If you live near a Whole Foods, take advantage of their special Gluten-free Bakehouse section, which offers amazing products including breads, muffins, pie crusts (for pies or quiche!), pizza crusts (my favorite), desserts, biscuits, hamburger buns (can’t wait to try these!), and granola. They are usually in the freezer section of the store. They aren’t cheap, but they are delicious, and they just might save you in a pinch when you can’t or don’t want to bake your own treats.
If you go to this website, you will find a list of all their products with a link at the bottom for nutritional information for all of them.
If I’m going to dirty up my mixer and my kitchen, it’s gotta be worth it. So, when I bake, I jump all the way in and get it over with, so I can just spend time eating and not cleaning.
I never make 1 batch of anything. If I’m doing bread, I do 4-5 loaves. I make about 50 muffins at a time, and I usually throw in a batch of brownies or cookies along with it to bake while my bread is rising. I’ll start with the muffins. Then, while they’re cooking, I get the bread mixed and rising. And then, I bake the brownies or cookies while I wait for the bread to be ready to bake.
Many of the ingredients I need for all these things are the same, so it saves time to get them all out just once, mix things up and get things dirty, and then clean it up.
As soon as it’s all cooled, I put it into baggies (slice the bread first), label it, stack it up on a freezer shelf, and celebrate that I now have baked treats to enjoy for a while! It takes a little chunk of time to have a baking day, but it saves lots of time in the end. Try it!
This shelf holding frozen meals is one of my best friends. It makes me happy. It supports me when I’m down. And, it comes along beside me when I’m short on time and feeds me dinner.
All I have to do is spend about an hour once a month nurturing this shelf, and it will treat me right several times a week.
Here are my tricks.
When meat goes on sale (I buy mine at Sprouts), I haul it home, trim it up, and put 4 portions worth for our family into freezer bags. This was the end result from my recent trip. All this meat will last us a month! And, all I have to now is take it from the freezer and make a meal!
I usually put chicken in plain, just sticking the portions into baggies. For ground beef, I cook some to put into bags for tacos, enchiladas, beef stroganoff, chili, etc.. I also mix a giant bowl with meat, cooked rice, Italian herbs, eggs, salt and pepper, and Worshteshire sauce, which I then shape into a meat loaf and family portions of meatballs. It is so easy to just pull out meat in the morning and be ready for a speedy dinner prep in the afternoon. And, it saves so much time to cook all the ground beef at once or trim all the chicken at once instead of doing it each time you need it.
I have 2 shelves in my freezer for meats, one for plain meats that I need to do something with before cooking, and 1 for ready-made dinners (meatballs).
So, I guess I have a 2 best friends helping me out.