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Freezer meal ideas, please!!!

post #1 of 30
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Since DH gets paid tomorrow, that's my go ahead to buy a crap load of food and cook as many freezer meals as I can again. We already used the chicken chili and lasagna cuz we ran out of food this pay period, so I need to cook more freezer food again. Here's my ideas so far that I'll be doing tomorrow:

 

Chicken chili

lasagna

2 tatertot casseroles

muffins/breads

spaghetti sauce(hamburger and sauce)

meatloaf

 

I already have plenty of chicken noodle soup in the freezer and 2 nights worth of beef stew, so I think I have enough planned for soup type stuff. I need dinner dish ideas, please!

post #2 of 30

Check out this old thread from the DDC: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1324119/filling-the-freezer

post #3 of 30

You're doing better than me!

 

I've made:

 

3 lasagnas

1 enchilada cassarol

Chilli

Lamb Stew

3 kinds of chicken soup

 

I also bought 1/2 of a cow and froze a huge amount of veggies from my garden.  My freezer is full to the top with meals, meat and veggies.

post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 



Thank you, Jaimee! I stole your Rice and Bean Casserole recipe. It sounds so good right now. lol

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Check out this old thread from the DDC: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1324119/filling-the-freezer



 


Well, you've also got alot of stuff canned, don't you? Or maybe it was someone else.....hmmm...
 

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You're doing better than me!

 

I've made:

 

3 lasagnas

1 enchilada cassarol

Chilli

Lamb Stew

3 kinds of chicken soup

 

I also bought 1/2 of a cow and froze a huge amount of veggies from my garden.  My freezer is full to the top with meals, meat and veggies.


I was kind of relieved when I brought up my meal-making plans for tomorrow to DH because he said he'd help me with the cooking after the baby comes. I just feel so guilty because he works 10-12 hour days. I'm sure the last thing he wants to do is cook when I've just been home with the kids, ykwim?
 

 

post #5 of 30

Yes, I did a lot of canning this year, but it's not meal-type food.  I made jam, salsa and fruit mostly..  I'm not too worried about having to cook pp though.  I have a few weeks worth of 'easy meals' and then I should be up to cooking again.  Really, with a little thought I can make a meal in 20 minutes.  That, or throw a bunch of things in a crock pot early in the day.  My DH can NOT cook, but if I can't do it for some reason he's great at getting take-out.  ;)
 

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Well, you've also got alot of stuff canned, don't you? Or maybe it was someone else.....hmmm...
 



 

post #6 of 30
Thread Starter 

Dammit, Abra! Takeout! Ooooh, chinese! Oooh, sweet and sour chicken! Sh*t. lol.gif

post #7 of 30

The only thing I know how to freeze is stew and lasagna.  redface.gif

 

DH is the master chef here, and I am incredibly blessed to have a couple of friends planning to bring us meals in the first few days that this little one gets here.  love.gif

post #8 of 30
My deep freeze is stocked but very boring - I've got tons of chicken burritos I made when I bought 15lbs of green chile earlier this summer, I have a 13x9 Shepherd's Pie and a 13x9 Spaghetti Pie that will last us *forever*, several meatloafs, a couple of things of stew, a bunch of muffins/mini bread loaves/pancakes (I *love* having breakfast premade!!), some meatballs for quick and easy spaghetti meals . . . there's more, but much of it is stuff that I'll need to do things with - like I have a ton of pureed pumpkin, shredded zucchini, diced zucchini, etc. for baking & soups.
post #9 of 30

My freezer is almost full! We have:

 

breads

muffins

pancakes

lots of rice dishes (mostly risottos, yum!)

bean burritos

lots of beans, plain and seasoned

soups

chili

cinnamon rolls

biscuits

mac n cheese

 

I'm also stocking up today on frozen fruit/veggies, and I may even cave and get a few boxes of frozen waffles, too. I'm filling my pantry with quick meals, too - I have 25 lbs of oatmeal coming tomorrow with my co-op order, and I'm buying a ton of cereal, boxed mac n cheese, and canned soups for easy meals for me and the kids during the day. I do not want to have to cook the next few weeks!

post #10 of 30
Thread Starter 

You freeze mac'n'cheese? I've never tried that. Does it come out okay when it's thawed?

post #11 of 30
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You freeze mac'n'cheese? I've never tried that. Does it come out okay when it's thawed?

I've never frozen homemade mac & cheese, but I imagine it would be fine - I freeze lasagna and baked spaghetti all the time, and the noodles come out nicely, so M&C should be similar. I would love to find a great M&C recipe that freezes well though - so feel free to share Meesh!
post #12 of 30
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I've never frozen homemade mac & cheese, but I imagine it would be fine - I freeze lasagna and baked spaghetti all the time, and the noodles come out nicely, so M&C should be similar. I would love to find a great M&C recipe that freezes well though - so feel free to share Meesh!


Yes, please! I actually need to know if it's the boxed m&c or homemade. heheSheepish.gif
 

 

post #13 of 30

It's home made, but I'm really bad about not having a recipe, per se. I just make a white sauce (melted butter, flour, milk, garlic salt, pepper, bay leaf), let it simmer, add cheese, sometimes an egg, sometimes sour cream, stir it in with the noodles. Ideally, I bake it in a casserole with buttered bread crumbs on top, but most of the time it just gets served that way. You can also add veggies to it (onions, but DH hates that, or broccoli) or chicken if you eat meat. To freeze it you can leave it in a casserole dish and cover, so it's super easy to bake. I've been just putting all my freezer meals in gallon-size bags though, laying them flat to freeze, then standing them upright like a filing drawer of food in my freezer.

