Meatless Freezer Cooking: Bean and Cheese Burritos and Meatless Spaghetti Pie

One big mess, four awesome meals.  It was a great morning!

Since we’re finished with our official school year, I got a couple boys involved in today’s freezer cooking.  Elias (12) learned to make Meatless Spaghetti Pie (recipe in {Healthy} Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook).  He chose to use shell-shaped pasta, because when you’re the cook, you earn the privilege of picking from penne, spiral, shell, elbow….

Am I the only one who thinks picking the pasta shape is a fun activity?  Maybe I just don’t get out enough.  Well, anyway, Elias picked shell noodles and did a great job putting together the Meatless Spaghetti Pies.

In the meantime, I made a triple batch of Whole Wheat Tortillas for Bean and Cheese Burritos.  I then put together 23 burritos.  Because we eat so much at our house, these burritos will only last us two meals.  But, I now have 11 burritos in the freezer to pull out sometime in the next few weeks for an easy meal!

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I can roll tortillas faster than my skillet can cook tortillas,
so I just start laying them out all over the counter while they wait for their turn to be cooked.

Hey, would you like to hear an obvious discovery I made this morning?  When you’re making meatless meals, you don’t have to worry about thawing out meat before you cook.  Sometimes my brilliance shocks you, doesn’t it?  Not only is this meatless thing a money saver, it’s also a time saver.  But I still love my beef.

After the mess was cleaned up, we ended up with 23 burritos and 2 spaghetti pies.  If I add plenty of sides to those pies, I can make it work to serve one tonight and freeze one for another day.

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Are you joining our latest Freezer Cooking Challenge?  You’ll find the plans and grocery list here.  You’ll love how easy it is to get ahead!

Comments

  1. Brittany says

    Do you make a triple batch of the filling too, or does the recipe you linked to fill all 23 burritos?

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    Laura Reply:

    Doubling the filling recipe is what worked best for me. :)

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  2. Jocy says

    do you have a video tutorial on how to roll tortillas? i’d like to know your trick to get them so round and fast :)

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t have, but it is definitely on my list to create one! Lots of people have requested it. :)

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    Jocy Reply:

    looking forward to it. Thanks for your help and work.

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  3. Marie says

    I’m curious as to what sides you would serve with that spaghetti pie? I have a family of 5 and the kids are starting to eat a lot more:)

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    Laura Reply:

    That night I went with tossed salad, green beans, and fresh pineapple. That still didn’t seem to really fill everyone since I only served one spaghetti pie. So about an hour later, the boys ate some tortilla chips with salsa dip. ;)

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  4. Amber S says

    I discovered that if I cook my tortillas on my griddle, I can cook two at a time and I don’t get so far ahead on the rolling. I run out of countertop space pretty quickly otherwise!

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  5. Heidi R says

    Those tortillas look great! Would you share your recipe? And yes, I’d also be very interested in a tutorial on how to roll them into such perfect rounds and so thinly! After our homemade tortillas experiences with different recipes I can hardly imagine that you can still get them transferred in one piece after having spread them out like that – I’m truly impressed! So, our search for the perfect whole grain tortilla recipe must continue…

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  6. says

    Ha! Naturally I miss the one with it IN THE TITLE! lol

    Is it also in your “real” cookbook? I think I’m about to take the plunge and buy it. Happy Mother’s Day to me and such… ;)

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, the tortilla recipe is in my Oh, For Real cookbook. Had to add it – I use it all the time! :)

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