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Cooking Session | Breakfast Pockets, Chicken Pot Pie and more

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cooking dayAs I was making my grocery list a few days ago I decided to plan a cooking session. I knew I needed to make taco seasoning and had been wanting to make something different for Trent’s breakfasts since he’s been eating cereal for a while. So, I added a few additional items to my list and my cooking session was born.

This cooking session took about 3 hours. (Of course, I was tending to a baby a few times so I’m sure you could get finished a lot quicker than I did.) Like always, I cleaned as I went – doing this makes it so much easier when you’re finished because you don’t have a ton of dishes to wash!

My Cooking Session Recipes

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A couple hours before I planned on starting cooking I put the ingredients in the bread machine so that it would be finished by the time I was ready to start. I also put the chicken in the steamer so it would be cooked and cooled.

When I was ready to start, the first thing on my agenda was to get the chicken pot pie going. So I chopped the veggies for that and started that a-brewin.

While that was working I put on a pot of eggs to boil and soaked the strawberries and tomatoes I had gotten at the store in a water/vinegar mixture. (Soaking it with water/vinegar gets the pesticides off better than just regular ‘ole water.)

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Once the chicken pot pie was at a place where I didn’t have to keep a constant watch on it, I whipped up a batch of taco seasoning mix and started on the breakfast pockets.

The breakfast pockets are a bit time consuming because you have to roll each piece out. But, once I got a system down it went rather quickly – I promise the end result is worth it!

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To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how my cooking session was going to go. The last time I did this was pre-baby. Dalton did really well and sat in his chair and watched a good portion of the time. He doesn’t look too excited in this pic that I shot really quickly but I have a feeling that in a few years he’ll be helping me with in the kitchen!

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After I wrapped the cooled breakast pockets in foil I peeled the eggs and chopped up the strawberries and pineapple.

I always feel so fulfilled once I finish with my cooking/freezing sessions. And although it doesn’t look like I did much I’m happy with what I did get done. We have a large bowl of fruit salad and boiled eggs to munch on for quite a few days. Plus I took care of supper (for two nights since one went in the freezer) and there are 16 breakfast pockets for Trent. (Ok, 15 since I had one for lunch when I as finished!)

Do you have cooking sessions? What are your favorite items?

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8 Comments

  1. C
    C02-21-2015

    If I had thought of doing cooking sessions when you girls were all at home, Imcouod have saved myself a lot of time and had my 4 cooks doing all the cooking. HA! Good job!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-22-2015

      That would have been a fabulous idea because we liked to cook (or at least I did)! :O)

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    Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books02-22-2015

    The recipes look so good! You did a great job!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-22-2015

      That’s very kind of you to say! Thanks for the encouragement, Melissa!

  4. Deborah
    Deborah02-24-2015

    It’s amazing that you got it all done with a 6 week old. Great job!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-24-2015

      He’s four months now, Deborah, but no matter his age I was excited to get it all done too! :O)

      • Deborah
        Deborah03-09-2015

        Oh, silly me. I think I’d just came over from one you wrote when he was only 6 weeks old. But I’m still impressed.

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