozen breakfast burritos!
I prefer a really hearty breakfast and like to stuff my burritos as full as possible, so I filled each tortilla with two scrambled eggs, spicy chicken sausage, black beans, green chiles, cheese and salsa – yum! It will be so nice to be able to microwave these and enjoy a hot breakfast when we’re really tired.
Our little girl could arrive any day now, so if I disappear for a bit, you’ll know why! I have been working on a bunch of new recipes to post, so hopefully it won’t be for too long.
Frozen Breakfast Burritos
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound Andouille chicken sausage, chopped
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 4-ounce can green chiles
16 extra large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
8 burrito sized 8-inch flour tortillas
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup salsa
Heat canola oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet and add chicken sausage to the pan. Saute for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned. Place chicken sausage in a large bowl and stir in black beans and green chiles.
Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk in milk and salt until smooth. Pour eggs into the same pan the sausage was cooked in, and cook over medium heat, scrambling with a spatula every few minutes, for 6 to 8 minutes or until set. Mix in the bowl with the sausage, beans, and chiles.
Lay tortillas out on a clean surface and evenly distribute egg mixture among the tortillas. Top evenly with cheddar cheese and salsa. Fold each tortilla into a burrito by folding over the top of each tortilla, then folding in the sides, and then rolling up the bottom side of the tortilla. Wrap each burrito twice with plastic wrap and freeze. To reheat, discard plastic wrap, wrap burrito in a paper towel, and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Makes 8 burritos.
Nutrition: 487 calories, 23.5g fat, 3.1g fiber, 37.0g protein per burrito
Cost: $1.43 per burrito