Recipes

Amy Griffith

Favorite Recipes

Pregnancy Food

Homemade Food

As you await baby's arrival, here are some of my favorite recipes to prep and freeze. Having healthy, hearty and homemade food in your freezer will be such a comfort when you are busy enjoying your new baby!

Lasagna

Lasagna

Preheat oven to 350°

  • 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz. softened onion/chive cream cheese (I freeze the other half of an 8 oz. container)
  • 1/2 C. cottage cheese
  • 1/4 C. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 oz. shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 – 24 oz. jars of your favorite marinara sauce, divided
  • 2 boxes of lasagna noodles (I like to use whole wheat, you don't need to boil in advance, the sauce will soften the pasta before baking)
  • 2 lbs. ground beef (or any sautéd vegetables)

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, or sauté vegetables.

Stir the first seven ingredients together, add 1/2 C. mozzarella and 1/2 C. parmesan

Once the meat or vegetables are cooked, add one jar of marinara sauce.

Spread 1 C. of sauce on the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish

Place one layer of lasagna noodles on sauce, add 1/2 of the meat/vegetables over pasta. Place another layer of noodles down, add 1/2 of the cheese mixture over pasta. Continue with two more layers of pasta & meat, pasta & cheese mixture. Top with noodles and pour the second jar of sauce over the entire dish.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour

Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake 10 more minutes.

Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Cool completely before wrapping to freeze.

Cut then wrap individual portions in aluminum foil, place each wrapped serving into a large 1 or 2 gallon freezer bag or freezer safe container. Be sure to label and date your food before placing in freezer.

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Thelma's Meatloaf

You know if it comes from a Thelma, it has to be good! This is an "old school" meatloaf recipe from a dear friend of ours that I've updated to make it a little healthier. Enjoy!

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 C. bread crumbs (or Panko)
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon (I use Better than Bouillon, Organic)

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl, make a well in the turkey. Add the onion, carrots, and breadcrumbs. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. (This can be done in the liquid measuring cup you use for the milk as well.) Add the liquid to the large bowl with the turkey. Mix well with your hands. Add meatloaf to a large 9x6 loaf pan. Optional: top with ketchup, spread with spoon. (Meatloaf + Ketchup = Happy)

Bake for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes after baking. Thanks, Thelma!

If freezing for later: Cool completely, cut into individual portions, wrap in foil, then place in gallon freezer bag. Label and date bag before freezing.

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Amy's Peanut Butter Granola Bars

 

These are wonderful to have on hand as fuel during labor.

They were also a must for me while I began nursing, as I was hungry every minute of the day & night!

Preheat oven to 350

  • 2 C oats (slow cooking)
  • 1/4 C wheat germ
  • 1/4 C sunflower seeds (flax seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 C peanuts
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 C peanut butter (preferably freshly ground p.b.)

Place oats, wheat germ, seeds, nuts on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 min, stirring occasionally. You will be able to smell when everything is toasted.

Prepare a 9x9 baking dish, line with waxed paper and spray with a non-stick cooking spray or brush lightly with olive oil. Set aside.

In a small saucepan warm sugar, honey, butter, extract, salt and peanut butter. Do not bring to a boil, just melt the butter

Pour oat mixture into a large bowl, add warm syrup. Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into baking dish, cover with more waxed paper and press to flatten. The more firmly you press, the better they will stay together once cut. Let cool 2-3 hrs. Can be stored in the fridge

Cut into bars

Enjoy!

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A few more links for some yummy and easy eats

No-Bake Energy Bites www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe

Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars www.weelicious.com/2010/03/01/oatmeal-on-the-go-bars

Energy Boosting Smoothie: Avocado+Kiwi+Pineapple www.pronutritionconsulting.com/recipes-smoothies/energy-boosting-smoothie-avocadokiwipineapple

Zucchini Tots www.skinnytaste.com/zucchini-tots

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Quinoa, and Vegetable Soup www.chelseasmessyapron.com/crockpot-italian-chicken-quinoa-and-vegetable-soup

 
 

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