Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki, Betsy’s Freezer Meatloaf Cupcakes, and Freezer Meal Spicy Sweet Potato Stew
A meal in the freezer, ready to go after a long day, is a beautiful thing. We tried out three freezer meals that can save your sanity. Pull out a freezer bag full of beef stir fry, or a couple mini-meatloafs, or a savory sweet potato stew dinner is on its way. We found recipes that are not just quick, but also delicious. Freezer meals for the win!
Stir fries are already a quick dinner option. Save yourself even from the chopping with a freezer meal version of Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki. We were surprised how quick this came together. Start your rice early!
- Make the teriyaki sauce according to the directions, which was delicious, or use a store bought version.
Betsy’s Freezer Meatloaf Cupcakes (aka Meatloaf: Ina Garten)
Comfort food favorite is made cute (and freezer meal friendly) with a muffin tin. Betsy makes Ina Garten’s classic meatloaf in muffin tins, then freezes the cooked “cupcakes” for another day. A go-to for busy days.
- Don’t overmix the meatloaf or it will bake up tough.
- Thaw these in the microwave as you need them- frozen separately
Sweet potatoes are the backbone of this hearty, nutritious soup. Full of veggies-onion, tomatoes, and kale- for health, and full of peanuts for flavor and staying power. Jalapenos add a kick for this powerhouse of a freezer meal.
- Dial up or down the spice according to your family’s tastes. (Pass that sriracha a the table for heat lovers!)
- We’re keeping this recipe on file not just for a freezer meal but also for a pantry-friendly soup.
- Betsy used a pre-cut kale called, “juicing mix”. Try that or another pre-cut kale to make prep even easier.
From the Smorgasbord:
Our last minute dinner hacks:
Betsy remembers a quick comfort food from our mom, the Ten O’Clock sandwich!
- Small dice ½ an onion.
- In a saute pan, melt 1 tb of butter over medium low heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Do not brown.
- Meanwhile, toast four slices of your favorite bread. (Thick slices of homestyle white bread are amazing, just saying.) Butter generously.
- Add four lightly scrambled eggs to the pan of onions. Cook, stirring constantly, until just set.
- Pile half the eggs on one slice of toast, then on the other. Top with second slice of toast. Cut in half diagonally.
- Serve with a tall glass of milk.
Kate makes a quick ‘n’ dirty egg drop soup for a late dinner.
- Heat two cups of water with a tablespoon scoop of chicken Better than Bouillon in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add a small slice of fresh ginger, if you have it.
- When the broth comes to a gentle simmer, stir in a gently scrambled egg. Continue to stir the soup until the egg is cooked through.
- Pour in a big bowl, use a big spoon, and your comfiest sweatpants.