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Baking Day: Whole-Wheat Waffles and Ground Turkey

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The dishwasher is humming, the chicken is boiling, the noodles are cooling, the waffles are baking, the girls are practicing their ABC's with Starfall at the kitchen table, Silas is sleeping, and I finally have a chance to sit down and post an update on my progress!

First thing this morning, I browned a big pot of ground turkey, turkey sausage, and ground beef. We prefer ground beef, but I was able to get some great deals on quality turkey over the last few months, so I'm being creative with what I have. I browned them altogether so I'm hoping it somewhat hides the ground turkey.

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(My apologies to any pregnant woman who is reading this. I'm sure that a picture of raw meat cooking is anything but appetizing!)

I'll be using the browned turkey in lasagna, spaghetti pie, and freezing some to have on hand for homemade pizza nights. I've found that if the meat is already cooked, half the work of putting together a pizza is done!

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After I got the meat browning, I mixed up a batch of Whole Wheat Waffles (see the recipe here). I took the recipe by five so it is making quite a massive amount of waffles!

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As I usually do, I used milk that I had gotten reduced and frozen. This time, it was organic milk which I picked up for $0.59 per half gallon after the reduction and coupons. I also used fresh-ground whole-wheat flour and fresh eggs from my family's farm so these waffles are packed with good nutrition!

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Once the waffles are cooled, I'll stick them into freezer bags and then we'll just pull them out and reheat them for quick and delicious breakfasts!

While the waffles were baking, I rinsed the pot I used to cook up the meat in and got the water started to boil the noodles. And then I cleaned up my very messy kitchen, started the dishwasher, got drinks and a snack for the girls, helped them get started on some new projects. (Since both girls are running fevers, I'm not having them help with cooking today so that our food doesn't get sick germs passed into it! So I'm pulling out a variety of fun things for them to work on while they rest.)

Then I was back to the kitchen to drain the noodles and start cooking up the chicken.

Next up: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pinto Beans, and Hot Pockets

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60 Comments

  • Liz Stewart says:

    Crystal, girl, you ROCK! Your posts are so inspirational! Thank you for being the awesome woman God called you to be 😀

  • Courtney says:

    I never knew you could freeze milk until you mentioned doing so a couple months ago. Light bulb moment for me! We buy Organic Valley, too, and Hyvee always marks it down when it’s near the sell by date. Combine that with coupons and then stick it in the freezer and we’ve got very reasonably priced organic milk. Thanks, Crystal!

  • Molly says:

    Crystal,
    I love reading about your baking days and getting ideas!

    I also have a question about the waffle maker, do you mind telling us what brand you use? I am not happy with mine, I got it very cheap on Black Friday so I am looking for a better one so I can make better waffles!

    Also, do you have a deep freezer? How do you store all the food?

    If you have time to answer my questions, I appreciate it, if not I understand!

    Molly

  • I always use your waffle recipe that I read a while back on one of your other baking days. It is a very good one and also your banana bread recipe is one of mine and my families favorites. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all. I hope your daughters are feeling better.

  • kim says:

    which brand of grain mill do you use? I’m looking for one and don’t know which to go with. thanks for your help and i love your blog.

  • Jessica says:

    What’s your preferred method for reheating the frozen waffles?

  • Mary says:

    Please, please, please post your recipe for waffles to freeze. And what is a really good waffle iron? I’m asking for one for Christmas.

  • Linda Bossle says:

    This whole post is awesome. What a blessing. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that, include pictures, the whole thing. You are an awesome teacher and encourager and I truly appreciate what you are doing.

  • Christal says:

    HI CRYSTAL~CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU RE HEAT THE WAFFLES?? THANKS!

  • Beth says:

    Where do you buy your whole wheat pearls for your grain mill?? I’m looking for a better price than our local organic grocery store. THANKS!

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