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Inspired by a sweet and sour meatball sauce recipe in Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, I made these:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe - perfect as an appetizer, or serve on noodles.

They were great as fingerfood on toothpicks, but would also be tasty served on a bed of noodles! Of course you can always make the meatballs without the sweet and sour sauce, and serve them with spaghetti and red sauce. Here’s what I did…

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 c. Italian-style Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. steak sauce
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1-2 Tbs. orange marmalade
  • optional: cornstarch (if needed for thickening)

MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, Panko bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 c. of the chopped onion. Shape mixture into meatballs; approximately 1-2 inches each. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

WHILE MEATBALLS BAKE, MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, heat oil on med-high heat, then add 1/2 c. onion, and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add broth, ketchup, steak sauce, pineapple, and marmalade. Bring to a boil, and cook a couple more minutes. If too thin, add a little cornstarch a teaspoon or so at a time until desired thickness. Strain sauce into a bowl with a mesh colander, and discard “pulp” mixture left behind in the strainer.

TO SERVE: Dip meatballs in sauce, and place on serving dish or on noodles.

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Stuffed Turkey Breast Wrapped in Bacon

Stuffed Turkey Breast Wrapped in Bacon - baked on top of harvest vegetables

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • coarse salt
  • ground pepper
  • Boneless, skinless turkey breast (approx. 2 pounds)
  • 1 pkg (approx. 12 oz) center cut bacon
  • 1 pound white potatoes (or sweet potatoes), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 carrots (about 8 oz) OR 8 oz. parsnips and turnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1-inch pieces

WHAT YOU DO:

In a small bowl, combine parsley, garlic, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.

Slice turkey breast almost in half horizontally- leave it attached on one side.

Open like a book; season with salt and pepper inside and out.

Stuff turkey with herb mixture and put back together.

Cover with bacon slices, tucking ends under the turkey. Secure with kitchen twine.

Combine vegetables and 1/2 c. water in roasting pan. Place turkey on top.

Cover, and bake at 375°F until thoroughly cooked (juices should run clear when meat is pierced with a knife) and veggies are tender. Cooking time varies, but estimate around 20-30 minutes per pound.

Let turkey rest 20 minutes before slicing crosswise. Serve with vegetables.

Serves 6.

recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com

Wrap stuffed turkey breast in bacon then secure with twine - bake on a bed of vegetables Boneless turkey breast - stuffed and wrapped in bacon - Because, well bacon

I am pretty excited about Thanksgiving, you guys. The past few years when we have hosted I cheated and ordered pre-made meals from our local grocery store (gasp!). LOL. This year I am going all homemade. Well, except for the pumpkin pies. I plan on making frozen ones and throwing Cool Whip on top. Baby steps, right?!?

Here’s what I came up with.

The menu…

Thanksgiving 2015 Menu

My shopping list…

grocery list THANKSGIVING 2015

Here are the recipes:

Stuffed Turkey Breast wrapped with bacon. Because, well, bacon.

Stuffed Turkey Breast Wrapped in Bacon - baked on top of harvest vegetables

Herbed Mashed Potatoes. You can start these ahead of time on the day before Thanksgiving. Herbed Mashed Potatoes Recipe - Yukon gold potatoes with half and half and butter - So easy and super delicious

Homemade Gravy. I used some of the homemade chicken stock I stashed in the freezer.

Simple Gravy - perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any comfort food recipe

Simple Stuffing with white wine. You can dry the bread cubes and cook the veggies a day in advance.

Simple Stuffing Recipe - so easy but so delicious

Green Bean Casserole. A Thanksgiving tradition. I am going with old school canned soup and canned green beans. Don’t judge. 🙂

Pumpkin pie and whipped topping. Straight out of the freezer section. After all of the other recipes I don’t want to think about baking pies. Did you know you can order pumpkin pies online from Amazon? For the low low price of $55 or so. Um, yikes.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Stemware Forte Collection

personalized napkins

Lenox French Perle Tidbit

Italian Lasagna with Red Sauce Recipe – I took an Italian cooking class and learned how to make red sauce, and different types of lasagna. The instructor gave us recipes and some cooking tips and then we got to make some and bring them home. YUM.

This was my favorite:

Best lasagna recipe ever - includes freezer instructions - Not sure why but they always taste better the next day as leftovers!

I have since made a bunch of these, and froze some for later. Gotta love freezer meals!

