Convenience foods. Gotta love 'em. You're in a hurry to get to a soccer game or maybe getting home late because of a soccer game, and the kid's are starving. So, convenience foods to the rescue. Pop a frozen pizza in the oven or microwave some other frozen delicacy and you've got dinner. But at what cost? And do these "foods" have any real nutritional value? Fortunately, we can make our own convenience foods that are healthier and cost less. True, making up convenience foods to have in the freezer does take a little extra time, but it is well worth it.
One of my family's favorite convenience food recipes is Beef and Cheese Burritos. I usually will just double the recipe when I make these for dinner and freeze the extras (if the kids don't devour them before they make it to the freezer). These are simple to make and the kids can just grab one out of the freezer and microwave. Or just add chips, salsa, rice and beans, and call it a meal! Convenient and delicious!
EASY BEEF AND CHEESE BURRITOS
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey, or venison)
2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning or 1 envelope of store bought
8-10 Tortillas (haven't tried making these yet)
1 cup shredded cheese (I use cheddar)
Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning and simmer for a few minutes.
Spoon ground beef mixture onto tortillas.
Sprinkle cheese on top of ground beef mixture.
Roll up tortilla, making sure to "close" the ends.
To freeze: Place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper about an inch apart. When frozen, place in ziploc bags or some other freezer-safe container.
To reheat, grab out of the freezer and pop them in the microwave for a minute or two.
To reheat in oven: If thawed, heat in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
If frozen, heat in 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.
(They may be a little crispy if using the oben to reheat)
(Be sure to check out the rest of the homemade "convenience" food recipes HERE)
This post has been linked to the Homestead Barn Hop at "New Life on a Homestead" and Frugal Fridays at "Life as Mom".