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post #41 of 55
Thread Starter 

You're making Runzas!? 


When my DD was born, my mom had a dozen of the real ones frozen when she came to see me!  It was the best post-partum gift ever!!!



Well, we've added three more dinners.  DH made a huge thing of goulash.  I've found that just using ziploc freezer bags to freeze meals works really well.

post #42 of 55

Ooh....Runzas!  Now I know what to ask people to bring, post-partum!  Thanks!

post #43 of 55

Ha ha! No problem! Glad to give you both the idea!


I'd never heard of runzas, but then my sister brought the recipe (she got from her MIL) when she came to stay with us for a week shortly after DS was born. We made a whole bunch of them and they were so yummy!


I'm not sure if I make them "authentically", but basically I saute onions, cabbage, and ground beef and/or turkey and/or sausage, mix in some bouillon granules, salt, pepper, relish, horseradish, and mustard to taste, and then I wrap it by spoonfuls in rolled out pieces of pizza dough. I freeze them like that (on a tray first, then I put them in ziplocks) and bake them when we're going to eat them. I probably make about 50 or so each time so they last for a while!

post #44 of 55

I'm not getting much saved in the freezer for after the birth, but I didn't really think I would. I have a family of huge eaters & even a 16cu ft freezer doesn't hold enough food for the months, much less have room for a lot of extras. I'm working out systems to make it easier to have lots of food frozen (mostly ground beef, much to dh's annoyance, but it's the cheapest meat we can find) so hopefully I'll have done a big batch shortly before baby is born. If not, dh cooks & get groceries.


At the moment the only things I have in the freezer that I consider as 'after baby food' is 2 deep dish pie shells filled with leftover turkey & gravy. We'll just top them with mashed potato & cook some veggies to go with them. I'll probably do at least a couple more from Christmas too.

post #45 of 55

Runzas freeze well?!?!?!?!! I've been eating them all my life and have NEVER(to my knowledge) eaten one that wasn't fresh. I'm stoked to make some to freeze as they are a family favorite. Do you freeze them before or after baking? Also do you allow them to rise again after filling but before freezing?


In other news...Gathering the things I need for root veggie stew. Gonna can a couple of quarts and eat the rest. We've got lentil soup, veggie chili, and white bean soup put up already. Wanting to do the veggie stew and maybe some pasta sauce in jars and then some baked goods and two-three casseroles before babe exits the cave.

post #46 of 55

I make them gluten free and don't let them rise much, but you could probably do it either way. I would probably let them rise before freezing, and then you could cook them from frozen if you wanted to . I usually just freeze them raw, because I've found that if I cook them and then freeze them, it takes about the same amount of time to reheat them as it would to just cook them from raw. On the other hand, if you let them rise, then cook them most of the way, that would work, too. I've done it both ways and it was fine. They might not be quite as fresh as non-frozen, but I think they're pretty good! I'd love to hear what you think if you try!

post #47 of 55
Thread Starter 

How are you all doing with this? I think we have about 10 meals put away right now.  I've been trying to just make twice as much dinner and freeze half. 



post #48 of 55

My freezer meals for after birth will mostly be done in late December/early January. We generally eat out of the freezer, so it's full of food for the next few weeks at the moment. Just hope I have the energy to make a bunch of stuff after Christmas.

post #49 of 55

This is the first time I've ever stocked a freezer before a birth (or ever!) Now that I'm planning this out, I'm wondering why the heck it's taken me years to realize I should always double my recipes and freeze for nights/mornings when I'm exhausted. hammer.gif So far I've put up 40 pumpkin muffins. I'm making about the same amount of blueberry muffins today. Then I'm making lots and lots of casseroles, muffins, waffles, cookie dough and soups. I'm going to pick one thing for each day these next two weeks and double (maybe even triple and use the 3rd for dinner for that particular night) each recipe. 


ABOUT Enchiladas---I've never frozen tortillas before. Do they hold up well in the freezer and come out good once they are out of the oven?? Same thing with Chicken and dumplings. I don't know how to freeze that dish---anyone know?


Here's my list: 



Turkey Chili- on the mild side so it doesn't bother baby too much

Chicken Soup

Creamy Chicken Soup

Minestrone Soup

Vegetable Lasagna- kale, broccoli and shredded zucchini

Chicken Enchiladas (see above ?)

Mac & Cheese with broccoli

Breakfast muffins: eggs, cheese & sausage

Meatloaf "Muffins"

Baked Ziti

Chicken and Dumplings ( see above ?)

Cookie Dough--Oatmeal ChocoChip and Lactation Cookies

Muffins--banana and maybe cornbread ones (to go with the chili)



BUYING for freezer:

Local Manicotti


Applegate Chix nuggets- I love these!

Local Chicken Pot Pie


Dinner rolls

Chicken breakfast sausage

Sprouted english muffins 

Bread- a few loaves for when we run out of it and need it ASAP to make kids' lunches and such

Frozen fruit for smoothies

Applegate Turkey burgers

Local Meatballs

Burger Buns


post #50 of 55
Thread Starter 

Nice list Kindermama.  I have no idea how they'll turn out, but I just rolled a pan of enchiladas and froze it.  Most of what I'm making will need to be thawed and then just baked. 


