Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake, Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread, & Chocolate Peanut Granola
I got a little adventuresome with my Freezer Cooking in an Hour plan for this week and chose three brand-new recipes to make. Here’s the play-by-play:
4:20 p.m. — After a busy morning and early afternoon, Silas went down for a late nap and Kathrynne and Kaitlynn turned on some Adventures in Odyssey CDs to listen to while they built with LEGOs. I took advantage of the quiet and pulled out the meat to start cooking for the Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake.
4:25 p.m. — While the beef was cooking, I turned on the Developing the Leader Within You audiobook and I put together the rest of the ingredients for the Beef and Bean Taco Bake.
4:30 p.m. — I doubled the recipe and quickly realized I had picked the wrong bowl to mix everything up in. I somehow managed to get everything mixed up in the bowl, though, and then divided the ingredients into three dishes to stick in the freezer. I keep stopping to write down quotes from the Developing the Leader Within You audiobook–it’s very good!
4:50 p.m. — The Beef & Black Bean Taco Bake is finally finished and I start whipping up the Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread recipe. My assistant comes upstairs to go over a few things before she heads home. Jesse calls and we talk about our plans for the evening and how our afternoons went.
5:00 p.m. — The audiobook is finished, so I go ahead and download February’s audiobook–The Go-Getter–and start listening to that. I quickly finish the banana bread and put it in the oven and start in on the Chocolate Peanut Granola.
5:10 p.m. — The girls are having an argument, so I go to talk to them and help them resolve their issues. As I leave their room, I hear Silas stirring in his bed. I get him up and give him a snack. And then I set out to finish the granola.
5:15 p.m. — I end up substituting some things on the granola recipe since I don’t have peanuts (I use cashews instead) or sunflower seeds (I replaced those with coconut flakes and wheat germ).
5:25 p.m. — The granola is finally finished and ready to pop into the oven. Time to clean up the kitchen! I’m so thankful that it was a calm and mishap-free freezer cooking session. Those seem to be quite a rarity around here.
As an added bonus, all three recipes turned out well! The banana bread didn’t quite look as pretty as the original recipe (maybe because I used all whole wheat flour?), but it still tasted yummy!
Did you bake or cook anything to freeze this week? I’d love to hear about it and see a link to your recipe(s), if you have one.
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