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Recipes from the Make-Ahead Mamas: Beef Bulgogi and Connie’s Zucchini ‘Crab’ Cakes

These two ready-to-make meals,Beef Bulgogi and Zucchini ‘Crab’ Cakes, by the Make Ahead Mamas are sure to save you time and stress amidst work, school.



The Make-Ahead Mamas, a group of North Seattle moms,  gathered every two months to mass-prepare ready-to-go meals. Here are two of their favorites:

Beef Bulgogi

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Servings: 4


1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced

5 tablespoons soy sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar

1/4 cup chopped green onion

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Place the beef in a shallow dish. Combine soy sauce, sugar, green onion, garlic, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Pour over beef. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

3. Quickly grill beef on hot grill until slightly charred and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side.


Connie's Zucchini ‘Crab' Cakes

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 5


2 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup minced onion

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning™

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying


1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, minced onion, and seasoning. Mix well.

2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.

3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.



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