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Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper folks are adding to your easy and healthy make ahead, freezable meals this week!

These taco bean burgers are the easiest way that I know to stay full and healthy for lunch, no matter what diet I am following. These are a fantastic source of protein and fiber, and are as satisfying as a meat-burger, without all the fat. Plus they make a lot (8-10) and freeze super well.

I make these all the time, and have them on hand to serve over a salad, on an english muffin or flat-bread, or just plain with a tomato and some mustard on top. This is very Advocare friendly. If you are not trying to eat super-duper healthy, but love veggie burgers, make this burger as the base for my Big Bean Mac– you won’t be sorry!

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My “famous” Big Bean Mac is made with these Taco Burgers- so versatile and easy too!

I also have this recipe for Vegan Black Bean burgers, and for both recipes I use this technique which works great:

*I refrigerate the mixture for up to a half an hour.
*I use a 1/3 cup measure to form small, uniform patties.
*I let it cook on the bottom, until a crust forms, then I “flip & squish.” And then flip again.
*I make them on my griddle all at once, and then freeze to reheat in the microwave or on a skillet later.

So easy and so much healthier than store-bought veggie burgers! To make a traditional taco burger, you can garnish it with jack cheese, salsa, chili peppers, or whatever you’d enjoy on your tacos! The taco seasoning in these is what makes them special, and the simplicity of this makes it a repeat-recipe for sure, plus it is so great to have lunch on-hand from the freezer anytime!

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burger

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup (or more) bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

    To make the burgers
  1. Open and pour without draining, your black beans into a large bowl. Add one egg white, 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Blend with immersion blender or a potato masher. Add more breadcrumbs if needed (up to 1/2 cup more), to get a consistency that will form a patty.
  2. Heat a sprayed grill or saute pan, over medium heat.
  3. Shape patties, using a 1/3 measuring cup or a large scoop onto the pan. Do not press down. Wait until it has cooked 3-4 minutes and is lightly browned. Then flip and squish lightly with the back of the spatula. Continue to cook 3-4 minutes and then flip back over again until done.
  4. Remove to cool and then enjoy or freeze up to 3 months in a ziplock bag.
  5. To reheat:
  6. microwave: 30 seconds, flip over and microwave another 1 minute until hot.
  7. skillet: cook over medium 3-4 minutes per side, until heated through.
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Check out these great recipes from the Sunday Supper bloggers:

Healthy Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Frozen Fruits and Veggies

Preparing Some Proteins

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Make Ahead & Freeze Black Bean Taco Burgers

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Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

No boil noodles. This is my answer for you. I know you were wondering, how the heck you were supposed to make Vegetable Lasagna on a weeknight?! No-boil noodles are my new favorite convenience food. That, and the 3 minute pasta. Pasta is fast already, you say? Well, for time-crunched crazy, 3 minute pasta has saved my a@# at least a few times this fall! I scoffed too, when I first saw it at the grocery store. “3-minute pasta? Isn’t pasta fast enough? How lazy are people?” Well…I tried it and now I am sold. Over to the dark side.

Feeding my kids a healthy dinner, has gotten WAY easier! Anyhoo…

For this lasagna, it is imperative that you have veggies. If your kids don’t eat them, like mine- well, I am sorry. I feel your pain. But consider this a good thing, because now,  you will have lots of leftovers for you and your husband to eat selfishly all week long, and your kids can eat 3 minute pasta with butter whenever they want to! Here’s what I did:

I sauteed the veggies:

1 zucchini, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Saute them in a pan, and season generously with salt and pepper- cook until they are soft.

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

While this is cooking, I mixed up the cheese:

16 oz. ricotta
8 oz. mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup parm
1 egg
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup fresh parsely, chopped fine

Then I just layer with my favorite marinara sauce and the no-cook pasta sheets!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

First Layer

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Second Layer

Bake for 45 minutes at 375*, and you are eating! I have been in a hurry and done 400*, for 35 minutes- just sayin’.  Lasagna on a weeknight. You are so awesome! Even if your kids are eating buttered pasta.Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Here’s the printable recipe~

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

For feeding a crowd or for a few with plenty of leftovers, this Vegetable Lasagna is a comforting and healthy meal that is easy enough for a weeknight!

