My two older girls are heading back to school tomorrow after a two week break for the Christmas Holidays. WHAT a break! It was so nice to be home with all four kids over the holidays and while we didn’t really go anywhere, they did have sleepovers at Nana & Papas (my parents), along with trips to the movies, and some much needed down time after the crazy busy December we just had.
It was nice to regroup if you will. It also gave me the chance to re-evaluate my freezer. I like having meals ready in my freezer for last minute dinners, busy nights when I just don’t have time to cook from scratch, or I’m just plain lazy (and we all get like that from time to time). So after tip toeing down my stairs, walking through the basement to my chest freezer, and slowly lifting the lid… what did appear? Well – not much. I have some meat frozen, some buns, and that’s about it.
I. Need. Meals. In. My. Freezer. ASAP.
Don’t get me wrong having meat on hand is always good (because I try and stock up on certain cuts when they go on sale), but that really doesn’t help when I have errands all day and I just want to come home, throw something in the oven and call it done.
Enter Diana, fellow foodie, freezer enthusiast, and blogger at 365 Days of Easy Recipes. Diana approached me recently about co-hosting a Virtual Freezer Meal Party and I JUMPED at the chance. Within a few hours we hashed out the details, and our new event on Facebook was born!
To give you an idea of what’s coming your way! Diana and I each are creating a Freezer Meal Package. It will include:
- 5 delicious, freezer-friendly recipes completely FREE (including some new recipes that haven’t been featured here on the blog yet),
- FREE printable recipe cards,
- a FREE printable shopping list, and
- FREE access to our Facebook event: Virtual Freezer Meal Party
This is COMPLETELY FREE (if you haven’t guessed by now). Between now and January 21st we will be sharing the above, giving you tips and tricks on what’s freezer approved, we will answer any questions you may have and the best part?! We are doing it with you! Sunday January 21st from 9am until 4pm we will be LIVE ON FACEBOOK sharing videos, taking questions, and preparing our own recipes along with you!
This is not some “2 months worth of meals in 4 hours” prep. These are five easy recipe that you can create along side us, asking us questions along way, suggesting changes, basically prepping your freezer for the next little bit. Recipes include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. How can you go wrong?! The best part?! You will have 10 complete recipes to choose from. Pick one, pick two, pick them all! We each have different recipes available so you won’t be doubling up, rather making even more!
So please, join us! I look forward to working with you!
To give you a taste of what’s to come, I’m sharing with you today one of my recipes!
Chunky Monkey – a personal favourite ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, has chunks of fudge, banana icecream, and walnuts… it’s absolutely delicious, but not really breakfast worthy (unless it’s girls weekend!). I wanted to bring those delicious flavours to breakfast in a portable, easy to make, “grab and go” breakfast and that’s exactly what I did.
These are pretty dense, so one oatmeal cup with a piece of fruit will keep you satisfied all morning until lunch time hits.
- 2 very ripe (or frozen/defrosted) bananas
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ c quick cooking oats
- ⅓ cup walnut pieces
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup milk
- Banana Chips (optional)
- Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with spray, set aside.
- In a medium bowl mix baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, quick cooking oats, walnut pieces, and chocolate chips.
- In a small bowl whisk together milk, vanilla, egg, and bananas. Stir in the brown sugar and whisk until the brown sugar is well incorporated.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Pour into prepared muffin tin and top with banana chips if using.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until oatmeal has set and is a little golden.
- Serve warm or let cool completely and prepare to freeze.
- To freeze: wrap each oatmeal cup with cellophane wrap tightly. Throw into a medium sized freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
My kids loved this recipe, and it is a total game changer when we’re running a little late in the morning. Just toss in microwave and reheat.
I can’t wait to share more with you! To stay on top of what’s going on, join our party! This is your official invite! You will continue to see updates along the way, and if you haven’t had the chance yet, meet Diana!
Thanks again and see ya soon!