Heating instructions

oven-ready "heat to eat" meals

All ready to heat items are made from scratch in the Love At First Bite kitchen.

Please refrigerate and enjoy within 3-4 days. These items can also be frozen if desired

Please use these instructions as a guideline. 

PRE-HEAT your oven to 350°

Times may vary since all oven cooking temperatures vary.

ENJOY!


Baby Back Ribs

OVEN: remove plastic and heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and glaze with Ace LaBrake BBQ sauce.
Place the pan back in the oven to caramelize about 10 minutes or longer if preferred.

Breakfast Burrito

Leave the burrito in the foil wrapper and heat in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. 
You can leave the burrito in the pan or place it directly on the oven rack. 
Internal temperature of the burrito should be above 150 degrees. 
For a crispy burrito you can remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking or place the burrito in a
skillet and crisp the outside to your preference.  


Breakfast Strata (includes salsa fresca on the side)

Remove the lid and plastic. Discard plastic and replace lid on strata. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. 
Remove the lid and continue to bake and brown the top approximately another 20 minutes. Enjoy with salsa.


Chicken Suiza Enchiladas

Remove the lid and remove plastic wrap.  Take the extra sauce and top the enchiladas with more sauce as necessary. 
Replace the lid. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. The internal temperature should be a minimum of 150 degrees. 
Return to the oven if more heating is necessary.  

Chicken Parmesan (includes cheese + marinara on the side)

Place the chicken on a cookie sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until the internal temperature is at least 150 degrees.
Meanwhile warm the marinara on the stove top. Remove the chicken from the oven and place on plate. Top with cheese then marinara.


Dry Active Yeast

Keep refrigerated for up to 4 months. Measure the yeast and lukewarm water 90°F - 110°F required for the formula.
Mix together and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. Stir thoroughly and add remaining ingredients.

Havarti + Parmesan Mac-N-Cheese

Remove the lid and remove plastic wrap.  Replace the lid. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. 
Remove from the oven and remove the lid. Place the pan back in the oven to brown the top, about 20 minutes. 
If you do not want a browned topping then leave the pan in for an additional 20 minutes (total cook time is 45 minutes). 
The internal temperature should be a minimum of 150 degrees. Stir and return to the oven if more heating is necessary.  

Jambalaya

Stove top: place jambalaya in pot on low heat and bring to desired temperature. Can add water/chicken stock if needed.

Oven: bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Can add water/chicken stock if needed.


Memorial Day Chicken + Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Remove plastic and heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and glaze with Ace LaBrake BBQ sauce. 

Place the pan back in the oven to caramelize about 10 minutes or longer if preferred.

Chicken

The chicken is not fully cooked and needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  It can be grilled or baked in the oven (about 35-45 minutes).  

Brush on BBQ sauce when cooking is about half done.  Keep in mind that the legs and thighs will cook faster than the breast so adjust time accordingly.


Mini-Chicken Cilantro Empanadas

Keep frozen until ready to heat. Lay flat on sheet pan and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Rotate them & bake for additional 10 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. 

Mini-Meatloaf

Remove the lid and any plastic wrap.  Replace the lid. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. 
The internal temperature should be a minimum of 150 degrees.


Shrimp Boil

The shrimp boil comes with the shrimp in a separate baggie.  Keep the shrimp cold until needed.  Please note, this ready to heat meal cannot be frozen.

Take the foil lid off the container and remove the plastic wrap.  Dispose of the plastic wrap and replace the lid back on the container and seal tightly (you want to keep the steam from the broth inside to cook the shrimp boil).  

You can bake the shrimp boil in the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then remove the lid and sprinkle the shrimp on top.  Replace the lid and seal tightly.  Continue to bake another 10-15 minutes depending on how you like your shrimp done.  

Alternately, the shrimp boil can be done on top of the grill.  Place the pan on the grill over low heat and let simmer for 20 minutes with the lid closed.  If the lid will not close then simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove the lid and sprinkle the shrimp on top.  Replace the lid and simmer another 10-15 minutes depending on how you like your shrimp done.


Strawberry Shortcake assembly

Start with the shortcake base, add the biscuits, then strawberries and top with whipped cream.


Summer Squash Lasagna

Remove the lid and remove plastic wrap.  Replace the lid.  Heat in oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and remove the lid. 
Place the pan back in the oven to brown the top, about 20 minutes.  If you do not want a browned topping then leave the pan in for an additional 20 minutes
(total cook time is 60 minutes).  The internal temperature should be a minimum of 150 degrees.  Return to the oven if more heating is necessary.

Tuscan Penne with grilled chicken, prosciutto, italian sausage, peas & mushrooms in creamy marinara

Remove the foil lid and plastic. Replace the foil lid and bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes.
If heating on a stove top, place the pasta meal in a pot and heat at medium low to your desired temperature.
Make sure to stir often to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.