So far, I have frozen:


sweet potato cottage pie (yum!!!)

mac and cheese

several things of chilli

beef stew

turkey pasta bake

several things of goulash


I'm going to add a curry today.  Does rice freeze well?


I also plan on making a couple of quiches and maybe some pot pies or chicken and dumplings.  I don't know if the dumplings would freeze well either.  I also put them at the last minute, so I'm inclined to say no.  Maybe I'll just freeze the soup and have DH add the dumplings like I normally do.  


post #51 of 55
Originally Posted by Devaskyla View Post

I'll probably make a couple lasagnas. They were awesome with ds3. We had one for supper the night he was born. Much more filling than the canned chili we had after ds2 because we needed to eat something & had nothing decent. I might do a couple of shepherd's pies as well. Dh is having blood sugar issues, so everything is up in the air right now. I think we're going to end up having to go low grain, at the very least. Sucky, most of our food involves rice, pasta or bread.


I found this great site http://onceamonthmom.com/ that has meal plans & a one day cooking plan to make a whole bunch of freezer meals for a month. It' s really extensively detailed. Most months I only like a couple of the things listed, but there's also a page for designing your own plan. If I ever get any energy, I might put all the ones I like together & start doing that...after it cools off. lol We love being able to just throw stuff in the oven, but we'd really like to move away from so much processed crap, so having loads of our own homemade freezer meals would be ideal. Doing all that cooking in one day would probably kill me, though. Might spread it out to a couple days.

being diabetic doesn't mean you have to eliminate carbs. It means controlled carbs through out the day so he can eat pasta, rice, breads etc. whole grains, whole wheat and brown rice are better and lentils sweet potatoes, and squashes are good in moderation so you can do these meals but try to amp up the non starchy veggies and lean protein. I live with sugar issues and still enjoy many foods just in moderation.


post #52 of 55

Kindermama, great list! 


I made crepes last time, and that didn't work out so well, but hopefully enchiladas will be different for you. Could you shape and freeze just the filling, then put it in the tortilla later?


As far as chicken and dumplings, I assume you add the dumplings toward the end of cooking - could you freeze them separately then put them together when you reheat them to eat? That is what I'm doing with my home made pot pies, I put the veggie, chicken, sauce mix in the containers to freeze and then bake (glass Pyrex), then I made and shaped the dough for the top and wrapped it in wax paper, then put foil over that and the pot pie to keep them together in the freezer. I'll combine them when I bake them.


I'm getting a bunch of baking and cooking done, little by little! It feels great, but I'm running out of freezer space! Need to eat some of the older stuff to make more room...

post #53 of 55


Originally Posted by L'lee View Post



So far, I have lots of chili (about 8 pts?), about 4 other pts of soup, another 4 pts of curried veggies (and chicken?), a couple of balls of pizza dough, misc muffins, 8 twice baked potato halves.


Need to make (more): misc soups, seasoned ground beef, veggie burgers, quiche (?), pumpkin muffins, stuffed mushrooms, pulled pork, waffles, cajun red beans, runzas, calzones


Oh, yeah, and trail mix! My early nursing treat. :)

So far: chili, curried veggies and chicken, clam chowder, pizza dough, muffins (corn, blueberry, pumpkin, cranberry), seasoned ground beef, a little quiche, waffles, trail mix


Plan to make: more waffles, veggie burgers, Cajun red beans, runzas, guacamole


Maybe make: more soups, more quiche, stuffed mushrooms, pulled pork, calzones or pizza


Getting there!

post #54 of 55

mmm.. clam chowder! Thanks, L'lee :) I don't live anywhere near the sea, but now I want some clam chowder!!


If it's any help for the tortilla topic, I make tortillas and freeze them all the time (homemade flour ones and corn ones from a tortilleria). DH is from Mexico and he can't tell the frozens ones from the fresh ones that have been in the fridge and re-heated (there's nothing like a freshly made one, though- even I can tell the difference in those). I've never frozen them as burritos or enchiladas, but I think they would be fine!


So far I've got some chili, white chicken chili, stew, chicken spaghetti casserole, a couple of par-baked pizza doughs, fruit-filled empanadas and some cookies frozen. I'm still planning on freezing some more empanadas, waffles and muffins for breakfast; some tortillas, taco meat, hamburger meat and sauce (for the pizza), and chicken for lunch/dinner; and trail mix, granola bars, and more cookies for snacks. Hopefully this week/weekend will be more productive than last :) I feel like time is running out fast...

post #55 of 55

Here's the recipe I used if you want to try it! : http://fireandsalt.blogspot.com/2009/11/gluten-free-clam-chowder.html


I made a few changes used cream but skipped the milk (we like it thick, and it's more efficient to freeze it without even if you do want it - just add when you reheat). Regular flour would probably be fine to sub for the GF flour. I also add a bag of frozen corn with the clams, 'cause I like it to be clan and corn chowder. Or you could just buy a can. :) I make it from scratch because all of the canned varieties contain gluten as far as I can tell, and I missed it.


Got some supplies today to make lasagnes to freeze! I have NO clue where I'm going to find space in the freezer for those! LOL! Guess we'll have to eat some stuff!


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