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 Post subject: Meals that freeze well?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:16 pm 
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Any ideas for things I can make in larger amounts to freeze for later? I've found that bean wraps work really well and reheat quickly but I'm not a very experienced cook so my freezer food ends there. Would love to have a few more things ready for lazy days or packing in lunches.


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Lasagna does. Spaghetti sauce, soup, muffins all do.

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Soup. Hummus.

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Stew and chili. Burgers.

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There's a sticky in the Playground of all places that has some really good ideas on make-ahead foods.

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1852

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 Post subject: Re: Meals that freeze well?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:00 am 
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Great ideas! Thank you! I'm pleased to know that muffins can be frozen--- I always want to make them but the recipes often yield more than I know what to do with. It's awesome that hummus freezes well too because I always end up wasting what I make or buy (it's just 2 of us in the house and my husband has a very different diet).


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Dr. Apricot wrote:
There's a sticky in the Playground of all places that has some really good ideas on make-ahead foods.

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1852


Excellent thread... thank you very much!


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 Post subject: Re: Meals that freeze well?
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Casseroles are great too. If you line your casserole dish with foil, you can easily pop the casserole out after it's frozen, freeing up your casserole dish for other things.
Pesto-Make a whole bunch. a lot. freeze it in an ice cube tray or little containers. Makes a super quick meal over some frozen gnocchi.
Lasagna is, tamales, chili, soup are also great.

ETA: the pesto is also great when you have an otherwise boring sandwich. You can just heat up a cube and spread it onto the bread before lunch.


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 Post subject: Re: Meals that freeze well?
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curries, stews, blanched veggies, soups, broths, seitan, sauces, syrups, baked goods all seem to freeze well.

Bean wraps sound good though, are they burrito style?

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 Post subject: Re: Meals that freeze well?
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B_A_D wrote:

Bean wraps sound good though, are they burrito style?



I wrap them like burritos but the ingredients and seasonings vary, depending on what's in my garden or what's on sale. I put black beans or mashed chickpeas in a large skillet, throw in some leftover quinoa (or not), some veggies (apples too because I like them with everything), top with salsa and wrap. You don't have to be too fussy about cooking them--- just kinda mix up the flavors and soften the veggies. To reheat them, wrap in a paper towel and microwave 1 to 1.5 mins on each side.


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 Post subject: Re: Meals that freeze well?
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Homemade veggie burgers freeze well and most soups. I try to always make big batches of soup and freeze a few individual serving to eat later for weekday lunches and quick dinners.


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