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Quick Freezer Meals: Bean and Cheese Burritos

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Quick Freezer Meals: Bean and Cheese Burritos

Posted on 12 April 2012 by noelskitchen

This is a great recipe because it keeps things simple, inexpensive and freezes well. You can add a variety of ingredients to change up the recipe any way you want depending on the ingredients you have on hand in your pantry, fridge or freezer. Below is my simple recipe with some ideas for changes.

If you find that ground beef is not on sale, you could use ground turkey, shredded beef or shredded chicken.

Frozen Burritos are another homecooked meal idea  from the freezer and something that I make a lot of and always try to make sure I have a zip-loc freezer bag of them in the freezer. They are one of the first items to disappear from our freezer each month. In fact, last night when I attempted to make some, a few of them disappeared quickly. I use burrito size tortillas, cooked pintos, taco meat, and grated cheese. Super easy!

Bean and Cheese Burritos


Makes: 30 burritos



  • 4 cups taco meat
  • 4 cups pinto beans
  • shredded cheese
  • burrito size tortillas (I usually buy them at Costco)


Mix taco meat and beans together in a large bowl for filling.

Spread about 1/4 cup of filling  onto tortilla and top with cheese, fold up sides and roll up.  

Tip:  If tortillas are dry and not bending well, heat in microwave for about 10 seconds to soften them up. 

(optional step:)  Top with a little cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Frozen Tortillas: I don’t recommend thawing, that makes them soggy, just cook in aluminum foil for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Garnish with your favorite toppings if you choose like: sour cream, diced tomatoes, black olives, jalapeno slices, green onions, guacamole, salsa, hot sauce , taco sauce (recipe coming soon), or anything you like!

Some changes you could make:

  • use no meat at all
  • use refried or black beans
  • add cooked onions and peppers for more of a “fajita” style burrito
  • omit spices
  • use green salsa
  • add brown or white rice
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Meatball Sandwich

Posted on 21 July 2011 by noelskitchen

It’s been an easy week so far cooking from our pantry, fridge and freezer. Over the weekend, I had put together a few ground beef freezer meals to prepare ahead of time for the week. This recipe is by far, one of the easiest when your a busy mom. Today, I’m sharing a Meatball Sandwich recipe. You could easily do the same thing with leftover meatloaf. However, with these meatballs, I specifically made them for a sandwich. Normally, they are about the size of a large ice cream scoop, I made these just a bit smaller to fit inside of the bun without breaking it.

A meatloaf or meatball sandwich is basically a hamburger just in a different shape so you can add anything to it. But it’s the sauce and toppings that transforms it into something much better.

Meatball Sandwich


  • 8-12 medium size cooked meatballs
  • Individual sandwich rolls ot hot dog buns (could also used a loaf of french bread)
  • 2 10-ounce jar spaghetti sauce (or use homemade sauce)approximately 2-3 cups of sauce (reserve leftover sauce and freeze for later use)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella or Provolone cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350 dgrees. Toast buns or french bread loaf lightly.
  • In a large skillet, add sauce and meatballs to heat. Once heated, add to buns or french bread loaf.
  • Spoon a little extra sauce on the top of meatballs.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and serve.
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Family Sub Sandwiches:Bliss Between Bread

Posted on 28 February 2011 by noelskitchen

Here’s a quick dinner for those Family Fun Nights. These handheld sandwiches are layered with fresh flavors straight from your own kitchen. You can mix and match the ingredients and no matter what, they always come out yummy!


Frenchettes(french bread loaves;sour or french)
Favorite Sandwich Meat:Roast Beef, Turkey, Salami, Ham, Cotti Salami
Favorite Cheese: Swiss, Cheddar, Hot Pepper Jack
Tomatoes, sliced
Pickles,Hot Peppers,Relish
Mayonaise, Mustard, or your favorite sandwich spread


Layer your choice of meat on a Frenchette or your favorite bread rolls. Add cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and peppers. Place top of bun on sandwich, slice and enjoy.
Cook’s Note: Sliced onions and bell pepper can be added to your sandwich. Try drizzling Italian dressing on your sandwich for a zesty Italian sub.
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First Day Of School:A Fresh New Start

Posted on 18 August 2010 by noelskitchen

Today is an exciting  new day! I’m not sure who’s more excited us or the kids. Both our kids start school today-our son, is now a fourth grader and our seven year old daughter is now a second grader. Our two older kids have started a whole new world of adulthood and another year of teen age years in high school. Our oldest son, just turned 18 yesterday. He has become a very talented young man. He will be attending junior college while working part time and practicing with his band. Awesome talented group of young musicians. Their name…The Dehlingers. You can find them on Facebook, My Space and YouTube. They have another concert this weekened at Unity Music in Santa Rosa, CA. Concert tickets are $8.00, so if you’re in the area go check them out. Our oldest daughter, a sophmore juinior( my heart wishes she was still younger) in high school, is transitioning into more rigorous classes, has become a very talented young girl exploring music and has the love for drawing.  How times flies!

Our two younger ones getting ready to leave for school:

Now that the kids will be away from the house and at school for the day, I want to be sure they have nutritious snacks and a healthy lunch. Their lunch today consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices with a peanut butter dip, a frozen yogurt tube, pretzels and a juice.

If you’re looking for lunch ideas, try a tasty twist to that grilled cheese sandwich. This Grilled Cheese, Ham and Apple sandwich is something your kids are sure to love!

Grilled Cheese, Ham and Apple Sandwich


8 slices of bread (we enjoy whole wheat)

8 slices of Cheddar or American cheese

8 slices of ham (deli-sliced works perfectly)

1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

Honey mustard

1 Tablespoon butter, melted


Melt butter in the microwave. Preheat skillet over medium heat.

 Using a basting brush, lightly brush outer slice of bread. On inner pieces of bread, spread honey mustard.  Place buttered side down in skillet and add cheese, ham and apple slices.  Top with another slice of bread and lightly brush butter on top.

Grill until lightly brown and flip sandwich. Repeat with remaining slices of bread, cheese, ham and apple.

Definitely a classic sandwich. How could kids not give this sandwich 5 stars?

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Easy and Quick Egg Salad Sandwiches

Posted on 15 August 2010 by noelskitchen

A creamy, zesty and flavorful egg salad sandwich your whole family will love!

Easy Egg Salad Sandwiches


  • 12 eggs, boiled, cooled and peeled (click HERE to learn how to boil the perfect eggs.)
  • 1/3 cup light mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin


1. In a medium size mixing bowl, mash eggs with a *Mix ‘N Masher or *Mix ‘N Chop tool until egg white and egg yolk is combined. Add remainer of ingredients and stir until well combined.

2. Cover and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to an hour. Serve egg salad on homemade sandwich bread, in pita pockets, on a bagel or on a tortilla. Serve with lettuce and sliced tomato.

This recipe takes approximately 10 minutes to make and would make a perfect school lunch sandwich. Our kids love it!

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning.

Would you like to join our growing Family Cooking Club? Share recipes and tips with others? Join the Family Meals Matter Cooking Clubon Facebook.  





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