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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

This was inspired by the nesting thread. I thought it would be fun to get some recipes up for freezer meals so when we're all exhausted, we can eat some delicious-ness.

 

Here's one of my go to freezer soups:
Potato Sausage Soup

1-2 cloves garlic (or, more...)

1 medium onion

3-4 potatoes

3-4 small pre-cooked sausages (or, you can get uncooked from your butcher and take it out of the casing and sautee it)

1 tetra pack chicken stock/1 tetra pack beef stock 

Boc Choy, or kale or spinach, or whatever green leafy veggie you like best

 

Directions

chop everything as small or as large as you/your family like. You can also blend the soup before you add the sausage if you have super picky eaters

sautee garlic and onion until soft, add chopped greens, stir until greens are wilted

chop potatoes and sausages, 

add potatoes, chicken/beef stock (we actually like to do both! gives it a really good flavour)

cook for a few minutes, then either blend or add sausages.

If you're going to freeze it, I still like to bring it up to a boil, then freeze it. 

Take it out, either put it in the crock pot or stove top. If you put it in the stove top, you'll need to add some stock/water/milk so it doesn't burn. 

 

We like ours with tea biscuits/bread

post #2 of 17

What a great idea! I am in the middle of finals week and I will dig out my recipes as soon as I am done with those! 

post #3 of 17

This is one of my current favorites and it freezes very well.  I think a nice thing is that it is so flavorful you could use ground turkey if you wanted and it wouldn't lose on flavor, and also, it's the kind of thing that you can definitely change up the veggies based on what is seasonal when you make it.

 

http://hollywouldifshecould.net/2013/01/paleo-minestrone-soup/

 

And just for kicks, this site is one of my favorites for recipes in general - lots of yummy ways to use spices and good ideas for prepping up a lot at one time.  She's not specific to cooking with a family, but many good time-saving tips

 

http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/

post #4 of 17
Subbing! I have one - maybe not the best freezer fare (I haven't tried, they may freeze well) but SUPER quick, easy and fairly healthy.

Whole Wheat, No Added/Low Sugar Banana Berry Muffin

3 ripe bananas
1 tsp cocoa
3 tsp stevia sweetener (or 2 tbsp sugar) - you can even skip the sweetener if the bananas are very ripe and gooey
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup melted butter or oil
frozen berries (I never measure these, just add a big heap wink1.gif )

Mash bananas, add egg and whisk together. Add melted butter or oil and stir.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, stevia or sugar and cocoa.
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add frozen berries and fold together. Distribute into muffin tins (makes 12-18 depending on how you portion it out).
Bake at 375 for 20 mins or until toothpick comes out clean (except for berry juice).

One time I made it with frozen sweet cherries and some dark chocolate chips and they were gone before they could cool down wink1.gif
post #5 of 17

I made a double batch and froze half of this: http://www.theppk.com/2013/03/black-bean-quinoa-soup/ this week. It's hearty and has lots of protein, but doesn't seem too "wintery" to enjoy in July/August. 

 

I also made and froze some of my mom's gumbo, which is a tried-and-true freezer recipe...I'll type it up if anyone wants, but it's definitely an okra gumbo and I know lots of people don't like that.

 

I am also going to start making "mixes" for things like pizza dough whenever I make them (like tonight!). My partner has celiac, so we're a gluten-free household. I think it'll be easier for my partner and my mom while she's here to just have bagged mixes of GF things. I'm big on making my own flour mixes as opposed to buying premade things, but sometimes it's aggravating to have to get out a million bags of flour just to make pancakes or whatever. This is probably something I should do *all* the time, now that I think about it.....

 

Does anybody have any recipes for things that freeze well and use a LOT of eggs? I've got two ducks and a chicken laying right now, and three eggs a day seems to be just a little more than the two of us can keep on top of, especially these monster duck eggs. I didn't eat eggs for almost 10 years before the birds started laying this spring, so I really need any ideas, even basic/obvious ones. I can't fill my freezer with TOO many pound cakes (though there will be a few..!).

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pound-cake-recipe/index.html

speaking of pound cake, this is my absolute favourite pound cake recipe! it uses 9 eggs

post #7 of 17

Wowww, I would love to use up 9 eggs in one go, hahaha! I was out of town for a week so we have a huge backlog.

