Let’s Do This! Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen eCourse & eBook Sale

Heavenly Homemakers has just launched a new bundle eCourse and eBook that I’m excited about!  If you are transitioning to a Real Food kitchen or just need some motivation to get ahead…and not spend all day in your kitchen, you might find them helpful, too.

let's do this eCourse

Let’s Do This! Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen eCourse and its counterpart, {Healthy} Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook will help you learn simple ways to get ahead when it comes to cooking.  For example, there are quite a few freezer-friendly recipes, planning forms, and helpful videos to get you started.

More info:

The Let’s Do This! eCourse answers your questions about Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen:

  • I can’t even keep up – how am I supposed to get ahead?
  • I don’t have freezer space for freezer cooking, how I can I make this work?
  • Will this actually help me save money on food?
  • Will this really save me time and energy?
  • How can this work for me if I’m not an organized person?
  • My family is picky.  Will this frozen food taste good?
  • I want to get ahead, but I don’t even know where to start

 

Make Ahead Meals and Snacks

You can also get the eBook Healthy Make Ahead Snacks and Meals with 33 recipes for $5!  I think the dessert section is my favorite…  :)  Each recipe also include freezer storage instructions.  I love freezer cooking–it helps me save time and money.  It also simplifies my life and I don’t stress about dinner nearly as much as I used to! 

The best deal is to get both the The Let’s Do This! eCourse with the Healthy Make Ahead Snacks and Meals eBook for just $8.

If you aren’t familiar with Heavenly Homemakers, I have long been a fan of Laura’s website–I especially love reading about her journey as a “Coupon Queen” to a whole foodie!  She’s inspiring.  Plus, she’s a homeschool mom of four boys.   That is heroic, in my opinion!!  :)

Inexpensive Gift Idea: Freezer Cooking Basket

If you are needing an inexpensive wedding gift or a gift for a friend, this freezer cooking basket is simple to put together!

Freezer Cooking Basket Gift Idea

Freezer Cooking Basket Gift Idea

Basic Supplies:

Simply put all of your items in the foil pan, wrap it up if desired, and give it as a gift!  This is super-easy and can be as inexpensive as you choose (especially if you can pick up foil, freezer bags, etc. with coupons and a great sale)!

If you have a little more to spend, you might consider adding these items:

  • Freezer alarm (If you have a deep freeze with lots of food in it, I highly recommend one of these!)
  • Pyrex Containers with lids (These are my preference for freezer storage, but freezer bags take up less space if you don’t have a lot of room.)

Anything else you would recommend or an idea to add for a freezer cooking gift basket?

Find more information about freezer cooking here.

Freezer Cooking FAQ and Resources

Find all posts in the Five Days of Freezer Cooking series here.  I’ll also be updating my Freezer Cooking Resource page as I add new recipes and other resources.

Freezer Cooking FAQ:

1)  How do you store your food?

I prefer to store my freezer cooking meals in glass Pyrex dishes (I do have a freezer chest though, so I have a little more room).  If you are short on space, stacking your meals in freezer bags works really well.

2)  How long do you store your meals in the freezer?

I prefer to keep mine in the freezer for six weeks or less.

3)  What foods don’t freeze well?

You can find a list of foods that don’t freeze well over at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

4)  What if I hate casseroles?

Not all freezer cooking is casseroles!  One of my favorite things to make and freeze is meal-size portions of meat.  For instance, I’ll make up tons of taco meat.  I also buy whole chickens when they are on sale, boil them, freeze the chicken broth, pull the meat off the bones, and freeze the shredded chicken in 1-2 cup containers.  I can then easily pull it out of the freezer and add it to soups and other recipes.

You can also make and freeze cookie dough, baked goods, burritos, crepes, soups, etc.  Casseroles are not your only option!

Do you have any other questions about freezer cooking?

 

A few helpful Freezer Cooking resources found on other blogs:

Once a Month Mom: 

Money Saving Mom:

Heavenly Homemakers:

Life As Mom:

Resources available for purchase:

 

Freezer Recipes: Easy Crepe Recipe

I never attempted to make crepes before a school project we did last year, but they have since become a family favorite!  I still don’t know if I make them *right*, but it works for us!  Here is our simple crepe recipe adapted from The Bonne Femme Cookbook.

Just cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to be making crepes forever!  I like to freeze mine, so I figure I might as well make a ton if I’m going to have all the ingredients out and ready!

Basic Crepe Recipe

(Makes 24 crepes)

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter

1) Stir together flour and salt in a large bowl.  Whisk together milk, water, and eggs.  Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Whisk in the melted butter.   Refrigerate batter at least 1 hour (to allow the bubbles to settle and prevent tearing of the crepes when cooking).  I know it’s bad, but I don’t always do this depending on how much time I have!

2)  After refrigeration, stir gently to blend the ingredients back together.  Brush the bottom of a 6 to 7-inch skillet with butter (or coconut oil) to lightly coat.   Heat over medium-high heat for several minutes. Lift the pan up from the stove and pour 1/4 cup of the batter into hot pan.  Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan with batter.

3)  Replace pan on the burner.  Cook until lightly browned (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). Flip and cook about 30 seconds to one minute more.

4. Place crepe onto a plate to cool.  (You’ll probably need multiple plates to allow enough time for each one to cool completely.)  Repeat with remaining batter.

To freeze:  Place wax or parchment paper between crepes.  Place in a freezer-safe container.

When ready to use:  Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator.  Heat through on a skillet or in the microwave before serving.

There are many ways to make crepes.  You can stuff them with chicken, veggies, and cheese for a more filling meal.  I like to just add blueberries and lightly drizzle with maple syrup for a quick breakfast or lunch.

 

Find more posts in my Five Days of Freezer Cooking series. Also, this post is part of the Five Days of… over at iHomeschool Network. Be sure to visit and see all the other wonderful posts from my lovely and talented friends! This series is sponsored by Beech Retreat.