Ingredients

    For the recipe
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 9-10 sheets of oven-ready lasagna pasta sheets (one package)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce or your favorite homemade sauce
  • Veggies
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cheese Mixture
  • 16 oz. ricotta
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, divided to reserve half of this for the top of the lasagna
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375* (Skip this step if you are cooking this later)
  2. Spray a 9X13" pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet, add 1 tsp. of oil and saute your veggies, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. While the veggies cook, mix your cheese mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. When the veggies are soft, you can assemble the lasagna:
  6. In in 9X13" pan, and add a thin layer of marinara sauce. Place 3 sheets of pasta to cover the bottom- they will have a little space between them, and that's okay since they expand while cooking.
  7. Layer half of the cheese mixture on top of the pasta, then half the veggies. A second layer of the pasta, a little sauce, rest of cheese, rest veggies. The third layer is just three more (and I broke one in two to totally cover my dish) pasta sheets. Add about a cup of sauce on top. Sprinke the other 4 ounces of cheese on top and cover with foil.
  8. You can either put in the oven right away an cook at 375* for 45 minutes
  9. OR
  10. You can refrigerate this for up to 24 hours (YEA!) and cook the at 375* for 60 minutes.

Notes

Can prepare ahead and freeze or keep refrigerated, unbaked for up to 24 hours before cooking.

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Make it ahead- Heck, make two! One for me and one for you! One for the freezer and one for now! Enjoy!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

A GREAT Meatless Monday meal!

 

 

Spinach Stuffed Shells #SundaySupper

Now say that 5-times, fast! Spinach Stuffed Shells #Sunday Supper, Spinach Stuffed Shells #Sunday Supper, …I didn’t even plan that, I swear!

I make these Spinach Stuffed Shells, ever since we received stuffed shells from a friend, while we were going through some tough times. I had a 4 and 3 year old, and was pregnant with twins. My husband had just had open-heart surgery. It right before Christmas, and was, to say the least, a very busy and difficult time. At the time, it felt like the greatest gift to receive a meal that was already made. Something that was at once easy but also comforting and delicious- a true kindness. I had never made stuffed shells before, but to me, they were the best thing I’d ever eaten. I honestly believe that food truly can be one of the easiest ways to show someone you care. Every time I make these, I remember the wonderful gift that was given to me, with such a simple gesture.

Anyhoo….this week’s theme for #SundaySupper is comfort-food, pasta meals. This is mine for obvious reasons. Enjoy.

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:

1 box(12oz) jumbo shells
1 1/2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
1 large container ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 bag (8oz) of mozzarella cheese, split in two portions
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp. parsley
1 package frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick spray.Pour one cup of the sauce onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Set this aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  • Mix together the ricotta, egg, half the mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, spinach, salt and pepper.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape this mixture into a large ziplock bag. Press into the corner, and cut the tip of the bag, so the mixture can press out.
  • Fill each cooked shell with the mixture, pressing it through the bag. Place each shell on the pan with the sauce, until the shells are one layer and fill the pan. Drizzle the half-cup of sauce over the shells.

Spinach Stuffed Shells

  • Sprinkle the other half of the mozzarella cheese over the shells.

Spinach Stuffed Shells

  • Bake at 350*, for 20 minutes, covered with foil that has been sprayed with non-stick.
  • Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve!

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Spinach Stuffed Shells #Sunday Supper

For a great and easy dinner that is comforting and perfect to make for a great family meal- try these Spinach Stuffed Shells!

Ingredients

  • 1 box(12oz) jumbo shells
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1 large container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bag (8oz) of mozzarella cheese, split in two portions
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick spray.Pour one cup of the sauce onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Set this aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  3. Mix together the ricotta, egg, half the mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, spinach, salt and pepper. Using a rubber spatula, scrape this mixture into a large ziplock bag. Press into the corner, and cut the tip of the bag, so the mixture can press out.
  4. Fill each cooked shell with the mixture, pressing it through the bag. Place each shell on the pan with the sauce, until the shells are one layer and fill the pan. Drizzle the half-cup of sauce over the shells.
  5. Sprinkle the other half of the mozzarella cheese over the shells.
  6. Bake at 350*, for 20 minutes, covered with foil that has been sprayed with non-stick.
  7. Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve!
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Spinach Stuffed Shells


This is a great meal to make and bring to someone who has a family or needs a dinner made for them during a busy or hard time. You can double it and make 2- one for you and one for a friend…They will be so grateful for it!  Being a vegetarian meal you don’t have to worry if there is that dietary restriction. I make pasta all the time for our family in the winter- it is easy, fast and usually my kids will try it! If you’d like a load more of easy, comfort meals to make, check us out:

Comfort Food Pasta Recipes #SundaySupper

Must Make Meaty Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

Must Make Veggie Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

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Spinach Stuffed Shells


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