I love the idea of spring cleaning, but come spring my schedule never quiets down long enough to so much as dust off my desk. Between Christmas and New Year's I manage to dive in and clean out our closets, give drawers an overhaul, and purge years of clutter, but the only other time of year when I can find time to spruce up and rearrange is generally around July 4th weekend when life for me seems to stop for a bit.
I've dreaded going near my freezer for the past few months as it's totally overrun with frozen cookies, surplus muffins, extra lasagna, and so much other food that bags and containers literally fall out when I open the door. Ideally, anything you make and freeze should be tossed after four months and so yesterday I decided to take the plunge and go to work. I plucked out anything older than a year (how by the way did I keep missing those two year-old donuts?) and chucked it. Packaged frozen fruits and vegetables can last much longer, and I seemed to have enough frozen broccoli to feed a small army, so I made these Broccoli Cheese Patties. With chunks of green broccoli, zesty cheddar cheese, and crunchy breadcrumbs in every bite they're perfect for everyone in the family from your toddler to your spouse. Ironically, the best part is that the recipe made enough for me to freeze the leftover patties for another day. Now I just have to make sure I remember to eat them before the end of summer!
Freezing bonus tip: Keep a running list in your kitchen of things you freeze. Every time you label something and put it in the freezer, make sure to also add it to your list along with the date. Cross each food off when you finish it so you always know what's in your freezer. That comes in really handy when you don't have time to cook a meal from scratch!
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