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 Post subject: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Just starting a new semester, and since it's so busy I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions of things that freeze well? I made some Lentil burgers this weekend, but looking for other convenient things to make.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:30 pm 
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Chickpea Cutlets! Soups! Bread! Cookie Dough!

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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:33 pm 
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Lasagna! Shepherd's Pie! Soup! Chili!

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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:39 pm 
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Lasagne for sure.

I just got a my first functional freezer last week (my old one was broken for years), so I'm now of the opinion that anything and everything can be frozen.

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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Another vote for soup/stew/chili

A lot of curries/dals freeze nicely

Enchiladas, mac and cheeze

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:33 pm 
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I'm doing the exact same thing before my semester starts (and making good use of the vacuum sealer I just got). My to-make list so far is:
Burritos
Chickpea romesco
VWAV chipotle corn blackbean stew
VWAV knishes
Vegan Soul Kitchen Uncle Don's double mustard greens and yam soup
Vegan Soul Kitchen Gumbo Z
V'con mazana chile verde
V'con braised seitan, brussel sprouts and sundried tomatoes
V'con red lentil cauliflower curry
Viva la Vegan green posole
Lasagna
Chickpea cutlets

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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:19 pm 
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THANKS everyone! I'll have to get busy on my day off tomorrow.
PS. Katebean I was looking at your tumbler, and I don't even know how to say it... Your food looks amazing!


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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:14 pm 
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I also freeze various beans in can-size portions (1.5 cups). That way I don't have to use canned for quick meals and I also don't have to soak beans to use the dried ones.

eta: I haven't made them, but I hear the recipe for tamales in Viva Vegan makes a huge amount and freezes great.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:39 pm 
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I have made and frozen those VV tamales, and also the ones in V'con. They are a lot of work to make but so worth it.

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 Post subject: Re: Things that freeze well??
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:52 pm 
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Definitely things like burritos, breads and muffins, falafel, sloppy lentils, bean burgers, bean balls (for spaghetti and bean balls), soup and chili, etc. This is making me want to stock my freezer.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:22 pm 
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this sticky in the parenting forum is full of easy/freezer meal ideas, too: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1852

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:23 pm 
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besides stuff listed:
Krogers marks down Gardein products down close to ex date. They freeze well. Normally, they are too expensive imo, but at $1.99 I stock up on them.


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 Post subject: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:42 pm 
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Hey guys.

I am thinking about trying to make a month's worth of meals for my girlfriend. She has an insanely busy schedule at the moment and hasn't been able to find time to feed herself properly. She's been not eating during the day because she doesn't have time to whip anything up, and then binging on snack foods at night.

I want to help make eating less of a chore for her, and was hoping to be able to give her a bunch of individually packaged frozen meals that she could just zap for a few minutes and have hot meals any time she wants them.

Do you have any go-to meals for freezing that hold up well or are particularly delicious? I'd love to make 5 or so different meals so she could pick and choose. Any ideas would be super appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:05 pm 
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Chili, minestroni soup, V'con french lentil soup, v'con smokey red bean gumbo, tamales (lots of work but sooooo worth it), individual pot pies, curries and dals. Really most soups and stews are good bets.
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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:23 am 
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Almost all soups freeze well. The only exception is chunks of potatoes thaw weird but soups with pureed potato freeze fine.
Chickpea cutlets (if you don't have Veganomicon-http://www.chow.com/recipes/11364-chickpea-cutlets)
Homemade veggie burgers freeze well. This week I make Cinco de Mayo Burgers that were really good- http://justthefood.blogspot.com/2008/05 ... rgers.html
Lasagna, enchiladas, and casserole type things freeze well.


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:01 am 
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How sincerely thoughtful...


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:36 am 
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I'd like to second the chickpea cutlet idea and veggie burger idea. I made a lot of those once for a period when I knew I'd have almost no time to cook. They froze wonderfully. Also the pumpkin muffins from VWAV.

That is very thoughtful of you. I hope her schedule eases up a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
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Lasagne. I always freeze mine because I make way too much, and it's the best thing ever to remember that I have it when I've forgotten to sort out a lunch to take to work or something.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:03 am 
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Wow your girlfriend is the luckiest girl in the world.

I always keep veggie burgers in the freezer, usually black bean. Best thing ever when you come home drunk and temporarily forget you have some food in the house! I also sometimes make and freeze burritos, and reheat them in the oven covered with salsa or enchilada sauce so they don't get too crispy. Microwave would probably work for that though.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:28 am 
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I think you can used some salad and chill soup.


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:56 am 
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There are several old threads of this nature, including one in the Playground! I'm in a hurry so I can't merge them at the moment, but do a search and you should get a bunch of ideas.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:29 am 
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i think meatless balls freeze really well and can be defrosted and can be used for pastas and meatless ball sammies.

chili freezes well, posole, etc.

you can also make some snobby joe mix for her and freeze little portions. she can defrost them and make quick snobby joes. so yum! mini meatless loaves are also great!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:51 am 
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Awesome, thank you so much guys! Those are all great ideas and I will certainly be making some of your suggestions. I'm also glad that you think the gift idea is good too! Always nice to get some encouragment before embarking on making so much food.

P.S. Dr. Apricot, I did do a little bit of searching before I posted this. I didn't check in the Playground though. My bad!


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:09 am 
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Also, does tofu freeze well in things? Like, if I were to make a lasagna with tofu in it, would it freeze and thaw without making it acquire some strange texture?


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 Post subject: Re: Meals for freezing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:05 pm 
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My guess is the texture will change a little, but it probably won't be bad or even noticeable. I freeze scrambled tofu all the time, and I would say the texture is slightly different when it is frozen - very slightly squishier, but still good!


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