If you want, you could use ground turkey instead; or even vegetables for a meatless option (just saute zucchini, broccoli, and carrots, and use them in place of the meat) and add a little pesto to the cheese mixture.

I used two 8×8″ pans, but if you want to make one batch just use a 9×13″ pan with the same recipe.

When I made the two 8×8 lasagnas, I baked one and froze the other for later.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (or Italian sausage; or a mixture of both)
  • Red sauce (see recipe below)
  • 15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (or more if you’re a cheese lover) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 package (approximately 12 oz) oven ready “no cook” lasagna noodles
  • Fresh Italian parsley, to taste, chopped

WHAT YOU DO:

Brown meat in a skillet and drain grease. Stir in the red sauce and heat through.

Combine ricotta cheese, grated Pecorino Romano, eggs, and parsley in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Evenly spread the meat sauce in a the bottom of a 9×13″ pan OR two 8×8″ pans. Layer lasagna noodles on top, then spread on some of the cheese mixture and cover with meat sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella, and repeat for one or two more layers.

If preparing lasagna right away: Bake in preheated oven at 375ºF for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden (cover with foil for the first 20-25 minutes or so then uncover until done).

If freezing for later: Wrap unbaked lasagna in foil/plastic wrap and label. Freeze. To prepare, thaw and bake at 375ºF for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden (cover with foil for the first 20-25 minutes or so then uncover until done).

Italian Red Sauce - so easy and fresh and homemade - includes an awesome lasagna recipe - I make giant batches and freeze for later

FOR THE RED SAUCE:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • sea salt, to taste
  • pinch of brown sugar (weird I know!)

Heat EVOO in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent for 8 minutes or so. Add parsley and garlic and cook just enough to release fragrance (don’t let the garlic burn).

Add red wine and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper, salt, and brown sugar.

Simmer briskly until reduced to a sauce-like consistency and stir occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Spinach Stuffed Turkey Burgers Recipe - only 225 calories and 9 grams of fat

Here are some turkey burgers I made – stuffed with spinach, garlic, oats, and lemon juice. So easy! You just mash up all the ingredients and form it into patties. I used one pound of ground turkey and made 4 burgers but they were huge, so next time I will probably make 5 or 6.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 16 oz. ground turkey 93% lean
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, torn into small pieces
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Form into patties. (The nutrition info below is for servings of 4 patties)
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray, or mist with olive oil, and heat over medium heat.
  • Cook until skillet until cooked through and browned, approximately 8 minutes on each side.

Estimated Nutrition Information: Per Serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

  • 225 calories
  • 9.9 grams fat
  • 131 mg cholesterol
  • 8.9 grams carbohydrates
  • 1 gram fiber

As you can tell from this blog, I looove me some freezer meals. Our basement freezer was almost empty (gasp!) so I made 10 freezer-friendly recipes to stash away for our weekend meals. It took A LOT of time, but I figured it was worth it since I could buy everything at once, make a big mess in the kitchen at once, and then not have to worry about weekend meals for a long time.

Don’t have a lot of room in your freezer? You could always give some of these to families with a new baby, someone who’s having surgery, or even invite some friends over for a prep party. Split up the ingredients so everyone buys what you need, then make a day of making all the recipes (optional: add some wine to your shopping list! 🙂 )

 

shop once make 10 freezer recipes: includes a giant list of all the supplies and ingredients you need. Makes 2 lasagnas, 2 fiesta chicken, 3 brats & kraut casseroles, buffalo ranch chicken, 15 individ burritos, cheesy ranch pork chops, 3 chicken taco soup, 5 loaded baked potato soup, 3 chili, and 2 meatloaves.

Here are the 10 recipes I made (and qty of batches I ended up with):

Creamy Onion Lasagna (2)

Fiesta Chicken (2)

Turkey Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Casserole (3)

Buffalo Ranch Chicken (1)

Individual Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos (15)

Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops (1)

Chicken Taco Soup (3)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (5)

Best Ever “No Recipe” Recipe Chili (3)

Mother-in-Law’s Famous Meatloaf (2)

And here’s the ginormous list of ingredients and supplies I needed.

First I stopped at the dollar store and stocked up on freezer bags, foil pans for the casseroles, spices like chili powder, and a few canned veggies like corn, beans, and tomatoes. Then I went to the grocery store to finish up the rest of my shopping list.