 

Here - this is really similar to what I do: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/04/macaroni-cheese/. Probably better, though, because, well, it's the Pioneer Woman.

 

I've also wanted to try this one, sans bacon: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/12/fancy-macaroni/  Dh hates onions in his m&c, though.

 

ETA: Also in my freezer: tons and tons of lasagna rolls. Instead of using all my baking pans freezing lasagna, I took the noodles, spread a cream cheese/ricotta/spinach mixture over them, rolled them up, and froze them individually. When we want to eat them, I pull them out of the bag, slop some jarred marinara sauce on them, and bake. The kids ADORE these.

post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by meesh933 View Post

It's home made, but I'm really bad about not having a recipe, per se. I just make a white sauce (melted butter, flour, milk, garlic salt, pepper, bay leaf), let it simmer, add cheese, sometimes an egg, sometimes sour cream, stir it in with the noodles. Ideally, I bake it in a casserole with buttered bread crumbs on top, but most of the time it just gets served that way. You can also add veggies to it (onions, but DH hates that, or broccoli) or chicken if you eat meat. To freeze it you can leave it in a casserole dish and cover, so it's super easy to bake. I've been just putting all my freezer meals in gallon-size bags though, laying them flat to freeze, then standing them upright like a filing drawer of food in my freezer.

Here - this is really similar to what I do: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/04/macaroni-cheese/. Probably better, though, because, well, it's the Pioneer Woman.

I've also wanted to try this one, sans bacon: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/12/fancy-macaroni/  Dh hates onions in his m&c, though.

ETA: Also in my freezer: tons and tons of lasagna rolls. Instead of using all my baking pans freezing lasagna, I took the noodles, spread a cream cheese/ricotta/spinach mixture over them, rolled them up, and froze them individually. When we want to eat them, I pull them out of the bag, slop some jarred marinara sauce on them, and bake. The kids ADORE these.

Ok, the bacon M&C is making me salivate. And I love the idea of lasagna rolls - do you let them thaw before you bake them? How many people will one roll feed?
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Meesh!!! These are amazing ideas and will help me fill my freezer in a less expensive manner. luxlove.gif

post #16 of 30
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Ok, the bacon M&C is making me salivate. And I love the idea of lasagna rolls - do you let them thaw before you bake them? How many people will one roll feed?


DH and I eat 2 or 3 lasagna rolls as a meal. The kids each eat one, maybe. Each roll is just one lasagna noodle, so they're not huge. I don't thaw them, I just pop them in a baking dish and pour sauce over the top. If I'm feeling fancy, I grate some mozzarella over them.

 

I'm really big on things that I can make a ton of, freeze individually, and throw in bags. For the past few months, I've been doubling the recipe whenever I bake anything. I make biscuit dough, cut out biscuits, freeze them uncooked, flat on my silicone baking sheet, fill a bag with them when they're hard. Same with muffins (cooked, though). Ohhhh and mini quiches - I make mini quiches in muffin tins, bake them, and then freeze the same as muffins. I ought to dig through my freezer and see if there's any thing else I forgot about...

post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by meesh933 View Post



DH and I eat 2 or 3 lasagna rolls as a meal. The kids each eat one, maybe. Each roll is just one lasagna noodle, so they're not huge. I don't thaw them, I just pop them in a baking dish and pour sauce over the top. If I'm feeling fancy, I grate some mozzarella over them.

I'm really big on things that I can make a ton of, freeze individually, and throw in bags. For the past few months, I've been doubling the recipe whenever I bake anything. I make biscuit dough, cut out biscuits, freeze them uncooked, flat on my silicone baking sheet, fill a bag with them when they're hard. Same with muffins (cooked, though). Ohhhh and mini quiches - I make mini quiches in muffin tins, bake them, and then freeze the same as muffins. I ought to dig through my freezer and see if there's any thing else I forgot about...

I've never actually tried to freeze the biscuit dough - only the biscuits after baking - do they bake up the same way?
post #18 of 30
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I've never actually tried to freeze the biscuit dough - only the biscuits after baking - do they bake up the same way?


They do! They take longer, obviously, but they bake fine. I think my recipe says 12-14 minutes, and they take more like 20+ frozen. My mom used to buy frozen, uncooked biscuits to pop in the toaster oven on school days when we were in high school, and it occurred to me that there was no reason I couldn't do that at home.

post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 

Wow, I was a busy mama yesterday. lol Got all my grocery shopping done, got most of my cooking done that I wanted to do and still couldn't stop there. I decided the bathroom needed scoured again. I only have the bean and rice casserole and the homemade mac and cheese left to do. So, this is what's in my freezer now:

 

beef stew (enough for 2 nights)

chicken noodle soup (enough for 2 nights)

chicken chili (2 nights)

large lasagna

2 tatertot casseroles

5 breads (1cinnamon apple, 2 blueberry, 2 raspberry)

meatloaf with roasted potatoes

spaghetti sauce(cooked hamburger and seasoned tomato sauce)

 

So, after I finish the casserole and mac and cheese, we'll have 2 weeks worth of meals easily. Now, I feel like I can comfortably have this baby without stressing about cooking food. lol Oh, and I still want to freeze some pancakes. I love breakfast foods. Might see how some french toast does in the freezer as well. That would be good to just pop into the toaster.

post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by IwannaBanRN View Post
 I love breakfast foods. Might see how some french toast does in the freezer as well. That would be good to just pop into the toaster.

Waffles freeze really well.  I find that I just need to cook them a tiny bit less and then toast on the lowest setting to get a nice crisp without turning them into hockey pucks. 
 

 

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