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Freezer Meals: Week 11

Back to basics here, everyone! I have three VERY different, but VERY delicious freezer-friendly meals today to make your life just that much easier. Don’t forget that when you try these out, give us your feedback! Did you add extra ingredients, leave some out? Do you think the cooking time should be increased, decreased? Do you have different ideas on how to allow this to keep for longer in the freezer? We want to hear everything, big or small! Comment section is there for YOU.

First things first, I wanted to talk about frozen pizza. We’ve all been down this road. They’re easy, they’re good, and they’re terrible for you. The ingredients in these if you check out the box are truly brutal, and it’s tough to feed your family something that seems so unhealthy and chemically-laden. Solution is here! Make your OWN frozen pizzas, recipe courtesy of IntentionalByGrace.com. Here’s how she does it:

Frozen Pizza

Frozen Pizza [http://intentionalbygrace.com/homemade-frozen-pizzas/#_a5y_p=3296016]

  1. She makes her own pizza dough. You could store buy (I know that a lot of grocery stores sell raw pizza dough), but this is more cost efficient, and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into it, which is only 8 ingredients, and nothing funky: water, yeast, honey, olive oil, salt, flour, italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  2. Once you’re all set with mixing and letting the dough rise, preheat the oven and cook the pizza dough WITHOUT toppings for about 7-8 minutes to allow for a good base to build on.
  3. She makes her own sauce too! Who’s shocked?! You can, of course, use store-bought, but I love love love the idea of knowing all of the ingredients you and your family are eating. She simply uses tomato paste, sauce, water, garlic powder, basil, parsley, organo, thyme, salt, papper, olive oil, honey, and Parmesan cheese. The full recipe is in here and can be made in a stockpot or crockpot. Once done – this sauce is totally freezable – simply put in a tightly sealed plastic bag.
  4. Pizza topping ideas: since we’re freezing, use things that will freeze well. She recommends cheese, pepperoni, pineapple, onion, chicken, ground beef or turkey, green onions, olives – most things do freeze well, so go with your standard toppings!
  5. Once your pizza is assembled, wrap each pizza with plastic wrap and finish with foil. The foil allows easy writing to label which toppings are on which pizza – love it!
  6. To cook, preheat your oven to 425, remove all the wrap, place pizza on a pan, and cook for about 15 minutes. Simple!

Next up…Slow Cooker Tuscan Stew from Sweet Peas and Saffron. With the weather getting a bit cooler, I crave soup, and it’s one of my absolute favorite things to make since it’s easy, inexpensive, and I can eat it for days. It’s one of the only foods where I can say with all confidence that the leftovers are better than fresh! That overnight in the fridge or freezer really just must enhance all the flavors – blows my mind every time. Here’s a new recipe that I found that looks so comforting and delicious – cannot wait to try. Sometimes a beef stew is almost TOO hearty, so I love this chicken-based spin.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Stew

Slow Cooker Tuscan Stew [http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/09/slow-cooker-tuscan-chicken-stew.html]

Simply add boneless chicken thighs, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, white wine, and fennel seeds into the slow cooker and cook for 4-6 hours. Just before serving, mix cornstarch and water together, and add in balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and salt – throw combination into the soup. Serve with crusty bread or a side salad! This sounds soooo good. If you want to freeze this prior to putting in the slow cooker – easy! Just get your ingredients together, defrost, and dump.

I’m dying to use my slow cooker more (she notes that she uses a 5 quart one) and this sounds like a great, easy opportunity to play around a little bit.

This stew looks chunky and hearty and perfect to fill up my family on a cold, cozy night! Enjoy!

Next and last…Healthified Kale and Portobello Lasagna. When I think about freezer meals, my mind immediately goes to lasagna, and then I think, ugh, not healthy enough. I always miss a more veggie-laden meal. But the Food Network puts such a healthy, unique spin on freezable lasagna! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

Healthified Kale and Portobello Lasagna

Healthified Kale and Portobello Lasagna [http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-kale-and-portobello-lasagna-recipe.html]

This only takes about 25 minutes of prepwork, and execution of the layers is almost exactly like putting together a more standard lasagna dish. Puree roasted red peppers, oregano, salt, pepper, and sugar in a food processor until smooth. Mix together mozzarella, ricotta, and egg whites in a separate bowl. Heat and saute portobello mushrooms and kale with red pepper flakes and set aside.