10 Freezer Meal Shopping List

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DAIRY
16 oz cottage cheese
16 oz French onion dip
3 packages of cream cheese
6 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 c. shredded Swiss cheese
4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. cream
2 sticks butter
6 eggs
SPICES/SEASONING
Kosher salt
chili powder
garlic powder
1 packet taco seasoning
2 envelopes dry Ranch dressing mix
cornstarch, if needed, to thicken soup

 

PRODUCE
minced garlic in a jar
4 cloves garlic (or just used minced jar)
2 onions
1 bunch green onions
7 large potatoes

 

MEATS
1 lb. ground turkey
2 lbs ground beef
5 turkey bratwursts
4-6 pork chops
approx 4-6 lbs. chicken breasts

 

BOXED PASTA
4 c. uncooked penne pasta
2 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles

 

CANNED GOODS
2 large jars (45 oz each) pasta sauce
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
4 or 5 cans of tomatoes for chili (various types: stewed, diced, chopped, Italian-style, etc)
2 cans black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can refried beans
3 or 4 cans of beans for chili (variety of black beans, kidney beans, chili beans, red beans, etc)
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can green enchilada sauce
16 oz sauerkraut, drained
1 can (10-12 oz) chicken breast
2 jars (approx 16 oz ea) of salsa

 

SOUPS
2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cans Cheddar Cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
11 c. chicken broth (or bouillon cubes to make broth)
2 envelopes onion soup mix

 

FOR STORING/FREEZING/LABELING
permanent marker
two 9×13 foil pans
three 8-in square foil pans
freezer-safe soup containers (I used 11 alltogether)
paper towels (I used 15 individual paper towels to wrap burritos),
roll of heavy duty foil
pop-up foil wrappers (for individual burritos) OR just use roll of heavy duty foil
gallon freezer bags (I used 20 alltogether)
jumbo 2.5 gal storage bags (I used 3 alltogether)

 

CONDIMENTS
2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
2 Tbs. yellow mustard
12 oz bottle Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce
1/2 c. ketchup

 

MISC
16 crushed saltines
15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
slow cooker liners

 

OPTIONAL IDEAS… for when you eat the recipes, so I wait to buy these (or get the non-perishables now and the fresh items later):
Individual burrito toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes
For chili: bread bowls, toppings such as sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, Fritos/corn chips
For loaded baked potato soup: bread bowls, toppings such as bacon bits, sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, chives
For buffalo chicken sandwiches: buns, toppings such as provolone cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Ranch dressing, feta, blue cheese. For buffalo chicken salads: shredded lettuce, Ranch dressing, onions, tomatoes, feta, blue cheese.
Toppings for chicken taco soup: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado

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I split the preparations into two groups. The first day I made:

The second day I made:

 

Shop once, make tons of awesome freezer meals. Great variety of lasagna, soups, individual burritos, casseroles, chicken, pork chops, and more.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to let me know! This was a big project and I’m sure I left out something or need to tweak some instructions, etc! 🙂

Want more freezer inspiration? Here are some other make-ahead recipes:

Individual Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Braided Pepperoni Pizza

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Greek Marinated Chicken

Ceddar Ranch Chicken

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

Crock Pot Garlic Ranch Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Kickin’ Buffalo Lime Chicken

Crock Pot Citrus Chicken

Crock Pot Garlicky Goodness Honey Mustard Chicken

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

Cheesy Pork Chops and Potatoes

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

3-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

Here’s a recipe I used to make some individual-serving burritos. They are great to heat up just one or two at a time. Just heat from frozen in the microwave, and add your favorite toppings!

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos

adapted from tasteofhome.com

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can enchilada sauce – here’s a recipe for homemade sauce
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 c. black beans, strained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 1/2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 15-20 flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • Optional toppings: black olives, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, etc.
  • For freezing: 15-20 paper towels (1 for each burrito), foil (I used a pop-up foil wrapper for each burrito), storage bags

WHAT YOU DO:

In a large skillet, brown the turkey over medium heat until cooked; drain.

Transfer turkey to a large pot, then mix in enchilada sauce, refried beans, black beans, water, onions, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and cheese. Heat on med-high, until cheese melts then simmer for 20 mins.

Spoon the mixture on to tortilla shells, then roll into burrito shapes. Wrap each burrito in a paper towel, then in foil. Place in a zipper bag (I used a jumbo 2.5 gallon bag, which held all 15 burritos) and label with a permanent marker. Store in freezer.

