Freezer Meals - Page 2
If you're meat eaters, I'm mainly planning to prep meat that I'm likely to eat. [Chicken/pork/beef either Cubed and in a light marinade for shishkabobs, or chopped up for stir fry - then just seal it into a zip lock ready to thaw in the fridge. My normal marinade for stir fry is sesame oil, soy sauce, a bit of a water, and minced ginger. It's easy enough to get frozen veggies for stirfry or a bunch of large veggies to stick on the grill (zuchinni, eggplant, summer squash). For some reason, for me, my protein source is always the biggest hurdle. Rice is pretty easy to cook up, so that can be done as it's needed for stirfry, etc. (we have a rice cooker that cooks any grain pretty quickly - and you can get a decent rice cooker for $25). Plus, if you use tamari instead of soy sauce, the stir fry would be gluten free.
Tenk, bummer to learn that GF noodles don't freeze/thaw well. I made a baked penne for the freezer with GF noodles before I read this. At least I won't make more now....
I am feeling totally bored with cooking this week. Just feeling so tired. I made the world's blandest stir-fry last night, which is totally not like me. I usually love love cooking, but that was all I could muster. Right now I just feel over it. Bending over to get pots and ingredients out of the lower cabinets is just not fun. And we live in the middle of nowhere so I have NO options if I just don't feel like making dinner, unless I decide well in advance and get dh to pick something up. That delays him getting home, though, and I would usually just rather have him here.
That said, I did make this: http://onceamonthmom.com/better-than-the-freezer-aisle-kashi-mayan-harvest-bake/ last week. I doubled it, one for us to eat right away, and one for the freezer (subbing rice for the barley). It was SOOOOOO good but was a pretty cookware-intensive recipe. I might make more of these, but I would seriously consider quadrupling the recipe to justify all the bending over and dishwashing it took.
Rice freezes terrifically (and is GF). And I really like the idea of the "kashi" meal you listed. The Washington Post has a list of freezer meals that are really yummy (warning, there's a video first, but it looks like many of the meals COULD be gf): http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/recipes-make-it-freeze-it-take-it/2012/11/06/0d5e363e-2792-11e2-b4f2-8320a9f00869_gallery.html#photo=1
Thanks, Ruheling. It's good to know that rice freezes well. I've seen frozen rice at Trader Joe's and stuff, but never made it myself. I think just having some packets of plain rice (and maybe quinoa?) would be a big help!
Food can be tough around here since I'm vegan and dh has celiac. Most of the time it's a nice challenge -- I don't mind eating less wheat, and he can have as much cheese as he wants as long as I don't have to grate/slice it (after 10 years of not eating it, I cannot stand the smell!) I started eating eggs when our pet ducks started laying this spring, but I may have some kind of intolerance/allergy and my midwife said that pregnancy was maybe not the time to experiment to get to the bottom of it :-/
Maybe my food "storage" goal for this week should be to get some lettuce planted. I know I am going to want some big salads this summer, and I have been really lax on getting the garden going so far....
This is how I freeze rice (though I make sure it's just barely warm when I wrap it since I don't want to melt the saran wrap). http://justbento.com/handbook/bento-basics/how-freezing-preportioned-rice Easy enough to just put the frozen "patty" of rice in a bowl in the microwave, cover (to keep in the moisture!) and top it with whatever stir fry lazy-me comes up with. Or sometimes just beans and greens. Or rice + black beans + salsa in the microwave. I used the rice + topping method a lot when I was working/commuting crazy hours and would binge on unhealthy crap if I couldn't make myself something in a hurry.
I am hoping to make as many batches of bone broth as possible to have in the freezer. Then I can make a quick soup on the fly. My kids LOVE soup and it's so healthy for you so I think this could work. Plus it will be fresh veggie season so it shouldn't be too difficult to find things to pop into a soup or meal-sized salad. First couple of weeks hubby will be home and food is his job. ;) (in theory anyway) We have a tiny appt sized freezer and a meat order coming in next week so I doubt there will be much room for anything else. If I am very very organized (ya right!) I'd love to cook a turkey and chop up the meat and freeze it for soups and make enormous amounts of broth from the bones. That would be the ultimate.
I am thinking of stocking the pantry with some good gf muffin and pancake mixes and making a run to one of the whole foods stores to make sure there are lots of nuts, goji berries, chia seeds etc. in the house - you know, those specialty things that you'd have to make a trip to a special place for (in my case a run to the city - I don't expect to want to go there for a while after the birth). I usually make muffins from scratch but this is the time for some little bits of convenience.
I will stock up on tuna and clam chowder for hubby and the kids. Yuck but that's their convenience food.