In a baking dish, start layering! Sauce, lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, kale and mushroom mixture. At this point, you can freeze if you so please! Plastic wrap + tin foil to make sure this lasts as long as possible. When you’re ready to cook, thaw, cover with aluminum foil only, and bake for about 50 minutes on 350. Then sprinkle with some additional mozzarella and cook uncovered until bubbly. Yum!

Enjoy these! Let us know how they go!

FREE Pizza Hut Cheese Sticks

Tough to turn down free cheese sticks.

Here’s what’s up! If you sign up to become a Hut Lovers® Member, you’ll immediately be emailed a coupon for FREE Pizza Hut’s Cheese Sticks — fresh oven-baked dough smothered with cheese and sprinkled with Italian seasoning – served with a side of marinara sauce.

It’s important, first, to understand what Hut Lovers® Membership entails – you’ll be provided with coupons and promotions via email a few times a week. It also allows faster online ordering and remembers recent orders. I know that Pizza Hut is generally my go-to for the kids’ sleepovers – is there any easier meal than pizza for a group of 3-5 kids? If your answer is yes, please let me know what it is 🙂

Sign up here to join and start saving now! You can always opt-out after you get your free cheese sticks if you aren’t feeling it!

Domino’s #DOMINoNo

Sports are not so much my thing. They are my husband’s thing, and he can claim that as his, no argument from me! That being said, it looks like Domino’s promotion #DOMINoNo is taking off! When a pitcher throws a no-hitter this season, you can visit mlb.com/dominono, and register with your mlb.com account.

After each no-hitter, on the following business day, the first 20,000 mlb.com users can enter their account information and receive a code valid for a FREE medium, two-topping handmade pan pizza.

If you or someone in your family has a an mlb.com account, certainly sign up! Yesterday there was a no-hitter, so today starting at 3pm (8 minutes) 20,000 pies are up for grabs!

Hurry up and enjoy!


Just noticed it’s #nationaljunkfoodday. So soon after Sunday’s #nationalicecreamday? Here’s some healthier hacks for some of my personal favorite junky foods. Enjoy!

1. Nachos

I recently discovered that homemade tortilla chips are not only SUPER easy to make, but also (in my opinion) tastier AND much healthier. You should be able to find uncooked corn tortillas in your local grocery store. Simply quarter the circles, spray some Pam on a cooking sheet, lay down the quarters, spray some Pam on top, and then season to your liking. For me, a little bit of salt was enough. Pop them in the oven at 400, and keep an eye on them, you’ll notice when they’re done. Voila, chips. Add your favorite healthy toppings! My favorites? Black beans, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and pickled jalapenos. Miss cheese? Luckily, when you make your own nachos, you’re in control of the type and amount you put on – go for it!


Healthy Nachos

2. Pizza

When it comes down to it, there is really no replacement for junky, cheesy, oily pizza. BUT, you can find similar satisfaction with cauliflower crust pizza, I promise. It’s a lot to type out and explain, so check out my favorite cauliflower pizza recipe here. Eat an entire one to yourself and don’t even TRY to feel guilty about it.


Cauliflower Crust Pizza

3. Soda

Personally, I gave up soda years ago. I was a hardcore Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper aficionado and I never, ever thought I’d be able to last. I replaced my diet sodas with flavored seltzer water and lemon water, and honestly, I rarely miss it. I love seltzer water so much that I’m looking into a soda stream to make my own. Does anyone have experience with one? Please share!


Soda Stream

4. Dessert

All of them. I love all of them. It’s really difficult to eat a piece of fruit and claim it fills the void of dessert. Here’s some links to recipes that I find are at least healthier for a sweet tooth:

Hummingbird Muffins/Cupcakes – these are awesome. Chockfull of fruits and nuts (use whole wheat flour to be even healthier) these are all the pleasure without as much guilt. Top with a whipped cream cheese if you want some icing!

Banana Ice Cream – one ingredient. You read that right! You’ll need a food processor, and that’s about it.

Cool Whip Sandwiches – I’ll always remember this as the greatest Weight Watchers recipe EVER! It couldn’t be easier and it’s absolutely fantastic.