Freezer Friendly Burritos

Recently, Stephen and I have set a new budget. We have a monthly budget that’s divided into a weekly budget, because it’s easier to plan for one week rather than a whole month. Part of this budget includes $40.00 a week for groceries. It has been surprisingly difficult to plan meals for only $40, but I enjoy the challenge! Some ways I have cut costs has been by planning meals around what is on sale. There is a great website (called MoneySavingMom.com) that allows you to sign up for email updates when the news sale ads are out for your local grocery stores. For example, when Foodlion releases their sales ad for the week, I get an email with all of their deals. This has been extremely helpful in meal planning! This site also lets you know when a coupon is out that will match with a sale. For example, there is a printable $2.00 off Tresemme Shampoo/Conditioner coupon out. If you use this coupon at Walmart (where Tresemme Shampoo/Conditioner is $2.48) you can score Shampoo or Conditioner for .48 cents! (The best thing about this deal is that you can print off as many coupons as you would like–and the coupon doesn’t expire until the end of January! You better believe I’ll be stocking up!) I love that I get notified when these kind of deals happen, and I don’t even have to do the work! Yes….these are the sort of things that get me excited these days. 

Anyways…..part of our money saving plan is always having ingredients for some cheap meals at home. This prevents us from going out to eat (which we may do on occasion, but that comes out of our spending budget). We have a pretty well stocked pantry, and I try to buy a few things each week to add to it. This allows us to throw together a meal, even if we didn’t plan for it. These meals include pancakes, french toast, sesame noodles, pasta with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes, omelets, etc. We ALWAYS have these ingredients on hand, so it makes it pretty simple to throw a meal together. I am also trying to build up my freezer supply. Freezer meals (that are already made) are usually very economical and great to have as a backup! They are also helpful for Stephen, because he often has to fend for himself on nights when I’m in class. Today I created my first set of freezer meals–burritos. I have seen frozen breakfast burritos on Pinterest before, so I decided to create my own recipe for regular frozen burritos. I know Stephen will like them, and it’s something easy he can eat when we didn’t have a dinner planned or he gets home from work late. 

Freezer Friendly Burritos

Ingredients:

1 lb. Ground Beef

3 cups White Rice (cooked)

3 Green Peppers

3 Onions (Yellow)

Taco Seasoning (to taste)

16 Burrito-Sized Tortillas

Optional (For Spicy Burritos):

Sliced Jalapenos

Green Tabasco Sauce

**These would be great with shredded cheese as well–I just didn’t have any!

**If you like beans, add beans! I would have loved to sub beans in for the meat, but Stephen hates them. That would make this meal so much cheaper!

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Start cooking your rice. I use a rice cooker. While your rice is cooking, chop all of your veggies! Easy.

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Brown your ground beef in a frying pan (not a wok….like I used) and drain. Put the meat in a bowl, and then saute your veggies in the same pan. Once the veggies are cooked, place them in a bowl as well.

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Make sure you season the ground beef and the veggies as they cook. I used this homemade taco seasoning. I also sprinkled on some extra cayenne pepper for some added heat. You will probably need to add salt as well (if you use a homemade seasoning. I’m sure a packaged taco seasoning packet has plenty of salt!)

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Lay out your ingredients and you’re ready to assemble!

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I layered the burritos by placing rice, beef, then veggies. (I promise it looks more appetizing in real life). I also created some spicy burritos for Stephen (by adding sliced jalapenos and Tabasco). This would also be a great time to add some shredded cheese!

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I wrapped each burrito in foil and placed them in a large Ziploc bag. Then, I put them in the refrigerator to chill before placing them in the freezer (this prevents freezer burn). Reheat them by TAKING THEM OUT OF THE FOIL (I must write that on the bag…somebody will need that reminder!) and wrapping them in a paper towel, microwaving for approx. 4 minutes. That’s it! I was very surprised that this recipe made 16 burritos! I just hope we don’t get tired of them before we finish them 🙂

Cost Breakdown:

Ground Beef: $3.00

Tortillas : $3.96

Green Peppers: $2.07

Onions: > $.25 (part of a large bag I scored for $.99)

Jalepenos: $1.36

Rice: approx $.50

Total Cost: $11.14           

I could have definitely cut the costs on this one (I’m still learning!) by using beans instead of beef, which would have made a more authentic burrito. But, it works out to less than one dollar per serving, so I’m okay with that! Especially when I see frozen burritos for sale at Walmart for $1.50-$2.00 (each), which are much smaller and more unhealthy than mine. Homemade for the win!

 

 

 

 

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An Apartment Tour

I figured it would be a good idea to take some photos of our home. It is our first place, and I want to remember it! So here is our little place 🙂

The Entryway

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The sign on the door was a gift from my sister Jessica. We love it, and it’s something that guests notice as soon as they come in! We always get compliments on it! We love our key rack from Hobby Lobby, and use the small dresser (?) to hold hats/gloves, cleaning supplies, change for laundry, and sunscreen in the summer.

The Kitchen

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Our Living/Dining Room

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Our living room is definitely where we spend most of our time. We don’t have cable, but do have PLENTY of DVDs (they are bursting out of the baskets in our “entertainment center” above–and that’s not close to all of them), seasons of The Office, and an antenna so we get some local channels. We created the small “nook” into a reading area, and I keep all my school books in the basket on the chest. We also pressed our dining room table (with one leaf down) against the wall. This works perfectly for the two of us. When we have company over, we just move it out and add the two chairs that sit by our bookshelf.

Our Bedroom

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Our bedroom is very simple. I’d prefer it to be simple over cluttered, and I love that it’s so bright and clean feeling.

The Office

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We were lucky enough to find an affordable townhouse/apartment with two bedrooms. We certainly don’t need the extra  bedroom, but it sure is nice to have. Stephen mainly uses this room. He uses it for school, Ebay selling, and storage. I use it to hold a lot of my teaching stuff. We have considered getting a pull out couch/futon from Ikea to go in here, but have decided to wait off. We don’t want to accumulate extra furniture because we know we are moving in the future, and probably won’t have an extra bedroom.

The bathroom

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Definitely not the prettiest room in the house. Our bathroom is a beautiful (yeah right) cream color which never really looks clean. It also suffers from no natural light, which contributes to its ugliness 🙂 The joys of renting!

Anyways, that is our home! We enjoy living on the Eastern Shore, being close to the beach, and making our place a home. We do love our apartment and feel blessed that we found something that is more than we would ever need.