Friday, November 18, 2011
Freezer Cooking: Muffin Lunches
I have been struggling with lunches at our house. Usually, dinner leftovers are rotated into the next day's lunches, but we have had a low amount of leftovers. My son could get PB&J everyday, but his momma needs variety in her life. I hate trying to invent the wheel everyday for lunch, I'd rather have the majority of the work done, but the last time I checked, the "Lunch Fairy" doesn't stop by my house. As a result, we've been eating more fast food than I care to.
This week, I bought two packages of english muffins (you could also make your own) and made myself Ham & Cheese Toasters and my son Mini Pizzas for our lunches for the week!
Freezer Mini English Muffin Pizzas
1 package (6 count) english muffins
1 can tomato paste (Italian seasoned works great, but plain is fine, too)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
Dried oregano, garlic powder (optional)
kosher salt for sprinkling
Spilt all the english muffins on a baking sheet and broil in the oven until lightly toasted. Let cool a little bit.
Spread each muffin with tomato paste, then top with shredded cheese. Sprinkle with oregano, garlic powder and kosher salt.
Place the whole sheet in the freezer if it will fit; if not, transfer half to a plate and freeze the muffins. Once they are frozen (if they are stiff, it makes it easier to wrap them) remove from the freezer and wrap the pizzas individually with plastic wrap.
Place into a large bag and return to the freezer. (I used the bag that the english muffins came in, but a resealable bag works great, too)
To serve: remove the amount of individual pizzas you'll be eating and remove plastic wrap. Either place into the microwave for 2 minutes or until melted or place into the toaster oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned. I found a combo of a defrost in the microwave, then finish baking in the toaster oven my preferred cooking method.
I follow the same method for the Ham and Cheese Toasters (and freezing/wrapping them individually) and bake them at the same time!
Serving the pizzas to a 4 year old on a Lightning McQueen plate only makes them taste better!