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Freezer Meals

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Anyone making any meals ahead of time to freeze for when baby comes?  I'm just getting started so let's share recipes!  Recipes that are easy'ish, cheap, make a lot at once and freeze well are appreciated!

 

For sure I am making this lentil soup.  I can't say enough good things about it.  It easily translates to a vegetarian or vegan recipe as well: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lentil-sausage-soup-recipe/index.html

 

I just made this Tikka Masala slow cooker recipe that turned out well and could be increased easily to make more at once.  It was a little watery and could have been a bit richer so if anyone has a version they love, let me know:  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chicken-tikka-masala-recipe-00100000072578/

 

I've also made this kale and chicken stew and it is really flavorful and makes a ton at once.  I think the beans tasted a little out of place, but they do help bulk it up: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chicken-soup-with-kale-131067

 

I'm also looking for a good veggie burger recipe so if anyone has one that's not too complicated and freezes well, let me know!

post #2 of 11
I definitely WANT to get a bunch of freezer meals ready! I just wasn't sure when to start.
I'm having a lot of trouble finding recipes though - we're dairy and soy free, so that really limits what we can make. I'm also kinda picky.

ETA: Here's the dairy-free chicken pot pie recipe I use. I freeze it in the unbaked pie shell, and then just thaw and pop in the oven smile.gif
http://www.forthisseason.com/2013/05/19/chicken-pot-pie-dairy-free-recipe/
Edited by JelloPanda - 10/25/13 at 9:58pm
post #3 of 11
I'm attempting to freeze as I go if a big dinner has left overs. So far I have some chicken noodle soup in the freezer, and, after tonight should have some bee and veggie stew to freeze (no recipes to link, sort of pieces them together).

BUT!!! This black bean sweet potato slow cooker recipe is soooo good and easy, plus it's gluten/dairy/soy free and vegan smile.gif http://mobile.sparkrecipes.com/mobile/recipe-detail.asp?id=34064
post #4 of 11

I have been planning to do this. I am a vegetarian, my daughter is vegan, and the husband eats meat....so I am thinking we will go with vegan dishes that I can add sour cream/cheese to if I want to, and DH can add dairy or meat garnishes if he sees fit.

 

We are planning to make and freeze:

Freezer burritos (ours will have sweet potato, black beans, rice, and cilantro)

a few of these make ahead crockpot recipes

Egyptian Red Lentil soup

One of my all time fav. soups: Cauliflower Leek Soup w/ curried mustard croutons (you can freeze the croutons too.)

 

I plan to freeze a quart sized ziplock bag full of any soups I make between now and the baby, but I am worried about having enough freezer space. I have a group of girlfriends who are pretty into canning, so I was thinking about having someone help me can several quart jars full of soup to keep in our pantry.

 

cwill- I have never found a veggie recipe burger that freezed well! My favorite recipe is this quinoa black bean burger but I have found it crumbles after being frozen. Let me know if you find anything good!

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

JelloPanda, that chicken pot pie looks good!  Pot pie is something different where I'm from, more like a soup.  But that looks yummy and perfect for a winter day.

 

gardencompassion, I like to make extra servings and freeze too.  That's how I usually do it and that's what I love about the recipes I posted - they make so much we usually have a meal, leftovers for the week and 2 meals for the freezer!  I made a black bean, sweet potato hash the other day that reminds me of your chili (basically exactly the same but with fewer tomatoes and no water!) and DH requested a big frozen batch so I've added that to the list of things to make.

 

Neaera, check out the lentil soup I posted.  If you made it with veggie stock, it's perfect for vegan, veg (add a little parmesan) and meat (add sliced Spanish chorizo) eaters all in one.  We actually do that a lot for soup nights.  The cauliflower soup looks soooo good. 

 

As for veggie burgers, I'm going to try this recipe (it's vegan): http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-perfect-veggie-burger/  She says in another post that it freezes well.  I won't make it until the end of the week though.  Need more money! 

 

Also, don't know how I forgot about chili!  I think I'll do a red with beans and ground beef and a green with chicken.  And at this point, I feel like we're going to have a ridiculous amount of food!
 

post #6 of 11

I am going to do a bunch of individual servings of freezer stuff.  My sister did that for me this summer when I sprained my foot.  It was awesome.  She did burritos, sandwiches, desserts and whatnot- it was wonderful.  I am trying to get the motivation to do some.  I am also going to can some chicken and pork.  I want to do some casseroles and soups as well- but we are having some hopefully temporary dietary restrictions in our house- so it makes it super challenging.

post #7 of 11
Speaking of individual portions, these burritos are great. I use whatever random ingredients are on hand to make them. And i have always just used cheddar cheese.
http://foodbabe.com/2012/08/14/fast-food-the-quickest-burrito-youll-ever-make/
post #8 of 11
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Well, I've got about 6 QTS of various soups done and veggie burgers for one night so about 7 meals altogether. Whole chickens are really cheap at the grocery store so I think I'll be making some chicken soup this weekend and a pork chili in the crockpot. I'm feeling good about progress so far!
post #9 of 11

I just made a ton of Arroz Caldo--it's a Filipino rice and chicken porridge--super easy to make, very easy on the stomach, filling, and comforting (I first had it when my Filipina friend made it for my husband and I when we were sick--she said it's the traditional sick food, which means it's also coincidentally comforting and something toddlers will eat). There are a ton of recipes out there--basically just saute some onions or green onions with a hefty amount of chopped garlic (like 5 or 6 cloves, maybe?) and ginger (maybe 2-3 tablespoons?) in oil, some chopped up chicken, add about 1.5 cups rice, stir together for a few minutes, then add around 6-8 cups liquid (I used chicken broth), season with a couple of tablespoons of fish sauce, and simmer over low heat until rice and chicken are cooked through, 1/2 hour-45 minutes. Serve with salt and pepper to taste and squeezed lemon or lime to make it delicious and tangy. Freezes well! I like a lot of ginger and lemon.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Blanca78 View Post
 

I just made a ton of Arroz Caldo--it's a Filipino rice and chicken porridge--super easy to make, very easy on the stomach, filling, and comforting (I first had it when my Filipina friend made it for my husband and I when we were sick--she said it's the traditional sick food, which means it's also coincidentally comforting and something toddlers will eat). There are a ton of recipes out there--basically just saute some onions or green onions with a hefty amount of chopped garlic (like 5 or 6 cloves, maybe?) and ginger (maybe 2-3 tablespoons?) in oil, some chopped up chicken, add about 1.5 cups rice, stir together for a few minutes, then add around 6-8 cups liquid (I used chicken broth), season with a couple of tablespoons of fish sauce, and simmer over low heat until rice and chicken are cooked through, 1/2 hour-45 minutes. Serve with salt and pepper to taste and squeezed lemon or lime to make it delicious and tangy. Freezes well! I like a lot of ginger and lemon.

This sounds WONDERFUL!  I think I am going to try it this weekend :)

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post
 

This sounds WONDERFUL!  I think I am going to try it this weekend :)


Ha ha, after posting that yesterday I wasn't feeling up to cooking so we thawed out the arroz caldo I had so proudly stashed away as the first freezer meal for after the birth. Oh well :) I hope you like it!

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