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Boost of energy today... got some meals done!!

post #1 of 12
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(copy and pasted from my blog... just wanted to share )

I finally got some meals done. This morning I started by cutting up onions, garlic, carrots and Celery…

Cooked the onions and Garlic with two Family size packs of ground beef.

Filled 5-6 bags with that mix (two big portions aside) and froze it... (the prepared frozen ground beef with onions will be used in recipes that call for browned ground beef like tacos or shepherd’s pie)

Cooked up the carrots and celery in two big pots and added meat to both of them and then canned tomatoes, puree etc and spices and made one big batch of chile and one big batch of Spaghetti sauce.

While that was simmering I made two loaves of Banana Bread and baked them.

While the Banana bread was baking I made two Apple Pies which I put in the Freezer before cooking and then froze one of the Banana breads (DH wanted to have one left out to eat) but froze a Zucchini bread that I made the other day instead....

Then I baked a big squash that I had on the counter for a few weeks now that I needed to cook up…. and then bagged and froze that.

Then I cut up a big peice of Pork that I had bought on special and got 4 very large porkchops out of it and then cubed the rest and marinated them for souvlaki brochettes and put them into bags that will make two very generous size suppers for us all….

When the Chile had cooled slightly I put it in Ziplock bags and got 3 meals worth out of it and the spaghetti sauce will give me quite a bit more than that but I am just waiting for it to cool now…

I am really happy with today… I still have quite a few things that I want to get done but at least I have really gotten my head start…

I already had a portion or two of spaghetti sauce in the fridge and I had a few meals worth of homemade burritos and enchilada sauce… now with the things that I have today I have some things that I can fall on when I don’t feel like cooking, especially after the new babe comes… I am going to plan another one of these days again soon and get even more done and I also want to start making meals double the size and freezing half…
post #2 of 12
Thanks for posting this! I didn't do any meals in advance when my first was born and luckily DH took 3 weeks off and did all the shopping and cooking. This time, however, I want to do be better prepared especially with a 2.5 yo! I liked the ideas for chili and spagetti sauce and taco filling. What other meals are other mamas preparing and freezing??

Thanks!
post #3 of 12
Thanks for posting this! I didn't do any meals in advance when my first was born and luckily DH took 3 weeks off and did all the shopping and cooking. This time, however, I want to do be better prepared especially with a 2.5 yo! I liked the ideas for chili and spagetti sauce and taco filling. What other meals are other mamas preparing and freezing??

Thanks!
post #4 of 12
Well I intended on spending all day freezing meals, but ended up with only one thing to freeze. I made a huge pasta casserole that will be meals for me for several days, DH doesn't eat leftovers so he'll be fending for himself. On my list to make is filling for chicken enchiladas, several loaves of pumpkin and zucchini bread, a couple batches of muffins, 3 pizzas, 2 chicken pot pies, I have a turkey in the freezer that I'm going to cook next weekend and freeze the meat to pop in recipes. I also got 7 free rolls of free-range ground turkey at my coop yesterday, someone had ordered 4 rolls, and they sent 4 cases, so we divided them up. Now I need to figure out how I'm going to use them, I'll probably make 2 lagasnas, some taco meat... I bought 2 huge bags of potatoes, I'll make up mashed potatoes and breakfast burritos with those. I'm not making up any soups or chilis, all my recipes I use are throw in the crockpot and forget about so I'm not concerend there.
post #5 of 12
That's awesome! Now that I'm off the strict bedrest and on modifed, I plan to spend some of my non-resting hours doing some freezer cooking Dh has actually done quite few the past two weeks while he was home, which rocks!

My fave freezable meals are:
shepard's pie
chicken pot pie
veggie lasagna
spinach stuffed shells
veggie stuffed peppers
beef stew
burritos
spaghetti sauce
baked ziti

then I do a lot of pre-marinated stuff for the crock pot, like chicken legs and thighs tossed in a ziploc freezer bag with marinade and veggies (usually chopped onions, carrots, and peppers or other veggies that freeze well.) Freeze it just like that in teh bag, then in the morning, cut the bag open, dump the whole thing in the crockpot on low, and by dinnertime the chicken is so tender it's falling of the bone! My other very favorite crockpot recipe is stuffed cabbage (stuffed with ground turkey)
post #6 of 12
I've just been making extra every time I cook something that's easily doubled. So far, I have chicken and sausage gumbo, black bean chili, and lentil and cauliflower curry. All of those things will just require DP to put on a big pot of rice when the time comes. This I know he can handle! This weekend I'm making veggie lasagna, and doubling that, too.

I figure if I get us some dinners lined out, that will help somewhat. Beyond that, we'll live on sandwiches, pizza, etc. DP is a good cook, but I'd rather he be able to babymoon as well and not have to spend all his time in the kitchen.
post #7 of 12
Wow...you guys are awesome!
I have mom coming, so I'm just going to let her cook and do laundry! hahaha
Poor mom!
I don't have a freezer (other than the one attached to the fridge! ) So I don't have any room to store anything!
ANyway--proud of you mamas!
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mrs_Hos View Post
Wow...you guys are awesome!
I have mom coming, so I'm just going to let her cook and do laundry! hahaha
Poor mom!
I don't have a freezer (other than the one attached to the fridge! ) So I don't have any room to store anything!
ANyway--proud of you mamas!
Yep, me too! My mom will be the resident cook. I have the same freezer problem...mine's already full, I only have extra space for a few power meals before/during/after labor.
post #9 of 12
I also do not have a ton of room in my freezer but so far Dh and I have made lasagna and when I am finished with work in two more weeks I plan on freezing:
banana bread
chicken soup
mac and cheese? (I've never tried freezing this before)

I also plan to buy some fresh bagels and freeze them as well as organic frozen fruit and organic freezer waffles. If I can make more room in my little freezer I might make a few more things...
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mrs_Hos View Post
I don't have a freezer (other than the one attached to the fridge! ) So I don't have any room to store anything!
ANyway--proud of you mamas!

Ditto.... I don't have enough room to store frozen dinners either.... so, looks like the crock pot's going to be my best friend for a while...

And by the way, Great Job to all you mom's who HAVE gotten stuff cooked and frozen... send some of your energy vibes my way pleeeeezzze..
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
One trick I found with limited freezer space... (sorry if you already knew this)... is to freeze everyting in Ziplock bags.... put them in the frezer flat and let them freeze like that.... even if you are not freezing things in advance it is a really good trick IMO for freezing leftovers...

also... foods like casseroles etc can be frozen in the pan that you are going to cook it in... just line the pan with wax paper or omething simular before... freeze, pop it out (takes up less space than with the pan) and then you just have to pop it into your pan when you want to cook it...
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by paxye View Post
One trick I found with limited freezer space... (sorry if you already knew this)... is to freeze everyting in Ziplock bags.... put them in the frezer flat and let them freeze like that.... even if you are not freezing things in advance it is a really good trick IMO for freezing leftovers...
Actually, I never really thought about doing it that way... with the freezer bags that is. I may try a couple of things and see how it goes.
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