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Freezer Cooking: Taco Meat, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Crockpot Taco Soup, & Chocolate Banana Muffins

I did another Freezer Cooking session on Wednesday and it was really successful!

I love that cooking and baking ahead cuts down significantly on the time I need to spend cooking and baking and cleaning up the kitchen each week!

Here are the recipes I made this week:

And here are lots of pictures, videos, and details on how it all went down:

Freezer Cooking Day

I found some great deals on meat recently, so I used that to make Taco Meat for the Taco Lettuce Wraps + the meat for Crockpot Taco Soup.

Freezer Cooking Day

I make my own Homemade Taco Seasoning mix for the Taco Meat. Well, let me rephrase that, I dump in Taco Seasoning-type spices when making Taco Meat! 😉

It’s so nice to have Taco Meat in the freezer to use in Haystacks, Burritos, Tacos, and more! Plus, it freezes so well and thaws easily, too.

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Next up, I made the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes. As the recipe had stated, the batter was very thick. But the end result was a hearty and yummy pancake that freezes and reheats really well. (I may have tested it a few times already. 😉

Freezer Cooking Day Live

Watch me make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins live in my kitchen here.

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The Crockpot Taco Soup was SO easy to make! I made a few adjustments based upon what we already had on hand and my family really loved it! We didn’t freeze it; I just stuck it in the fridge to heat the next day.

Crockpot Taco Soup

Watch me make the Crockpot Taco Soup here… and yes, you can laugh along with me when you see how much of a flight-y, non-recipe-following cook I am. 🙂

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And finally, I made Chocolate Banana Muffins. This recipe was really healthful (it only has honey instead of sugar), but it’s yummy. Not anywhere near as delicious as these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, but for how healthy they are in comparison, I think they are pretty good!

Did you do any freezer cooking this week? Tell us about it in the comments!

P.S. See Last Week’s Freezer Cooking Session here.

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9 Comments

  • Andrea says:

    It isn’t until you see someone else do it that you go, hey! Why didn’t I think of that? We love Taco Nights. I especially love it because it’s pretty easy. But to have the meat all ready to go and save a few minutes – why didn’t I think of that? Adding that to my meal-prepping list now! And definitely need to try out the taco soup recipe, too. Thanks!

    • The other thing I love about Taco Meat is that you can make a BUNCH of it in bulk, if you have the meat on hand. It’s basically the same amount of work to make 4-6 pounds of meat as it is to make 1 pound!

  • Kristen says:

    I made French Toast this morning that I’ll freeze for the kids for breakfast this week. We have a breakfast rotation and I usually have pancakes, waffles, and French Toast all frozen. It works great! I’m loving your freezer posts!! So fun to see what you’re making!!

  • Pamela says:

    I was thinking all day Friday that I didn’t have anything in the house for weekend breakfasts and that I’d need to hop by the store on my way home from work…and then I realized I had some recently “expired” yogurt in the fridge and some frozen berries. So I whipped up 2 dozen muffins last night, some for this weekend and some for the freezer! I was soooo happy!!

  • I love that you’re doing freezer cooking posts again! Your freezer cooking challenge from years ago is how I discovered your blog when I was pregnant with my first and stocking my freezer. Now I’m pregnant with number three and stocking my freezer again. I learned so many great tips from your site. 🙂

  • Sara Grant says:

    my question about freezing pancakes , french toast etc, is whats the best way to reheat it?

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