I had six brown bananas sitting on the counter in the fruit bowl. That is not a normal occurrence in our home but last week was busy. We had a weekend marriage conference at church and my parents had the kids. Hubby and I enjoyed some date time and so no one was here to eat the bananas.
I try to never let bananas go to waste. I usually make banana bread with them.
This weekend I saw Christy’s banana bread recipe on her website, Southern Plate. I have no trouble trying something new so I decided to do so.
I used the six bananas to make a double batch of muffins. I ended up freezing 28 muffins for later use. These will come in handy for breakfasts or snacks.
Please overlook this horrible picture. I was in a hurry to put these into the freezer and did not realize how bad the picture looked until later. And why does the meatloaf look yellow? I have no idea.
My family enjoys eating meatloaf but there is a part of it that I do not like — I do not like touching the raw meat. It is so cold and when you mix all of those ingredients together it feels slimy. Yuck!
A few years ago when ground beef went on sale, I decided that I would premix some meatloaf and put it into freezer containers. If I remember correctly, I premixed five meatloaves. A few days before I needed one I simply placed the container in the refrigerator to thaw. Then I slid the meatloaf from the freezer container into my meatloaf pan. It made such a huge difference in meal time preparation.
Unfortunately, my summer is almost over. Soon I will be busy working late, grading papers, working on lesson plans, etc and taking care of my family.
Recently, I remembered how easy it was to have the meatloaf premixed and so I have been looking for a good deal on ground beef. Food Lion had their ground chuck on sale this week for $2.49/lb so I picked up about 8 pounds.
Due to an unexpected eye doctor’s appointment today (there was a cancellation and we got a call to fill in) I wasn’t able to patty up all of the meatloaves but I did two of them. I have a usual meatloaf recipe that I use but decided I would search the internet for a different once. I decided to try Paula Deen’s barbeque meatloaf recipe. I ended up using a little over 2 lbs of meat so I just kind of guesstimated how much of each ingredient to use. Most of the recipes I make are just to use as a guide anyway.
I have some more ground beef in the refrigerator that needs to be used this evening so I will probably patty up a few more tonight.
It is nice knowing that I have banana muffins and meatloaf prepared in the freezer. I hope to prepare a few more freezer meals before school starts back.
What is your favorite freezer meal to prepare?