Toddlers: 24 Months+

cooking help

I'm not the best when it comes to things in the kitchen. ?That's usually DH's area. ?

I want to make some breaded chicken bites for DS. ?I basically know how to make them. ?My question is if I want to make a lot and freeze them how do I go about doing that?

Do I bake them first and then freeze so that I can just reheat them later. ?Or do I make them up and freeze them so that I cook them when needed? ?I am seriously clueless...?

Oh and if anyone has any ideas on how to make/cook little turkey meatballs I would be forever?grateful if you would share the info. ??

Thanks! ??

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Aiden 10.17.07 Emma 07.15.10

Re: cooking help

  • COoking is my thing...I love it. :)

    For the chicken bites, you can freeze them either way, but freezing them cooked, will be easiest.  Make sure you wrap them really well, so they don't freezer burn.

    Turkey Meatballs, there are a TON of ways, but here are a few simple recipes:

    Mini Turkey Meatballs
    serves 4-6 as dinner, 12 as appetizer

    1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
    1/4 cup low-fat milk
    1 shallot, finely minced
    2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 egg, beaten
    1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1 1/4 lbs ground turkey

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    Stir together the bread crumbs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in the shallot, garlic, egg, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add the ground turkey and knead together until completely combined.

    Roll the turkey mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet that?s either lightly sprayed with cooking oil or (my preference) covered with easy-release aluminum foil.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the meatballs once. Meatballs are done when they are lightly browned outside and there is no pink inside.

    One of these mini turkey meatballs is about all Wookie can eat. So, like a lot of things, I make a big batch for the freezer, and defrost them one at a time. They can be served with pasta, chopped up and used on a mini pita pizza, or in a meatball sub. Sometimes Wookie just eats 'em on a cute little pick, like in the photo.

    1 pound ground turkey breast
    1 egg
    1/2 cup diced shallots
    1 clove of garlic, minced
    1/3 c. parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    1/2 cup grated carrots
    1 zucchini, peeled and grated
    1 slice of whole wheat bread, pulsed into crumbs
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Freshly ground black pepper

    Preheat the broiler, and spray a broiler pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on broiler sheet. Broil for 10 minutes (or until cooked through), turning once.


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  • Awesome! ?Thanks so much. ?
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    Aiden 10.17.07 Emma 07.15.10
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  • Cook thoroughly, then freeze, then reheat.


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