In keeping with my weekly goals, this last week I soaked, cooked, portioned into two cup size bags and froze a ton of black and pinto beans. Unfortunately I did not get around to the black eyed peas but probably next week. My crock pot has been working overtime!
G&A Do you know anyone with a pressure canner? That is how I do my bone broth when I get a big meat order. We are getting 7 whole chickens from our farmer in two weeks which we will portion up into freezer meals and then bone broth the carcasses. THAT is going to be a busy couple of days but at least it will be done.
I wish I did, those things are spendy. I am the only person I know who cans or does any of that stuff.
I will often freeze the chicken bones for later if I can't put them in the crockpot right away. Actually that's what I'm doing sometime this week - getting all the bones out of the freezer so the meat order can fit in!
Our meat order is beef, unfortunately, not chicken with bones, though. I live in beef country and chicken is actually way more expensive here. So I'm pretty judicious about getting the most out of those bones. In fact, I've heard of people making two batches of broth out of one set of bones. Have you ever tried that, talldarkeyes?
My husband cooked some steaks on the grill the other night and said " i could do this every night". I said "great". So my plan is working, just stocking up on meat with every extra penny and throwing it in the freezer. I have portioned out and seasoned pork chops, chicken, hamburgers ect. We do have a nice size freezer in the garage for venison which is mostly eaten. Also making a list of easy meals for me to make, crockpot, one pot, ect.. That way I have something to look at when I'm half brained, tired and DH is working late.
I just made a dozen vegan veggie burgers. I must have made them huge because I meant to get 18 out of the batch =/
Also 8 rice and bean burritos.... messed up the recipe and made them super spicy. Hello pregnancy heart burn! I might write a warning sign on the freezer bag that says "serve with sour cream!!" At least on the husband's ones for his dairy loving tummy.
Planning on making breakfast burritos tomorrow. I have veggies chopped and half cooked... then I ran out of foil and don't feel like running to the store again. My pantry and freezer have never been so stocked! Yay nesting!!
@Here we are. Frankly, we won't have that much in the freezer either. It's (a) tiny, (b) there's too much to do right now, and (c) we just moved, so there's no leftovers. I'm working FULL full time and will until the baby makes its appearance, so we'll make sure the pantry is stocked and just deal with what we have. As I have time in the next couple of weeks, I'm freeze "halves" of meals I make.
Stumbled upon this just now. Anyone tried this for soups before? sounds interesting although 2 muffin sections would not nearly be enough soup for me!!
I use that method for freezing bone broth, since it makes smaller amounts that I can use for cooking rather than using water (rice, veggies, etc). I think I found my muffin tin would hold 1/3 c. broth so it was perfect. I agree that for soup I wanted to eat for a meal, it might be a bit small. For that I usually use plastic tupperware although I like the idea of not using plastic....
I am planning on making my freezer meals next week/weekend. I also work Full time and due to commute I am usually out of the house for about 11 hours a day. I have to work this Saturday, so I don;t think I will do it this weekend.
We are also purchasing a quarter of a cow, which we should get in the next 4 weeks, so hopefully right around when baby comes!
I went to Costco last week and stocked up on other things such as flour, pancake mix, black beans, kidney beans, juices, nuts, dishwasher detergent etc. I think I will be fine, and the husband will be able to handle "Stop by the store for milk" or other items that spoil fast.
Oh, we are also doing a CSA program this summer, so every week I will have fresh veggies which I will have to do something with. Last year, I froze a lot of them. But I am thinking that I will probably turn a lot of them into baby food this year and freeze it (especially things I don't like, like squash, sweet potatoes etc).
I am waiting for Strawberries to be ripe so I can go pick, wash, freeze and make Jam! I love summer! lol
By the way- does anyone have any more crock pot freezer meals recipes to share? Thanks!
For crock pot freezers meals I look on Pinterest or once a month mom.
I keep making lists and am slowly getting the freezers filled. I made some chicken parm last week, this week I'm making beef stuffed shells for my guys.
How is everyone doing in regards to freezer /pantry filling?
we are not doing great, but we didn't plan on starting until this month
I plan on using these websites:
oh. my. gosh. I totally did not even think about freezer pies! my husband makes the filling, freezes it in a pie tin, then takes it out and throws it in the freezer. Then we just buy frozen pastry and throw em in the oven. And I LOVE strawberry rhubarb.
I bought some not awful looking(no terrible ingredients) frozen waffles for the kids for after baby is born. Does that count? :P
I still hope to make a pan of sweet bread style bars - pumpkin or banana. I really have super limited freezer space though. I'm just going to have to plan for easy meals.