SAVORY BUTTERNUT CHEESE SAUCE – Batch Recipe
Several years ago, when I first decided to learn how to eat healthier (for myself and my family!), one obstacle that was really hard to get over at first was FINDING THE TIME!
My husband and I were very used to boxed dinner kits and processed foods, so switching from that to make meals from scratch felt – overwhelming. Especially as I was also in the early months of navigating motherhood for the first time while also working full-time from home.
I was exhausted and time-strapped already… and now I was considering adding in another thing to do?! What was I thinking?!
Another obstacle I struggled with was how to add in nourishing foods that actually TASTE GOOD. My husband and I were pretty limited on the varieties of vegetables we liked to eat, and they definitely were not the mainstay of our diets. At that time, for us, veggies were more like a garnish or small side that we only included in dinner (usually not lunch, and we never even ate breakfast) … and it was not very regularly.
Can you relate? If you have ever wondered, “HOW am I going to get more nutritious foods on the table without my family complaining or refusing?”…. this recipe is a PERFECT PLACE to start.
I use this batch recipe as a base for several family-friendly recipes. I’ll be sharing some of these over the coming weeks. To start, I’ll share my family’s favorite – this Creamy and Comforting Baked Mac-n-Cheese.
The key to making this SIMPLE + TIME-SAVING is in the batching process. This recipe makes about 6 portions to freeze and use for later (each portion making a recipe of 4-6 servings).
Bonus! Because broth and butternut squash puree make up the bulk of ingredients, this rich cheese sauce is lighter in calories and fat than most recipes!
Once sauce is finished and has cooled approximately 15 minutes, you can measure it out into freezer portions. (See steps below.)
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Step 1: Place a ziplock sandwich bag inside cup like a liner (or use other appropriately sized container) and fold the top of bag over edge of container (to avoid drips on outside of bag).
Step 2: Measure 2 cups of sauce into bag, then unfold top of bag and seal.
Step 3: Repeat Steps 1&2 until all sauce has been portioned. Place portioned bags into a container to help hold a uniform shape as they freeze (for ease of storage and thawing).
Step 4: Place in freezer. Once frozen, remove bags from container and place into large freezer bags to protect against freezer burn. (This is more cost effective than using individual freezer bags for each portion.)
Step 5: Label large bag with current date and name of recipe. These can be stored in freezer up to 3 months.
Place in refrigerator overnight, for use the following day.
Cut plastic bag away from frozen sauce. Place frozen sauce into microwave-safe container and thaw on ‘Defrost’ setting until thawed.
Option 3: Place sealed bag of sauce in bowl of hot water, turning periodically to thaw evenly.