Freeze Now, Eat Later – Healthy Freeze Ahead Recipes (includes grocery list)

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So now I am a mother of 2 (ah!) and although it has only been a month I am already finding that planning far far far in advance and having things as easy as possible is a necessary for survival. Literally. Dinners seem to be the hardest part for us so far because baby of course wants to nurse while I need to be cooking and feeding Jack. SO – I am creating the easiest way to have healthy amazing dinners ready to go anytime you want them. This involves spending a few hours on a Sunday peeping meals and then having them ready in the freezer ready to go when you need them. Here are a few, I will keep updating different recipes under this title as I find them. 🙂

This is the Crockpot Entry (meaning obviously you need a crockpot. If you are a mother and don’t have a slow cooker, go get one. Right this minute). Crockpots enable you to make extremely delicous meals by throwing a bunch of items into a pot and forgetting about it until the end of the day. Then eat! This post makes 16 nights worth of healthy and tasty dinners. It will take between 3-4 hours to prep everything for the meals, but then they sit in the freezer and you literally have 16 nights free of any and all work. If someone happens to be helping with the prep then it will only take about 2 hours. Here we go ladies!!!

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Homemade Bone Broth

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This recipe is an amazing addition to your weekly routine in that it’s an excellent source of minerals and known to boost the immune system (I think everyone I know had a cold this winter) as well as improve digestion. It’s high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone health, and fans of the recipe who include it in their regular diet speak of it as though it is a super food in that it increases energy and wellness feelings.

 

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Amazing Butternut Squash Soup

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I have been making butternut squash soup since Jack was been born, mostly because I used it for his first pureed foods and loved the taste. I don’t think I even thought of a squash until parenthood, but as soon as you have a baby all you hear about is squash this and squash that. And then you’re hooked on squash mania forever. It’s so nutritious and yummy, and soup is so perfect for this winter weather. But as much as I liked the soups I made, I had yet to find a mind blowing recipe. I would just try a new one each time. Those days are done. Over. Found it. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Fingers

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These are so delicious that after Jack ate his fill and we went upstairs to play, my husband came home from work, saw the leftovers and devoured the whole plate before he even came up to say hello. Jack has been refusing to eat anything mashed or of a texture he doesn’t like, so sweet potatoes have been a tough one to get down. And it’s terrible because they are SO healthy, but I just gave in and put them out of my mind for now.

Last week I tried a new approach and it worked so well that Jack had me make 2 batches because he loved it so much. It is so easy and such a healthy snack that they can chew with just a few teeth. Take less than 5 minutes to prepare too. Here’s the recipe:

*1 sweet potato peeled and chopped into sticks

*In a bowl, massage them with olive oil

*Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet

*Sprinkle with a little salt (and for adults you can add pepper or even cayenne pepper)

*Place in the oven pre-heated to 350 degrees

*Bake for 15-20 minutes (the longer you bake, the crispier. I keep them a little soft for Jack to chew)

Let cool and serve!

Spinach Smoothie

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Smoothies are the one and only way I can get the last remaining items I feel Jack won’t eat into his diet. The only veggies he likes are peas, corn and carrots. And while peas are great, he needs tons of other veggies to have a healthy life. So, I have a basic recipe for smoothies and I just add whatever I like to that each day and it always turns out great. Here it is: Continue reading

Watermelon, Basil and Fat Free Feta Snack

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Jack, being a 17 month old baby, he’s tough to figure out when it comes to food. But HELLO, this snack is on the top of his list right now and takes about 60 seconds to make. It is so refreshing and full of flavor I think it may be the perfect summertime snack. I actually fight him for bites because I love it so much too.

1. Chop medium-small pieces of watermelon

2. Finely chop basil and add to the watermelon

3. Sprinkle fat free feta on top

Mix all ingredients with a spoon and serve. So delicious!!!

My Morning Chlorophyll

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Each morning when you wake, your body has spent the evening rejuvenating and detoxing from the day before. Common sense: drink a ton of water as soon as you wake up, before you eat any food. This flushes all the toxins from your body instead of having them reincorporated, and you can begin your day clear headed and toxin free. At least two 8 ounce glasses. BUT, if you want to step it up a notch, here is what I have been doing and it has had so many immediate benefits that I am forced to write about it here.

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Golden Beet Amazingness

One of my favorite recipes so far: Gourmet Golden Beet Puree

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This particular recipe has so much flavor and pizzazz that your baby will be smacking his/her gums (or whatever teeth they have) for more. And chocked full of Vitamin C, plus potassium, magnesium and folate, you can’t go wrong. They are credited with an impressive array of health benefits, including cancer prevention (due to their anti-oxidant content), the ability to boost the immune system AND the potential to reduce blood pressure in later life.

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Breastmilk Popsicle

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Wow, the creative minds are out there and they have a solution to everything! Jack has 2 current issues, 1) Teething. Ugh, it has finally happened. I don’t know if it’s molars that are coming in or what, but what a crab he has become. I fell so bad for the little guy. And we are helping in any way we can. Holistic Teething Tablets are awesome, (Wholefoods) and work miracles. But that is just about all you can do besides hand him a wide variety of chew toys and cooled teething gels. 2) He is refusing the bottle, and after 11 months of turning down most jobs that I get offered, I have finally jumped slowly back into the entertainment industry. So of course this sucks because I am filled with anxiety about Jack not getting the nutrients he really needs while I am working on set. (By the way we have tried everything, he is like “Get that damn bottle/sippy cup/medicine dropper out of my face.”)

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