mama jess back to school tip #3 – batch cooking – healthy zucchini muffins

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in blog

Hello friends –

Our Back to School Tip today is BATCH COOKING. I cannot say enough about batch cooking and how easy it can be and incredibly helpful it truly is to a busy families schedule. Batch cooking is simply taking a recipe (I prefer recipes that can be frozen) and scaling it up by doubling it or tripling it. This works fabulous for items like:

 

Soups

Muffins

Cupcakes

Pancakes

Waffles

Cookies

Quinoa Clusters

Lasagna

Salad Ingredients (grilled veggies, grilled chicken, quinoa, beans, dressings)

Meatballs

Oatmeal

Grains (barley, quinoa, brown rice)

Soft Pretzels

Burritos/Wraps

 

Just think – this Sunday morning make homemade, whole-wheat waffles and keep cooking them after everyone is full. Then you can serve these waffles easily every morning the next week for breakfast or school lunch (they can be frozen and thrown in the toaster). If you can commit to batch cooking just once a week only one item, you’ll start to see the benefit.

 

Some handy tips:

 

–       Before you freeze anything, make sure it has cooled at least 2 hours.

–       Make sure you store in saran wrap, foil, Ziplock or freezer safe containers to keep out as much air as possible.

–       Add a piece of a paper towel to the top of the container when freezing muffins/bread type items – this collects any moisture that could lead to freezer burn.

–       When covering lasagna or casserole, cover first with foil (so you can bake just like that), then cover with saran wrap and a tight plastic bag (good place to re-use those shopping bags)

–       Mark and date what you freeze.

–       If you have a kitchen bulletin board or chalkboard, it is very helpful to write down what is available in freezer. That way when you’re in need of a quick meal, snack or lunch item, you know it’s there.

 

Below is a recipe for my favorite Back to School Muffins. The timing is perfect because it’s also zucchini season. I’ve made these with yellow squash as well…just as delicious and moist! The best tip: grate the zucchini really fine (even a puree will work!). Be sure to use organic, medium sized zucchini (usually 3 work in this recipe).

 

mama's favorite zucchini muffins
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Total Time
55 min
Total Time
55 min
Dry
  1. 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour, unbleached
  3. ½ cup oat bran
  4. 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  5. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
Wet
  1. 2 eggs
  2. ¼ cup canola oil (or your choice)
  3. ¾ cup Greek yogurt 0% fat
  4. 1/3 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  7. 2 ½ cups finely grated zucchini
  8. 4 oz. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350°F. spray a muffin tine or use paper liners.
  2. sift dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. in another bowl, beat eggs and rest of wet ingredients, saving zucchini and chocolate for last.
  4. fold dry mixture into wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. spoon batter into muffins tins, filling ¾ full.
  6. bake 35-40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). cool muffins for 15 minutes and then enjoy!
Notes
  1. these freeze very well – and reheat in microwave for 30 seconds or in a school lunch after a couple hours!
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