Monday, October 17, 2011

Freezer Meal Suggestions?

I'm now polling you, my dear but small group of readers, to see what you suggest for meals that can be frozen.  I want to make some batches of meals I can easily thaw for the days after the baby is born when there's just no way I can make dinner.

Here's what I'm currently thinking might work:

  • Cheeseslave's Lentil Soup
  • Nourishing Gourmet Chicken Quinoa Stew
  • White Chili (minus the creams--to be added in later)
  • any beef stew
  • Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas? (Just trying to figure out how to make real enchilada sauce without funky additives--suggestions welcome)
That's my running start.  Now it's up to you! What have you put in the freezer that still tastes pretty good when it comes back out??


Jenny said...

I also freeze lentils and rice (cooked in chicken broth instead of water) that aren't in soup form....great for thawing out and using in tortillas (I get the Food for Life sprouted corn tortillas) for a super fast meal when I don't have time/don't want to cook.

Jamie and Trey + One said...

I am doing the same thing. A couple days ago I made marinara sauce and meatballs. I put chopped carrots, zucchini, celery, onions and squash in the meatballs. I froze them and all I will have to do is thaw them and cook some pasta the day of. Hope this helps.

Dave said...

Grapes: Nature's Popsicle

Malone Mama said...

Spaghetti sauce, chix noodle soup (minus noodles), jambalaya (minus rice), lasagna...something that also helped me was just having a list of quick 30 minute, basically no labor, meals like crock pot meals and a list of meals that could be made from the things in the pantry so others could cook if they wanted.

Lauren Bingham said...

Chili freezes and thaws well. Navy beans with a bone in pork chop is a great crockpot meal.

Something to cut future prep is to chop all veggies for various dishes and freeze.

I have been thinking about doing some freezer meals once a month for days when things are too crazy for normal cooking. I'll let you known if I find any good tips. On pintrest I have some freezer meal blogs entries listed in my food board.

Sarah Smith said...

I've been freezing meals for work lunches for my husband (and myself back when I worked) for many years. I use glass single-serving storage containers, or larger family-size containers. Make sure to leave a little air-space on top. Then you can also save on dirty dishes by reheating in the toaster oven (or conventional oven) directly in the same container (minus the lid, of course).

I find that all soups freeze well.

Enchiladas should freeze well too.

Cooked beans freeze well.

We also like to freeze marinara with cheese and noodles (now using zucchini noodles, shredded zucchini, or spaghetti squash in place of rice noodles).

Burritos freeze well, too (I don't do this anymore on GAPS, though).

Lots of baked goods freeze well too: muffins, breads, etc. I double muffin and bread recipes these days, and always sock one batch away into the freezer.

I hope this helps! I managed to store about 20 family meals in our freezer before our youngest was born, and it was such a life saver.