 

I admit I'm not so confident in GF-izing recipes yet, though....Here's the recipe I fell in love with: http://www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/2010/04/coffee-cake-friday-honey-vanilla-pound-cake-gluten-free/ (instead of her mix, I used 1 c rice flour, 1/2 c sorghum, 1/2 c tapioca starch, + 1/2 tsp xanthan gum). This is the best cake I've ever made, GF or no.

post #8 of 17
Zeeohee, I am no longer GF but I found that xanthan gum was unnecessary in quick bread type things. Things like pizza dough where you want that chest texture, yes. It saved me a bit since I no longer had to buy it.
post #9 of 17
Try the website nomnompaleo for some frittata muffin ideas that freeze well. Don't have a link handy but if you search the site should come up quickly.
post #10 of 17

To use up your eggs, you could make waffles and pancakes and freeze them. My husband and I usually make a huge batch of each once a month and freeze them. Like, we lay them all out on a cookie sheet and freeze them, and then stick them in bags. They are just like the premade frozen ones, but WAAYYY cheaper. And we can throw in blueberries/chocolate chips or whatever we feel like. Has made our mornings soooo much easier, because all we have to do is pop a waffle in the toaster and spread some PB on it, or if we are really running late, just eat it on the go in the car. 

 

Also, to use up your eggs, you could make a bunch of Breakfast Burritos! Here is one recipe that sounds good http://cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/2012/04/breakfast-burritos.html

I have been meaning to try it, but have not had enough time yet....

 

I have also made and tried all of these recipes http://melissafallistestkitchen.blogspot.ca/2011/09/freezer-cooking-slow-cooker-meals.html

LOVED the BBQ chicken one. 

 

Don't you just love Pinterest? :) 

post #11 of 17

Thanks for the awesome ideas! Frittata muffins sound especially yummy to me.

 

Talldarkeyes, thanks for the tip! I am new to GF baking, and even newer to non-vegan GF baking. I can see how especially with eggs in there to hold things together, xanthan gum might not be necessary. I will be brave and give it a try sometime! (On a similar note, I've learned that most cookie recipes don't need any eggs at all, and don't even need to be replaced with anything. I've left eggs out of recipes willy-nilly with great success!)

 

InLove, GF waffles just so happen to be one of the only processed/premade foods we buy. It honestly *never* occurred to me to make waffles/pancakes and freeze. What a super idea. Now I have to go search out recipes for them that use eggs, lol. My favorite/committed to memory pancake recipes are both vegan. I'm not kidding that I am a total newb when it comes to cooking with eggs >.>

post #12 of 17

Zeeohee.......Have you ever baked with coconut flour?  It's great for using up eggs because it requires way more liquids to dry ingredients.  Most of the recipes I've make call for something like 3 or 4 eggs to just a 1/4 cup of coconut flour, which makes a really moist and yummy baked good.  :)

post #13 of 17

Quiche is a great use for those eggs (wish I had your problem!) and it freezes really well, too.  If you're feeling energetic you could make a bunch of mini quiches as I bet they would make a great late night snack in say... August...

post #14 of 17

Oooh, I'd be making stratas! Take whatever leftover gf bread you have and sub that in for the french bread that recipes call for. The more stale the better! Not probably freezable, but awesome.

 

Also, I'm pretty sure you can freeze (cracked) eggs - though I'd probably either separate them first, or whisk them.

post #15 of 17

akmeg, I have not baked with it before, but coconut flour always calls to me when I'm on the Bob's Red Mill aisle...knowing that it could help with my egg problem makes it even more tempting. I'll look for some recipes (unless you have one handy you might be willing to share? :))

 

I made 12 asparagus-mushroom frittata muffins today, and those plus the one I made in my tiny cast-iron pan for lunch used THIRTEEN duck eggs. Whoo! I also gave away a half dozen to some friends who wanted some for baking this weekend. My fridge is much happier for the moment :)

 

Is a quiche the same as a frittata but with a crust? That sounds like it might be the next freezer project.

 

I am also planning to make a bunch of french toast and freeze it. 

 

Anyone else working on a freezer stash?

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post #17 of 17

bump :) I need more inspiration guys! 

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