To reheat, remove burrito(s) from freezer and remove foil. Heat in paper towel in microwave for 2-3 mins.

Makes 15-20 servings.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

 

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave - from frozen!

Cheesy Bean and Turkey Burritos recipe - make then wrap individually so you can freeze. Then heat up 1 (or all) at a time in the microwave.

 

Cheesy Bean & Turkey Burritos - make a giant batch and freeze individually. Re-heat however many you want in the microwave from frozen.

Homemade Tortillas - just 4 ingredients you probably already have. Great for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more! Want to make your own tortillas? Here’s an awesome recipe!

 

 

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!

 

fresh homemade salsa Fresh homemade salsa recipe

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

I came across a Polish Casserole recipe from Taste of Home Ultimate Meals from the Freezer Magazine (page 83) that looked tasty. Instead of smoked sausage or kielbasa, I decided to use brats.

I used turkey brats since they are a little healthier (though with the pasta, cheese, and creamy soup this is NOT a healthy recipe obviously lol).

Turkey Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Casserole

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 c. uncooked penne pasta
  • 5 turkey bratwursts
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (don’t add water)
  • 16 oz sauerkraut, drained
  • 4 c. shredded Swiss cheese (3 c. for mixing in + 1 c. for
    topping)
  • 1 1/3 c. milk
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic

WHAT YOU DO:

Broil brats in the oven for 8 mins on each side (or until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees). Slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in brats, soup, kraut, 3 cups cheese, milk, onions, mustard, and garlic.

Spoon into three square foil baking dishes; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes at 350F until golden brown and bubbly.

Yield: 3 casseroles (6 servings ea).

To freeze, prepare as directed above. Let casseroles cool, and after they are cool, wrap with foil, then seal in either a freezer bag or plastic wrap. Label with the date and label “Thaw in fridge overnight. 30 mins before baking set out. Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 mins, or until golden brown and bubbly.”

Store in freezer for up to 3 mos.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches. Broil turkey brats for 8 mins on ea side, then slice.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.

Weather too cold for grilling? Broil turkey brats in your oven and use in this awesome dish with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and penne pasta. Includes freezer instructions so you can make a bunch and freeze the extras.

Taste of Home 2014 Freezer Meals Magazine:

http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Ultimate-Meals-Freezer-Magazine/dp/B00LWA4TUY/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=fofacranfu-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=JGFXH2O3EZUCCF47&creativeASIN=B00LWA4TUY

I love preparing freezer meals because I am lazy like to plan ahead 😉 I figure I can fix a big batch of food at once then just freeze a few batches for later. I just need to remember to thaw them ahead of time, ha. My husband’s all-time favorite meatloaf comes from his Mom’s recipe. It has onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard, egg, and crushed saltines. It works with either ground beef or ground turkey (and I would think ground chicken would also work?). It bakes for 60-75 minutes, which is enough time to make everyone’s mouths water with anticipation because it smells so delicious. I also made this part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES post.

Mother-in-Law's Famous Meatloaf - uses ground beef or turkey.

Ok, a giant pile of raw meat in a bowl is not very appetizing but it shows a giant batch if you want to make a lot, then freeze for later (this was 10 lbs of meat, which made 5 meatloaves).

This recipe makes 2 loaves. WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 lbs. ground beef OR 4 lbs. ground turkey
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 crushed saltines
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. mustard

WHAT YOU DO to bake right away: 1. Mix all ingredients together. 2. Split in half and place each half in a loaf pan. 3. For each loaf, pour 1 c. water around the edges. 4. Bake at preheated 350F oven for 60-75 mins. WHAT TO DO if freezing (for up to 3 months): Do step 1 as listed above. Put batches of meatloaf (approx. 2 lbs each) in gallon-size ziplock bags, flatten so they store easier in the freezer, and use a Sharpie to label the name/date/instructions/etc. To prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge. Place contents in a loaf pan, pour 1 c. water around the edges, then bake in preheated 350F oven for 60-75 minutes.

And here is my all-time favorite meatloaf pan – it has an insert so the grease can drip down in the bottom of the pan as it bakes.

 

Mother in Law's Famous Meatloaf - just mix up and bake and OR freeze then bake.

Mother in Law's Famous Meatloaf - just mix up and bake and OR freeze (6)

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