Well, I finally think that some sort of nesting bug has hit me. With my first pregnancy I felt like I started the whole nesting business at twenty weeks. This time around my depleted energy levels and daily workout consisting of chasing around a very rambunctious toddler has gotten the best of me and I have had NO desire to ready our home for a new baby who is due to make her arrival at the end of April or beginning of May.
This week I had a freezer meal swap with some mamas from my bootcamp group. This is the second time I have participated in this swap and I was really satisfied with the variety and abundance of meals we got last time. We were able to parse out last round’s meals so that they lasted until last month and it was always a welcome reprieve from the regular dinner grind when I pulled out one of those delicious, pre-prepared meals, made with love from my freezer. So I knew that I wanted to be a part of another swap – especially with the impending arrival of this sweet sister! Even though I know we will be gifted with meals and provided for in other ways I feel I need my freezer stocked and ready to go so my little family doesn’t have a night of empty bellies.
When I was preparing for Miss M’s arrival almost two years ago (!?!?) I spend the entirety of my Spring Break to stock out freezer full with a variety of meals that would be easy for my husband to pop in the oven or microwave without having to use much brain function. I knew that most likely we would both be surviving on very little sleep and that making things as easy as possible before baby was key. Making all of those meals though… it took a lot of time, energy, multiple trips to the grocery store… you get the idea. With this freezer meal swap I have been a part of we all make a certain number of one meal and then trade off dishes as well as exchanging recipes. It is such a fun thing to be involved in and if you haven’t ever taken part in such an exchange I would highly recommend it! You get a freezer full of new and interesting meal ideas that you may not have thought of yourself AND you didn’t have to go out and buy all of the different individual ingredients.
This month I made breakfast burritos. If I’m being completely honest they were a selfish choice for me to make since I knew I would want a stash in my freezer when baby comes! They ended up being a huge hit and I fully intend on making more once our current supply runs out. I could see these being a great quick breakfast/snack to have on hand especially when I will only have one hand to eat while feeding a newborn. (Also, just wanted to apologize for the poor quality of pictures. I honestly wasn’t planning on posting this recipe but it was such a success that I wanted to document it and keep it in mind for future reference!:)
Freezer Meal: Mini Breakfast Burritos
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 lb mild breakfast sausage
- 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large russet potato skinned and diced OR half a small bag (~8 oz) of microwaveable hash browns
- 1 pack of fajita sized flour tortillas
- salt/pepper/any other seasonings to taste
1. Scramble eggs until fully cooked through then put into a large mixing bowl to cool.
2. Cook breakfast sausage – breaking apart with spatula into true tiniest pieces that you can while cooking. Put in same bowl as eggs and mix together – setting aside to cool again.
3. Potatoes: you can either skin and dice a russet potato to boil/cook through on the stove or you can get a bag of microwaveable hash browns and use that as your potato component. Again, add to mixing bowl and let cool.
4. Once all of your warm ingredients have completely cooled add shredded cheese to that mixture.
5. Put one large heaping spoonful into the middle of a tortilla and roll up like a burrito!
6. Wrap each burrito in foil and freeze (can be frozen for 6-8 weeks.
7. To reheat – remove foil completely, wrap desired amount of burritos in a damp paper towel and microwave in 30 second increments until desired temperature is reached.
With the mini burrito style I would say one burrito is a serving size for a kiddo and two for an adult.